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heater core 72 Pinto
#1

Guys,
suggestions on how to remove the heater core on a 72 Pinto? I can start removing stuff but some level of directions would be much appreciated!
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#2

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I searched and couldn't find the repair on You Tube, sooooo.......perhaps a Pinto owner who's done the job recently will chime in. Isn't there a Pinto forum on the net (I haven't looked)? Otherwise, I suggest doing what I usually do when faced with an unknown heater-core replacement ~ namely, (1) Buy the core first [copper/brass.....NOT aluminum/plastic] to see what its' configuration is, (2) Look under the hood to see where the hoses connect, and (3) visualize its location & position. 

If there's no removeable access door under the hood (doubtful)......you're probably gonna have to get under the dash and drop the heater box. I don't think there were any Pintos of that vintage with A/C, soooo.....the job should be relatively straight forward, regardless of model, trim level or other accessories.  GOOD LUCK!!
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#3

Thanks.
I pulled the glove box door and removed a hanger bracket, found a couple of clips but still must have some additional ones at the top.
I'll keep removing stuff.
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#4

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IMHO, it's easier to drop the whole plenum/box assembly and separate the halves after its' out. That makes it easier to clean out all the leaves, moisture, flotsum and jetsum that accumulates inside. The retaining studs probably  protrude thru the firewall into the engine bay......with nuts on 'em. 

Other than the hoses, the only thing you'll probably need to disconnect from the plenum is one or two door-actuating cable(s) and wire-harness plugs for [1] The fan motor (which MIGHT extend into the engine bay.....can't remember), and [2] the blower-speed resistor assembly.  GOOD LUCK!
Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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#5

Thanks. Was able to remove. Found the ground wire that was inside the engine bay. Vacuumed out all of the mouse nests and crap. Then washed out. Motor still runs (this car hasn't run since...IDK, late 80's or early 90's). Sat in my mom's barn for about a decade and in and out my garage for 20 + years. Ordered new heater core. Maybe one of these days she'll run again.
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Placerville, California
(former)  '78 2.3T Courier w/blow-thru Autolite 2bbl carb ~ (current)  '87 2.3T Ranger w/PiMP’d EFI
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