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HVAC Panel Conversion?
Ramos617 Offline
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#1
Has anybody successfully done a manual HVAC panel conversion?
I have the auto HVAC panel and its such a PITA to deal with. I fixed my A/C up before summer and it got me by but I had to redo my settings half the time. Now that I'm needing my heater, I get no heat at all just cool air.
The engine runs at a solid 180-185 deg, air blows when set to 90 but its not hot and the air redirection is hit and miss. Ideally I'd like to go with a manual panel or am I stuck with an auto panel unless I pull the whole dash?
1987 T-Bird
Too much stuff to list
Running better than ever
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gtbird Offline
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#2
You’ll need to replace the heater box assembly to the cable operated system as the ETAC system uses servo type devices to control the functions. Changing the in dash control to the slider system needs the matching heater box and to remove this you need to get the dash moved out of the way. It’s a big job time wise, but if you’re handy, it’s not an undaunting task.
If you tackle this, get yourself a new Ford heater core before you start.
1988 T/C Silver with red interior, fully loaded except for leather. 5 lug conversion with 97 Cobra wheels, Cobra 13" brakes up front, Mustang brakes out back, Koni adjustable shocks and struts, NOS Koni lowering springs . Maximum Motorsports control arms and caster/camber plates, subframe connectors.
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50RACER Offline
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#3
If you decide to make the change, I currently have all of the pieces you are looking for to make the swap. They're all listed on ebay right now.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202523655730?ss...1555.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202523655731?ss...1555.l2649

https://www.ebay.com/itm/192735344752?ss...1555.l2649
87 TC Medium Canyon Red
88 TC Black Beauty
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Ramos617 Offline
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#4
Very interesting, I'd love to do the swap but it would be too time consuming for me at the moment. I think I'll try to troubleshoot this one for now and see where I'm at
I believe my hvac panel might be bad
If/when I do the conversion, I'd like to also swap to a better condition dash
1987 T-Bird
Too much stuff to list
Running better than ever
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50RACER Offline
Senior Member
#5
If you need the EATC panel, I have good working ones of those too. I actually have a crack free dash except for one very small spot next to the drivers side speaker about half the size of your little finger nail or less. I don't think I would dare to try to ship it though. The finish on these things is very fragile.
87 TC Medium Canyon Red
88 TC Black Beauty
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