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Where are you buying your heater cores at?
T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#1
Where is everyone buying their heater cores at?

Ford wants $160 for one....

The one from AZ doesn't fit, the tubes are spaced too far apart and even if you bend it over, it still rubs the firewall. I can't imagine aluminum lasting long rubbing against steel.

The one from Advanced is a about an inch too short (see picture below).

In the picture is three heater cores. The center core is the factory core, the left core is the short core from Advanced, and the one on the right is from AZ and its tubes are too far apart to fit through the firewall hole.

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...083117.jpg
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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Schlodes Offline
Junior Member
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I just use parts store ones, then in the inlet of it [well inside the inlet hose] I use a 1/4" drive 1/2" socket as a restrictor because I think they not only wear out from being cheap but if we are ever pressurizing the cooling system being a boosted car n such......???
1984 Cougar XR7 Turbo -
12.26 @ 111 MPH
Stock short block, mild ported head/intakes by me, stock T3, 3.73s, T5, lots of bolt ons, stock EEC.
I do cylinder head/intake porting.
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T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#3
Which parts stores? Which brand of heater core?

The one from Advanced was a Ready Air. I don't remember the AZ one.


NAPA looks promising...

http://partimages.genpt.com/largeimages/895402.jpg
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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novaman Offline
Junior Member
#4
Hey guys, I just use 87 mustang core in my 87 Tc from fords, its not that expensive and fit perfect. JB
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#5
i have a ready air in my 87 TC and a Napa one in my 88.
to be honest. the 87 heats up quicker......
Brian J Larkin
88TC 328,000 miles
T3, FMIC ,3in stinger exhaust, PimpXS ECC,gillis,
255 walbro, afpr, 5spd swap,spec clutch, sn95 5 lug, Cobra 13in front brake. Vacuum assist brake conversion. 
89 Cougar XR7 3.8SC Auto
95 Ranger Splash 3.0 auto
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T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#6
Quote:Originally posted by BJL:
i have a ready air in my 87 TC and a Napa one in my 88.
to be honest. the 87 heats up quicker......
The Ready Aire unit is the one on the left, in the picture. It is almost an inch too short, which means that, on one end, the core will be supported by the tubes instead of resting on the end tanks of the core! I can't imagine that lasting long at all.

When you bought yours do you remember if you placed the new core beside the factory core, to see if there was a difference? I am just curious if it has been a recent change in design or if I am just a little on the picky side.
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#7
Do you have manual or EATC climate control? The cores are different!
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#8
Quote:Originally posted by Jeff K:
Do you have manual or EATC climate control? The cores are different!
Really? I have never been asked whether or not I have EATC or manual before...... Why would Ford change the heater core for the EATC? So does that mean the heater box is also different?

I have two cars with the EATC but haven't been into the dash of either of them yet...
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#9
The heater box, at least the motor/blower area is laid out different between the two. The flow control doors are also activated differently (vacuum for manual, electric solenoid for EATC)
Pete Dunham


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T-BirdX3 Offline
Senior Member
#10
Quote:Originally posted by Pete D:
The heater box, at least the motor/blower area is laid out different between the two. The flow control doors are also activated differently (vacuum for manual, electric solenoid for EATC)
Amazing, learn something new everyday. I am definitely having a love/hate thing going for Ford right now! Big Grin lol

I put this photo together for future reference for myself and anyone else that it might help.

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...2535-1.jpg
'88 T-Coupe 5 speed/'88 T-Coupe Auto
'87 T-Coupe 5 speed/'87 T-coupe 5 speed(76k orig mile)
..... and there was light!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee36...tled-2.jpg
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