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Hazegray53
07-03-2016, 03:35 PM
Here's a pic of my heater control valve.
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah278/thomas_smith14/Mobile%20Uploads/heater%20valve_zpsgc3fji7g.jpg (http://s1382.photobucket.com/user/thomas_smith14/media/Mobile%20Uploads/heater%20valve_zpsgc3fji7g.jpg.html)

I've seen all the conversations about replacing these with one that goes on the engine bay side. I just don't know the proper valve to buy or where to get the parts from. Can somebody point me in the right direction? This is for a 60 Sunliner.

jopizz
07-03-2016, 03:52 PM
Do you have a picture of your heater core. Replacing the internal valve with an engine compartment valve usually involves modifying the heater core so it has two fixed pipes.

John

Hazegray53
07-03-2016, 04:02 PM
It has 2 fixed ports. I would just replace what I have but nobody seems to make this core or control valve.
http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/ah278/thomas_smith14/Mobile%20Uploads/heater%20core_zpsjweibwkh.jpg (http://s1382.photobucket.com/user/thomas_smith14/media/Mobile%20Uploads/heater%20core_zpsjweibwkh.jpg.html)

jopizz
07-03-2016, 04:07 PM
Here's an NOS one but it's a little pricey.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1960-62-Ford-1961-62-Mercury-HEATER-WATER-VALVE-with-without-Factory-A-C-/360448414485?hash=item53ec665315:m:mtu3Bb-CcuOk6aMF9GtI-pQ&vxp=mtr

Your other option is to extend the bottom hose so it goes into the engine compartment and then you can install an external valve.

John

Hazegray53
07-03-2016, 04:39 PM
That's actually cheaper than some I've seen. If I go with an external valve, where do I get one that will work with the existing linkage? I just don't know where to start or the proper valve to buy.

jopizz
07-03-2016, 04:52 PM
The external valves are pretty much generic. You can get them just about anywhere. Here's one from Summit.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/fss-74828/overview/

Installing an external valve almost always involves getting a longer cable so it can reach into the engine compartment. Sometimes you can get the stock cable to reach. Most likely you will have to drill a hole in the firewall for the cable to come through.

John

Hazegray53
07-03-2016, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the help! Now I just need to decide which way to go.

jopizz
07-03-2016, 05:20 PM
A third alternative is just to bypass the heater core altogether. Since you're in San Diego heat doesn't seem to be much of a priority. That's certainly the cheapest option.

John

Hazegray53
07-03-2016, 10:45 PM
I didn't know that was an option. How do I bypass the heater core? Just a hose from the intake to water pump?

jopizz
07-03-2016, 10:58 PM
I didn't know that was an option. How do I bypass the heater core? Just a hose from the intake to water pump?

That's all you have to do. Simple and easy.

John

simplyconnected
07-03-2016, 11:38 PM
Clamp the bypassed heater hose so coolant doesn't flow.

dgs
07-11-2016, 11:17 AM
I've had my heater bypassed for a couple of years due to a leaky control valve (coolant in the passenger footwell). I'd like to fix it before fall to extend my driving season a bit. I thought the T'bird vendors sold T'bird specific replacements that went in the engine bay, is that not so?

jopizz
07-11-2016, 12:16 PM
Yes, they sell TBird kits to mount in the engine bay but not specifically for his Sunliner.

John

dgs
07-11-2016, 01:14 PM
I guess I should pay better attention to what sub-forum things are posted in. :p

I generally pull up the "latest posts" and go through them, I sometimes miss that they aren't in the Squarebird area now that we've got so many new areas.

Sorry about the confusion.