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  • Heater Control Valve

    Here's a pic of my heater control valve.


    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.

  • #2
    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
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    • #3
      It has 2 fixed ports. I would just replace what I have but nobody seems to make this core or control valve.

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      • #4
        Here's an NOS one but it's a little pricey.

        http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1960-62-...GtI-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.

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            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
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            • #7
              Thanks for the help! Now I just need to decide which way to go.

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              • #8
                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
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                • #9
                  I didn't know that was an option. How do I bypass the heater core? Just a hose from the intake to water pump?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hazegray53 View Post
                    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
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                    • #11
                      Clamp the bypassed heater hose so coolant doesn't flow.
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                      • #12
                        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?
                        DGS (aka salguod)
                        1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
                        www.salguod.net

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                        • #13
                          Yes, they sell TBird kits to mount in the engine bay but not specifically for his Sunliner.

                          John
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                          • #14
                            I guess I should pay better attention to what sub-forum things are posted in.

                            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.
                            DGS (aka salguod)
                            1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
                            www.salguod.net

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