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Old 10-01-2006, 01:47 AM
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Heater Box Repaired...Pics!

I need to update the website I put up earlier. The last two days I have been repairing my vacuum elements. I finished Sat nite, and took her for a shake-down run. Everything still works to my great pleasure (never know since you have to disturb SOOOOO much stuff).

Summary:
Took out radio, climate controls, shifter wood, console, glove box, carpets, under-dash panels, carpeted bolster and eventually driver's seat. All this to get at the bottom of the heater box. After removing a few other asundry parts, I removed the bottom of the heater box, repaired crack(s) via mending plate, and renewed the legroom vacuum element. Next I reached up inside heater box, and thru the front vent, and removed the center vent pod. I repaired broken box via mending plate, renewed vacuum element, and re-installed (since my heater box was broken, I could easily remove the pod by dropping it down after disengaging the lever from the flap). I reinstalled the bottom of the heater box and then attacked the Defroster pod. After grinding a bit, I was able to disengage the operating lever, grabbed my pod-popper, and pulled out the little bugger (leaving the top part still in the mount). I renewed the elements, and reinstalled using a #8-32 pan-head allen screw and nylon lock nut to reattach the operating lever. Buttoned everything back up and VOILA!

I should mention my loving wife shampoo'ed the carpets while they were out, bless her heart!

I'll try and post more info later...
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Old 10-01-2006, 04:23 PM
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Pictures of heater box repair

Pics are up!

Pics are up... You can access them from my little website:

http://users.adelphia.net/~rmsmithco/podrep.htm , or the link at the bottom of
http://users.adelphia.net/~rmsmithco/vacuum1.htm


Enjoy!
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Old 10-02-2006, 03:28 AM
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Great Documentation

What a great job documenting the whole fix. Congratulations. The amount of work that you performed is exactly why I had my INDY do it for $450.00.

center vents not working on 560SL

BTW, you may want to submit this for a "DIY Article" on this forum.
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:36 AM
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What a great job documenting the whole fix. Congratulations. The amount of work that you performed is exactly why I had my INDY do it for $450.00.

center vents not working on 560SL

BTW, you may want to submit this for a "DIY Article" on this forum.
$450 parts and labor. Thats a great deal. I wouldent go near this myself for under a grand.

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Old 10-03-2006, 12:01 PM
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$450 parts and labor. Thats a great deal. I wouldent go near this myself for under a grand.

John Roncallo
AMEN!
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:27 AM
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This DIY is now in the Wiki HERE.
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Old 10-11-2006, 09:18 PM
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Thanks for the pub!
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