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Late Night Parts Pulling

Damn you autumn, you get too dark too fast! Donned my elastic strap-on headlight and went to work pulling what was left under the dash of the Esprit. Dash/column wiring, HVAC box, etc.

I don’t know WHY or HOW there is this much wiring in an pre-computer car from the 70's, but now that its all tagged and disconnected it can come out.

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It all snakes around the column where 80% of it is plugged into for some dumb reason. I also removed the tail light harness and rear defog/seatbelt reminder harness from the driver’s side rocker. The only thing left on the passenger side is the rear speaker wiring. I’ll get to that later, when its lighter out.

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Onto the outer HVAC housing. Removed all the bolts (or so I thought) and pulled the heater hoses to drain the heater core. And made a mess.

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There was one last hidden bolt above the frame rail that I needed a foot and a half of extension to reach, but then the case slid right off. AFTER I had to bend a brake line and angle the case up to clear the back of the control arm. Its a tight fit, surprisingly.

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With the outer case out of the way I was able to find the mouse nest in the evaporator housing...

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And in case I wanted to do an oil change, access the filter VERY easily!

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The inner case then was removed, and now everything under the dash save for the pedals and column are out.

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After all that goes, the next step I guess is to start removing the heavy bits from the body so I can dispose of its rustiness. Meaning the rear axle, and this hunk of rusty (but running) junk:

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Man, my phone’s flash makes everything look 900% worse than it is.

Anyways, now I have an extra inner and out case to make one good one, hopefully. I scored one years ago out of another ‘79, but it has a broken tab or two, and didn’t come with any of the vacuum harness. But it is a lot less rusty and crusty.

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Yay for hoarding parts.

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