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.
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.
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.
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.
With the outer case out of the way I was able to find the mouse nest in the evaporator housing...
And in case I wanted to do an oil change, access the filter VERY easily!
The inner case then was removed, and now everything under the dash save for the pedals and column are out.
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:
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.
Yay for hoarding parts.