thanks Don. i'm getting there, but some things are just a little unclear. the manual talks about instrument panel to cowl screws and side braces, etc. but i don't really see a good depiction of these in the manual, although i guess if the instrument panel doesn't move out, i need to remove something else! i only see two nuts on the engine side, where the manual says there should be three - two for the evaporator housing and one for the blower motor housing.Do not skimp on removing parts... That means out goes the console, ps seat, drop the column, dash pad off and remove the lower dash 85%. Think of every thing you would ever want to service behind the dash because now is the time! 7 hours for the skilled if all is well, 24 hours for unskilled if you find other issues. Go slow, take breaks, ask questions.
is there any replacement product for that nasty soundproofing or fireproofing or whatever it is that basically falls off in a powdery mess whenever i touch anything? or just forget about it??Either one will cause frustration and skinned knuckles....watch for the hidden clips...running around the garage and screaming and cussing and throwing tools won't help either. slow and easy, and take your time (lots of it), but keep in mind that another human put it together so how hard can it be???
If you mean the cowl insulation (what's overhead under the dash), nothing is available except Tom at KTL makes a reproduction out of carpet foam spray painted black. Most people just remove it (I put KTL's piece on mine). If you mean the firewall blanket, that is available repro (but I think you mean the former).is there any replacement product for that nasty soundproofing or fireproofing or whatever it is that basically falls off in a powdery mess whenever i touch anything? or just forget about it??
the evaporator core looks fine. i have not had the compressor on the car for years, but always thought i might reinstall everything if i could ever get the engine right. i guess you could make the case to remove the evaporator from the housing. sure make it easier to handle the housing going back into the car, and the firewall engine side would look better without two hoses sticking out into nowhere-What's the condition of your a/c evaporator core? Assume you are keeping it an a/c car.