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Old 10-22-2009, 01:02 AM
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Replacement Heater Controls

Has any one ever replaced the heater controls with something from a newer vehicle. I know the temp control is cable, the heat/defrost selector is vacuum and the fan is electric. I don't see it being difficult to find a newer control panel and making it work. Maybe even something small enough to mount where the current one is or where the ashtray is to free up room for gauges.
The though has crossed my mind a time or two to graft in the dash from a durango or even a newer Jeep SUV to give the interior an updated look. (I am really into custom interiors) This would require me to get the current system to work with the new controls (then again if I have the money to do that, i might as well put in a new heater/AC unit.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:19 AM
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Don't have the part yet to do this, but it looks to me that a controller from an old Nova would do the job w/o vacuum. On my shopping list for this weekend's swap meet. Don't much care for dashpots. My Chevelle controllers are too big, but the right idea.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:30 AM
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I'll give this thread a bump as I would love to see someone do this.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:33 AM
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Well two things got me started in this thinking. I originally saw the "Duragoneer" where they took a FSJ Wag and put in on a shortened Durango chassis. Then they went and put the dash in it. I have the article copied in PDF so I can look at it from time to time. I need to take some measurements though as they had to shorten the Durango dash to make it fit. I am also not happy that I cant find any good pictures of the dash. At one time it was up for sale and they had interior shots posted on the auction site but they went missing before I could copy them.
The second thing is, it is getting cold out and my heater controls have decided to stop working. So, in good ole American fashion, why fix it when you can customize it?
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:07 PM
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I wish we had just a regular vent setting on the controls...

That Duragoneer sounds pretty cool. This is the first I have heard of it.
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