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Username Post: '71 w/a 283 and no heater        (Topic#256021)
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Loc: Whitewater, CO
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01-16-11 11:09 PM - Post#2033046    

I've got a friend w/a '71 w/a 283 in it. It has no heater on it and he wants to drive it....we are in CO after all. To me, it looks like there is not enough room between the valve cover for a heater box.

Will a heater fit? What other types of heater boxes will fit?

Also, he was thinking of selling the motor and it appears to have no motor mount bosses on it, can it be used in other applications? (He wants to put a bigger motor in it)

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01-17-11 09:31 AM - Post#2033156    
    In response to Stinky

I would guess it's a 57 engine. They mounted in the front and at the bellhousing. Probably some market out there for a real 57 283. Valve cover bolts should be staggered not straight across from each other if it has 57 heads.

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01-17-11 08:26 PM - Post#2033462    
    In response to models916

He just got the Vega, from a friend that didn't have the time to go the distance. The price was right. I think that it was a 10 year project.

You are right, it has a mount that bolts to the waterpump, on both sides.

His old toy may be on the market...If he gets this thing running. He is thinking of pulling the 350 from his old toy (an Elco) and putting it in the Vega. Are there motor mounts out there for it?

The 283 has Ebrock covers on it. I'll look to see if the holes are staggered, or what. The 283 was supposed to be a fresh rebuild. It ran for a bit and I heard it run, it sounds good. It died and wouldn't restart...Then, he figured out that his fuelpump wire was off.

Is he hoping for to much to get a heater?

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01-18-11 09:38 PM - Post#2034006    
    In response to Stinky

Well, the project is coming along. He got his new tires. The old ones were all dry rotted. It had 14s on it and he was unable to find anymore of em (and he works in a tire shop). They were bigger than the ones in the pic. Here is is on Youtube doing a burn-out. I think that it sounds pretty darn good. I'm going to have to talk to the buttendski about doing burnout w/the hood in such a crazy position.

Also, you can see the big hole in the firewall from no heater.

Edited by Stinky on 01-18-11 09:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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02-07-11 07:39 PM - Post#2043404    
    In response to Stinky

The trick with the heater core used to be to reverse it and cut two new holes...

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