Hi all, I have a dilemma with the Wards heater in the old truck and looking for suggestions. Its been unhooked for at least 15 years. I believe the blower motor gave out so they just abandoned it. Touched wires directly to battery but no joy. Fan spins freely by hand. Really can't foresee getting the giant nuts lose on the firewall to remove it without damaging the heater core or destroying it. I haven't seen any units similar to replace it with. If I could remove it without damage I look at trying to rebuild it. Any suggestions. Thanks
Soak the nuts with PB Blaster or Kroil several times over the course of 3-4 days. Then using the proper size wrench try to “Tighten” the nuts just a bit. Then hit it again with penetrating oil and start loosening the nuts. Bet they come off. Motors are available for the blower. 🛠
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Following Martin's advise will get you there. Be patient. Tighten, loosen, tighten, loosen, repeat....The metal these trucks were made with enable you to do that without rounding off the nut. Good luck!
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Re: 46 Half ton heater
#1307815 Sat Apr 20 2019 02:17 AMSat Apr 20 2019 02:17 AM
Thanks, been soaking with PBB for a week. Problem is - if you look closely at heater2 pic, there are 4 pieces showing.
The threaded center piece with the inlet/outlet pipes sticking out A circular piece next to the firewall that just gives added support to the firewall metal A nut tightened to the circular piece Another nut used to lock the 1st nut from turning
The nuts are 2" or better, far bigger than basic tools. Thinness of the nuts prevents using very thick tools. Pipe wrenches and channel locks are out. I'm to the point of getting out the dremmel w/cutting disk to try and cut and split the nut
Don't ya just love working on 70 year old stuff without destroying things.
Re: 46 Half ton heater
#1307850 Sat Apr 20 2019 12:53 PMSat Apr 20 2019 12:53 PM
To bad back in the day folks didn't spring for the factory heater! Instead (like with my '46) they bought an off brand (and later another requiring even more holes) and began boring holes all over the place vs using the GM holes, probably saved $1.25! Well at least I got to practice my welding skills.