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Old 01-31-2019, 04:32 PM   #1
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What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

Installed a heater delete on outer firewall in my 69 C10.
I would like to fill the hole where the heater controls were located on the dash but don't want weld a plate over the hole.
Believe there are no aftermarket heater control delete plates and it is almost impossible to find an original part.

Appreciate any thoughts about how to fill up the hole.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:44 PM   #2
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

I may do a radio delete with a hard wood piece, but I will also be adding wood panels to the doors and glove box, maybe even the gage cluster so it would fit my build.

An alternative solution would be to cut out a steel/aluminum/plastic panel and mount some extra mini gages in it like vaccum, trans temp, outside temp, clock etc. There's got to be a "Radio Delete Gage Panel" that cold be fitted to that heater hole.

If our looking for something on the cheap...a simple rectangular cut out of aluminum (painted or not), sheet metal (painted), or plastic and some buttonhead bolts, nuts and washers and you have filled the hole. All of which could have USB, Radio Aux, or accessory switches added to it.

Just some thoughts that you might be able to spring board off of.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:53 PM   #3
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

One more idea...make a box that mounts behind the heater hole that tilts downward a bit and serves as a storage shelf for your phone. sunglasses, etc. Kinda like a doorless glove box.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the ideas
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:49 AM   #5
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

Here is a truck with heater delete. It is posted in craigslist finds Today.https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...810751198.html
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:59 AM   #6
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

Yeah, there are heater delete covers, same as radios, but way more rare. I've never seen one for sale on the parts board. Personally, I'd never eliminate the heater because even in the tropics you need a defroster(defogger) for steamed up widows. If I did pull that out I would make a panel. I wonder what a fab shop would charge to roll a bead around the edge.
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Old 02-04-2019, 09:21 PM   #8
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The Radio delete will cover the opening. You just have to figure out a way to hold it in.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:08 PM   #9
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

Stock heater control with levers and plastic removed. replaced with a piece of 1/4 Masonite finished and installed in the chrome housing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:53 AM   #10
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

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The Radio delete will cover the opening. You just have to figure out a way to hold it in.
A couple of rare earth magnets will hold it nice and tight.
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Stock heater control with levers and plastic removed. replaced with a piece of 1/4 Masonite finished and installed in the chrome housing.
Cool idea.
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Old 06-22-2019, 04:23 PM   #12
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Re: What to do with hole where Heater Control was located

Anyone have the dimensions of the heater control and opening ?

Iím wondering if a set of gauges would fit without cutting the dash?
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:48 AM   #13
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Anyone have the dimensions of the heater control and opening ?

Iím wondering if a set of gauges would fit without cutting the dash?
I found a truck to measure and the opening is 2 1/4 x 8Ē. A 3 gauge set will fit with modifications. The body of the gauges I have require a 2 1/16Ē hole so there is plenty of room to fabricate a mounting plate. I think it may look good 🤔
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