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Old 10-06-2018, 10:07 PM   #1
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Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

The heater core on our 70 Blazer has the 3/4" outlet on the bottom and 5/8" on top.

IIRC, the 3/4 goes to water pump and 5/8 goes to the intake, with the hoses crossing over. Will it hurt anything if the 3/4 heater core is on the bottom, and I run it to the water pump? It's my understanding is that if you switched the intake and water pump fittings, the heater wouldn't get hot.

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Old 10-06-2018, 11:22 PM   #2
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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

I may be wrong but my understanding is the hoses are different sizes to make it unlikely they would be switched during manufacturing. The idea is to have the inlet on the bottom and the outlet on the top to allow the air to vent out of the core and not get trapped.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:12 AM   #3
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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

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The heater core on our 70 Blazer has the 3/4" outlet on the bottom and 5/8" on top.

IIRC, the 3/4 goes to water pump and 5/8 goes to the intake, with the hoses crossing over. Will it hurt anything if the 3/4 heater core is on the bottom, and I run it to the water pump? It's my understanding is that if you switched the intake and water pump fittings, the heater wouldn't get hot.

Thanks in advance.

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The assembly manual shows the 3/4" hose at the top on the blower housing and the source for it coming from the water pump just above the lower radiator hose outlet. The 5/8" hose at the bottom is fed from the intake manifold just to the passenger side of the thermostat housing. The 5/8" fitting is coming out of a 45-degree pipe elbow angled at 30-degrees to the front of the engine back toward the heater core. It also shows the hoses crossing over each other in an X-shape with what they are calling a clamp at the X. The picture isn't clear if it is a clamp attached to the engine or if it is floating free with the hoses.

Your assumption about the heater not getting hot if you switched the source fitting locations is correct to a point. You can run the supply through the 5/8" line at the bottom of the blower housing from the water pump and the return from the top out the 3/4" side back into the intake and have the heater work close to correctly in your case. It just won't have the designed in back pressure that slows the flow down to let the water lose its heat through the heater core as efficiently. You will have to decide if this loss of performance is acceptably offset by the time & labor of going through the process of pulling the blower housing to flip the heater core so it is in the correct orientation to make the heater work as intended.

As to where the supply line needs to come from I would stick with the water pump just above the lower radiator hose outlet where the factory put it as that is the hottest water source. Sometimes there isn't a spot for a fitting there on new water pumps like the Edelbrock aluminum one I have and you have to compromise with an alternative location. Square body trucks dump the 5/8" line back into the radiator directly just above the transmission cooler top fitting so you can pick any spot on the engine to pull the 3/4" supply line from if your radiator has that fitting and the heater will still work, just not as well if you pick the wrong place. You want the water before it has gone through the radiator but after it has gone through the engine so it is as hot as it gets and heats up as quickly possible for the cold days when the heater and defroster are needed the most.
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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

There’s one thing incorrect I see in your post 68TT.
The line at the water pump is a suction line, not a pressure line.
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:53 PM   #5
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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

Thanks for the feedback. I'm still confused.

As long as I keep the 5/8" in the intake, and the 3/4" in the water pump, It will still work? My Blazer is still in TX and I'm working in CA for now, and only get home for a weekend at a time, and have very little time to work on it. If it will work good, I will leave it alone. If it won't heat the Blazer up enough for a North Texas winter, I will correct the heater core orientation.

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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

You want the hoses to run from the intake to the bottom of the core, from the top of the core back to the pump.
You can leave your core alone and swap the hose barbs on the intake and water pump so they match the sizes on your core. The barb fittings should interchange but if they don’t you can get ones that do fit.

Here’s some examples of barb fittings in different sizes.
https://www.smpbuyersguide.com/4seas...-guide/757.php
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #7
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Re: Can a heater core be installed updise down? Effects?

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You want the hoses to run from the intake to the bottom of the core, from the top of the core back to the pump.
You can leave your core alone and swap the hose barbs on the intake and water pump so they match the sizes on your core. The barb fittings should interchange but if they donít you can get ones that do fit.
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