Thursday, August 10, 2017

Post #65, 8-10-2017, A/C Evaporator & Dash Cluster Rebuilds

65 Mustang Restoration

I know I'm behind on my blog, cause I have lots to cover yet, but yet we've been driving the car since the end of June 2017. So here goes a brief bit about several of our finishing details.

First we'll get started with the Pony & Coral back-lighting kit we bought that has LED lights stuck to the back side of the pony & it lights up when you have the low beams on. 

The A/C evaporator unit rebuild started with a collection of units that I have acquired over the years. Since nobody makes a new replacement cover, I picked the best 65 version that I had, which was actually in pretty good condition.

 Just a few pics of the insides.

This might be why the airflow on your unit sucks,, lol. All of the units looked the same way.

Since I was rebuilding my unit, I figured why not upgrade the core. Here are a couple of comparison shots between the oem & the newer style high performance cores. 
(FYI,,, I have never run an a/c unit with a stock core,,, but I can tell you this,,, the upgraded version will freeze you when it's on high, with frosty smoke vapors coming out of the 4 vents)

And here is the final product. The coin tray is original but I sanded the aluminum ridges with a fine scotch-brite, painted the sides black & added a new piece of non-slip sticker paper like you use on bumpers or steps. I also installed 4 new a/c diffuser vents. We're very pleased with it now,, and it blows extremely cold!

As of Easter Sunday 2017, I gave myself 2 months to get the car road trip ready so we could make the Goods Guys Car Show in Des Moines, Ia. on the July 2nd weekend,,,, and yes I did make it there.

 This is the starter list of items that needed to be done(some were optional). Below is the table of fun stuff to install.

Including my new custom aluminum driveshaft from Quarter Master,,, Super Strong, Super Lite!

Then it was time to liven up the cluster for the car. I had several years earlier, bought a restored cluster on Ebay,,, but since my sight isn't what it used to be,,, when I saw an option for the white-faced gauges,, I decide that those were for me. So I started with a couple of old clusters I had, and got to work.

The majority of the work is just CAREFULLY cleaning the old parts. 

The white faces are basically just whites stickers that install very easily without even having to mess with any of the needles.

Vwoala,,, isn't it pretty?  And here's even a side by side comparison of a black & white faced restored cluster.

More to come,,,


  1. Hi Doug, I was wondering if you had a email I can contact you. I starting a rebuild of a 65 mustang and had some questions. My email is Thanks.

    1. I am putting a 351w in a 65 . Having trouble getting the brake booster to fit. Any ideas on that

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  3. HI Doug, wondered if you ever got to that final post