Go Back   Corvette Forum > C3 Corvettes, 1968 - 1982 > C3 Tech/Performance
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?
Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read FAQ Vendor Directory
Search
C3 Tech/Performance
V8 Technical Info, Internal Engine, External Engine, Basic Tech and Maintenance for the C3 Corvette Sponsored by
VBP

Welcome to Corvetteforum.com!
Welcome to Corvetteforum.com.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, join Corvetteforum.com today!


Corvette Store
 
 
C7 Parts & Accessories
C6 Parts & Accessories
C5 Parts & Accessories
C4 Parts & Accessories
C3 Parts & Accessories
C2 Parts & Accessories
C1 Parts & Accessories
Wheels & Tires
Sponsored Ads
 
 
Vendor Directory
  
Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-10-2001, 03:56 PM   #1
dsagers
CF Senior Member
 
dsagers's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2000
Location: SLC, UT USA
Default 1981 Heater Hoses

Temps are dropping into the 30s and 40s in the mornings so it's time to fix the heater. Last spring I pulled off the elbow bends off the heater core connections under the pass side. These hoses looked like they were the originals, cracked and brittle. Also noted that the two hoses were different sizes.

Called the dealer this morning and was told they don't carry them anymore. The bend in these look really tight and I'm wondering if I can just use regular heater hose or do I need the preformed item?

Any idea where to buy the preformed items?

And finally, what are the two sizes of the hoses?

Thanks
dsagers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2001, 04:08 PM   #2
Gator81
CF Senior Member
 
Gator81's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2000
Location: far, far away
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (dsagers)

When I did mine a few years ago, I believe I ordered a set through Zip or Mid-America. Kinda pricey, about $65 a set now. I'd worry that they would kink up on me if I just used the bulk straight hose.

Sorry, I don't recall them being different sizes - I thought they were all 5/8".

Good luck! :seeya
Gator81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2001, 04:37 PM   #3
weendoggy
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2000
Location: Aptos, CA.
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (dsagers)

You can buy these hoses at Napa or any other major parts house. I'm not sure about a PepBoys or Kragen. They are 3/4" and 5/8" hoses. You can get them with a pre-bent end which is about 4 - 6 inches (depending on what you want) with the long straight piece up to 30" or better. Just cut what you need and you're done. Cost should be under $25. :flag
weendoggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2001, 04:46 PM   #4
john's '81 mouse
CF Senior Member
 
john's '81 mouse's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2000
Location: Des Moines Iowa
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (dsagers)

weendoggy nailed it. I got mine @ Advanced Auto, but believe the cost was more like $40, can't remember for sure, since that was 3 1/2 years ago, and I have my receipts at home in my very thick, three ring corvette binder.

Would be really hard to use hoses without the factory 90 degree bend in the hose in my opinion.
john's '81 mouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2001, 05:02 PM   #5
Torcher
CF Senior Member
 
Torcher's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2001
Location: Charles Town WV
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (dsagers)

You can get the set right now thru ZIP ... 27.00 for the set with the formed elbows and are considered replacements, OR also thru ZIP... A set of formed with the GM logo on them for 38.00. This is the cheapest you will find them anywhere at the moment. They are 5/8 and 3/4. :smash:
Torcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2001, 05:20 PM   #6
MIKER
CF Senior Member
 
MIKER's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 1999
Location: Tolar Texas
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (john's '81 mouse)

The clamps on my heater hoses are so far up into the heater core box that I had doubts about being able to get to them. Did any of you guys have trouble getting to yours? Any tips / tricks?
MIKER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2001, 06:44 AM   #7
Torcher
CF Senior Member
 
Torcher's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2001
Location: Charles Town WV
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (MIKER)

I never had that prob.. someone must have placed them higher than needed... What I would do is take a razor and cut the hose as close to the clamps as possible and very gently try to work some or all of the hose out from under the clamp being VERY careful not to collapse the tubing on the heater core. You will have to be very patient and take your time... but if you can not get to the clamp????? If you have a small box end wrench, you should be able to loosen it that way also if there is enuf room?? Just a couple of ideas... :cool:
Torcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2001, 08:20 PM   #8
dsagers
CF Senior Member
 
dsagers's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2000
Location: SLC, UT USA
Default Re: 1981 Heater Hoses (Torcher)

Stopped by NAPA last night on the way home with a pic from the Assembly Manual and looked thru the Gates catalog. Found two hoses that looked right, had to order them, and will see if they fit this weekend.
dsagers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2001, 08:20 PM
 
Go Back   Corvette Forum > C3 Corvettes, 1968 - 1982 > C3 Tech/Performance
Reload this Page 1981 Heater Hoses
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
1981, corvette, heater, hose


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Click for Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for heater hose p/n 12368235 4XLR8N C5 General 34 07-21-2014 07:01 AM
Please help with HEATER HOSE routing -96 LT1 sissond C4 Tech/Performance 3 06-23-2014 07:27 PM
Heater Hoses? Brcmpbl C3 Tech/Performance 5 04-17-2013 03:10 PM
Early C4's should keep this part number FOURSPEEDVETTE C4 General Discussion 7 01-17-2013 01:53 PM
Water pump question - 76 C3 Iggycat2009 C3 Tech/Performance 9 05-26-2012 09:57 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:28 AM.


Emails & Password Backup