this was oddly fun. now my wife is sure i'm nuts.
especially after she saw this:
i had already removed the blower box. the a/c core is next.
with the ducting out of the way, i re-routed some battery cables thru the holes left by the a/c core.
it was a great opportunity to neaten things under the dash.
the reassembly has gone well.
i have lost my mind. i can't remember how i wired my driving lamps.