My 2002 is the only Spyder I know of without air-con. This is brutal in summer.
Managed to source the air-con from another Spyder-man and have begun to install it, starting with the evaporator unit under the dash, behind the glovebox. Glovebox was easy, just open it and pull down. It unclips from a horizontal bar. The factory manual tells you to CUT this bar.
Yep, a left-hand drive pic, but our spiders are a mirror image here. See that there is even a Toyota part to replace what you've cut out. Toyota dealer couldn't find it listed anywhere.
I cut this out, and thought afterwards (of course) I should have cut further toward centre to keep the reinforcing rib.
That rib in the end of the bit I cut out - feel like I should have left it behind. Instead of cutting where it looked like I should cut, 5mm further, and maybe file back after. Even so the result seems strong enough.
There's the remains after cut out, and here's what came out, and what's going in. That wire left dangling, that attaches to the front of the evap box by a couple of clips that are part of the box. I also undid the two bolts holding the top facia that are hidden when the door is closed, and the one on the RHS of the glovebox, just for more wriggle room, but it was not so hard once the nuts and bolts were off. The top nut is a little awkward but doable.
One empty, one full. Juggled the "full" one into the space - remember to line up the outlets and drain tube..
I expected it to be the hardest part to get in, but it wriggled in just fine. Did all the nuts and bolts up and it seems fine.
I just bent a flat piece of 2mm alloy along its length, less than a right angle, to make it at least a bit rigid, and drilled holes where needed.
And the sun set.
Everything else should be even more straightforward.