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What is the flat rate to change heater core for 1990 cougar? I am doing it for someone and it has turned into quite a project. what should I charge?

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The book time (mitchell) calls for 8.6 hrs, generally I charge 90.00 an hour. So 8.6*90.00= 774.00.

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