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Heater how to, (Make your Momma happy)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Da Tinman, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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    I've been working on the Evil Step Dads 32 5w, and one of the things my Mom asked about was a heater. I think she was kidding but I took it serious.

    I had a spare 49 ford heater as a core, I removed the front cover and saved the rest for another day.

    For the fan I used this,,, http://www.svc.com/r4-svs-07ak-gp.html its an 8" 12 volt computor fan.

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    Despite its appearence it doesnt move a lot of air so for a bigger car ya might look for something else.

    The original heater was nearly a foot thick, and by using this fan I was able to get it down to 5"

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    The heater core is a random one of the shelf that would fit in the box, I'll get a part number tomorrow.

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    I rerouted the inlets to feed into the bottom front of the box,,
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    The relocated inlets now point directly at the heater control valve,, (again random off the shelf component, number tomorrow) which I mounted underneath.
    (warning the mexican alloy of aluminum and sand is a complete bitch to weld)

    the valve also serves as the bulkhead thru the firewall, and comes out just above the rear of the intake.

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    For the defrogger I cut some 2" exhaust pipe and made a Y pipe, and then added a peak to make it not look like exhaust pipe. This was welded to the top of the case after cutting the proper shaped hole for it to breathe thru.
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    I had a pair of defrogger vents leftover from an AC install last year that were slotted into the dash support.
    I had to make a new upper section for the dash andwhile I was at it I made up some louvers to cover the holes.

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    Since the big fan doesnt move a lot of air I took a trip to Radioshack for a pair of 3" 12 volt computor fans. Made up a couple flanges and mounted them right at the end of the vents.

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    Still have to work out the controls, they will be mounted to the bottom of the box and will cover the hose ends and inlets.

    Heres what you see with the dash installed,,

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    not much of a tech I know but hopefully inspires some of you that are wanting a heater.
     
  2. 69fury
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    Nice work- i've been thinking along the same lines for my car, but it can be a plain box as none will be visible.

    You said defrogger. I say defrogger too.


    -rick
     
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  4. willymakeit
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    Nice work and use of materials
     
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  5. KrisKustomPaint
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    I've often thought of doing something similar. Looks great! Killer work.
     
  6. Von Rigg Fink
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    Same idea i had for mine...should work like a charm, and the fan i got has a 3 possition speed switch.

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    with the 3 speeds it gets to pushing good air thru the unit
     
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  7. belair
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    That's about as slick as it gets.
     
  8. Loooks good Jay! I still have that NAPA parts listing with hundreds of dimensions for replacememnt motors and the PNs from a old Rodders Digest article. (many page scan)

    Here is the NAPA Heater valve PN BK660-1301
     
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  12. Antny
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    Very cool.....errr, I mean that's HOT! LoL.
     
  13. Stu D Baker
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    I gotta say, DaddyLarry hit a home run when he dropped his car off at your shop. Looks great. Stu
     
  14. lippy
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    Great tech, that's slick as hell and nice looking! Lippy
     
  15. chevydeucewagon
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    Great job! That looks great.
     
  16. langy
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    I just done a heater for my project to, its a Tropic Aire, I used a motorcycle electric fan.

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  17. langy
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    Nice Firestone heater, I have one too.


     
  18. Dammit
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    Hey, DaTinman, that blows! :) What a great idea.
     
  19. Triggerman
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    Hey Von Rigg, do you know the part number for that Antec fan you are using?
     
  20. DeuceDog
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  22. budrow
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    Good tech. Got to do something like that this fall. Thanks.
     
  23. rickman454
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  24. Da Tinman
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  25. Da Tinman
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    Here's an update! Controls and the cover are finished!

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    Yes its a little off kilter, I will fix it when it comes back from paint....

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    Made the sides long enough to cover the valve and hoses.

    and for the part #s,,,,

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  26. langy
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    Nice switch panel.
     
  27. Triggerman
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    Are you kidding? That's a killer looking switch panel. Tinman, how about some clues as to how you made that panel and where did those sweet looking switch knobs come from?
     
  28. Jimmy Tee
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    Nice work. The switch panel looks like it belongs..... just add rust.
     
  29. langy
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    We english are quite reserved :D


     
  30. A-mazing!!!

    You're makin' your ESD pretty damned happy, too!!!:D:cool:
     

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