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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by timdhawk, Apr 23, 2021.

  1. timdhawk
    Joined: Aug 21, 2010
    Posts: 114


    I'm installing the factory heater system on my 1950 Mercury (it didn't have one before). Should I have the flapper in the vent tube situated to allow air to be pulled in from the cabin when running heat, or from outside air?
  2. chriseakin
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 378


    Can't you set it up to do either with a pull of the cable? More modern cars have the choice of recirculating cabin air, which helps to heat up the interior a bit faster on cold days, but using exterior air helps with defogging windows when there is a lot of moisture in the air (my theory).
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  3. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 84

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    Hmmm, Montana Best recirculate.
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  4. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,924

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Since I think my shoebox '51 had a choice the merc should too.

  5. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,104

    Dick Stevens

    Modern cars won't let you recirculate cabin air when using the heater or defrost, only when using A/C. I suspect that is to eliminate the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning as we tend to leave the car idling in the winter to warm it up and it could build up the level of carbon monoxide in the car.
  6. In a high moisture situation outside air works better to help keep the windows from fogging up. A good working heater has no problem heating cold outside air, at least once the engine is at operating temp.
  7. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 8,791

    jimmy six

    Not know the Merc but on the stock heater controller on my 56 the first stop on that control lever opened the right air, the next stop at “heater” closed the right air and directed the air from the front on the car to the heater fan and blew air on to the floor. It had one more stop on the lever which was defrost.
    The HEAT actually came from another lever which opened the vacuum controlled water valve and allowing hot water to flow to the heater core.
    By not moving the level to open the hot water you can direct outside air to the heater or defroster ducts.
  8. A picture would help a lot...My '49 Coupe had a manual splitter damper on the outlet of the fan to allow either the fan to blow into the cabin or fresh air directly to the cabin from inlet grille or any mixture in between..

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