Anyone else see this gizmo by the manifold ? I'm thinkin it a heater but that is a WAG
I saw that car in and talked to the owner last fall at a swap meet in St. Paul. I didn't see what was under the hood, though.
It's really a cute car.
Looks a lot like the homemade one I did for my tudor. Works well but I've only it used two winters, usually I don't need it in our weather. That is a plus with a closed car. KB
I rode in and drove a '15 touring a few years ago that was fixed like that.
It was a December day in Ca., we drove about 50 miles with one side curtain off.
The small amount of heat that came in was welcomed on that 50 degree day.
I have tried that on a real winter day when it was much colder but it didn't work. at all. We only got cold air.
Thank you Aaron, that answered a question I was going to ask. Sounds like in a mild climate, on a slightly chilly day, a bit of heat would be produced, but for the upper half of the USA, where there is REAL winter, it wouldn't work enough to notice.
I want to make pedal pants for mine. My wife would love to add a heater to ours too.
I have a double system in my 26 touring and a single in my 27 cpe. They work great and are safe because all air coming in is in front of the exhaust manifold.
It looks like the efficiency can be increased by building a heat exchanger. The flex tube should be run along the length of the exhaust manifold and head pipe with a sheet of tin plate wrapped around to help contain some of the heat from the manifold.
It could be one of these after market style heaters fitted to the car's exhaust pipe and used a flex tube running up to the front of the engine and behind the fan to force the hot air into the car's interior.
The top model offers the ability of having a second heater vent in the back seating area for use in a touring or sedan.
This one I reproduced years back. Only offered heat to the front seating area. Bob
Wish you were still reproducing them
How come a lot of us Model T'er don't hear about your reproductions until we hear on the forum that you quit doing them?????
Here are three links to manifold heaters in my collection that I posted under The ACCESSORY OF THE DAY threads
There seems to me to be a very important safety issue to consider here. Reading this very interesting thread makes me wonder about the dangers of asphyxiation. Even a heater system utilizing exhaust heat that is properly installed and safe enough INITIALLY, might become hazardous in the future, perhaps even years later after the car has changed owners. Makes me think that if such a heater system is installed, installation should include a completely new STAINLESS STEEL exhaust system. A common appliance in modern RV's includes a carbon dioxide detector warning device, but here we go again, considering MODERN equipment in conjunction with an antique automobile.
AGAIN,....A VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUE TO CONSIDER HERE!
An answer to your question about not hearing about some of my fabricated and reproductions of which are well over a 100 in just T items is because they never get any takers. Back in 2005 or early 2006 I posted these pictures of the original heater I had purchased. Only a couple guys commented on wanting one. I cast a couple and the projected ended there.
Other items like this KRW rear main thrust cutting tool was just too much work to have at a decent selling price and so was a DOA.
You may not know some of my stuff I make because it gets sold by the T vendors. Bob
Harold, Very good point! I wouldn't install one of these on anything but a stainless steel exhaust pipe.
Bob, does that type heater work well? I have an original that I was thinking of installing on my p/u project. KB