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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 19, 9:09 PM Thread Starter
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Alternative heating?

I removed the hoses to my heater core long ago, so I haven't been running heat for ages now. I am thinking of removing the entire heating duct assembly under the dash, but I am wondering if there is a way of doing some sort of electric heater that I could install during the cold months or if I ever road trip the car.

Doable or am I thinking out of my a$$?

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 19, 9:50 PM
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Re: Alternative heating?

There are electric heaters that plug into cigarette lighter sockets for cars, we used to see them at the various car parts catalogue stores like J.C. Whitney. Check E-Bay, google it.
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Re: Alternative heating?

It would take a lot of amps at 12 volts to equal very many watts of heating. And you would need a hole lotta' watts in Canada!!

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Get one of those gasoline heaters like dad had and people use to put in Volkswagons.
https://www.ebay.com/i/262075604075?...EaAhomEALw_wcB

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post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Alternative heating?

Oddly enough I went to a cruise in tonight and a guy with a 69 Chevelle had a cab heater haha. It was horribly bulky and apparently dangerous so I'd pass on that one.

@B52bombardier1 my concern is the wattage as well. Typical space heaters are up to 1500 watts. I doubt i'd even need 1000 watts for the confined space of a car, really just my feet honestly.... but I'd assume that's stick quite a lot of power,.

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post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 12:23 AM
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My question is; what would you do for defrost on a rainy day and to defrost the windows on a cold, frosty morning??
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Re: Alternative heating?

Adding a second heating solution when you have one already designed for the car seems silly IMHO. Stock heat is great. I would put it back in if you want to drive the car in the cold.

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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 1:14 AM Thread Starter
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My question is; what would you do for defrost on a rainy day and to defrost the windows on a cold, frosty morning??
I don't really drive the car in the rain, only had some mild fog up once. If it's so cold the windows are frosted, then I'm not driving it anyways. It's more of a if I go on a road trip kind of idea. Outside of the beginning of the year or the end of the year, it gets too hot in the car.

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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 1:16 AM Thread Starter
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Adding a second heating solution when you have one already designed for the car seems silly IMHO. Stock heat is great. I would put it back in if you want to drive the car in the cold.
I figure there might be 20 lbs I could shed. I've driven without heat for years now, since 95% of the time I don't need it. But once in a while, it would be nice.

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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 1:30 AM
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Re: Alternative heating?

I'm starting to see options for aftermarket electric heat here and there. Nothing looks really good though. I'm guessing it's probably just a cheap clone of the instant heat option offered in new luxury cars. Perhaps an option would be to get an inverter and run a really small space heater and/or an electric blanket?

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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 2:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Alternative heating?

I have found a few camper 12V heaters that might work, if I can find one the right size. Some even have duct output ports, which would be ideal so I could run the ducts towards the feet, and/or to the windshield.


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post #12 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 19, 4:53 PM
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With more electric cars being made, maybe looking at how they do their heat/defrost functions. Most likely they would be using a much higher voltage than what you can supply.
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post #13 of 29 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 19, 9:03 AM
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Re: Alternative heating?

Just run a piece of slant fin tubing along the dash and connect it to two hoses. Put a ball valve somewhere handy and your set... Or pick up a trans cooler and run hot water through it with a small fan on it.. Summit sells units all ready to go fan and all..

I made a steel vent and ran it across the passenger side exhaust manifold and into the cab of my el camino. Something like the old VWs had, works well...

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I have found a few camper 12V heaters that might work, if I can find one the right size. Some even have duct output ports, which would be ideal so I could run the ducts towards the feet, and/or to the windshield.

this will be like your wife's hair dryer on low setting
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