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Southwind Heater in a Model A Ford....Show me some pics????

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    Southwind Heater in a Model A Ford....Show me some pics????

    I have read all the posts on the southwind heater but, YET to see one installed in a model a..Does anyone have a pic of it. I have a NOS One with the bowl adapter for the fuel and considering installing but would like to see what others have done..I have a 29 Town sedan....
    Thanks all
    Ill., Region MARC & MAFCA
    MARC JSC Member
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    Personally, I would never install any heat source that uses a fuel in anything that can be closed up!!
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • Mark Maron
      Mark Maron commented
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      ok not the issue but for what it worth they have a PERFECT 100% safety record..

    • MikeK
      MikeK commented
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      Wiz, The unit is INTERNAL combustion, no exposure to flame or external red heat anywhere. Most piston powered commercial aircraft prior to jets had their cabins heated by the same system. NO fires. VW's, buses, and many European vehicles also used similar internal combustion heaters. Advantage: no water hoses, full heat 90 seconds after startup, even with an ice cold engine. Disadvantage: the exhaust is fed into the intake, creating a slight effect on idle, but no worse than a PCV system feeding blowby into an intake.

      Stewart Warner made over three million of them. Zero fires, as there is no external fire. The German company J. Eberspächer, likely the world's largest producer of commercial vehicle heaters still produces this type of heater in many sizes and variations for cars, trucks, and buses.

      Where to install any heater in an A is always a firewall and passenger legroom conundrum. After looking at the Espar 90 second to full heat internal combustion heaters (Canadian affiliate of Eberspächer) I came to the conclusion that the slickest approach would be a rearward install, in a metal trunk behind the vehicle with flex ducting into the cabin through through the floorboards. A one gallon tank in that trunk would give you about 12 hours of 10,000 BTU/hr heat output. Their heaters require 12V. A Southwind would need a forward firewall install, as it cannot easily be operated remotely.