Keeping your mind active is very important as we grow older. Â The more knowledge you can gain on a daily basis will improve your ability to always stay young in your thinking. Â Growing up I always was taught by my father that learning how something works puts you on top of your game in the engineering world. Â My father could always repair anything and taught me to do the same. Â I thank him for that piece of wisdom.
Using that advice, I studied the current rage of installing Vintage heaters in your hot rod. Â Mr. Bob, gave me a 1940 Ford heater that had been torn apart and not re-assembled for over 20 years, judging by the papers the parts were wrapped in. Â I am lucky to have a good friend, Gary, who knows all about these heaters and was able to determine what the heater needed to be made useful again. Â In short, if you want it to work, be prepared to spend some money for parts required. Â Forty Larry, in the valley has all the parts you need except the radiator cores. Â You could spend as much as a new Vintage Air unit cost to repair one of these units. Â If you just want the case and install a radio or A/C vents then just purchase a case for your car. Â Ebay has a lot of heater for sale that are good for cases. Â I prefer the Ford script ones, but many types are available and several companies sell parts, but open your wallet wide….radiator core $150, 12 v motor $90, stainless strips $75 and the list goes on. Â I think they look cool but not to use as a heater. Â Steve Moal sells a really neat looking heater that is modern and really works great.
Another area that I dove into over the weekend was converting a 40 coupe from 6 volt to 12 volt. Â Bob O does not like driving at night with dim lights. Â I had a nice diagram supplied to me by Lee Kelly that outlines what you need Â for the conversion. Â Bob picked up all the parts and the V8 shop and has started the process. Â Changes are required for lights, generator, coil, voltage regulator, battery, heater, radio and gauges. Â The 6 volt wiring is O.K, as is, provided it is in good shape. Â The horn will honk very loud and work as long as you don’t lay on it. Â I will full details and photos as we complete the conversion.
I tasked my brain for the weekend and now need to think about my projects this week.
1940 Ford Heater rebuild.
This 40 Ford heater is a Ford script model and this is what you find in old field cars. Â This one is complete and unmolested. Â The unit was offered for $200 with no takers. Â I think it wa
The most important part is the motor (6volt), the squirrel cage and fan if you want it to function. Â The radiator is available but pricey ($150).
Here is Mr. Bob’s heater as he received it. Â Most parts are in good condition but have been taken apart which is a no -no on the doors and squirrel cage/fan assembly.
Gary supplied a photo of the actual defroster rod and knob. Â Mr. Bob is missing this item but it could be made out of and old accelerator linkage.
Here is a correctly restored unit that is painted the correct color from Ford. Â Mr. Bob’s is briarwood brown which matches this dash and Girlie’s dash.
My computer is having a problem so I will stop for today and pray for tomorrow. Â More on the heater and 6 to 12 volt conversion.