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56 heaters, are they any good?

 
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Old 03-03-2004, 04:48 PM
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56 heaters, are they any good?

will a 50 year old heater box cope with cold weather and icey windows?
 
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I am using the original heater in my '54 F-100 and after it warmsup I have to crack a window since it gets too hot. I have the recirculating heater and can not adjust the temperature, just the blower speed. I can not say if the defrosters would de-ice my windshield as I do not drive it in cold, wet, snowy weather, just cold and dry weather. Make sure you put new rubber weather stripping on your doors, a new insulated, underdash panel, and insulation in the headliner and on the floor under the seat and the floor mat.
 
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Abe, I too have a 54 with the original heater and it also does a good job of keeping things warm in the winter. I put a shut off valve in the heater hose line to shut the flow off in the summer as the old valve was shot. Otherwise it gets a little warm. The original heater ought to work ok if it is in good condition.
 
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Re: 56 heaters, are they any good?

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will a 50 year old heater box cope with cold weather and icey windows?
Norway. Jeepers, I'll bet it gets cold in the winter.

I think the heater core can produce enough heat, if there's heat to be had.

I'd be installing a 195 (F) degree thermostat. What is that, 90 degrees C? Put a pressure cap on the radiator, maybe 12 lbs. Be sure to use a coolant recovery system to purge the air out of the cooling system. I've got a Mickey-Mouse jobber coolant recovery on mine. I'll be improving it soon, but it works for now.

Check the hot air hoses for the defroster. Mine were totally rotted. I replaced them with Auto-Parts-Store standard hot air hoses. Make sure that the cowl vent seals ok or you'll be fighting a loosing battle to keep heat in the cab.
 
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I too have a 54 F100 and the heater really cooks. To keep em that way, a regular flushing of the system works like a charm.
 
 


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