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Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:43 pm

The in-car heater on an A30 Countryman was an optional extra, as we know.
Can someone inform me, in what other models was the same heater system used :?:
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Paulc » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:27 am

They were made by Smiths and were used in a lot of 50s cars. I think more commonly in the Land Rovers. The heaters were commonly known as fug stirrers!
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:46 am

The exact same ones as in the Austin A30?
I'd like it to look original :)
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Paulc » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:48 pm

As the heaters were optional extras it was up to the owner to decide which one to fit. Most Austin dealers would try and sell you a Smith's heater, but others were available, Tudor and K-L for example. The K-L ones were £10-10s plus fitting so not cheap when one considers the average wage.

Some examples on a MM page:

https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/vi ... 19&t=64938
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby A40FARINAGURU » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:55 pm

Paulc wrote:As the heaters were optional extras it was up to the owner to decide which one to fit. Most Austin dealers would try and sell you a Smith's heater, but others were available, Tudor and K-L for example. The K-L ones were £10-10s plus fitting so not cheap when one considers the average wage.

Some examples on a MM page:

https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/vi ... 19&t=64938

Tudor and K-L for example. The K-L (Key Leather) :thumbs:
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:08 pm

It looks like the ones on that link seem to be fitted under the dashboard. I think I like the idea of the engine bay mounted device, like the square Smiths one with the blower on the side.
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby A40FARINAGURU » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:11 pm

Demetri wrote:I think I like the idea of the engine bay mounted device, like the square Smiths one with the blower on the side.

i'm sure the under bonnet as used on saloons was also available for the Countryman models as a standard option
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:17 pm

A40FARINAGURU wrote:i'm sure the under bonnet as used on saloons was also available for the Countryman models as a standard option

Does that include the A35 as well? Or did they change?
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby A40FARINAGURU » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:21 pm

Demetri wrote:
A40FARINAGURU wrote:i'm sure the under bonnet as used on saloons was also available for the Countryman models as a standard option

Does that include the A35 as well? Or did they change?

should do, they just followed things like that from the A30-A35
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:01 pm

I saw this today, and I'm wondering if I should start collating all the various heater bits that I need, or whether it's wiser to hold out and buy a complete unit... box/blower/heater controls
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/381968851639?ul_noapp=true
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Alan » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:43 pm

I'm sure I have some heater parts in good condition that I no longer need.

if your interested I can photo them and put them up tomorrow?
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:45 pm

Alan wrote:if your interested I can photo them and put them up tomorrow?

Great :thumbs:
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Paulc » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:55 am

Quite a lot of 'bits' needed for the engine bay heater. I have seen some engine bay type heaters that duct air only to the floor of the vehicle, I assume that fitting the ducts/vents to the screen was (at the time) considered too fiddly.
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Alan » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:47 am

Demetri wrote:
Alan wrote:if your interested I can photo them and put them up tomorrow?

Great :thumbs:


I checked my spares and all I have is the heater box/matrix same as above, with the 2 elbows attached and 2 cables. also the heater controls that sit under the light switch panel. in better condition than above.
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Re: Optional in-car heaters

Postby Demetri » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:02 am

Alan wrote:I checked my spares and all I have is the heater box/matrix same as above, with the 2 elbows attached and 2 cables. also the heater controls that sit under the light switch panel. in better condition than above.

Great. I'll be in touch as soon as I've decided in what direction I want to go regarding installation of a heating system. :thumbs:
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