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Old 04-14-2003, 10:18 PM
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Just out of curiosity I was wondering if anyone knows anything about good year heaters. When I bought my 53 chevy truck it came with this good year heater and the firewall didn't look modified for it. I have since put a new firewall in but decided to keep the heater just for looks. I don't know a thing about this and don't have an accessory manual but would something like this have been an option from the factory? Is this unique or are there tons of these out there?
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Your Goodyear hot water heater was probably made by one of the 4 or 5 heater manufacturers from those good old days. Heaters were sold under virtually all Tire manufacturers names and many oil company names as well as Sears, Montgomery Ward and others. Heaters were available both in specific applications (as your truck 47-55 1st series Chevies and GMCs) and as generic or universal units. There were dozens if not hundreds of case designs and vent doors, rotating registers etc. Some are very utilitarian in appearance and others are chrome-plated beauties worthy of a place in the glass cabinet.
Some could be bought with, or up-dated with, vent tubing and nozzles for defrosters.
If yours is still capable of holding water and you like it, just change the blower motor to 12Volts or use a resistor to reduce 12 to 6 and use it. They kept Grandma and Gramps warm, they'll do the same for you!
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Never saw one like it. It sure is beautiful, man! Do it work? Is it noisy?

My '54 has a square box job ... sounds like the loudest vacume cleaner you ever heard!

It's gonna be replaced, though. I don't like it's looks at all -- if it looked like yours, I'd go out of my way to keep it!

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It hasn't dripped any water yet. It works but is kind of noisy. I don't think I'll really need to use it ever but if I find a 12 motor the same size I'd buy it. Thanks for the info.
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Good choice in keeping that heater! It is one of the really neat ones, the tailend of the Deco era. The fan noise is often because of dirt etc. built up on the blades and worn bushings. However it looks like you've cleaned it up very nicely. It is also possible to have that motor rewound to a 12V configuration if you have a small motor shop nearby. They can rebush it at the same time.
Funny though, the heater in my first car (47 Plymouth bouht in 1966) made noise too.
Maybe it's the fact that it's right there not buried deep in some tunnel under the dash or in the engine compartment.
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I noticed that the noise lessens quite a bit if the unit is tilted on a different angle, but like I said, mine's not worth fussing over, so I let it go. I'm relacing it with the Vintage Air Evaporator Kit - AC/Heat unit that fits under the dash nicely and compact-ly.

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That is a beautiful heater. It is the first I have ever seen. Arvin was far and away the premier accessory heater supplier in the early days. Go on ebaY and you can always find a bunch of Arvins.

As yours shows they can also be pieces of art. Here is a photo of the one I put in my Willys.



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That IS a real piece of art, Willy36! Man ... the stuff from the old days just rules so supremely!

Yo! What are those boots just behind your gas peddle? It looks like you have to step over 'em!

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Shifter and emergency brake. And yes, they are right under my right leg. Reverse on the Hydro is all the way forward and I have to run the gas pedal with my heel 'cause the shifter is in the way of the pedal. In all the forward gears everything fits fine. You can't imagine how small a Willys is until you try to build one and fit everything in that you need. When I carry a passenger, we need to get in one at a time and use a very precise sequence or we won't fit!
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LOL! That's hilarious!

And even with that, it still beats ANY ride made after the 80s ... in my book, anyway.

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