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Anyone have a picture of a heater for a 1935/1936 Ford pickup truck. I believe that they were all "aftermarket" installations. Looking for a water type heater, rather than a system of "ducts" that captured the exhaust manifold heat.
UPDATE: This is one that I resurrected from a trash pit and restored and plan to use.
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I believe some of those were a dealer installed option as I have seen some with the Ford Emblems on them..Basically all they were were a box with a heater core and some doors on them that directed the air flow..They did have a fan in them that blew just a small amount of air..At least the ones that I have seen did..

You might try Hemmings or one of the early Ford clubs and their swap meets to find one of those..

Now if anyone knows some of these guys may have the info that you need.. http://www.mafca.com/ that is the Model A club guys..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Ford Motor Company offered hot air heaters, introduced in 1934, only prior to 1939. The Dealers offered aftermarket hot water heaters unauthorized by FoMoCo. For 1939 Ford began offering the hot water heaters and dropped the hot air heater soon after.

The hot air heater is often called exhaust heater or after not so many years of service a carbon monoxide dispersal device. The heaters were essentially a heat exchanger built around a custom exhaust pipe from the manifold to the frame. A vent tube extended forward to capture outside air and another tube at the fire wall end had a register through the firewall. The first designs were available in 1934 and windshield defrost vents became available in 1935 and later units.Later units had fans in the system. The weak point, naturally was that the exhaust pipe got rotten thus making noise and introducing exhaust into the cabin.

The aftermarket offered dozens of styles and sizes of hot water heaters mounted on the firewall and under the seats. Some of the fire wall mounted units are very ornate chrome-plated oval shaped art deco designs but most are relatively plain hammertone painted boxes with doors for dispersal or door and tubing head for defrost. They are very common at swap meets and usually sell, in the South and West, for less than $50 depending on completeness and condition for a plain style and $100+ for very ornate ones.

Another style was the Southwind Gas Heater a very attractive unit which actually taps into the fuel system of the car using gasoline for heating the air. You could still find new Southwinds as late as the 1970s at swap meets and service parts as well.

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