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#822642 - Fri Feb 03 2012 04:55 PM 1951 Heater
Git_Er_Dun Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 23 2011 02:36 PM
Posts: 48
Loc: Mass, USA
I am trying to figure out what type of heater I have in my '51. I see threads and pictures on air flow and recirculating heaters, but my heater does not look like any of these. It is shaped like a cube/box with the heater core laying flat at the top of the unit. The fan blows air from the base of the unit.

I took it apart to clean and paint it up. I will post pictures once I complete the rebuild. I thought I would post the description to see if anyone recognizes my description.
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#822650 - Fri Feb 03 2012 05:08 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Git_Er_Dun]
Denny Graham Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 02 2006 12:00 PM
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Loc: Sandwich, IL
After market, there were a ton of them sold buy auto parts stores and places like Sears Roebuck & Co., Wards, Western Auto, Warshawsky's and on and on.
You need to post a photo and then maybe, just maybe someone might recongnize what brand it is.

DG
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#823492 - Mon Feb 06 2012 08:50 AM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Denny Graham]
Git_Er_Dun Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 23 2011 02:36 PM
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Loc: Mass, USA
Here are a few pictures of the heater I pulled out of my '51 3100. It does not look like any heaters I have seen from a 1951 truck. I would like to find out brand/model it is so I can get an emblem for the front.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/75986785@N02/6825164411/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/75986785@N02/6825138801/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/75986785@N02/6825162713/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/75986785@N02/6825165867/
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#823537 - Mon Feb 06 2012 11:14 AM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Git_Er_Dun]
Flxible Offline
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Registered: Sun Feb 03 2002 12:00 PM
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Loc: north of the 49th
looks like generic aftermarket "one size fits all", JC Whitney or a number of others ohwell

Bill
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#823568 - Mon Feb 06 2012 01:29 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Flxible]
Jimmie D Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 20 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 548
Loc: Grand Junction, Colo.
What you have is an aftermarket Arvin brand heater. You are missing the white arvin script on the front. That is what the oddly spaced holes in the front are for, that is to mount the script. I have/had one in my 52. I disassembled, sand blasted, primed, and painted it, also while it was disassembled I had the core cleaned and pressure tested. I then found another heater that had a good script, but no motor. I hadn't started on the new case, when I got a super deal on a working deluxe fresh air heater. The fresh air heater is currently waiting on cleaning and paint as well a pressure test on the core.
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#823577 - Mon Feb 06 2012 01:58 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Jimmie D]
LonnieC Offline
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Registered: Thu Oct 28 2010 08:02 PM
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Loc: Orlando, Florida
Git_Er_Dun and Jimmie D

That's a neat looking heater. Also a nice looking workbench, Git_Er_Dun!!

I've been following this thread hoping someone (Jimmie D) would identify the heater. I Googled "Arvin Heater" and found some images of the missing logo. While you are looking for the actual logo plate, perhaps you can PhotoShop the logo on the heater in the Powerwagon site; have a vinyl sign shop reproduce the logo; stick the logo to a plate painted the same color as the heater; attach the plate to the heater.

Here are the links ...

Photo:
http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/uploads/1411/heater-1.jpg
http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/uploads/1411/heater-2.jpg
Website:
http://www.thecj2apage.com/forums/47-cj2a-and-51-cj3a_topic7474.html

Photo:
http://www.powerwagonparts.com/Arvin1.JPG
http://www.powerwagonparts.com/Arvin2.JPG
http://www.powerwagonparts.com/Arvin3.JPG
Website:
http://www.powerwagonparts.com/parts.html

Photo:
http://i56.tinypic.com/91dsmx.jpg
Website:
http://talk.classicparts.com/showthread.php?t=15449

FYI - a vinyl sign shop cut this Thriftmaster logo for my valve cover.


Edited by LonnieC (Mon Feb 06 2012 07:30 PM)
Edit Reason: Added two more Powerwagon heater pics
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#824596 - Thu Feb 09 2012 06:52 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: LonnieC]
twotone Offline
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#824606 - Thu Feb 09 2012 07:44 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: twotone]
Jimmie D Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 20 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 548
Loc: Grand Junction, Colo.
Git_Er_Dun I suggest you grab that arvin script. I looked high and low for one like that, and after a year gave up. That is how I wound up with a second case. So I could cast a new script for my heater. It is a good deal I think, it beats buying a case (if you can find one)the casting resin ect. I figure that the script I made cost about $75.
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#826832 - Thu Feb 16 2012 10:07 AM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: Whitedog]
DavidF Offline
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Registered: Sun Jun 20 2010 11:34 AM
Posts: 1014
Loc: Austin, TX
My '52 had an Arvin heater that I immediately ripped out to replace with a GM fresh air heater. I think I still have the Arvin and I know it still had the logo. Not sure of the condition, but you are welcome to it. Send me a PM, with your info, if you want it.


Edited by DavidF (Thu Feb 16 2012 10:07 AM)
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#827497 - Sat Feb 18 2012 01:44 PM Re: 1951 Heater [Re: DavidF]
Jimmie D Offline
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Registered: Mon Feb 20 2006 12:00 PM
Posts: 548
Loc: Grand Junction, Colo.
DavidF, If Git_Er_Dun didn't take that Arvin heater you might consider selling it on Ebay. The last one I saw that had been cleaned and painted went for over $80. If you don't want to fool with it, I will take it and pay for the shipping.
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