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#1 IronmanG

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 09:35 AM

Has anyone tried 1 of these from mini spares.

C-ARA3000 UNIVERSAL HEATER UNIT

Universal aluminium heater assembly complete with heater matrix and electric fan. Comes with 2 outlets for demisting windscreen and 2 variable vents for heating the rest of the car. Ideal for track/race cars or simply for those who want to replace their existing heater with something more affordable and lightweight. Heater hose coolant outlets are 1/2" so ideal for early cars, if you have a post 1988 car you will need MOC210 x2 to fit the later 5/8" heater hoses. Please note these are supplied with 32mm outlets not 2" as per the picture

Do they do a better job than the original. Mines a mk 1 companion heater I think its called

#2 unburntfuelinthemorning

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 02:44 PM

It probably pumps plenty of heat out but it just recirculates cabin air rather than drawing fresh air in so would likely cause misting of the windows in certain conditions even worse than normal. 



#3 IronmanG

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 04:46 PM

Current 1 doesnt have that anyway even if it worked.
It's in a pick up . I reckon it's just as easy to get a heated screen!

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 05:07 PM

Heated screen would be useful.  I drive a Focus with one but find the elements too noticeable but they are great for clearing the screen fast.

 

I used to have a pick-up.  My demisting technique was to have a very clean windscreen, put demisters on full and drive with the window open until heater starts working.  Side and rear screen clean and coated with Rain-X anti-mist, if that had worn off then a chamois sponge type thing for the side windows and a left forearm sleeve for the rear.  Never wiped the front screen unless there was no choice.



#5 IronmanG

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 05:35 PM

Yes it's a bit of a first world problem. Nowhere you cant reach in a pick up.
Mini spares screen is apparently quite fine elements. Anyone got 1 fitted?

#6 IronmanG

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 06:57 PM

https://www.t7design...heater-12v.html

There is a smaller heater that would be ok for a pick up I reckon as it's such a small cabin.
It has a maximum pressure rating of 2 bar though. What's the normal sort of pressure you get in a coolant system when its wound right up.

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 07:54 PM

Around 1 bar and the radiator cap will be letting pressure out.

 

Is your current heater that bad?



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Posted 01 December 2019 - 08:20 PM

It's not great. And space saving in a pick up cab.... I will take it

Edited by IronmanG, 01 December 2019 - 08:20 PM.


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Posted 01 December 2019 - 09:28 PM

Most of the benefit you’ll see from one of those heaters is down to the core being new and not full of crud and rust deposits like the original one.

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:56 PM

I saw on here in the project page someone using a C-ARA3000 UNIVERSAL HEATER UNIT.

If i was to go that route, I would fab up som sort to collector and connect the fresh air duct. 






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