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Heater Alternatives

I was in my local FLAPS this weekend and saw a heater they had on they shelf. It was a small one that you would place on your dash and plug into the cigarette lighter outlet. I have no idea have well it worked and didn't bother to read the specs. It seemed like it might an alternative to some of you thinking about using headers, V-8 conversion, 914-6 headers, ....

Has anybody tried this?

ShawnO

Of course then you would have to fix your cigarette light outlet.
Then "Dirkwright's Disease" sets in. If I bought one I'd probably end up rebuilding my transmission.
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The problem with those is that they use a whole lot of current, and don't put out that much heat. If you run the math, you'll find out that your average hair-dryer uses more electricity than the 914's alternator can provide...

I have heard that the electric heaters can be enough to defog some or all of your windshield, but that's about it. It might even be a bit iffy at that...

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Check the tech articles for the add-on booster fans that go in the front trunk on each side. I installed them last year and they are fantastic. If the parts for the air system are in good shape, you'll get plenty of heat. Good luck.
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hey shawn- I've got a full webasto unit out of a '67 911 that you are free to play with. Oh, I've still got you trunk latch, too.
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YEARS AGO - had '55 Ford Fairlane Police Special 292 - no heater = used to light STERNO cans for heat until the cops stepped in. Made for an interesting court appearance. They didn't see the humor in it.

Ah, the "pre-drug" generation blues.

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I tried one of those cigarette lighter heaters from Wal-Mart once in a 914. It didnít seem to work too well. Not enough heat and the windows still fogged up.

That was 12 years ago. Maybe they are better now? More efficient etc.

Now I just donít drive my 914 in the winter.
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I don't care to repeat my story of a Kharma-Ghia with a propane torch installed under the dash on this forum, it's enough to say it didn't work any better than the Sterno did.
Dave's right, there is not enough wattage available to heat the car electrically.
I would stick close to some variation of what the original design is. When I finally wised up on my Ghia, it worked great. I skipped all the ductwork and complicated air boxes and cables etc. and ducted the warm air through a hole in the firewall to under the drivers seat.

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I had a Karman Ghia once and to heat the cabin I would wait till the cigarette lighter got hot and then I would wave it around some. It worked about as good as the heating system.
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Cool elec heater

Hi, and some humor in the heater, no i don't carry a gun, haha. JC whitney carries a low draw add on defroster. work's kinda cool, hell i live in florida, just breath.
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How about a BN-4 ? gas heater as fitted to the VW 181? Roland?. Steve
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