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Old 06-26-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Old floor heaters

I just bought an 88 bluebird tc 2000 I've pulled the seats and now want to pull the floor. I plan to scrap the heaters I dont know if coolant runs through them or anything messy or poisonous. Also im curious if I can use the wiring to run something else. what do i do about the hoses running to the heaters can they be closed off or completely disconnected.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #2
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Re: Old floor heaters

Yes, coolant runs through them. After hearing horror stories of spilled coolant all over the interior of the bus I disconnected the hoses in the engine compartment, unbolted the heater and all the hose tie downs, then I just pulled the hoses through from the engine compartment, held them up and carried them straight out the back door of the bus, dragging the hoses/heaters with me.

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Old 06-26-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Thank you brother. How about where the hoses connect? Will I need to seal off the ends somehow? And what should I do with the wiring?
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. Now that I have the hoses cut and drained I'm checking out the wiring I do think I want to get ac converters and make two outlets out of them. And the pump should work for water if I clean out the coolant. If this won't work or seems inadvisable please let me know which and why.
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Is there any way to use the coolant / lines for a WVO conversion? Use the lines to heat the WVO?
Yes you can keep the coolant lines and use the heat exchanger to heat the WVO. Jason has also used the rear heat exchanger to heat the water in the Jacuzzi buses.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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Re: Old floor heaters

That's what interested me the most, using it again not only for heat, but for hot water perhaps.
Leaks? Anything can leak, even a propane heater.
I suppose they don't heat all that well though, right? I don't remember much about them from my days riding them to school.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:01 AM   #7
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Re: Old floor heaters

heater cores are like a radiator core in that they are liquid to air heat transfer devices, if you want to transfer/use the heat to heat another fluid then you need a liquid/liquid heat exchanger, either plate type tube and shell type, they are common in marine and industrial applications.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:56 PM   #8
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Re: Old floor heaters

After consulting people here, I have decided to re-use my heaters and just move them when I begin my interior work. I think one will be in the bedroom area and one up near dining/ hangout area.

They work pretty good when bus is running and driving, so I figure I will use them and save the propane heaters for when I am stopped.

I drained mine at back of bus where they come out from engine, filtered and saved antifreeze to put back in because it still looked very green and clean.
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Re: Old floor heaters

Okay... I am currently trying to remove my heater, and I am pretty stuck.

I am not sure whether I need to complete the circuit with the hose's going to the back of the bus once I take out the heater, or if I can just pinch off the ends of both hose's next to the driver's seat.

Any thoughts?
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:10 AM   #10
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Re: Old floor heaters

If your taking out just the back heater, put a connect the hose ends together behind the driver. If your taking All the heaters, put the connection in the hoses in the engine compartment.

Either way, you need to connect them together so that the coolant being pumped through them can return to the engine.
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