Originally Posted by somewhereinusa
Just curious, what are you going to use for defrost? Even in Florida there are times when a window defroster
This company (DC Thermal
) makes electric cab heaters with or without ducting that can be used for defrosting the windshield. Plus, they're Made in USA!
I was planning to mount one of their unducted models overhead on a swivel so I can turn it from heating the driver's seat to pointing at the windshield for defrosting. Or I might buy a smaller one and mount it under the dash and connect the output to the existing defroster plenum.
I like electric heat because I wouldn't have to wait for the engine to warm up before getting some warmth in the cab, and I'd never have to worry about the heater core springing a leak inside the living area. Ive had that problem on two cars I've owned and it was bad. After taking out the old heater core, I can say that I would not have wanted to do that in case I needed to repair some part of the system—it was built and assembled to be permanently secured with no way—save for complete disassembly—to remove the core.
And by the way, it never worked right from the time I brought it home. Two of the control cables were disconnected at the heater control panel and the valve in the heater hose was frozen (ON or OFF, I couldn't tell which). The fresh air intake hose was crushed behind the heater output hose and was sucking interior air when it should have been pulling outside air.
This is what it looked like before:
I'm not a big believer in doing things just because that's the way they've always been done. If the old way is better, fine. But if there is a newer, more efficient method to get the same thing done (and I can afford to do it), I'll go with the new idea.
(On a semi-related tangent, there was a time when I pondered using the recently sold generator to convert this thing to a diesel-electric hybrid, but it turned out to be more than I wanted to spend. I would have replaced the main engine with an electric motor and used the 16KW diesel generator to charge a bank of super-capacitors that would then power the motor and drive the wheels. If I ever run into some extra cash, I might still do this.)