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    Cockit heat

    Hi Chaps,

    I'm getting a lot of heat into the cockpit, much of which is coming in via the heater. I took over this Classic Replicas Viper 80% complete with the heater already installed. There are no heater controls inside the car, and I can see no way of controlling it from the outside of the heater box. There is a "Galaxy" label on the top of the heater which is new to me. Google and the Viper build manual are no help. The build manual mentions a Mini heater and has two pictures, one of which looks like a Mini heater and another which definitely isn't.

    I'll fit an external tap between one of the hoses and the box if that's the only way. Anyone got any other ideas ?

    Many thanks,


    Brian.

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    I think most people fit a valve into the heater hoses as you suggested - you have to be careful of your engine coolant circuit though; some have a bypass (and therefore you can just block one hose with a 'tap') while others need the heater circuit to circulate coolant all the time or you starve an area of the engine of flowing coolant - for those I think you can get a coolant 'tap' that has a bypass in it (so either flows through the heater or straight between the hoses depending on position).
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    Can you not block off the vents from the heater outlet?
    Make sure you haven't got the heater fan on inadvertently.
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    Thanks, Aaron, hadn't thought of that. I've not come across that heater arrangement. The engine is a 350 Chevy and the heater pipes leave and return to the front of the engine at or very near the water pump housing, so should be ok. I will block off the vents as Kevin suggests as a temporary fix until I can fit a valve.

    Thanks,

    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by braincol View Post
    Thanks, Aaron, hadn't thought of that. I've not come across that heater arrangement. The engine is a 350 Chevy and the heater pipes leave and return to the front of the engine at or very near the water pump housing, so should be ok. I will block off the vents as Kevin suggests as a temporary fix until I can fit a valve.

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    Brian.
    If you want a valve, I've got one like this, unused - haven't needed it.
    https://www.europaspares.com/mechani...alve-16mm.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by braincol View Post
    Thanks, Aaron, hadn't thought of that. I've not come across that heater arrangement. The engine is a 350 Chevy and the heater pipes leave and return to the front of the engine at or very near the water pump housing, so should be ok. I will block off the vents as Kevin suggests as a temporary fix until I can fit a valve.

    Thanks,

    Brian.
    It can happen as I found out when I accendently turned off my heater and the car kept boiling over till I worked out what had happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TINKA View Post
    It can happen as I found out when I accendently turned off my heater and the car kept boiling over till I worked out what had happened.
    Yeah - I'd have been more specific about engines that applies to ... if I could have remembered evidently the Ford Windsor is on the list! I'm not actually sure about the FE, though since Kevin has a simple dead-stop valve, I assume not.

    Maybe I was also thinking of the RV8? So many obscure facts, so little memory space left...
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    With an FE, your feet will never be cold.... rain, shine or snow
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    Yeah, I wasn't actually planning on having a valve at all - and the little tiny T7 heater won't be putting out much heat I imagine. There'll be no forgetting the fan is on though, it sounds like a Dyson is stuck in the footwell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronjb View Post
    Yeah, I wasn't actually planning on having a valve at all - and the little tiny T7 heater won't be putting out much heat I imagine. There'll be no forgetting the fan is on though, it sounds like a Dyson is stuck in the footwell!
    If I was ding it all again I would have gone with a heated windscreen.
    The T7 is really just to keep the IVA man happy - doubt I will ever use it again for open top driving, but when the hardtop goes on, we'll see what its capabilities are like!
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