I had a gasoline-fueled heater installed in a ’61 VW Karmann Ghia convertible in Omaha. It worked perfectly but only had one outlet—at the floor. No defrost. So, all engine heat was directed to the windshield and the gas heater provided instant warmth—to our feet. The benefit was all in that instant heat and that was a good thing in cold country. There was a lot of fire near the under-hood gasoline tank. Good German engineering made for a pretty safe design, I believe.
Our ’61 & ’64 Chryslers and 383 Plymouth and Dodges always warmed up pretty quickly but those cold vinyl seats really sucked the heat out of our backsides. Rear-window “defoggers” helped a little but we still flew rather blind in the worst snow, ice and sub-zero times.
Brentwood, CA (Not a problem here—pushing 70 today)
These were a dealer installed option for VW's back in the day.
I have installed several, under the hood above the gas tank.
They would definitely toast you.
Ray Jones. Y'all come on down an see us. Ya hear?
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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