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Old 01-17-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Hotwell health heater

I am new to the early Fords and have a Hotwell Health Heater. I am wondering if I could get any info on it. I found it in my 29 roadster when I bought it. I would like to know anything about it! Is it rare? Is it special? Is it worth anything? I have pics but am not sure how to post them from my desktop. Thanks,
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:20 PM   #2
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It's actually an Otwell Health Heater. The most important thing you need to know about it is that the heater part doesn't separate from the manifold part which can be a problem if you want to pull your distributor or just don't want the heater on the engine in the summertime.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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For summertime use just put a cover over the front of the manifold.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #4
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they must have made different styles .. ours is on a Canadian made engine from early 28 ... no problem removing the distributor on this one .. here is the advertisement and our heater
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the help guys! Im not removing the distributor, but it's good to know I can! Are they worth anything by themselves?
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:58 AM   #6
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Elliott: I believe there were 2 different designs of the Otwell heater that I have seen. The first one did not have the valley for access to the distributor, the later one does. Bottom line is that they do work reasonable well, especially in a closed car. What are they worth???? I have sold one for $50.00. If your firewall has been cut for the Otwell, you are pretty much stuck. The Auto Lite heater (which detaches from the exhaust manifold) outlet is higher on the firewall.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:58 PM   #7
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thanks for the help! I don't believe my firewall is cut which is interesting because the heater was in the car, but i guess it was never on it.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:41 AM   #8
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My '29 Coupe has about a 2 1/2" X 5" oval shape hammered into the firewall, directly behind the exhaust manifold, as if it was to give clearance for some kind?? of manifold heater. There is NO firewall hole. Maybe it was for some heater that was routed down & through the wood floorboard??
I have NO documented or written history on the car, but it came with lots of photos, NONE showing a heater. Welds in the sub frame shows that the cowl WAS replaced & that repair did away with the factory designation letters. The rest of the numbers ARE there. Rebuilder's placque says engine was built in 1987 & has maybe 40 miles on it. I rubbed my hand in the bottom of the oil reservoir & didn't even soil my delicate hand, dipper tray was the same, SHINY clean, cylinder walls shine like a mirror, & has new looking Champion-C-16-C plugs. Firestone tires still had the "nubbies" on the tread, but the sidewalls were cracked & some chunks fell off, BUT the tires never went flat while sittin' in my garage for 2 years! Vermin should be flyin' by the end of next week, if the ANTI-PAIN PILLS HOLD OUT!
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