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32 Buick 90 Heater Info Requested

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My heater core looks like a small radiator. The two metal pipes have threads and seem to be screwed into the end caps which seem to be brass. See pictures. 

I would like to know if the metal lines/pipes are only screwed in or were then soldered.  I would like to replace them if I can but really do not want to add much heat for obvious reasons. I want to rebuild the tin and get it chromed. The fan still works! Crazy!

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Where those two tubes with threaded ends are, is how the heater was mounted to the dash.  There was an identical nut on the firewall side.  

 

To the best of my knowledge, there were no factory installed heaters.  They were dealer or aftermarket installations.  Many holes were drilled through the data plate on the firewall.  Original Buick options were Harrison units.

 

I have an aftermarket unit that looks in better condition than yours. It came off of my 32-58.  If you are interested in this unit, I will ship it to you for freight cost.

 

Bob Engle

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The pipes on mine are threaded on both ends. The ends that pass through the firewall and the ends that enter the end caps of the heater. 

So you mention no heaters were factory installed, that's very interesting. I will have to look closer to see if there is any Buick markings. 

I will keep your generous offer in mind. We are now out of school so work is on hold.

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I don't believe you will find anything with Buick on it.  It could be Harrison as that was the Buick dealer option.  There were Dozens of aftermarket heaters sold.  The attached photo shows one with the piping vertical.  Many were horizontal.  The maroon firewall tag was on my car. 

 

Bob Engle

 

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Nice to see your pictures. By the way, do you know if anyone is making replica tags for the firewall, mine was missing? Now that I look where the holes were drilled on mine I would think aftermarket.  

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A. G. Backeast  makes repro data plates and and serial # tags.  just google his name.  I would also advise that you make sure the tags are installed with rivets that look exactly like the original and then do NOT mention the replacement to DMV.  In some states they are paranoid about non original tags.  

 

Bob Engle

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