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What I Did During COVID Part 2 1938 66S Heater

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When I got my '38 it had the Deluze heater but was missing the top piece (with the doors) and defroster. I looked for a while on E Bay and finally got one with the defroster assy. Unfortunately it was gray hammertone instead of brown crackle. So during the downtime I had the shells and doors bead blasted and primed. I stripped the defrost plenum, primed, and painted black gloss. I stripped and overhauled both motors and painted by hand with black gloss sign paint. The frame holding the core I primed and painted gloss black. I hand painted the 2 pipes coming out of the core gloss black. I tested the core for leaks and cleaned up but did not paint. Finally, I painted the shells black crackle and lightly sprayed over in gloss brown.








Motor work





Black crackle



Core and frame




Bottom shell




Front badges



Front shell



Shell assembled







Edited by Daves1940Buick56S (see edit history)
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Don, yes I have seen this. I have also seen black, although they were likely repainted. I decided to stick with the black in this case, and it looks better with the black hoses. I also forgot to mention I considered having the center bar rechromed, but that would mean repainting the crest. So I cleaned it up, hammered out the dents, and polished as best I could. Patina don'tcha know!


Cheers Dave

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I have seen some in black too. Perhaps, the heaters that came with the defrosters were brown to match and the ones as add ons were black.


I think either way is OK.


I have also seen variations on the brown color on original heaters and defrosters. Same with radios.

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