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Spent most of the day looking for a garden bench design with an optional heater for the better half.  I ended up at the US Patent Office and found this very functional design. I found a patent by Studebaker for heaters under the front seat submitted in 1938 with possible production in late 1938, 1939 or 1940. 

 

The better half was overwhelmed with joy for my find.  With that said, I was wondering if fellow owners could post photos of the heaters and routing of the supply/return hoses. 

 

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In which car do you want to install this.

I have complete original Studebaker heater kits sold by Studebaker for cars that did not have a heater installed 

 

Robert Kapteyn

studebaker@mac.com

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Indeed, this went into production.  Used in most of their cars until around 1962.  Was located on  the passenger side.  Many claim Studebaker's Climatizer system (of which this is a part of) was the best in the industry.  Some claim the under seat heater worked too well and roasted their legs.

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My father's 1950 Buick had an under-seat heater. I think it was a much more compact unit than the above drawings appear to indicate. You might look into finding a Buick unit if Studebaker parts are difficult to find and/or repair. The plumbing was routed under the floor from the engine to the heater location.

There are lots of electric aftermarket compact car heaters that can be hidden under the seat of an older car too. Might take some engineering to get it to run in a 6-volt car...?

BUICK HEATER:

1955 Buick Century (Under Seat Heater) - YouTube

 

 

Studebaker Heater:

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15 hours ago, KURTRUK said:

Indeed, this went into production.  Used in most of their cars until around 1962.  Was located on  the passenger side.  Many claim Studebaker's Climatizer system (of which this is a part of) was the best in the industry.  Some claim the under seat heater worked too well and roasted their legs.

Prewar climatizers were under the drivers side. Loved my 41 and 42 Commanders in winter, it's what i drove in high school. If your legs get too toasty turn the heat down. 

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On 7/24/2022 at 11:11 PM, KURTRUK said:

Indeed, this went into production.  Used in most of their cars until around 1962.  Was located on  the passenger side.  Many claim Studebaker's Climatizer system (of which this is a part of) was the best in the industry.  Some claim the under seat heater worked too well and roasted their legs.

Only on the GT Hawk was it used until 1962. 

 

Larks had the core on the inner RH fender until 1960, and then it was relocated under the dash until the end of production.

 

Craig

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