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Morris Minor, Fenchurch

Brrr

There was frost on the garage roof this morning. I really ought to sort out a heater for Fenchurch soon because the only way to stop the windscreen misting up when it's cold outside is to drive with the window open. An interesting thing I noticed this morning is that the temperature gauge stays quite low until the thermostat opens, at which point it rapidly climbs to normal running temperature. It's as if the sensor was on the radiator side of the thermostat, except I know it isn't - I suspect poor water flow around the sensor is to blame rather than any real problem with the cooling system.

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ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... Do you expect a warm car this winter? i spent last winter driving around with the windows open for the exact same reason. Mind you, i also spent last winter starting the car on the handle because I was too tight to buy a new battery.
In fact, i do have one of those ceramic car heaters- pretty good, but bad for a dynamo-fed battery. It plugs in to an old three-amp wall socket that I fitted to the dashboard..
I am part way through building a new heater using a matrix and blower from modern cars. I've sorted out the plumbing side of things but I need to finish building the case. I might wind up redesigning it though because it grew rather bigger than I was expecting.

I have an ammeter now and it's worrying how much current you lose from the battery when both the headlights and wipers are on, even at high speed. I'm probably going to fit an alternator at some point but I've been discouraged by reports of terrible reliability from the ones the Moggy suppliers sell (they're actually rebuilt Lucas ones, and not rebuilt very well it would seem). Some people have made up brackets and pulleys to fit alternators from more modern cars instead - as well as greater reliability they can supply a lot more current than the old Lucas ones too.

I know it's possible to get an electric heated front windscreen, but I'm not sure how much of an annoyance it would be to see the little wires in the glass the whole time. My dad used to have a Mondeo with one and I found it irritating as a passenger. Of course if I fitted one of those I'd have to fit a high-output alternator too.
I know it's possible to get an electric heated front windscreen, but I'm not sure how much of an annoyance it would be to see the little wires in the glass the whole time.

These days heated windscreens don't necessarily mean visible wires embedded in the glass. They use a thin metallic film which is transparent (OK so the wires are cheaper - which is why they are still used on rear windows). Mind you I don't know whether they can be custom made for Fenchurch. Have no idea how much juice they need either.
One of the Minor parts suppliers sells them for £130. It's not entirely clear from their website whether that includes VAT and delivery. The element is like thousands of very fine silver wires. I've seen a car that has one and it's not as visible as the one in my dad's Mondeo but you can still see the wires if you focus on them instead of on the road. They apparently use 13.5 amps (about 160 watts).