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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hoping to find eletric heater for 66' Bug.

I have a 66' Beetle that I am driving. It needs restoration (heater chanels, etc) but I need heater/defroster now. I was wondering if anyone knows of an 12v eletric heater that would work until the restroration is done.
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Im not sure if you'd want to take it this far, but I have used a DC to AC inverter and ran a small ceramic heater off the inverter. I dont recommend this with a generator, Only with an alternator.

Some inverters can be quite expensive but his is definitely the best way to heat your bug up. you'll need to get a ceramic heater that has a thermostat on it otherwise you'll be rolling windows down and flipping triangles out etc...

Anyway if you go this route you wont need to fix your heater channels

I had used this in my Baja and the heat would run you out if I hadn't wired up an on off switch. However it does work great.

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electric heater - not rec for generator?

I'm in the same situation of needing a heater for my bug but I
have a generator and wondering why you don't recommend the
inverter solution for a generator? Even for short runs?
Appreciate your feedback! Spunky : >)
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electric heater - not rec for generator?

hope this isn't a repeat reply - nothing happened the 1st try
Oops! guess it is - sorry!
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the heater will end up burning your generator out since it only produces half the power of an alternator, if i were you i would go ahead and buy an alternator kit for your car (since they are rather inexpensive and only take about 1 hour to install if you have all your proper equipment) this way you can run a heater, also a good advatage is that your lights wont dim if your running high powered headlights.
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Could you find the links for everything i need for this? winter is coming up fast
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has no one else that goes on this site done this??
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If you want an electric heater do a search on back seat heater
12V 300 watt heaters $75 and up I found.
If you want an alternator kit, search for VW alternator kit.
Sorry don't know how to post links for you.
I have used the backseat heater in numerous cars in the past. If you don't use it diligently you will run down your battery if you just have a generator as it only puts a out~30 amps where alt put out 55 or more amps.
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i have an alt but it i'm still a little not sure about running an ac heater in my 66. i have room to but another battery in it if that would be the smart thing to do?
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If you have an alt,you should be OK. Try it and if you want to add another battery you can. I ran them with gen. for years. But you need to at least add a voltmeter to monitor your battery
I usually shut off the heater a little before I got to where I was going to let the battery build up.
What is up with your stock heating system anyway
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its a baja bug so it has no heater boxes and a different exhaust on it. so its either an electric heater or my snow ski jacket and gloves, and that cant be any fun on my way to school in the mornings
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