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Tropic Aire Heater
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We have a 1930 Packard with a Tropic-Aire Heater. As you can see from the picture, the frame is quite broken and missing pieces. I've managed to find 3 pictures of it on the entire Internet and none of them are very detailed.

Does anyone have a picture we could look at? Or a spare frame? I'm going to see about having a new one made, but finding an intact one would be even better.


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Posted on: 2014/10/29 8:46
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Re: Tropic Aire Heater
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Intact frames are impossible to find, old white metal cracks and disintegrates. the rh side is a duplicate of the intact lh side.

At the bottom on the lh side there is a small hole which is for an attaching rivet, was one on rh side also. They are for a photo-etched nameplate which was in one of several stylized Packard block letter or script. There may have been some other artwork in there but I do not recall.

You may want to try scanning and using a 3D printer to duplicate the other side if you plan on making molds for re-casting. Just an idea.


Posted on: 2014/10/29 11:23
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I'm sorry I missed this post. I am in the process of making this piece for my '30 sedan. Like you, I have several pieces of the frame. A local guy took those pieces and did a 3D scan, and from that has digitally recreated the original piece. I am now working on how to turn the design into an original(ish) part.

If you are interested in this part, please let me know (tom @ restorations120 dot com)



Posted on: 2015/1/4 20:36
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