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Pre 50 Rear underseat heater
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Anyone know or care to speculate on how or where they installed the heaters under the rear seat. This limo shows the grills and control so one would assume a heater is present.

Reason I'm asking is space. Heaters are large and the springs and frame on regular seats almost completely fill the space all the way to the floor. Assume a limos would too -- or did those seats use zigzag springs instead of the individual coils Customs used. What I can't tell from the photo is if the seat is raised or if the hump in the middle is as high as regular cars.

Since the AC return air came from below i am trying to decide whether to raise the seat for my return air path as Packard apparently did or add some considerably smaller and more discreet grills between the chrome strips. I kind of like the grill idea but it would mean figuring out a roundabout path for the flow.

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Posted on: 2014/9/2 11:18
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Re: Pre 50 Rear underseat heater
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on my 41 it fits into hole in the floor under the passenger front seat.

I'm puzzled by your AC return comment - didn't Packard stop offering AC after '42 until it was fitted to the highpockets body?

Posted on: 2014/9/2 14:00
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Quote:

bkazmer wrote:
on my 41 it fits into hole in the floor under the passenger front seat.

I'm puzzled by your AC return comment - didn't Packard stop offering AC after '42 until it was fitted to the highpockets body?


Mine also has the heater under the front seat with just the motor going thru the floor and heater core above but there is a fair amount of space under that seat. There were optional heaters for the 42-50 Clipper style limo bodies. One option has a heater in the divider partition and another option has it under the rear seat as the car in the photo shows.. I'm not planning to add a heater but with the AC question, was also curious about the heater under the seat because the space appears so tight and coil springs are almost on the floor. I suppose it is possible it sticks under the floor but was curious how or where and how the air was circulated.

You are correct about the Packard supplied postwar AC not being available again until 53. I am making a custom job for my 47 integrating a modern unit into a reproduction prewar looking case. Trying wherever possible to duplicate the 42 Clipper application as if Packard had continued to offer the option.

That is why the return air under the seat question. While there will be other ducting changes for comfort, I am trying for that part to be as if Packard might have done it. Without ever seeing one or any detailed info, everything is a question or a guess. I don't want to permanently modify the car either so some needed compromises on function or looks are bound to happen. On those am trying for as few or as tastefully done as possible.

Posted on: 2014/9/2 14:42
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JW, the above post of Howard was number 10,000! (I counted the 9999 previous posts LOL )

Posted on: 2014/9/3 11:31
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