Engine Bay Heater Pipe

Discussion in 'Capri Chit Chat' started by kenny james, 30 September 2021.

  1. kenny james

    kenny james Registered Capri Power Member

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    Hi Folks, I noticed on the Capri the pipe that takes hot water from the radiator to the heater matrix runs along the inner wing then to the heater. On the Mk2 Escorts fitted with Pinto engines the water pipe runs above the exhaust next to the cylinder head. The Escort route looks much tidier. Apart from being “factory” is there a good reason for the Capri routing?
     
  2. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    probably just a cheap alternative..
    running a rubber hose along the block, close to the exhaust manifold, may lead to failure due to heat.. .. I would convert to copper along the length, with just short rubber connectors..
    however as a factory option that is extra fittings, supports, and time to connect up!
     
  3. caprimk3

    caprimk3 Richard Capri Power Member

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    On my 3 litre I fitted a copper pipe along the engine block.
    Heating on that was awesome.
    A chilly night (7-8C ish) at the theatre I came out 2 hours later and heater was blowing hot when the engine was turned on.
     
  4. steve 35

    steve 35 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Has anyone done this on a pinto? Any pics? My car is going to the paint shop in a couple of weeks, then the rebuilt 2.0 will be going in not long after, with all new parts thanks to insurance company, this copper pipe thing sounds like a good mod,
     
  5. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Glasgow Subway- Keeping it simple since 1896 Staff Member Moderator

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    on my pintos I kept the heater pipe intact, pump - inner wing - matrix..
    at the same time I ran an extra length of washer nozzle pipe off the bottle .. wrapped around the heater pipe for about 4 inches, sealed with tape..
    then on a winters day - and I live in Scotland - we got a good hot spray onto the screen.. the heat also travelled down the pipe and stopped the reservoir freezing as well ..

    on older Essex set-up - thermostat - auto-choke - water-pump .. water-pump - heater - inlet manifold (rear) .. way better than the facelift system where the auto-choke feeds the heater.. no hot-spot rear of the block..

    in both scenarios don't forget - the heater matrix is a separate loop and outside the engine cooling circuit, it is not controlled by the thermostat..

    best way guidance I can think of is to look at the heater pipes on a Kent OHV engine.. and the supports that get fixed along the rocker covers..
    trying hard to find pictures !!
     
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  6. steve 35

    steve 35 Registered Capri Power Member

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    Thanks CO, liking the idea of the warm windscreen wash,
     
  7. caprinerd

    caprinerd Registered Capri Power Member

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    liking that idea Al, imnot up your way as you well know, but here theres field upon field and a little drop in temp and the wind has a chill factor like no where ive ever lived before so this sounds like a good idea for me to do cheers again Al
     

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