gilbequick
If at all possible, I don't want to change everything back to have heat via the heater boxes.  I don't even have those parts anymore!  Is there another way to add heat?
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Wayne
How about a small fire?

I don't really see how since the heat is drawn off the motor. I have seen those little heaters that run off your cigarette lighter for warming you car up in the winter.

This is the first one I could Google for you:

http://koolatrononline.stores.yahoo.net/koolatron-12v-auto-heater.html
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68autobug
 
without heater boxes...  Not really..
 
the heater boxes actually take the heat from the exhaust
pipes and then heat the fresh air for Us..
so, they are very expensive to purchase new
but its the only way..
 
I have heard of 12 volt hair dryers
but i've never actually seen one...
 
When overhauling/restoring My beetle over 10 years..
One of the top priorities, was the heater..
 
I have however just thought of a way of heating your beetle..
the hot air from the engine comes out of two [one either side of the engine] squarish looking tinware..
 
in the old beetles.. well, much older than Ours...  lol
these hot air ducts were closed off, when You turned the heater on... and there were 2 inch round hoses going back to the car- under the rear seat .. like it does now..
 
so, all You have to do is hook some 2 inch heater hose up to the front of the tinware where the hot air goes out the back
then block off the rear tinware so the heat goes up the heater hose...
and the hose goes to the heater connections under the body..
the hot air outlets do not have to be totally blocked off...
 
this is how the old old beetles heater worked..
 
cheers
 
LEE
 

 
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MY72BUG
I have heard it discussed where you hook up an inverter to create AC power to run one of those micro-furnace space heaters.   You can run either a dual battery set up or some beefy 90 amp single battery.  The wiring would be much simpler than the messing around you would have to do with the stock heating set up.  You would also need to be running an alternator as a DC generator wouldn't have the oomph to run this set up.  It would take someone with engineering know how to cover all of the technicalities and that is where I am lacking.   MY72BUG
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68autobug
Hi
 
I still don't think You could get enough power from an alternator to power an electrical heater of any sort..
 
You can get 50 and 70 amp alternators..
 
check out how much current drain an inverter for about 800 to 1000 watts AC... would need...
 
My AC furnace uses 800 watts on 240 volts AC.. [Australia]
on Low which is very hot...
 
Best of luck
 
LEE
 

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bschwarz77
http://www.jcwhitney.com has a variety of different heaters.  It all depends on what you're really willing to put up with or pay out for.  Here's what I think is the cheapest for a little heat:  http://www.jcwhitney.com/HEATER-FAN-ADJUSTABLE/GP_2002890_N_111+1969+200729905+600002307_10101.jcw

I have no idea how good it works.  I took my heater boxes off (they were old and really bad condition) but I plan to buy a new set this fall to put on for the winter.  http://www.mamotorworks.com sells a 'high performance' set of heater boxes that aren't as complex or 'good' as the stock type but it's quite a bit cheaper...although not exactly 'cheap'.


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