The ubiquitous round “in cab” Smiths heater has been used on a myriad of British cars. Jaguar, Morris Minor, Triumph, AC and Land Rover…. to name but a few.
The heater takes a hot water feed (operated by a tap on the cylinder head… as you do) from the engine into the heater matrix. The front face of which carries a fan that pushes cool air through the hot matrix; thus distributes less cool air around the cab, or…. by way of two flaps on the front of the unit, air is “forced” through the ductwork and onto the windscreen, where it will no doubt decrease the drivers visibility 😉
The heater motor is operated by a rheostat (potentiometer) switch, allowing control of the fan speed… depending on the drivers need to hold a conversation.
The entire unit was stripped and repainted (including new “ironmongery” and manufactures badge) some months ago (I didn’t take any photos) and having tested the motor is back together again.
Looks great! New owner of a 1960 2. Missing the cover on the heater- would love your advice on where to find one. Thanks
Hi Shawn. Thanks for leaving a comment. You could try PA Blanchards (UK) / Land Rover Treasure Shop (Cyprus) / Craddocks (UK) and Clayton Heaters. Having just had a quick look on eBay, there’s a complete heater for sale for £30. (224305861538)
There is no part number for any of the round smiths heater components, the optional accessories manual lists them as NLS (No Longer Serviced) but Clayton sell replacement motors, matrix and the clips you need to secure the face plate to the heater matrix. The Smiths heater was the same size as the Clayton
Hello- I’m a newbie 1960 S2 owner. I’m trying to find out what is needed to finish my heater off. Please provide any advice you can would be most appreciated. Best. See attached photos.
Shawn G. Bulliner Sent from my iPhone
Hi Shawn, sorry for the delay. Unfortunately the photos don’t show up in the comments on the web site.
If you can mail me via the “Contacts” page, we can start a conversation and you can then mail me the pictures. Contact link below.
Hi. Can you please tell me where on earth I can buy the screen demister vents used in your rebuild? Thank you.
Hi Andy, LGL already had them fitted from new. Originals are very rare…
However… the guy on ebay I emailed you about has some stainless reproduction ones for sale. Link below.
Hope this helps.
Can you tele the correct length of the pipes as mine were broken and I couldn’t use them as a template?
Hi Steve, thanks for leaving a message. Do you mean the length of the 2 copper spigots on the heater matrix? If so, I will try and get a measurement when I’m back from vacation next week. It might be tricky though as to measure them accurately, the heater has to be removed. I can probably tell you quite accurately how much protrudes into the engine bay where they pass through the bulkhead though. Cheers. Andy.
Thanks for getting back to me. No I mean the corrugated demister pipes.
Hi Steve, I’m back from vacation. The demister pipes are roughly 450mm and 800mm in length. It’s hard to be accurate as the dash panel would need to be removed to measure the longer one. There’s a guy on eBay who I bought mine off. Maybe he could tell you the exactly length. Link to his web shop
All the best