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March 15, 2017, 7:17pm Report to Moderator

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I have tried to look this up on the web. The Delaney heater is a big box and the smiths is a smaller box that slopes down. what one is fitted to a 1360 age 1968?  I have the Delaney one I don't have a problem with that. It does not have heater controls someone has bypassed the controller by removing it. what way to go Delaney controller about £90, or second hand smith box say £30 plus.  any ideas
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March 15, 2017, 7:44pm Report to Moderator

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My  1968 13/60 convertible is fitted with a Smith heater, I can't claim to be certain it was fitted as an original​ item but all the pipework  fits as it ought. Mind you it doesn't work  -  I really must do something about that.

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March 15, 2017, 7:59pm Report to Moderator

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Delaney is generally reckoned to be the better one when working but the valve is pricey.  Mind you, the valves currently available for the Smiths heater are just awful with diaphragms made of something completely unfit for purpose.

If the Delaney is otherwise good it's probably worth sorting it.


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March 15, 2017, 8:03pm Report to Moderator
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It's also possible to use a generic-type heater valve (intended for kitcars) with the Delaney heater, which gets around the pricey valve problem if you're not too worried about the look of the thing. Mine has been set up like this for a good few years now without issues.
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March 15, 2017, 8:15pm Report to Moderator

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The Smiths and Delaney heaters were fitted interchangeably to Heralds from 1960 onwards, it seems to have been pot luck what any car might have been fitted with. The core of the delaney is roughly twice the size of the Smiths core.

The earliest Heralds all got Smiths heaters, but to a different design and with a core as large as that later fitted to the Delaneys,


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March 16, 2017, 9:28am Report to Moderator

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My 1970 13/60 saloon had a Delaney, my 1971 13/60 estate had a Smiths, and my 1962 Vitesse has a Smiths.

As Bill said, it seems to be pot luck on what you get!

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