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Old 06-07-2019, 08:55 AM
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And you might as well put the defroster tubing in as well. I've never used mine, but I'm told they do work. I'm also told that in some states you have to have a defroster functioning in order to get it registered. So, might as well throw it in to the mix up front.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:24 AM
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And you might as well put the defroster tubing in as well. I've never used mine, but I'm told they do work. I'm also told that in some states you have to have a defroster functioning in order to get it registered. So, might as well throw it in to the mix up front.
Absolutely. That was also an original motivation for the heater as well now that I'm thinking back on it. My 1967 GMC doesn't have the defroster in it and I have to carry extra paper towel to jeep wiping the inside of the window in spring and fall.

Troy, I apologize for completely derailing your thread.
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Old 06-07-2019, 11:16 AM
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I have both the heater and heated seats. I've used the defroster a couple of times and it does work - not as well as in a "normal" car, but it cleared the windshield on a couple of pre-dawn rides. The heater is worthless unless, as Dan said, you have the top on. I put heated seats in at my wife's request and I'll admit I love them too. She puts a blanket on her lap and the heat from the seats is enough to keep her warm. We go for drives with temps in low 40's and stay comfortable. I mounted the heated seat switches on the bottom flange of the dash out of sight, along with a 12v marine grade socket. Oh, I had the seat heater pads delivered to ERA and they inserted them as the seats were being built.
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Old 06-07-2019, 08:08 PM
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I have both the heater and heated seats. I've used the defroster a couple of times and it does work - not as well as in a "normal" car, but it cleared the windshield on a couple of pre-dawn rides. The heater is worthless unless, as Dan said, you have the top on. I put heated seats in at my wife's request and I'll admit I love them too. She puts a blanket on her lap and the heat from the seats is enough to keep her warm. We go for drives with temps in low 40's and stay comfortable. I mounted the heated seat switches on the bottom flange of the dash out of sight, along with a 12v marine grade socket. Oh, I had the seat heater pads delivered to ERA and they inserted them as the seats were being built.
That’s where I mounted mine.
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:47 AM
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....Mr. Bruce is making a LeMans top for me that I'll likely run in Fall and Spring so the heater might help a little on the more brisk Wisconsin mornings . . . but even if it doesnt help at all the $500 or so will still be put into buying the car with a heater . . . because the wife said so and $500 is worth not having to hear about how I didnt put a heater in the car for her for the next 30 or 40 years.
If you want to fit a hardtop, Allen Bishop's "ownership log" for his car, ERA2124, makes great reading, in particular the adapting of his hardtop to his ERA 289FIA
edit: Allen's hardtop was also sourced from Bruce Chervenak

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Apologies Troy; back to you. good luck with the search. Incidentally, where did your 289FIA go?


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Still looking for an ERA. Glen, the FIA went to a thrilled new owner in PA.

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Still looking for an ERA. Glen, the FIA went to a thrilled new owner in PA.

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Perhaps if you dangled a dollar figure out there you would entice some ERA fence-sitters to move in your direction....
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:58 AM
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just sold mine for $65k The car is very well sorted out.
I had around $70k in the car, $40k for the roller, $10k paint, $20k motor.

Yes ERA holding their value. Only cost me $5k to enjoy ERA 626 for 16 years.
Now I am building a CSX car, I truly know the ERA car is put together a LOT better than the CSX. But I can deal with the issues as I enjoy building cars..
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I truly know the ERA car is put together a LOT better than the CSX. But I can deal with the issues as I enjoy building cars..
I feel the same way. For the most part, these cars almost require constant maintenance to always be running at their best, and something always needs to be done on them. But, so long as I don't have to be towed home, I look at that as part of the fun of owning one.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:18 PM
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congrats 626!
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