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    Great progress Phill. Getting your project moving after a big rebuild is a great feeling.

    The breaks on mine were rubbish. Like you I had new disks & pads / calipers. I even changed the pads again. They were still rubbish.

    Buffy is right they do get better but they take a bit of time.

    Almost there

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    The weather was dry so I decided to take the Nova for another test drive which I video'd this time. No more embarrassing fuel tanks strapped to the rear deck and the car starts off it's own battery now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR3sRt2hNxI

    The electric heater arrived but the output is fairly puny. I rigged up some temporary hosing to pipe the output onto the windscreen via the dash vent holes but could barely feel any heat making its way there. Back to the drawing board.

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    Hi Phill - I can't say I am surprised at the output of the electric heater. When the output of a water matrix heater is measured in kW a few hundred Watts of electric heat doesn't compare well, unfortunately.

    Next best thing to dehumidified AC air might be a powerful jet of cold air - many historic racing cars lack a heater and use ambient air to demist the screen. In fact, my old Baccaruda used a rear window demister system that recirculated cabin air through a duct onto the screen and it did work after a while.

    Car looks nice and level on the video by the way
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    My original Nova used the heat exchangers to demist the screen which worked fine. But whenever I needed a quick clear of the screen I would raise the canopy a few inches while the car was moving and the flow of fresh air would quickly clear the screen..so I'm wondering should I fit an air scoop on the roof to deflect fresh air to the inside of the screen?

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    My original Nova used the heat exchangers to demist the screen which worked fine. But whenever I needed a quick clear of the screen I would raise the canopy a few inches while the car was moving and the flow of fresh air would quickly clear the screen..so I'm wondering should I fit an air scoop on the roof to deflect fresh air to the inside of the screen?

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    Not sure if this at all practical, but could it be possible to use a desiccant rotor; possibly using your lower power heater for the 'water release'?
    It maybe over the top and not sure how small they may be, but just a thought? (not sure where you would get one, but just theorizing!)



    They are used in dehumidifiers for drying cabinets in the electronics industry... so may only be available as something too big?
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    In principle this would work (I have been considering it as a possible dehumidifier for a friends car storage), but I think the main problem would be getting a fast enough exchange of humidity - the crystals need to be exposed to saturated air long enough to take up the moisture, and then need to be heated for long enough to release that moisture before being placed back in the humidified airflow. Over a period of hours I can see it being effective, but not in the context of a short journey in a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    The weather was dry so I decided to take the Nova for another test drive which I video'd this time. No more embarrassing fuel tanks strapped to the rear deck and the car starts off it's own battery now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR3sRt2hNxI

    The electric heater arrived but the output is fairly puny. I rigged up some temporary hosing to pipe the output onto the windscreen via the dash vent holes but could barely feel any heat making its way there. Back to the drawing board.

    heater.jpg
    Nice to see the car in motion on the vid, personally I would lower it a tad at the back - assuming you are not grounding out on speed bumps? Although maybe wait until the Springs settle first.

    Pity about the Electric heat option, I still maintain that Electric demisting can work 'adequately' in a Nova (not well, just adequate) if you have the right power output on your alternator, the right kit, big bore ducting etc. Yeah, maybe it needs some trial and error, as with a lot off-piste Nova Mods.

    As far as alternatives are concerned,
    how about this: www.eberspacher.com/products/fuel-operated-heaters.html

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    Way to go Phil,

    keep at it young man.

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    A beautiful summers evening - what better way is there to spend the time than to go test driving the Nova:-

    https://www.facebook.com/Phillsnova/...8130569691254/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P41DNf_G0GQ

    The brakes have improved as a result of driving more than just a few hundred yards now, and I've even managed to drive it in fourth gear
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