Apr 9 2005
I was thinking of running the lines in the heater channels of the bug.
I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, tips, tricks, for accomplishing this. It seems like it would be a pain to run ridgid pipe in the channels because of the bends in the channel near the front of the car, right below the door hinge area?
Has anyone used a flexible pipe? Or found a way to make the bend without cutting into the heater channels to install a pre formed angle fitting?
Running the lines in the heater channels seems to be the prefered method, but I have not been able to find anyone who has accomplished this.
Any help would be appreciated.
Aug 6 2005
don't put your coolant lines into the heater channels or the tunnel! Put them under the car, alongside the tunnel left and right. Use metal tubes, to take advantage of the coolant loosing some heat on it's way to the radiator. You can use a smaller radiator, and will not have the feeling that your heater is on all the time. If you run the coolant lines inside the tunnel or the heater channel you will have corrosion due to condensation.
Nov 9 2005
1) Flexible. It's dead easy to route.
2) Cooling. Because it's ribbed and running under the car you get loads of cooling both to and from the rad.
3) Stainless steel. Won't rust, leak or brake.
I just used U shaped clamps with rubber bushes bolted along the floorpan so that it didn't vibrate around.
The only problem I had was securing water tight rubber pipes to each end.
I plan to use them again for my subaru project as they were so practical.
Dec 24 2005
Jan 11 2006
You could try the old trick of drilling a 2 small holes 180 degrees apart in the end of the pipe and fitting pop rivets. This gives the hose clamped rubber pipe something to grip and prevents it blowing off under pressure.
Jan 30 2006
Feb 3 2006
(wish i had pics of the stealth-van to show you guys. Sadly we didnt have a digi-cam back then and the van is now in hell as it was rearended at a relatively high speed about 2 years ago)