Viva heater so­lu­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

On read­ing about tra­di­tional Vaux­hall Viva heater prob­lems (20 April is­sue), I was re­minded of sim­i­lar trou­ble when I ran a 1970 H-reg HB Viva SL es­tate back in the late 1970s.

Where one of the Viva’s heater hoses met the top hose stub con­nec­tion, the plas­tic in­ter­nal joiner pipe col­lapsed, cut­ting the flow of water to and from the heater, with ob­vi­ous re­sults.

Af­ter partly drain­ing the cool­ing sys­tem I re­moved the of­fend­ing plas­tic pipe and re­joined the two hose ends with a length of half-inch di­am­e­ter cop­per pipe. I ran it for an­other five years or so with­out prob­lems and would hap­pily buy an­other to­day. JE Kirby, Stoke New­ing­ton, Lon­don

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