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Hot Water Heating System with Odd Manifold

AlPro
AlPro Member Posts: 7
edited January 2015 in Gas Heating
Hello!

This is a residential hot water heating system with an odd manifold. Each radiator is piped directly to the manifold. Does anyone have any information on what this is and how it works? There are no identifying characters on the manifold.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo.

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Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide!

Comments

  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,751
    Is there a pump on the system and does it heat. If it heats leave it alone.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    Can't say o have seen that version.
  • Robert O'Connor_12
    Robert O'Connor_12 Member Posts: 728
    I might be mistaken but I think Sears used to sell & install these?
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    Looks like a miniature P-51 engine
    AlPro
  • AlCorelliNY
    AlCorelliNY Member Posts: 63
    Way Cool!
    If you are taking it out, can I have it?
    Al Corelli

  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    Is there a name on the housing any where?
  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Any chance you could get a better photo for the heating museum?
  • AlPro
    AlPro Member Posts: 7
    We were able to find a name - Autostributor, Lansing, MI.

    I will try to obtain a better photo.

    Thank you! :smile:
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,230
    Looks like an early MOPAR to me, but I don't recall the slant 4 - anybody?

    Bob
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
    kcopp
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    edited January 2015
    I,think a little chrome, or a 4 bladed prop could go a long way with the imagination.
  • j a_2
    j a_2 Member Posts: 1,796
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 2,668
    I ran into a system simalar to this about 20 years ago .It had a copper mainifold and if i remenber correctly they had ran 1/2 od copper to wall convectors .HO said it never worked correctly ,they also had a few baseboard zones added over the years and the system used one pump on the return and zone valves I seperatored the zones and added 2 pumps on thew supply one for the mini tube and another for the baseboard zones .When i got done the HO stated that it was the first time in 15 years of living there that the second floor convectors even got warm .That system was the first home run system i had ever seen nor most of the guys i work with had .I did run into another that also was simalar which was a oil fired boiler ,difference being they used 3/8 od tubing yeah i know 3 /8 but they had small convectors and alot of them like 2 in each small bedroom and like 4 in the living room .It was a crying shame to replace and put in baseboard but can t argue w those who pay .Nice to see some thing old and odd like myself thanks for posting peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • j a_2
    j a_2 Member Posts: 1,796
    Going back over today...very similar complaints. I take some good pic for you...Expansion tank failure. I noticed on the second floor someone installed 1/2 x 3/8 compression stop and wastes.... Nice to converse with another old timer...I am sure @62 I still I still have not seen it all...
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 2,668
    You got me beat j a by 10 years .Not a ole timer yet just was unfortunate enough to always run into a old ball systems that where usually bastardized and was lucky enough to had worked for places that allowed me exposure to alot of heating and a c relics and the resources and people who still had knoweledge of how they where suppose to work .peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,751
    What is the complaint?