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Old 11-28-2018, 04:37 AM
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Anyone else need to jam cardboard sheets in front of the rad to keep engine temps up in cold weather?

Seems soon as temps drop below 50 I need to block off half the rad. In the 40's I'll need to also slide a block over the passenger side just to keep the engine temp at a normal 180 and have heat for the interior, too.

My preferred source for the cardboard is large doughnut cartons - thin and coated so they don't break down from moisture.. Slide them down in front of the rad and leave tabs up to the hood. Needed to do this for my run to Scottsdale last month, where temps got down to low 30s across north Texas, then down to the 20s in NM and north AZ. Saw some pretty heavy snow, Holbrook to Payson but with the rad blocked off was otherwise comfortable and enjoyed the pretty scenery. Made me very glad for my intermittent wipers too! Pause this short vid at about 25 secs in and you'll see my temps are normal, but the rad was almost fully blocked off. Just have to remember to pull them out when in the city.


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Old 11-28-2018, 09:01 AM
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Sounds as though yours could benefit from a new thermostat.

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Old 11-28-2018, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by SJW View Post
Sounds as though yours could benefit from a new thermostat.

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Was thinking that, too - but it seems to be working well otherwise.
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Old 11-28-2018, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Roger Walling View Post
Well, we have heard about the guys that drive their cars no matter what the weather, now let's hear from the wosses that don't drive them like they were extended.

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I have 8 and drive them all. My collection intentionally includes several "drivers" or A/C equipped cars I will take anywhere, park anywhere and do so in comfort. My 65 396 convertible and my 61 Plymouth Superstock are not among them. I'll take my licks accordingly.

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Old 12-06-2018, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by SJW View Post
Sounds as though yours could benefit from a new thermostat.

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THIS^ I had a thermostat in a Jeep years ago that broke (stuck open) and the motor would never heat up...... The water kept circulating without sufficient time in the engine block to get heated up. Replaced the thermostat and everything was back to normal for many years after that. Good Luck.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:44 AM
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No Rain? No Salt? No Snow? You're good to go. Get your baby in storage. I put mine away back in September.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:14 AM
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Back in the day these were all daily drivers. I drove a 1961 back and forth to college in Kansas City all winter. They were just cars back then and it only cost me $1500. I think we've lost sight of what these cars are and what they can do. As nice as they can be made up, they are not eggshells, they were made to be driven! Biggest problem today is driving them in wet or snowy weather puts you at risk from other bonehead drivers.

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Old 12-06-2018, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by 62cruiseer View Post
Biggest problem today is driving them in wet or snowy weather puts you at risk from other bonehead drivers.
As much as I agree 100% with your statement......, the same bonehead drivers are still out there on the sunny 70 degree days too.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:29 PM
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Yes this cars drive well in the winter....

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