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    I awoke today to temperatures of -33 Celsius with wind chills of -48. My truck started, but my poor old Lincoln would not. I had it plugged in but I guess at these temps it just doesn't matter.
    I finally got it going after taking it to my wife's uncle's shop and letting it thaw for over an hour.
    I was wondering if there is some kind of heater that I can buy for it. Where does a guy buy those winter covers and how much are they?
    Any advice is once again greatly appreciated!
    Thanks.

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    There is a guy on here named "cruizer" that sells them and he is close to you I BELIEVE.

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    • #3
      I have used a heat gun to start cold engines--1952 Cummins HBI at 0F (-18C) to be exact. Blow into the air intake while cranking. Depending on the air cleaner setup, it might need to be removed to avoid fire. Usually crank up the oil pressure with the fuel shut out and compression release pulled before trying to start. The hot air pulled in during this time may help warm things a bit, but mostly gets the lube up before the heavy bearing load of compression and power strokes.

      Have also drained the water and refilled with hot water, but prefer not to as trapping air can be a problem. Not recommended for some motors.

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      • #4
        an electric blanket works great but remember to remove it before starting.
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        • #5
          dmk welding,
          I use a magnetic heater stuck to the oil pan. Got it at NAPA

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Finney View Post
            dmk welding,
            I use a magnetic heater stuck to the oil pan. Got it at NAPA
            I bought one of those from NAPA this morning actually and took it back. Do you keep it on there over night? Is it good for these really cold days?

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            • #7
              I've built a fire under my drill rig before, but I would not recommend it, especially with todays laws.
              We installed an electric oil heater on one of our tractors but that was over 30 years ago and I can't remember exactly how it went in. I wonder if you can buy one that would replace the oil drain plug?
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              • #8
                DMK, What machine do you have?
                Jeff

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                • #9
                  Stick on oil sump heaters
                  0W-30 or 5W-30 synthetic oil...really helps.
                  Battery blanket/heater
                  Figure 4-5 hours for the heater to do a lot,
                  usually plug em in the night before.
                  Dave P.

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                  • #10
                    dmk welding,
                    We leave it stuck on all the time and plug it in when you get in from work.

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                    • #11
                      f you have lots of money these heaters are nice. They heat and circulate the coolant like a boiler.

                      More realistically, get a tiger torch, 6 feet of single wall stove pipe, and a 90 degree elbow. I forget the slang term for these when I was up North of you but they work well if you don't mind starting a little early to warm things up.
                      For the really cold weather you can remove the battery each night and keep it someplace warm. Warming a battery just a few degrees sometimes can make a big difference in cranking power. There is a trick to that that I have done and will reluctantly mention here. Reluctant because I don't want to get someone hurt. In desperate situations I have direct shorted a battery out negative to positive for 10 or 15 seconds with jumper cables. This causes the battery to warm a bit, and warming more than makes up for the power lost by shorting. You can only do this once or twice before you kill the battery so like I said, desperate measures.
                      You can drain the oil at night, take it in somewhere warm at night, then refill in the morning.
                      Parking it in a sheltered place at night, running it late at night then covering it with an old comforter, and putting a spot light or light bulb near the battery are a few other things that can help.
                      Don't burn the building down.

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                      • #12
                        i have used the magnetic ones with good results, they also make one that hooks into the raideator hose that keeps the anty freez warm. again good results. kept it/them pluged in over night
                        thanks for the help
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                        hope i helped
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                        • #13
                          Somebody may have mentioned it, but you can buy a heater that circulates coolant. Some of our trucks have those mounted on the frame and plumbed up. Seem to work well. It would be easy to install and runs off 120v. Pump and heater are in the same unit

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                          • #14
                            The circulating block heater gets my vote, I bought a magnetic oil pan heater but haven't used it yet. What model machine do you have? cruiser should have a cover to fit your needs. Here's his website with his info: weldalert
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                            • #15
                              -48

                              It was -33 today and with the wind chill she dipped down to -48!! I went into Calgary to do some running around today and didnt see any job sites working everything was at a stand still. I guess I am real lucky, I have never had a problem with my pipepro starting(because of the cold) and its never had a cover. DMK do you have a skid or a deck?? I wondered if a machine has a better chance at starting in a skid? If you look at alot of deck trucks they are alot more open to the elements as a posed to a skid that is often alot tighter for space. which would make it harder for the wind to blow right on the motor/battery. The wind is blocked from my motor/battery because my tool boxes, I wonder if that makes a difference?
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