Cold weather starts

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Gunner75, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Zeviander

    Zeviander Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    Winnipeg, MB, CA
    Block heaters here in Manitoba stay plugged in 24/7 regardless if the temperature drops below about 5°F.
  2. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Airlie Beach QLd
    If you've got a long electrical lead i'd put an old electric blanket over the engine, you can also buy those rechargeble battery boosters i think there called heavy duty jump starters also you can spray that diesel help start fluid {diethyl ether based} up the air cleaner that certainly will help fire it up quickly..
  3. rolls canardly

    rolls canardly Medium Load Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    mt. pocono. pa.
    10 deg. here.
    plugged in, started right up, but air for PTO to run Hyd. pump was froze. Yes, I bled the tanks.
    Had torpedo heater on it 3 Hrs. with plywood on other side, and tarp over front bumper, no way. Still froze.
    Put air brake antifreeze in disconnected hose right from pump. still no go.
    Put it in a friends auto shop overnight and that did it. Lotsa fun!!
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  4. Gunner75

    Gunner75 Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    Jackson Center Ohio
    I just plugged the truck in overnight and kept the battery charger on it. Got up this morning and it was -11. Wife's crv didn't even want to start. The truck though, cranked right over without issue
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  5. Grubby

    Grubby Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2016
    Fostoria Ohio

    Dig them arms! Ya didnt need to pump iron with them old trucks, Armstrong steering made my Daddy look like a weightlifter too! Lol. And yeah, I remember watchin him and others buildin fires under the trucks and fuel tanks when I was a lil rugrat! Thanks for the memories!
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  6. Grubby

    Grubby Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2016
    Fostoria Ohio

    Shoulda offered her to come out and truck with ya fer a few nights at them temps with no heat and see how SHE fares in her flannel nightie! She needs to hang a wreath on her head cause her brain done died!
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  7. DougA

    DougA Heavy Load Member

    Dec 16, 2013
    Retired,In my shop in Md.
    That pic was 1974, I think. Just don't make fun of my mullet or my bell bottoms,that's how things were back then,lol. Yeah that truck had Armstrong steering,most cabovers did. Some cabovers had what they called center point manual steering,was supposed to be an improvement. I never noticed it.
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