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Older FJ40 cold weather starting

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by dsinger, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. dsinger

    dsinger

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    I'm looking for an engine block heater solution for a 1967 FJ40 with an original engine. I'm having trouble with cold weather starts on chilly winter mornings in Vermont, where I keep the truck.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. IDave

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    They make block heaters that fit into the freeze plug holes (1 5/8 inches will do), and I've seen heaters that go in line with the lower radiator hose. (One each of my trucks came with these, both no longer functioning). I think you could get them at NAPA.
     
  3. fj40Matt

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    Keeping it tuned up can go a long way as well. I can start mine without using the block heater at -20 without too much trouble. Its does like lots of gas when its cold though. I would make sure you ignition is in top shape, no vacuum leaks and your carb is functioning properly.

    As far as block heaters I prefer the freeze plug style. I agree that NAPA can probably get you one.
     
  4. GetsUThere

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    And if you can't find one locally, SOR sells them too.
     
  5. mallred

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    Is it cold in Vermont right now ? I have the heater hose type in my 40 and use a timer to start it warming about 2 hours before use (in the Winter). Not only does it warm up faster but turns over nicely , starts quickly, and I have heard 35% of all wear in a engine comes from starup, your engine lasts longer as does you starter and battery.
     
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    I live in Quebec, where whe have very cold winters (we had a few days under -40cel this winter) I use a block heater but this year, I got a pertronix ignition to replace the old points setup. I saw a big difference . Now my only problem is that I can't get the cruiser hot enough to defrost the windshield when it's that cold :doh:
     
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    I have only not started once in vermont, -20 for three nights, mostly water in the rad. Still started, but stopped soon after, as the fuel line must have had water in it. Froze up. Started two days later

    I have a friend who put one of the inline heaters in his rad tube, cheap, easy and he swears by it.

    Most plow guys with older trucks here ( bristol area) run block heaters, just so that the truck does not have to run forever to get heat.

    Get the rear heater in there, in my 67, with a 70 fornt heater and a rear, poorly fitting softtop- she is toasty warm.

    where in VT?