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Posted by Harry Chickpea on November 29, 2005, 1:46 pm

Try reading

Posted by m Ransley on November 28, 2005, 10:59 am

I dont understand your thoughts, do you need to keep your car warm to?
I dont.  Run synthetic oil if you are, water cooled warm up fast.

Posted by barry on November 28, 2005, 4:39 pm

You might, if it were a diesel, and the temps dropped near zero. Just
drop the cranking speed a bit and the temp at injection gets iffy for
lighting the fire. Fuel jelling in the lines is definitely a problem
with diesel cars around 0 deg F.

Having the head(s) warmed above ambient makes ignition of high-comp
diesel much more likely, too.

Your suggestion might work, _if_ incoming air can be adequately
pre-heated and the fuel will flow in the lines.


Posted by Robert Morein on November 28, 2005, 7:38 pm

This is exactly how the NATO 2kW field generator works:
It can start down to -25F.
The unit has a 400 watt air intake preheater. This is used for a 30 second
preheat, so it can easily be powered off of batteries.
With respect to fuel, the advice I have received is that if the fuel is
purchased in the middle of the winter, it will by default be winter blend,
and will never gel (assuming a temperate climate winter, I don't have an
answer for subarctic.)

Posted by Steve Spence on November 30, 2005, 2:26 pm