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Old 11-23-2013, 06:42 PM
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Turning Engine Over for Very First Time While in Cold Weather.

I'm just about ready to turn my rebuilt engine over for the first time, but of course since I live in New England I'm dealing with below freezing temps (25 degrees).

Is there anything I should do to counteract the outside temp?

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Old 11-23-2013, 07:33 PM
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bring it insided?
block heater,or fill rad with warm water. put a trouble light by the carb to warm it up(not L E D). warm up the pan with a trouble light.
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axe the warm water you will freeze it up

try tarping it in and setting an electric space heater under it for a few hours
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Being from Western Canada ... 25 F doesn't sound all that bad.

The big thing, I would think, would be to get the oil warm ... and to prime the the oil pump very well before doing any cranking.

A 200W magnetic pan heater would do this nicely.



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axe the warm water you will freeze it up

try tarping it in and setting an electric space heater under it for a few hours
yes warm water would freeze if left for time.I would run a hose from hot water tank and crack drain **** a little.
I asume common sense when I make posts. But then I did clarify the trouble light so,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Yea, but the guy still has to deal with water and get some antifreeze in it before he walks away, and new engines don't always spark up and play nice.
I hate playing with water when it is cold out, even if it is hot water.
Once I seen a guy light briquets for a bbq in steel garbage pan lid, slid them under an old truck, went for lunch, and it was just like magic! Started that sucker right up like nothing when it was 40 below.

That oil heater and a tarp would warm it all up, even the carb.
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any open flame make sure there is no fuel or oil leaks,lol.
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I decided I'm going to grab my home brew heating pad and put it under the oil pan for an hour or two while I finalize the wiring / recheck the torqued bolts.

Thanks for the help,

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As long as it was primed you should have no issues. Warming the oil will make it crank a little easier.
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warm the carb as you want it to stay running once it fires
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Considering where you live, installing a block heater wouldn't be a bad idea for the long run. Then fill the engine with 50% antifreeze mix and let the heater work. It is almost impossible for a 1500w block heater to get too hot when immersed in antifreeze, so you can leave it plugged in for several hours without any problem.

However, I would also be a little concerned about the initial circulation of break-in oil if its too cold. If you could hold off until the last minute and put room temp (70 degrees?) oil in the block and then prime it right away you would get better circulation throughout the pump and the engine.

The alternative is to heat the oil in the pan before you prime it, since it sounds like you have already put oil in the engine. You can heat the pan directly from the outside, or there are also dipstick heaters that might work. However, I would only use a dipstick heater for heating oil before startup, and not leave it installed.

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and crack drain **** a little.
Gotta love the profanity active filter here, lol.
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rofl,,,

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Gotta love the profanity active filter here, lol.
did not even notice that,,,Thanks Larry,next time I should say" Male chicken"
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Heated up the oil pan for a couple hours. Using an infrared thermometer the pan registered 51.

Turned the key, engine was turning over, and it was very close to starting until the positive screw-on terminal I was using melted (bought a new AutoCraft with 700 CCA. Had side terminal hookups.)

Insert your choice of profanity here. I probably used them all.

Ultimately I had to stop for the night due to it being freaking cold / dark.

Last thing I did was drain the cooling system of water and added 50/50 antifreeze to ensure the block wouldn't crack.

Now I'm sitting on my couch with a beer trying to figure out my next step. Frustrating to say the least.
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