[Vwdiesel] ether and cold starts: WAS Stock head gasket on 1.6TD, 2 hole or 3 hole?

Will Taygan william at taygan.com
Wed Jun 21 02:37:36 EDT 2006

Hmmm...  I've been thinking about Alaska winters and starting the
FrankenJetta (1.6TD 1994 body).  

A few times each winter it has to sit overnight without being plugged
in.  Mornings can be down to -25F where it's parked.  (this is
Anchorage, not the bitter cold of Fairbanks)  

I was thinking of a webasto or some such heating system.  BUT, would
ether start things up at those temps?  I've got the glow plugs on a
push-button.  So, the 2nd question is will ether blow glow plugs if
they're not on?


On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 02:06 -0400, LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 6/20/2006 11:01:32 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
> vbriggs at stny.rr.com writes:
> > Wouldn't a propane injection system be a bit safer than the ether ? I 
> > know most the military trucks I worked on had the propane injection 
> > system for cold weather starting, and they just used off the shelf 1 
> > pound bottles you can get at wally world. Speaking of which, has anyone 
> > seen something like that for cars ?
> > 
>   What little I've seen of truck or farm non glow starting systems did indeed 
> have a bottle that looked just like a propane bottle but one I do remember 
> farily clearly said ether, starting fluid or such on it.  That's why I've 
> always 
> wondered about the "DON'T USE STARTING FLUID" rule.  It seems that if 
> you use ONLY A DAB it doesn't do damage since there are systems that 
> used it on factory setups.  Now if you go using a bunch, with glow plugs or 
> when it's not needed then certainly you're asking for it.
>   Am I actually remembering things wrong???  I was sure those systems 
> used ether instead of propane.  Propane isn't all that vapory at -30, in fact 
> I believe it's pretty darn liquid in the open at just below that!
>      Loren
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