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

James Hansen jhsg at sasktel.net
Wed Jun 21 11:15:50 EDT 2006

It will lock and not turn over quite easliy.
If you are planning on an esbar or webasto heater, stick with that. they 
are great.
Shell 0-40 synth is a pretty good way to go too.

Will Taygan wrote:
> 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?
> Will.
> 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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