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winter ideas

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by big d, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. big d

    big d 1/2 ton status

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    anybody got any cool or unusual ideas for preparing a vehicle for winter besides the normal ones. i have already block heater, dual bats and and a grill cover/insulator, and also one battery blanket. other than gas line anti-freeze any other ideas for garanteed sucessful starting when one doesnt have a garage?im sure others could use this advice also.
    darren olander
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    gettin down on all fours, 4 a'little
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  2. HarryH3

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    Where did you get the grill cover? Those things are great for getting the heater to actually work when it's 3 degrees outside! [​IMG]

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  3. HarryH3

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    I've been checking out these from Lund: <a target="_blank" href=http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=158576&amp;BQ=jcw2>http://www.jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?CATID=158576&amp;BQ=jcw2</a> but wonder if they scratch up the grille.

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  4. kpanza

    kpanza 1/2 ton status

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    I am also looking into getting one of those! If anyone is interested, send me a PM or email me at keith@autoaccessory.com, as I work at AutoAccessory.com and can get you all a discount on those or anything else. We sell them for $39.95 everyday, and I can get you 15% off that also no problem. I hear that they really help the heater out, and Lord knows our Blazers need all the help they can get in that department. I am also gonna be getting one of those Ceramic Heaters we have, figure it can only help!
     
  5. TXsizeK5

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    Hahah... winter? whats that? LoL, actually to me its extremly cold... its like 30 degrees with wind chill b/c of a cold front and being from south texas that is cold! LoL I know i know we are all panzys. My truck started normal this morning but stuck a lil in 1st hehe. But after warming up it was all good.
    I envy people who get lots of snow.. snow romping would seem fun... get stuck... bust out a cordless har dryer lol j/k. I would try it! Beats the same old sand and mud. (not saying those arent a blast!)


    6in 87' K5 w/ 35" BFG muds.
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    In desperate need of a rebuild.
    Next- Eaton mech locker... Flows.
     
  6. Slayer

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    <font color=red>Cut mine out of a heavy cardboard box, it works GREAT, plus I can draw teeth and blood on it.................</font color=red>


    <font color=blue>I don't know everything, I just think that I do.............</font color=blue>[​IMG]
     
  7. bking

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    I'm in AK, temp last night was around 0F,
    I fitted a block heater, gasline antifreeze too, put on a set of Dunlops double studs, and a red and black neoprene steeringwheel cover,
    I also picked up a bulldog remote start at Walmart for $49 which works brilliantly.
    I have a couple of aluminum blankets in the back, spare coat/gloves and hat, basic winter kit.
    I also picked up a cheapy $12 fan heater which sits on the center console pointing rearwards towards the tailgate to assist in defrosting and defogging the glass.
    You should see the smoke outta my rig when it's REALLY cold....
     
  8. Thumper

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    Well, as well as the above, I make sure to carry a large ammo can with : booster cables, those steel foldable traction aids, a 'winter weight' tow rope (not my big mud rope), a firestarter and paper, a can of Quick Start, and a spare set of fan belts.

    Mike


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  9. Hossbaby50

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    For some reason I don't have a problem with my heater. Oh ya, I live in AZ. No, but seriously, I've been elk hunting and it was like 0-5 degrees outside, and my heater is bad ass. I had to turn my heater down to keep form sweating real bad.

    I got a question too. My heater works, and the blower motor works when it wants to. I get heat on low, but when I try and turn it up it doesn't go up. Except sometimes if I flip the switch from low to high really quick. Can someone tell me whats wrong. Thanks

    Harley

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     
  10. zakk

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    my heater is the best working item on the truck. i never even put it on full blast as it burns my leg[​IMG]
    too bad the tranny and engine can't work like that [​IMG]

    -zakk

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  11. hey, bking, how was your remote starter to hook up? i bought one for the wife's 93 suburban and was wondering if it was a pain to wire up. i got mine from JCWhitney.

    <font color=blue> Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

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  12. HarryH3

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    Harley, the most likely problem with your blower motor is the blower relay. Trace back from the power wire that goes to the blower motor. The relay is on the a/c housing, under the hood. $10-12 at the parts house and you're good to go. [​IMG]

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  13. Hossbaby50

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    Thanks man. Thats what I thought it was, and what I was hoping too. I can live without my AC, but not my heat. Thanks again.

    Harley

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     
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    The remote starter was a breeze to fit, Bulldog has a cool website that shows a video of the installation. The only pain was that their wire colors are basically a guide, I checked all the wires, Ignition etc to make sure I was connecting to the correct wire, but bulldog thoughtfully enclosed a cheapy, but effective test probe. There are 2 options for connection, Tach and tachless, Tach turns the starter for upto 6 seconds (If your truck needs that extra time to start) I chose tachless, as my K5 starts real easy, also this method saved extra wiring too.
    All in all, for $49, it was totally worth it, only drawback, is trying to remember to leave the heater up full when I park up at night so the truck is toasty when I go out in the morning.! Go for it, no more than half an hour to fit.!
     
  15. taterblazer

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    Dang BigD you must be in Fairbanks! My idea would be a piece of rubber matting tied to the grill with grommets in the matt. Might be able to get it all at home depot for a few dollars.
     
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    you do all of this why? your not running a diesel? I'm just curious, I'm in Vermont, and it gets pretty cold, but I don't know of ANYONE who does all of this, unless of course your runnin a diesel... Which we now are, and the only thing we have done is get out the extension cord, and put on the front cover- the one thing to be careful with the cover's,,,, most of them say/ or should say to not run it if its over 34-36'... be careful, you don't want it overheating...

    --Brandy

    IF ONLY THE 4 YEAR OLD COULD TURN A WRENCH
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  17. HarryH3

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    Brandy, restricting air flow through the radiator and engine compartment helps the engine warm up much quicker. At low temps, it doesn't take much air flow to keep the engine from overheating, so blocking most of the radiator off doesn't hurt anything and makes the heater start working MUCH quicker on those cold mornings. [​IMG] Very few people seem to bother, but I've been doing it for years without any problems. Having grown up in south Florida, I am NOT a fan of being cold. [​IMG]

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  18. 88jimmyoungowner

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    i hate to rub it in, but for those of us in georgia, the temerature last night was about 55, and it waz 62 the night before!!!!!!!!!!

    16, 88 jimmy, give me advise if i ask for it, please!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. Danno

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    I've got a diesel, and I'm going to save up my pennies for one of these:

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.lubespecialist.com/espar/espar.htm>http://www.lubespecialist.com/espar/espar.htm</a>

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    Yeah, but you have to live in Georgia! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I'm looking out the window at the Front Range of the Rockies. I can see Pikes Peak from my desk. There ain't nothin' else like it! [​IMG]

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