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Old 01-04-2005, 10:37 AM
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Question is this the block heater?

I was replaceing my starter this weekend and I noticed a plug in the side of the block right above the starter location. It is about 1.5 inches wide and has what appears to be 2 terminals. There are no wires or anything attached to it though.

I'm guessing it's the block heater, yes? no?

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Old 01-04-2005, 10:46 AM
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Pretty sure that's what it is. You can buy the cord to attach to the terminals. Check here and I'd also ask here about routing the thing. Might not need it in Texas.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:51 AM
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Did all the MD diesels come with the heater plug installed? You or the dealer just add the wiring if needed?

Ture, not needed in S texas...but I'm converting to WVO so it might be good for the winter anyway.
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Old 01-04-2005, 10:58 AM
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...... Might not need it in Texas.
Haven't you seen the news? They had 3-5" of snow there recently!
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:23 AM
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Haven't you seen the news? They had 3-5" of snow there recently!

Yep, I was in the Denton,TX area on Dec. 22. I woke up to find lots of fluffy stuff falling it was white everywhere. My '85 300TD doesn't have a Block Heater. The car started up ok, a little rattling but not bad for its first cold start since it left Calif. The days following Christmas it dipped to 25 but I wasn't using the car, still I wish it had a BH, makes for a nice warm start. WVO will definitely need a separate heater on the WVO tank, presuming you will use a separate tank for that fuel, it turns to jello in the cold you know!
odie, Phil at FastLane can supply you with a cord for that heater I believe, give him a call.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:54 AM
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Did all the MD diesels come with the heater plug installed? You or the dealer just add the wiring if needed?

Ture, not needed in S texas...but I'm converting to WVO so it might be good for the winter anyway.
Nope, if the car was not ordered with a block heater, all it has is a threaded plug in the block. That is one bad mutha to get out after 100k miles!
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even after 250,000 miles, it's STILL a mutha!
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even after 250,000 miles, it's STILL a mutha!
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:15 PM
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We got snowed here in Corpus pretty good. 4-5 inches for a white xmas!

First time it snowed like that since 1896!

It sounds like it has the block heater installed. My parts car does have the heater and the cord as well. I'll see about swaping the power cord.

I'm using the main tank only with a 50/50 blend. I just added a coolant heated fuel line. About 20 feet total of heater 3/4 hose with a 3/8 fuel line inside. So it's a cold start but heats the fuel supply line in about 5-10 minutes.

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