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Old 11-16-2006, 04:40 PM
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Fuel fired coolant heater

Has anyone ever rigged up one of the factory installed preheaters (I think optional on the gas models) on a 617 diesel? I am looking to buy a preheater of some brand, but I'm cheap, so I was thinking it might be possible to retrofit one of these?
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:23 PM
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Methinks it's highly unlikely that a heater designed to run on gasoline will run on diesel.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:58 PM
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I have a Webasto heater (Diesel) in my 300CD which I transplanted from my '77 300D. I have used it for a few winters here in Canada. At -30C it will bring it from cold to almost operating temperature in about 30 minutes.

It's a very efficient little machine, easy to install. The only drawback is the cost around $1200-$1500 new. I bought this one lightly used for $500. It's never required any maintenance and has never let me down. Definitely worth it if you have a spare chunk of cash.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:29 PM
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Methinks it's highly unlikely that a heater designed to run on gasoline will run on diesel.

No, but you can install a small gas tank and run a small fuel line to it for a fraction of the cost of a new diesel fired coolant heater.

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Old 11-16-2006, 07:51 PM
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http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w123-e-ce-d-cd-td/1286373-diesel-parking-heater.html
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:52 PM
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Look on German eBay or Dutch marktplaats.com These are much more common in the colder climes of northeastern Europe.
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:19 PM
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Here are a few picts of my parking heater and other things

http://community.webshots.com/album/555677264itiTpx
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:34 PM
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Here are a few picts of my parking heater and other things

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Old 11-18-2006, 05:36 PM
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:44 AM
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Here's a picture of the Webasto heater installed on my '84 300CD. Excuse the messy wiring job!
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:54 AM
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This idea (coolant heaters) seems superior to letting the car idle all night.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:07 AM
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I was just looking at the mercedesssource website and they have one of the euro installed gas powered coolant heater. It says for parts only, but I wondered if this might be a good opportunity? Does anyone know if there is parts available for a unit like this? I thought I might make a seperate "fuel cell" for gasoline for the heater like someone on the list who was using kerosene on his biodiesel/wvo car. Just a thought
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