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post #1 of 32 Old 10-16-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Winter grill cover

Hey guys and gals I've been thinking about this one for a few chilly seasons now and going to start up some ideas we can all put together I've been looking around a little bit and can't find anything worth buying. So I'll make one from s scratch.

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post #2 of 32 Old 10-16-2011, 02:01 PM
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Does it get that cold to need one? I've seen them on semi's for way up north but never thought ours would call for one.

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Well it's cold sometimes in va from Nov. to Feb. and with the winter fuel mixture fuel milage really takes a plunge along with the temps if there was a nice grill cover it would keep that cold wind from chilling down the motor. Sometimes I don't see the water temp. needle move after an hour and even then it's barely in range

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340,000 Mi.
Blown Tranny Mod
D60 Swap
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DIY E-FUEL
PHP 6 pos.
S&B CAI w/Prefilter
EBPV Delete
3" DP
Kitty Delete
Cat Back 5"
Aeroturbine 5050XL Muffler
6" Vented Tip
S.S. HPX
17"X10" Pacers
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KW 17 LED CabLights
35"X12" BFG KM2's
Tint 20%
Magnum CB 104" Whip
Quad A-PillarPod
GlowShift Digital Gauges

Future mods: ??? 1.5 Sticks T500

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Being from Wi I see some decently low temps. I ran my truck last year all the way down into -15F. No grill cover, no issue. Truck was warm after 10 minutes of driving.

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Well maybe you are using different antifreeze up there

1997 F250 7.3 powerstroke SCLB HD XLT
340,000 Mi.
Blown Tranny Mod
D60 Swap
4:10's
DIY E-FUEL
PHP 6 pos.
S&B CAI w/Prefilter
EBPV Delete
3" DP
Kitty Delete
Cat Back 5"
Aeroturbine 5050XL Muffler
6" Vented Tip
S.S. HPX
17"X10" Pacers
4" Rough Country Susp. Lift
KW 17 LED CabLights
35"X12" BFG KM2's
Tint 20%
Magnum CB 104" Whip
Quad A-PillarPod
GlowShift Digital Gauges

Future mods: ??? 1.5 Sticks T500

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If it's taking that long to warm up in Virginia, I believe i'd change that thermostat. Dieselsite has the 203* stat that I think you'll like.
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sgg hit it. It shouldn't matter what your using for antifreeze/coolant. The truck should get up to temperature.

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Use cardboard and duct tape like the poor truckers do. Works good.

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No way man I was thinking about some vinyl something I can put a design on and some of those marine stainless steel two piece snaps and double use the snaps for a bug screen in the warmer months

1997 F250 7.3 powerstroke SCLB HD XLT
340,000 Mi.
Blown Tranny Mod
D60 Swap
4:10's
DIY E-FUEL
PHP 6 pos.
S&B CAI w/Prefilter
EBPV Delete
3" DP
Kitty Delete
Cat Back 5"
Aeroturbine 5050XL Muffler
6" Vented Tip
S.S. HPX
17"X10" Pacers
4" Rough Country Susp. Lift
KW 17 LED CabLights
35"X12" BFG KM2's
Tint 20%
Magnum CB 104" Whip
Quad A-PillarPod
GlowShift Digital Gauges

Future mods: ??? 1.5 Sticks T500

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They have some different options available.

Let me google that for you: Ford Winter Grille Inserts

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