Does anyone use a winter front - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 26 Old 12-12-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: wichita ks
Posts: 971
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Does anyone use a winter front

Does anyone use a winter front, on their truck or a little cardboard in front of the radiator.
This is my first winter with a diesel, Will the heater work OK down to 10f with out the
front being blocked off?
HAM_RADIO_MAN is offline  
post #2 of 26 Old 12-12-2011, 06:43 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
smokersteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: California
Posts: 4,316
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I have used card board from time to time. It works great as long as it does not rain/snow. But I switch to plastic this year.
It also holds the heat in longer.

You have gagues, BUT, I do not suggest this if you can not monitor the engine temps with gauges.
smokersteve is offline  
post #3 of 26 Old 12-12-2011, 07:12 PM
Glow Plugs Only
 
dee004's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,446
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Up here in the Great White North It often gets down to -26F and I haven't had any problems yet with my heater. Takes a h..l of a long time to heat up and you don't want to idle long because it cools down awefull fast but that's it. Sure as heck would'nt want to be without heated seats though. Can't wait to see what happens after I put in the new Bulletproof oil cooler kit with the cold weather package to see if things change at all. Brrrr


05 F250 CCSB 4X4, 05 VW TDI
4"Banks Turbo Back, ARP Studs & OEM Gaskets,
Coolant Filter, Blue spring, Zoodad
Bypass Oil Filter, Kitty By By, Standpipes dummy plugs
BPD oil cooler, EGR Delete, CCV Mod, BPD Oil Cooler, SCT SF3

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/gen...-endeavor.html


dee004 is offline  
post #4 of 26 Old 12-12-2011, 10:40 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Red Deer
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Dee, start a thread when you do! Us Canadians really need to see this thing in action when it gets to -30...I'm sure Ontario is a week or so overdue for it's monthly blizzard

I myself haven't used a front, but this is my first winter with a diesel as well. Sure does cool off fast, but I'd like to hear more opinions

2005 F350 6.0 CCSB
4" 304 Stainless MBRP Turboback w/ Cat Delete
Edge Insight CTS
Rotella T6 5w-40
Sinister Coolant Filter
325/60R18 Dick Cepek F/C Radial II w/ 2" pucks
Stock EGR Cooler 190000 kms
tonto is offline  
post #5 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 03:40 AM
Glow Plugs Only
 
dee004's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,446
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by tonto View Post
Dee, start a thread when you do! Us Canadians really need to see this thing in action when it gets to -30...I'm sure Ontario is a week or so overdue for it's monthly blizzard

I myself haven't used a front, but this is my first winter with a diesel as well. Sure does cool off fast, but I'd like to hear more opinions
Sure will. Hail to El Nino! It was just beautiful yesterday barely needed a sweatshirt. The only front I've used in five years is a screen in summer because of buds in my rad.

I will qualify though. One of the service techs at the dealer told me right out of the gate not to use a rad cover when I bought the truck. He said by the time the gauge reads an overtemp it'll be too late, these 6.0's are finicky. He also pointed out that it's not like the big rigs where the slats are thermostatically controlled. Guess I was a little gun shy after hearing that.


05 F250 CCSB 4X4, 05 VW TDI
4"Banks Turbo Back, ARP Studs & OEM Gaskets,
Coolant Filter, Blue spring, Zoodad
Bypass Oil Filter, Kitty By By, Standpipes dummy plugs
BPD oil cooler, EGR Delete, CCV Mod, BPD Oil Cooler, SCT SF3

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/gen...-endeavor.html


dee004 is offline  
post #6 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 04:20 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
jesilvas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Posts: 11,148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 25 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Out in west texas I did and down here a little too. Mainly cause I took a lot of short trips. I didn't have a ECT gauge so idk exactly how well it worked. It wasn't too noticeable. But it's all at 20*F or above.



2000 F-350 Lariat Super Duty, Dually, CCLB, 7.3L
4R100, 2wd
330,000 + miles
jesilvas is offline  
post #7 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 05:43 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
700xxmaniac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: middleburgh, n.y
Posts: 448
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
It's goten to 10*f and heat that blows of it is still way to warm for me! I keep the temp knob in the middle and it's just perfect.


Sent from my Autoguide iPhone app

99 ford f-250 crew cab powerstroke
-skyjacker 6'' lift
- 395-70r-16 mickey tomson baja mtz
-sct tune
-stright pipe (vrrrooom)
-cops are in love with the thing

08 TRX700XX
-uni
-primary drive 13t
-pclll
-cp 11:1

01 recon es 250
-kenda 22'' bear claw
-53mph top speed

700xxmaniac is offline  
post #8 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 06:33 AM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
BigDogOil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Okotoks
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I use cardboard in front of mine once the outside temperature goes to -30*, I only get about 3/4 of the rad covered with all the brackets and braces in front of the rad and haven't had no problems with overheating to date. I've done this to all the diesels I've owned as well as a couple of gas pods.

2004 F 350 XLT 4X4 Crew Cab SRW
SCT Programmer
ScanGauge II
GlowShift Pillar Mount & Gauges
Upgrade Fuel Regulator
6.4 Bango Bolts
EGR Delete
Coolant Filter by Me
ELC Coolant
High Idle Mod
Zoodad Mod
BigDogOil is offline  
post #9 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 07:15 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I use the FIA one. I don't put it on till it gets to 30* and below, and I leave the vents on it open until it's below 15*. Seems to help in town keepin the truck at a steady temp.

2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide, Midnight Pearl
Vance and Hines Big radius pipes
Power Commander V
Arlen Ness air cleaner

2005 F-250 SCSB Lariat FX4.
ARP Head Studs
EGR Delete
SCT X3 with IDP tunes.
Edge Insight CS w/ EGT probe
4" MBRP turbo back
Quick Tricks 58V FICM


cyclonestroker is offline  
post #10 of 26 Old 12-13-2011, 12:01 PM
Emergency Services

 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Geraldton
Posts: 751
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I have the BPD cooler and cold weather package and I've been watching my temps this fall to see exactly what effect a front has on the truck. The details are here.

Blocking off the air flow with a piece of cardboard behind the grill brought up my oil temp up 20* to 190* at highway speed and 32* outside air temp. My coolant temp stayed at 190* with or without the cardboard in place. The oil temp also stayed at 190* down to 20* outside temp.

I still haven't had a full day of what I would call cold (not that I'm complaining) so I'm not sure how much it will help at -40*, we'll see soon enough, the last week of Dec and first week of Jan are typically -20*C to -30*C.

2005 - Excursion - Eddie Bauer - 4x4

185amp DC Power Engineering alternator
BPD oil cooler and cold weather package
Updated standpipes and dummy plugs
Edge Insight CTS with fuel pressure
No more STC fitting in the HPOP
Updated fuel pressure spring
Updated turbo oil drain
Updated turbo oil feed
Sinister Coolant Filter
BPD 58V FICM
Dual Batteries
Rotella T6
CAT ELC


The best 6.0 advice I've ever seen... By NYC F-350
Fishermedic is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome