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Old 12-06-2007, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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after market block heater

Hi it has been a really long time since I have been on this site.

I am eager to get my 86 going regularly again. I have been having an issue with glow plugs recently. I have fitted a 'manual' system for heating the glow plugs using a wiring diagram I got from here years ago. But I think in this latest bout of cold weather I have managed to burn the GPs out (I only use the IH dealer GPs).

I need to replace at least 4 plugs and I am now thinking about fitting a block heater. (I thought the truck was supposed to have one but it doesn't seem to).

Any advice on an after market block heater?

Thanks,

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Re: after market block heater

The block heater is right behind the starter. Someone may have removed the cord, you can get replacement cords at NAPA.

Sometimes the cords are removed because the EARLY 6.9's were prone to cracking at the block heater. But as long as your motor is an 86 motor you are OK. 85 was the last year they used the early block.
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Re: after market block heater

in line heater. works great! like 30$
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Re: after market block heater

Inline heater you have to take out a block drain plug to install the heater.
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Re: after market block heater

NAPA...Engine heater info......86 6.9

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I like ZeroStart's better than Kats's, the ZeroStarts have replaceable cords and the Kats's don't (or didn't, anyhow). I think the NAPA ones are like a ZeroStart.

If you've got an older motor, though, you're probably better off with an inline heater, like the above mentioned. I'm still running the block heater in my '83, even though I shouldn't, but will probably switch when it finally dies (still on the OEM).
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Re: after market block heater

i have a katz in the bottom radhose. works great.
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I went through two of the Kats Frost plug type, before I bought a good one at NAPA...
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