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).
__________________ Northern Woodland & Tree Care work trucks:
old smokey - 86 Ford F250 6.9 IH navistar non-turbo idi diesel 4x4 dana 60 rear w/ limited slip, dana 44 front wishbone style, w/ 3.55 gears, C-6 w/ oil coolers, manual walbro frb-13 fuel pump, manual wellman glow plugs, K&N air filter no soup bowl and a homemade cold air intake, 3 inch pipe, class 31 heavy duty tractor truck batterys, lots of real gauges. big drippy - 86 Ford F350 4 door crew cab, long box, 7.3 Navistar IDI non-turbo diesel, 2wd Dana 70 dually rear with 4.88, c-6 w/coolers. The Swan - 87 chipmore wood chipper chuck and duck old school style. vm motori sun 4505 3.9 air cooled non-turbo DI 4 cyl diesel, rockford pto.
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).
I went through two of the Kats Frost plug type, before I bought a good one at NAPA...
2005 Black Clearcoat F-350 SC Lariat DRW 6.0 TS 4x4 3.73's....AIRAID, SCT From Innovative, Recovering from Bed Plate Surgery and ARP implants... Came back from shop with some un-needed parts in the bed. Coolant filter
85 F-250 XLT 4x4 6.9 T-19 Plenty of fuel
1998 379 Ext. 3406E 18 speed Rockwell 46,000 rears/3.42's 6.2 M.P.G. @86,000 lbs.
2004 Black Clearcoat F-250 Lariat CCSB 4x4 5.4} yeah I know but it hasn't been in the shop...