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Old December 5th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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Engine Block Heater for Defender 110 - tips?

Just ordered the "Genuine block heater from Land Rover" fits into a block freeze plug. Any gotchas or tips on install or when to terminate the cord?
(If the tires were just a 1/2 inch lower, the truck could go into the garage!
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Old December 5th, 2005, 02:33 PM
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(If the tires were just a 1/2 inch lower, the truck could go into the garage!
Fit air suspension then you can fit it in
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Old December 5th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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Most of the ones that I see, the cord is just hanging out the grill. Really looks tacky.

Maybe use something like one of the waterproof sockets that you use on your house, then make a male-male 110volt cord to plug it in? Just tuck the box into somewhere that it's protected and hidden.

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Old December 5th, 2005, 04:33 PM
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I would bring the connection up under the hood, it would keep it dry and not coat it with road grime and mud.

OR

Let some air of the tires... If you drive it everyday, then this would not be a suitable solution. If it's a weekend truck, try it.
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Old December 5th, 2005, 04:53 PM
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Scott, It's my daily driver, affectionately know as the "aluminum "lack of heat" sink" this time of year, so that is a tough one.

I like the Han's idea of terminating it somewhere with a waterproof box, attach it to the frame,, maybe short cord rolled up in the enclosure..... Great idea!

Maybe run it though the ARM pipe.....

Has anyone had problems with the "plug" to block leaking ?
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Old December 5th, 2005, 05:10 PM
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How about something like this. http://www.firehouseinternational.co...d=12400&page=1
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Old December 5th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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I've had bad luck with freeze plugs so I prefer not to mess with them whenever possible. Believe it or not, the cheesey dipstick-style heater was sufficient to keep my car warm enough to fire up easily through Wisconsin winters....
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Old December 5th, 2005, 09:55 PM
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I have something similar to this.

Shore power 110v outlet installed in the side of the truck to a four box extension with the block heater, cab warmer, battery blanket and battery trickle charger plugged in.

Handy.

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Old December 6th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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You can run this to a location inside the truck, maybe the center consol. You'll have to keep the window rolled down a crack to get the power to the inside of the vehicle while charging, but it's not like the truck would be any colder when you got in it in the morning. Another idea is to install it in the front bumper, I think you would want to try and avoid any permanent cutting to the body.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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When I was a kid in Alaska, every truck or car had not only a block heater, but an oil pan heater, a battery blanket, and an interior heater as well. The way everyone there does it is this;

We build a junction box (parts at home depot) mounted under the hood on the fender well. The box ususally has four plugs, for the four aforementioned cold starting appliances. In essence, a wall outlet under the hood. You can then take a cord and run it out the front (tacky or not that is what everyone there does) and put a nice hospital grade plug on it with an led of some kind to show that electricity is flowing. That got plugged into an extension cord to an outlet with a timer so that you didn't need to have it on all the time...just two or three hours before you want to start the truck and drive it.

Alternatively....you could install the junction box without a lead....and get an extension cord that has two male ends and power it that way. All of this worked well for me at -70F real degrees....not windchill bunk. The interior heater thing work amazingly.
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Old December 6th, 2005, 01:12 PM
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Buy an extension kit for your garage door! Cheaper than fucken up the 110. H D LOWES what have you. Even a good lumber yard. If you have a friend thats handy rip it up & git r done!! If I lived near you I would do it for gear lube!
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