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Unheated garage, engine protection question

I am curious, I just finished my new engine before the weather went to hell. It's broken in and running well. I changed the mostly water coolant to a mix that reads -20 on the cheapie guage I bought years ago. Logic tells me I will be fine here in the Chicago area. The weather so far has me wondering if the members North of me use heated dipsticks etc. when the weather gets to zero or less. I am uncomfortable with most electrical heaters in the garage without someone there to check on them frequently. What do you use, heated oil pan blankets, dipsticks or just trust the $7 prestone guage?
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Re: Unheated garage, engine protection question

Personally i cant see what would happen to it as long as you had a good ratio of anti freeze in it. A couple of blankets over the hood might not be a bad idea either if your really worried.

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Just being in a garage should be fine. My first 69 was left outside many a cold Oklahoma winter which would be similar to Chicago, over some cold one week stretches. It could be 5 -10 degrees at night with a high in the 20's or so. Thats about as cold as it ever gets here. Back then, all we ran was 30 weight oil and good anti freeze.
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keep her covered up, and start her once in awhile...let her run to operating temp...then tuck her back in....
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keep her covered up, and start her once in awhile...let her run to operating temp...then tuck her back in....
Agree with Bill -- I've always been told that you should run the car long enough to bring it up to operating temperature. Its not a good idea to just start it up and run in for a minute or so.

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Doug very nice camaro...lot of work and job well done, looks good....
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Doug very nice camaro...lot of work and job well done, looks good....
Bill, many thanks -- I had a lot of help along the way and many were consumed

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I use a mix of 1 gallon of extended duty anti-freeze 2 bottles of water wetter and fill with distilled water. No problems with Chicago winters, garage is unheated.

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Doug - very nice '69! Are those '68 seats in it?


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Doug - very nice '69! Are those '68 seats in it?
Mark -- thanks and good question. They were the seats that came with the car, so I'm assuming they are for a 69. I have the headrests, but haven't taken them to the upholstry shop yet to get them recovered.

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Here in the frozen north we mix antifreeze & water at 50/50. Our vehicles get started under all conditions although it is best to use a block heater when it is cold. Always let the engine warm before working it very hard. I've heard it said that 90% of engine wear occurs in the first couple of minutes of operation due to poor lubrication. Remember that your oil is not happy until it is hotter than 150+ degrees.

That said, I have lived in a cold climate for more than 50 years and always get good life out of my engines - BUT I am gentle on them until they are up to temperature!

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Right, an antifreeze mixture that will protect down to as far as you need it!

My friend that gave me my old junk301'sworn out early 327 block built up a really for back then times hopped up 327 and had it in an unheated 1-car garage and forgot to drain the water out of it and boy was he sick after the temp hit 10 degrees overnight!

RUINED THE BLOCK big-time!!

He did have another block, so he did all the needed work to it and transferred everything over into it!

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Re: Unheated garage, engine protection question

50/50 minimum and a heat source is not a bad idea. Pretty inexpensive insurance in my opinion.
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