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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old May 24th, 11, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Mixing anti-freeze

I am getting ready to fill up my new radiator for my new motor in my 1969 Camaro. I do not drive it in the winter. What ratio should I mix it at. I am in IA so it does freeze in the winter. Thanks, Jerod
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old May 25th, 11, 12:08 AM
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50/50 with distilled water.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old May 25th, 11, 04:57 AM
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Just be sure you didn't purchase pre-mixed coolant, as you would not want to dilute it. Just mentioning, as there is a lot of the pre-mixed in the market place, which gets used with no water added. The packaging usually spells this out, but can be missed, as we often don't read the "instructions" - I think it's a guy thing. LOL
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Re: Mixing anti-freeze

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50/50 with distilled water.
This depends on the condition of your local tap water...if good fine if not it may deteriate the anti corrosion properties quicker.
Also..lets face it who tops up the radiator with distlled....
There are several types of antfreeze...these types are marketed in different parts ot the world and contenents due to different water properties..
Make sure u have the right sort for your local conditions
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Just be sure you didn't purchase pre-mixed coolant
very good point, see that down the workshop a few times....when checking coolant and find is way to dilute....
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I do not drive it in the winter.
That makes no difference....If u have low temps, u still dont want water freezing....
If warm winters 20 to 30% coolant
If cold 40 to 50%
BUT..one of the very important properties of antifreeze is anti corrosision, and preventing electoliyis between the different alloys and metals in the engine...
So at the end of the day 40 to 50% regardless.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old May 25th, 11, 05:05 PM
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Re: Mixing anti-freeze

One thing to remember, it is anti-freeze and coolant. It works both ways. In my 34 in the shop we always mix 50/50. Thats my story and I am sticking to it.

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In my 34 in the shop we always mix 50/50. Thats my story and I am sticking to it.
exactly...

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Also..lets face it who tops up the radiator with distlled....
I do. It's darned near free at Wally World, and after pulling the sleeves out of one of my diesels, I'm never putting tap water in radiator again.

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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old May 26th, 11, 03:39 PM
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Re: Mixing anti-freeze

We are fortunate in NZ.....bloody good resovour tap water, if on bore water, dont even consider using it.
If in a area that a dripping tap will stain a bath, or the jug gets a build up, or the hot water cylinders get crap before before falling apart after 50yrs, or the swimming or spa poll requires whater hardness adjusting when refilling....
Use Distilled water......and in the battery also.

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I do. It's darned near free at Wally World, and after pulling the sleeves out of one of my diesels, I'm never putting tap water in radiator again.
X2, it's all I use in all my vehicles.

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Antifreeze/Coolant is designed to work best in the 50/50 mix range.
It provides the highest temp from boil over and lowest from freezing.

The chart is on the jug.

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X2, it's all I use in all my vehicles.
X3, Lake Mead water is nasty as hell, Good Striper fishing though (well at least before they dropped the level down so low).

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X3, Lake Mead water is nasty as hell, Good Striper fishing though (well at least before they dropped the level down so low).
Nasty is an understatement, but they ARE finally raising the lake level 20 to 30 feet over the course of the summer.

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Rick,

Nice to hear that. It was so sad that it was dropped after 9/11 almost over night and bs was given as the reason. Places I used to fish at that were 450' deep were only like 280' when I moved.

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