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Old 12-09-2017, 01:03 PM   #1
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Default lets see your winter front grill.

ive seen some nice ones and some of you have a few.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #2
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Yes, mines real fancy. A piece of cardboard but I don't have a picture of it. :-)
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:26 PM   #3
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Mines stashed in the overhead cabinets, still wanna see it?
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:51 PM   #4
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So, does a winter grill cover do an effective job of increasing the engine operating temperture? Is it necessary if thermostats are installed?
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:31 PM   #5
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No stats, these do help,and can cause overheating found out.......Kinda Cool.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:10 PM   #6
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So, does a winter grill cover do an effective job of increasing the engine operating temperture? Is it necessary if thermostats are installed?
Yes, it makes a big difference to heating up an engine. In fact I had to roll the cardboard down some on the Merc when I took it out for the first snow drive in early November. Heat gauge was higher than I saw it in the heat of July.
Cardboard up front of the grille or against the radiator was standard winter driving technique here before the fancy, store bought winter fronts were available.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:25 PM   #7
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I couldn't resist
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:39 PM   #8
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And you're in Florida?
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:44 AM   #9
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Denny, That pic was taken January 1961 in Westborough, MA. Roadster was entered in show in Boston and driven back but not put in garage. Weather forecasting was not very good back then, hence the reason I live in Florida. By the way it was 36 degrees here this morning.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:11 AM   #10
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Denny, That pic was taken January 1961 in Westborough, MA. Roadster was entered in show in Boston and driven back but not put in garage. Weather forecasting was not very good back then, hence the reason I live in Florida. By the way it was 36 degrees here this morning.
Angledrive.....I hope it warms up down there before I arrive right after Christmas! Suppose to play softball at SouthWest Complex the first week in January. Pat
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Bring some warm clothes just in case.
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:54 AM   #12
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Here's the front of my car in the winter, but without a winter front grille . I don't drive during the winter once the roads are covered with salt, as they are right now.
The second picture doesn't show a winter front grille either, but with that rig it should probably have one
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:13 PM   #13
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:21 PM   #14
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Not for my truck, not even for an early v8. Looks a little small for a 28/9 model a. But it's pretty cool. If the mechanism was modified for a cable operation it'd be really cool
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Old 12-10-2017, 01:24 PM   #15
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Got some early season snow last night
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Old 12-10-2017, 02:06 PM   #16
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Working around the Merc this morning and remembered this thread about winter fronts. So here is mine. Nothing fancy. Just a piece of John Deere cardboard. Actually a piece of carpet is more desirable as it is not so hard on the radiator fins.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:36 PM   #17
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I once owned a 41 Cadillac that had louvers in front of the radiator controlled by a thermostat. Cold they closed, opened when warm.
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Here's mine.

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Old 12-11-2017, 01:26 PM   #19
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So, does a winter grill cover do an effective job of increasing the engine operating temperture? Is it necessary if thermostats are installed?
From my point of view thermostats are a must have item for all year driving.. I think 160's are ok but 180's are better.. When you calculate the wind chill factor on a cold winter day the coolant in the radiator can freeze. I have had that happen, could not figure out why the heater was blowing cold air. It took me awhile to wake up to what was going on. I have a silver colored cloth type of winter front for my '36 that clips onto the grille. Pretty handy, it can be folded up and stored in the trunk..
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When you calculate the wind chill factor on a cold winter day the coolant in the radiator can freeze. I have had that happen, could not figure out why the heater was blowing cold air.
Always thought that "wind chill factor" applies to the effects on human skin.
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