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Old 01-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #5881
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:23 AM   #5882
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Not an option, I'm moving 1600 miles away...to a place where the average temp is only a bit higher this time of the year

Filling from truck stops should, theoretically, ensure that the fuel won't gel... additives will help too. But the heating in this beast is totally inadequate, I see an Espar/something in its future if I stay there.


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Lots of people rely on diesel power at much colder temperatures without any additives. Just be sure the fuel in the tank is winter diesel (which starts showing up in most of Canada as early as September).

A winter front (or just a piece of cardboard) and the right thermostat will go a long way to keeping the engine temp up, and a curtain of some type behind the front seats will help to. Princess Auto also sells aux. heatercore/fan assemblies if you need heat in the back (I am assuming you have a cargo model), or you can head to a wrecker to find the Ford version of the same thing. While an Espar type heater will keep up, you will use much less fuel if you insulate (again assuming a bare van).
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:58 PM   #5883
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Never knew about that concept, cool van... For some reason it reminds of the Gaz vans, or derivates, of similar era, or maybe newer? They look awful, but it's amazing how those vans crawl and crawl and crawl their way out of anything and everything. Shifting gears in those was a fight in itself, steering as well- good times


2.3L foubanger flathed, no power steering, 4 sp. Made in Poland.
I had one with 4 cyl diesel from mercedes 240 D. Run much faster but you had to drive with screwdriver in hand to put screws back while riding.
Those where good days of high school 20 years a go.LOL.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:55 AM   #5884
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:33 PM   #5885
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VAN! Anyone got a good source for a 3 person sleeper bench with seatbelts?

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:47 PM   #5886
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What size and brand wheels are on your Sprinter ?
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:43 PM   #5887
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What size and brand wheels are on your Sprinter ?
They're mht 20's. I'm not into the chrome thing so i'm looking to trade for some stockers + cash

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:40 PM   #5888
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Someone should buy this.

It is awesome. And cheap.

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:59 PM   #5889
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:55 AM   #5890
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:29 AM   #5891
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I know it's ugly but think how practical the fundamental design is. Everywhere else in the
world that is kinda what they use instead of a long hooded truck.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:50 AM   #5892
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One of them long Dodges more front room and a better graft job.
I like!
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #5893
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^^^ Not much clearance in them front wheel wells.Fine on straight lines but..... Them steps, I hope they stay there, hasn't been my experience with them.They are also a good way for a passenger to step up too fast and whack their head on the door frames.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #5894
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Looks to me like it was a RV. I'm guessing the wooden body rotted out.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:52 PM   #5895
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Lots of people rely on diesel power at much colder temperatures without any additives. Just be sure the fuel in the tank is winter diesel (which starts showing up in most of Canada as early as September).

A winter front (or just a piece of cardboard) and the right thermostat will go a long way to keeping the engine temp up, and a curtain of some type behind the front seats will help to. Princess Auto also sells aux. heatercore/fan assemblies if you need heat in the back (I am assuming you have a cargo model), or you can head to a wrecker to find the Ford version of the same thing. While an Espar type heater will keep up, you will use much less fuel if you insulate (again assuming a bare van).
After having the fuel gel on me twice, although I think was the silly VW design with the fuel filter outside the frame, I tend to overthink it...

Made it just fine...well, almost...

Yes, I have blocked the front with a piece of vinyl, matches the colour of the van, although it's still ugly- but did it's job
I also have a 205 thermostat, installed when I got the van just because I don't like the OEM which cuts in too soon.

The van is insulated- plus was packed to the roof, much better than a curtain- although I regret selling my former cargo van with a heavy duty vinyl curtain that snapped in the roof and sides, plus it had a clear see through window, what for I don't know given it was a cargo with no rear windows.

No probs with the cold, other than stepping outside. But it confirmed that the heater in this van sucks, it should be more powerful/something. Keep in mind I have the rear as well, but given that the air is being blown back in the van through vents along the roof doesn't help much.

I usually complain about dealerships, but there are good ones out there. Fuelled up at some point, and when I took off I knew the serpentine belt is broken/something- no power steering. Checked, and it wasn't broken, just off.

Anyhow, long story short, the NAPA guy called a dealer 20 miles away to make sure they have the belt and someone to install it, then tracked down a guy who owned a local garage, who gave me a follow up Astro driven by his son in case I get stranded while I drove to the dealer- was kind of chilly hence the Astro. The van drove just fine, although I had to keep it under 40mph otherwise the temp would climb- built tough might be true.

The master tech did the fastest belt install I've ever seen, and I've seen 3 thus far. The issue was not the belt, but a pulley which came apart. What are the odds to find a master tech drop what they're doing on a Saturday, a dealer in the middle of the prairies who stocks pulleys for vans that are one in a million around here, and charge me just cost Oh, and the shop they have there, going from -20 outside to 70 inside- they sell everything that has wheels on it, from RVs to agri stuff.
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