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Electric plug on 235 Chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RH2795, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. RH2795
    Joined: Sep 22, 2012
    Posts: 298


    Ok,my '54 210 just arrived today,will try to post pics later,and I noticed an electric cord coming out of the drivers side of the block. I can't find any reference to it anywhere. Thanks. Randy
  2. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    Oh cool! You got one of those rare hybrids!!!

    (block heater)
  3. nachodog
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 111

    from socal

    If it ever spent time in cold climate areas then it most definitely is a block heater.

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  4. mechanickeith
    Joined: Mar 9, 2009
    Posts: 470


    If is in a freeze plug hole, then its a block heater. Run an ohm meter across the plug to see if its any good. If its good, keep it plugged in in the winter time. Motor will be at operating temp at all times!

  5. RH2795
    Joined: Sep 22, 2012
    Posts: 298


    See I didn't know the had block heaters in the 50's. Car was manufacture in Canada so makes sense. Thanks
  6. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 750

    Rusty Heaps

    My '50 came from North Dakota and the original block had one of those block heaters in it. I tried to remove it ( the engine was toast) but it broke, did keep the cord sticking through the grill. Now just tell people it's a hybrid.
  7. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Heaters like this have been used since the 40's. Some went in the dip stick hole. Others replaced a head bolt stud. I had a 600 watt block heater, I figured at the time it cost .40 a night to leave it plugged in all night. I had a 1500 watt tank heater on a 58 Chev six. If I left it on all night when I turn on the key on a 20 below morning, the temp gauge went up to about 1/4 hot. I didn't pay the light bill there.
  8. 40FordGuy
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 2,907


    Block heaters are great,...My 57 Chev sat out at night, in Buffalo,...Enough warmth came from the heater core to keep the windshield free of ice and fog. Just park it with the controls left in "defrost" position. Got to thank that previous owner for that !!!

  9. d2_willys
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,148

    from Kansas

    Got one in my 57 F-100 push truck. But it is mounted in the lower radiator hose bib.
  10. RH2795
    Joined: Sep 22, 2012
    Posts: 298


    Have to try

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