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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #60 on: January 15, 2013, 12:33:45 AM »
Thanks everyone. Just changed the glow plugs we shall see what happens on the next cold day. Also change all the filters.
George Kalbfleisch
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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #61 on: January 15, 2013, 10:11:19 AM »
have you thought of using a fog of propane, it would be a bit less damaging to the rings and pistons.. you could mount a camp stove cylinder and use a push button valve and a hose to spray it into the intake. right from the driver seat..

Propane can be dangerous because it's heavier than air, meaning it falls to the ground.  If you are using it in an area that isn't ventilated well or in a low laying area on a calm day, it will pool in low laying areas and could be an explosion problem before it dissipates. 
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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #62 on: January 19, 2013, 10:06:38 PM »
if your using that much propane. you have more problems than a hard starting engine…
my mazda built perkins in my 83 ford ranger needs plugged in at least 3-4 hrs before starting if the temps are near +10 any lower and it requires the water jacket heater to be left on all night. this is with a good glow plug and intake heater system. i usually give the fuel a gallon or two of kerosine when it gets that cold. have used a half gallon of gas per 20 gallons of diesel. but only tried it once, due to the fuel being jelled and needed to use the vehicle… 
where i used to live, winter diesel wasn't available...
cleaning up wildfire damage...
making lumber and siding out of wildfire damaged trees.

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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #63 on: January 22, 2013, 08:27:00 PM »
4 new glow plugs. Mill fired right up this morning and it was 9 degrees F out!
George Kalbfleisch
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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2013, 08:32:14 PM »
george, how was the fix? maybe I should replace mine,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: cold weather starting Caterpillar 51 horse diesel
« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2013, 08:29:48 PM »
at 8 degrees it fired and quit like 3 times then kept running. I would test the plugs see if good. WM replaced all mine I have not tested the ones that came out.
George Kalbfleisch
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