In reply to a message from Luxo sent Tue 13 Jan 2009:
OMG Mark, you actually do that!??!?
My hat’s off to you, I haven’t driven my E in freezing
weather since 2001.
AFAICR there were ‘‘wind cheat’’ shields offered at least for
the MKV and I would think they would also benefit the XK.
That is grey/black/clear plastic sheets that could easily be
mounted in front of the radiator to avoid too much cooling
(now surely a strange concept for many fello J-L’s this
was common practice in Finland still in the 1970’s when cars
weren’t that modern and we still had proper winters.
In 2004 we drove back home from Lapland 650 miles, the first
100 miles in -38�C (that’s -36,4�F) with my wife’s Saab
9000T16 CC. The only problem was that at 100km/h (60mph) and
above the windscreen would freeze because the heater wasn’t
putting warm enough air out. If I slowed down just a tad the
heater would give warm air again. The only way to change
that would be to block some of the super cool air to enter
In the old days we also used a different thermostat for
winter and summer driving, as well as different oils. Of
course that was before the multigrade oils we now have, but
still if I would drive the E in the winter I would use
something like 0/50W, or 10/40W instead of the 20/50W I now
use for summer driving. To cold start an engine full of
20/50W (over 10 liters!) is very tough on the starter and
the mechanicals of the engine and can increase wear
So if you insist upon driving on the autobahn in freezing
weather it will be best for your engine’s health to fit some
‘‘wind cheat’’ shields. Does anyone else know what I am
talking about? MKV Parts book page 93B, part nr. C.5699
‘‘Windcheat’’ Radiator Shield.
Pekka T. in Finland, not freezing for the moment–
The original message included these comments:
gave the nut a full anticlockwise turn this morning and the beast
fired up second attempt. Could be a coincidence of course. And the
black crap out of the exhaust seems the same consistency. Turns
clean as soon as the starter carb clicks off.
On the water temp, driving along the autobahn to work at 120km/h
(75mph?) in -12�C really does drive the temp down!
1953 XK120SE FHC S681167
MKV 3.5L DHC, E-type 2+2 Ser.1 MOD, XJ6C MOD, XJ8 Executive
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