Suggestions for hauling Computer Garage from Beaverton, OR to Yates Center, KS?

From: Doc <>
Date: Tue Mar 5 18:19:31 2002

On Tue, 5 Mar 2002, Merle K. Peirce wrote:

> I hate getting started early in the cold anyway! Isn't that what ether's
> for, anyway? Only yuppies use glow plugs. :)

  We had electric heater dipsticks for the auxiliary light-plants on my
drilling rigs. Kept the oil, crankcase and block heated to about 55-60F
even in sub-zero weather.
  Not that you could do this on the road, but I've also been able to
start mud-pumps (Cat 379 power-plants) by warming a drum of oil for an
hour in the heated doghouse and doing an oil change. It's really the
viscosity of the cold oil that makes a deisel hard to start, more than
the temperature of the cylinders.

> I remember getting our old coaches going when it was bitterly cold. Lots
> of either, batteries that sounded half dead, then a rattle and a start,
> the old Detroits chugged away until they were warm, and lef tan exhaust
> trail like a cra. Of course, the next worry is th air system so be sure
> the tanks are drained and crarry alcohol.

  Oh, yeah. And don't store the alcohol next to the doghouse heater.

  This is on-topic. I quit roughnecking well over 10 years ago. :o)

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