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Old 03-07-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Gotta have heat. I went one winter without, and let me tell you, driving down the road in a snow/ice storm with one arm out the window scraping more often than not is not much fun...especially when the road is covered and you'd rather not be in a ditch.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I GOT ONE!!!!

I think it is a Maine ledgend, not sure if it is true.....puts on Maine accent.

Man went out to the cah and saw the gasline line was froze. He got some gasoline outah the garage and started to heat it up on the stove so he could warm up the frozen line. He went boooom.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I just started this thread to rib forest beekeeper a little. I knew a guy with VW Super Beetle. The fancy model with the sun roof. He used to have me hang out the sunroof and scrape the window off while we were going down the road as the VW had no defroster in it.
Hmm. thank you

Right now my primary vehicle has the heated seats, which are nice.

I have two of those portable 12VDC defrosters that can go on my dashboard. Either of them will defrost an area the size of a dinner plate in your windshield. That is about it. And they draw so much current that the battery is not getting re-charged. So using them is fine for that tiny little area, but even then you still need to let the car run for fifteen minutes without one plugged in, after a trip, just to ensure the battery gets a full charge. So in the end my opinion of them is low. I prefer to keep my all of my windows clear, and my battery charged.

I do prefer a car with a heater.

However right now our finances are such that we simply can not afford another new car. When both of our car's heaters died at once, we felt that it was more important for my DW to have a reliable car with a good heater, since she commutes to work. As a pensioner, I commonly go days at a time without leaving our farm. So I decided that we would buy her a new car, and I would go without.

In the past, I have functioned in New England driving a motorcycle year-around. Wearing a snow-suit is fine for me. And I have gotten a lot of experience with the anti-fog waxes, to keep goggles or windshields clear.

Recently I have shifted to wearing all wool pants, which I find very warm in this mild weather. If the temps were to drop significantly I may have to put on long-johns to go out. Sitting in a cold car here does not bother as much, if might tend to bother me more if we were living in a cooler environment.

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Old 03-07-2008, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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We also keep a spray bottle filled with a 'De-Icer windshield washer fluid' in each car, a scraper and a squeegee.

We have had the opportunity of played with the 'De-Icer windshield washer fluid's marketed by Prestone and the one marketed by RainX. Right now I think that my DW's car is carrying the RainX brand and my car is carrying a mixture of Prestone/RainX/and Everclear.

They each work well. Consumer Reports seemed to indicate that they preferred the Prestone, however in our studies we slightly preferred the RainX. I have found that both the Prestone and the RainX brands will freeze up in the spray bottle if left overnight in your car. Cutting them with everclear seems to help to keep that from happening.

We have a lot of everclear around, so I don't mind using that in a pinch.

For the most part treating both the outside of each window with RainX water-repellent; and the insides with anti-fog; works well.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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We have a lot of everclear around, so I don't mind using that in a pinch.

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You don't put that everclear in your coffee do you?
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Default Everclear is some wicked good stuff

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You don't put that everclear in your coffee do you?
No, not in my coffee.

My DW will use some when she makes her Kahlua.

I use a bit in my whisky, sometimes in my rum [just to fortify them a bit].

It strips the oils from metal real good before you go to re-bluing a gun.

Living underwater on subs we used to mix it with V8-juice and tabasco sauce for Bloody Marys at 'XXXX' feet
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:16 PM
 
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No, not in my coffee.

My DW will use some when she makes her Kahlua.

I use a bit in my whisky, sometimes in my rum [just to fortify them a bit].

It strips the oils from metal real good before you go to re-bluing a gun.

Living underwater on subs we used to mix it with V8-juice and tabasco sauce for Bloody Marys at 'XXXX' feet
My father was on a Submarine in WWll. He said that they had an occasional dud torpedo as a result of the alcohol fuel going missing from the torpedo. Too many bloody marys?
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My father was on a Submarine in WWll. He said that they had an occasional dud torpedo as a result of the alcohol fuel going missing from the torpedo. Too many bloody marys?
Your father is a hero.

WWII had severe issues with 'dud' fish. For the first two years of fighting none of the fish exploded when they contacted enemy vessels. Captains who complained were thrown out of the Navy. The 4" artillery cannon mounted as a deck gun, did the majority of all of the damage against enemy vessels.

The 'dud' fish were a huge Defense Contractor failing, and a large part of the brass were in their pockets.

Finally at a big press conference with our admirals and Defense Contractor Corporate heads all on a party boat to watch a test firing of torpedoes; two boat captains both refused to fire at the 'target vessel', they fired all of their fish at the party boat, such was their confidence that none of their torpedoes were explosive.

In mid-1944, after a complete change-out of Defense Contractors the first explosive torpedoes shipped to the fleet. And we finally began to see enemy shipping being sunk by our fish.

The Submarine fleet while accounting for less than 1% of the US Navy, also accounted for over 90% of all sunken tonnage. The bulk of which was sunk using one deck gun mounted on each sub.

Today we use 'Otto' fuel, a gelatinous self-oxidizing fuel to power the fish.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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There are nice, cheap aftermarket car heaters that plug into the "power point" aka cig. lighter on cars. Of course by the time you need one of these beauties, there are alot of reasons to get rid of the vehicle.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Hmm. thank you

Right now my primary vehicle has the heated seats, which are nice.

I have two of those portable 12VDC defrosters that can go on my dashboard. Either of them will defrost an area the size of a dinner plate in your windshield. That is about it. And they draw so much current that the battery is not getting re-charged. So using them is fine for that tiny little area, but even then you still need to let the car run for fifteen minutes without one plugged in, after a trip, just to ensure the battery gets a full charge. So in the end my opinion of them is low. I prefer to keep my all of my windows clear, and my battery charged.

I do prefer a car with a heater.

However right now our finances are such that we simply can not afford another new car. When both of our car's heaters died at once, we felt that it was more important for my DW to have a reliable car with a good heater, since she commutes to work. As a pensioner, I commonly go days at a time without leaving our farm. So I decided that we would buy her a new car, and I would go without.

In the past, I have functioned in New England driving a motorcycle year-around. Wearing a snow-suit is fine for me. And I have gotten a lot of experience with the anti-fog waxes, to keep goggles or windshields clear.

Recently I have shifted to wearing all wool pants, which I find very warm in this mild weather. If the temps were to drop significantly I may have to put on long-johns to go out. Sitting in a cold car here does not bother as much, if might tend to bother me more if we were living in a cooler environment.

This is so sad! That one of our navy veterans has to do this in this day and age. In the formerly richest country on earth. We need to get some cans put around the various local stores and raise money to assist people that are this misfortunate.
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