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    Just wondering guys.....Winter lay over...wet or dry? I drained water from block...plugs back in. Oil draining as I type....fitting added on build....hose ran through drain in boat to bucket......it's a heated garage....question.....should I fill block with anti - freeze??? Thanks
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    Helps keep rust down in block

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    Quote Originally Posted by twoblade View Post
    Helps keep rust down in block
    I thought about that......I've filled before to avoid that.....just had a MRI on spine.....focking back issues......losing intrest in everything........just thought Id ask if anyone left them (block) dry with a heated garage ....I'll get some rv anti this weekend.....thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deweydaddy View Post
    I thought about that......I've filled before to avoid that.....just had a MRI on spine.....focking back issues......losing intrest in everything........just thought Id ask if anyone left them (block) dry with a heated garage ....I'll get some rv anti this weekend.....thanks
    I've always left my junk dry. Probably more because I'm a bit lazy and don't want to mess with refilling it with RV antifreeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpkardell View Post
    I've always left my junk dry. Probably more because I'm a bit lazy and don't want to mess with refilling it with RV antifreeze.
    I'll assume you never had any issues??? I'm in lower Michigan ......and like you this time around.....don't wanna mess with it....I keep the garage around 40-45*....I wonder if the rusting can hurt anything????? It's a seasoned block....probably 20+ years old.....
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    Only boat engine ive built thats went down was a mark 4 block someone didnt use coolant in during off season and a hole rotted thru up near cam gallery.i was haulin ass bout 95ish in my gwing and the blown 475 exhaust note changed.i looked back and oil/water were shooting outta the vcover over into lake!! Lookd like peanut butter being shot outta hose at big psi.had 8hrs on it.tore it down and didnt hurt anything but culprit was a pencil sized rust hole from coolant passage into cam gallery..sucked ass!!! I store with coolant each winter now after goin thru that.guy who sold me block drained every winter etc but condensation ate it up and its wasnt seen by me or machine shop prior to the blower motor build.

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    Looks like a trip to O'riley's...... Thanks guys
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    Dewey, Do some checkin ... seems like I read on the boards here that using coolant/antifreeze isn't a good idea when aluminum heads are part of the equation. I'm thinking it was RCL who posted some pics of his brothers aluminum head that had some corrosion around the water passages ... jeese, I hope it wasn't a dream I had on pizza night ...

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    I just drain and store ,never had a problem ...in 30 years no problem

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    Ya, aluminum wont rust? Iron block should be fine. Passages are probably already filled with sand anyway. Good thing boat motors use cold water for cooling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uniboarder View Post
    Ya, aluminum wont rust? Iron block should be fine. Passages are probably already filled with sand anyway. Good thing boat motors use cold water for cooling!
    aluminum may not rust, but it sure corrodes like hell. The only difference is the color.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    Dewey, Do some checkin ... seems like I read on the boards here that using coolant/antifreeze isn't a good idea when aluminum heads are part of the equation. I'm thinking it was RCL who posted some pics of his brothers aluminum head that had some corrosion around the water passages ... jeese, I hope it wasn't a dream I had on pizza night ...
    Thats a great call Dave....last motor did have iron heads....I'll do some searching.....now that you mentioned it....working on the s-10 last Winter....did notice corrosion on my aluminum heads in areas......more like heavy scaling in water jackets......Ken, thanks for your input......thanks guys...
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    You can't count climate control. power outage would not be good. Winterize as if it wasn't in a garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deweydaddy View Post
    Thats a great call Dave....last motor did have iron heads....I'll do some searching.....now that you mentioned it....working on the s-10 last Winter....did notice corrosion on my aluminum heads in areas......more like heavy scaling in water jackets......Ken, thanks for your input......thanks guys...
    There is nothing you can do about corrosion with aluminum heads while its on the water.
    However, standing water in them is a disaster. The best think to do, in the area you are in, is drain the block, disconnect the water lines and block the water pump inlet, and fill the block thru the thermostat with straight RV anti freeze and leave the lines open. NOT AUTOMOTIVE ANTI FREEZE!!!
    If there is the slightest water in the bottom of the block, and it freezes, it can still crack the block. Seen it.



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