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#1 symplesymonsezzz

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:49 PM

Hi, I am a new member and would like to say hello. Today I am the new owner of a 1940 cadillac lasalle flathead V-8. The former owner kept it in a heated garage and only drove it on nice sunny days and had no need for engine coolant, nor did he know what type of coolant was made for this car. I cant provide a heated space and the temperature is going down to freezing this evening. I would like to know from the members what anti freeze is to be used in this car and water to coolant ratio mix. I will say thanks now for any info received and to let the members know I have trouble using the computer and find using these websites a bit intiminating. I will strive to become more knowledgeable as I use this and other sites. Im getting on in years, old dogs new tricks. Thanks again for any input. J Rice

#2 Bob Call

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:55 AM

Use any major brand of anti-freeze such a Prestone or Peake. Use at least a 50/50 mixture with water. Check the bottle for suggested mixture percentages for maximun protection to specific tempatures. I may take more than 50% antifreeze to protect down to the lowest tempatures experienced in your area. The brands also offer "pre-mixed" which is just selling water for $7 per gallon. Mix in your own water.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:07 AM

I agree with 'Bob Call', I purchase full strength anti freeze and mix my own. I use antifreeze purchased at Sams Club at 6 gal for $60.00 plus tax.

Drain the radiator, add a gal of antifreeze and then a gal of water and repeat till full. I then mix the balance and use it for topping off before I leave for tours.

They also sell 2 gal of 50/50 pre-mixed for $17.00. I have also seen full strength for $11.00 gal at other stores.
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#4 WEB 38

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

If mixing your own use distilled water. It will help keep your rad. clean. Bill

#5 symplesymonsezzz

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

Bob Call, I would like to thank you, and to say anti freeze is in.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:27 PM

huptoy, thanks for your input. Have a nice day.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:30 PM

Web 38, thanks for the distilled water tip. Im sure glad to have found this site. Thanks again.




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