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Old 12-04-2017, 03:13 PM   #1
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Just drained an engine and wondering what to put in water passageways to keep rust down.Engine in not in car just on a roll around,will be on the dry...
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:05 PM   #2
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Diesel or old engine oil ,its cleaning it after will be the challenge ?
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As long as the engine is inside where it's warm and dry, I would leave it alone.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:45 PM   #4
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Just cover open ends to keep MICE out.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:55 PM   #5
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Think I'll make plugs for bottom holes and fill with anti freeze that has antitrust inhibitors,
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:25 PM   #6
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Think I'll make plugs for bottom holes and fill with anti freeze that has antitrust inhibitors,
That should take care of the mice, also dogs and cats.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:53 PM   #7
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I just called a friend who is into old tractors and one cyl engines. He has a Rumley Oil Pull tractor that as designed uses kerosene for fuel and a light oil in the cooling system. It needs to run hot to burn the kerosene efficiently. He said he uses 10w non detergent for the cooling but maybe to store a flathead, kerosene might be a good 'coolant'.... Certainly gonna drain well when the time comes.
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Could someone please explain to me why on earth you would put anything other than a proper anti-freeze/water mixture in the "water passageways" of an engine to keep it from rusting? Oil (especially used), diesel, or even kerosene makes no sense to me at all. Isn't there a chance that a petroleum product would have chemicals components that might be damaging to water pump seals etc. And then, the mess and trouble of removing it in the spring and the ensuing cleanup.

Yeah, maybe when we were young and poor and couldn't afford a gallon of anti-freeze and had a bunch of drain oil standing around, but in this day and age, I don't think so.

Don, I see that you figured this out by itself.
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I think it depends on how long he wants to store it ,if you had a bunch of old engines laying out side that you want to rejuvenate some day then a petroleum product could be considered but as I said the clean could be a challenge .I worked on a rebuilt Jaguar engine that had Anty freeze put in it and it leached through the gaskets ,maybe he should mix water with it,
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