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Old 05-05-2011, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
puddleglum
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Cheap built-in block heater plug

This is a very simple mod that is mostly for looks, but I thought I would post it here in case someone else might want to try it. I've been wanting to install a permanent mount for some time, both for looks and also to keep the road grime from rusting the plug. I know you can buy these for RV's and big trucks, but the ones I could find around here were at least $35-40 and I didn't want one that bad. Anyway, I had an old 7 pole trailer plug laying around and I found that a rubber extension cord end was just the right size to fit in the hole. All I had to do was carve a notch in the side of the rubber for the locating tab in the housing, trim off the back a bit and slide it into place. It did need a couple of warps of electrical tape to get it perfect, but the locking screws in the housing seated nicely into the rubber and it works perfect. The plug is attached to a 3 plug extension cord under the hood.





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