Radiator Jacket

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Morning all (or is it... oh no not again!)

Im considering botching together a make shift radiator jacket for my 1.4 as this cold weather barely gets it above the blue mark (its averaging 1 or 2c in blaring sunshine, never mind adding the wind chill factor) and wondered if any people in other colder countries or other parts of Scotland had done anything similar, its only temporary and might need only last a month or three before the weather warms up or a more mud and snow capable vehicle enters my life to replace it.
I know it is purely weather as sitting in traffic for long enough causes the temperature rises to the point the radiator fan kicks in to bring it down again. And it hasn't drunk a drop of any fluid for god knows how many thousands of miles (aside from petrol and washer bottle. why so pathetically small?)
Its also due to needing the heaters on permanently to keep windscreen clear and side windows clear (its having damp issues at the moment).

For the construction i was thinking some thick cardboard wrapped in a tight layer or tin foil to stop the cardboard getting burnt and maybe doing a 50% jacket so it maintains a semi decent temperature. All good and waterproof to keep this f*****g snow and rain out.

Thoughts on this?

Shealesy
 
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No as i said its not a mechanical thing, i'm certain of that. Its just these frickin cold temperatures up here as all 3 cars on the driveway are the same, the astra, one honda, one dodge.
 
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Thermostats testable? Warm water on a stove or something like that? If it is gone, excuse my ignorance. But this thing doesn't break. Ever. I bought it, swore to drive it til it dies. And now I'm getting it sale-able full functional.
Aside from tyres and 1 oil change, nothings broken, died, needed replacing in 48,000 miles.

I'll crack out the haynes in the morning and have a butchers. Cheers

Shealesy
 

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