Radiator Muff

We’re finally entering the farkle phase of the Land Rover project. According to the Urban Dictionary “The word is generally accepted to mean a combination of “function” and “sparkle”, hence, farkle. Motorcycle enthusiasts may install accessories, called farkles (also spelled farkel), to customize their machine.” Today Mr. Wolf added a grill muff to my truck.

From the Rovers North website: “Dramatic increase in your heater’s output, quicker warm-up, reduced engine stress. In the snow-belt, this simple accessory will make a big difference in a Land Rover’s winter performance. By controlling the airflow through the radiator in freezing weather, the engine can run at its optimum operating temperature. This means reduced engine wear and increased heater output. We have developed this radiator muff exclusively for our customers and we believe it is the finest one you will find. Made of heavy Cordura® Nylon with sturdy fasteners for a secure fit and long life.”

I’ve seen these on big trucks and even recall seeing people attach a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator. So they must work (or Mr. Wolf wouldn’t have brought it up). Only $50 and the small (2.25 liter) diesel engine in my truck doesn’t like the cold. As for heating the cab of the truck… imagine a large dog breathing on your feet.

UPDATE: I’ve moved this post up from last week to use the new photo. The Spanish license plate adds a touch of Euro-exotica and the Santana badge proclaims my pride the in Spanish heritage of my truck. Olé!

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