At the beginning of A Christmas Story, the family’s 1937 Oldsmobile “freezes up again”. The Old Man is seen filling a large kettle with hot water. Does anyone know what specifically he would do with it to thaw the car? Anything I could think of would take quite a while and use a lot of water, like pouring hot water over the radiator. Anyone know of there used to be a specific procedure for thawing a car back in the day? And what exactly was frozen? If coolant froze, I would imagine there would be serious damage to the engine.

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