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 Post subject: An engine for Dil-Bod?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:13 pm 
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I just got finished painting Ray's Dil-Bod and I got out the engine he sent me with the plane and mounted it on a stick so I could get used to it without learning all that while it was in the plane.
OH BOY! It was siezed up but a couple drops of fuel set that right. It ran off a nice prime too. But when I tried to fuel it up the fuel wouldn't go through the fill tube. I tried the overflow tube and fuel went in o.k. but it squirted out between the tank and the engine block seal. Dang!!
Long story short-----I think I fixed it but I've got to wait for the glow ignitors to charge.
Any way while I was at it I put an engine together for me too.
Mine is the one with the gold tank.
I sure hope they run now.


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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:59 am 
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The Gold one ran. It's not a screamer but it's steady.
The black one is still on the blink.
I'm dedicating my spare time in the upcoming week to getting Dil-Bod to run and fly. The Cox engine is a mystery to me. I wish Dennis was here.
I have enough parts to put 5 or 6 .049s together or to ruin them all trying. Either way I might learn something. Which I'll likely forget in a couple days.
I really like posing my model planes and taking pictures of them. So naturally I took more pix of Dil-Bod.
As it gets closer to flying time I'm looking more closely at elevator throw and yaw and I have high hopes that it will roll well enough for some runs on a parking lot. I scuffed up a wing tip and elevator on the very first landing with my Perky and I know I learned something from that which I could sure use now but I can't seem to recall what it was.

Ray built Dil-Bod and I was inspired by it and asked him if I could get to paint it. That was two years ago............It's been here so long the engine was gummed shut. Ray never tried to hurry me along.............SO--I think I can safely say that Ray and I will both be happy to finally put a wrap on this one.
Currently my goal is to try to win a couple contest certificates with Dil-Bod and get some video of us doing it. OH-------and not bust it. :D


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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:21 am 
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Frank, pull the tank off and check to see the reed is not stuck. You ought to be able to suck and blow thru it (no comments please) and see the reed opening and closing.

Galbreath heads/Nelson plugs help the Coxes too.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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I'll do that Ray and I'll let you know how it went in an hour or two.
BTW----Jeff Traxler gave me a copy of Flying Models magazine (1996) and a set of plans for a 1/2A Gee Bee. Maybe ................................

O.K. I'm going out back to fiddle with engines.

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My glow ignitors were dull. I have them charging now. I'll try again tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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I got that engine running today. The only thing I changed was the fuel pick up tube in the tank.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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So howzzit run?

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On 10% nitro X 23% oil the engine ran very well. I didn't put a tachometer to it but it boogies. Starts easy too and with the spring flipper thingie it always starts running in the right direction.
I was thinking about going through all my 1/2A engines and running them but instead I'm putting them back in the box until I need one.
I think I'll be able to fly Dil-Bod this coming Saturday at the Kilsdonk Fun Fly in Flint.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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I disdained those spring starters for a long time, refused to use them, preferred (and prefer) hand-flipping...until I realized one day the springs would ensure a forward-start virtually every time (duh). I use them now a lot. Better than starting, throwing a rag into it, starting, throwing a rag, etc., half a dozen times.

Don't know if they're legal in team race--are they considered mechanical starters?

I was counting engines the other day, found I have 11 sure-starts never run or run once, in a box in my cabinet...something like 30-35 engines total, .061 and under. Not counting the antiques (2) and broken nostalgic ones (Holland Hornet, 2). Plus my 2 .35s. Uhhhh, close to 40 altogether? Guess I don't need to buy another any time soon.

Say, try to get a video of the Dil-Bod at Flint, huh?

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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I think that Sullivan 1/2A electric starter would be worth looking into if a fellow planned on getting into 1/2As fairly deep ( a fellow like yourself Ray). The starter gets the engine running the right way too. I think the spring is legal.
One thing I noticed is the engine is messy. Fuel was everywhere. I'm glad Dil-Bod is open bay where the engine sits.
I have 34 foot 4 inch .010 braided lines to fly it on. I still need to come up with a handle.
I have a hundred dollar bid on it for when we get tired of it. Do I hear one fifty? yabba yabbidy yuck yuck yuck and all sorts of other gibberish comes out of the auctioneers mouth till someone says I'll take it for $150 then the auctioneer says....."Do I hear $200?" Does it ever end?

The Tour d' Michigan is coming up on September 24. I'm going to recruit the best pilot and pit man I can get my hands on. They work and I shoot video. Who knows? Maybe we'll win something. Man that would be a sweet finale to this chapter in the Dil-Bod saga where the need for speed and more nitro creeps it's way into the lives of otherwise ordinary people turning their lives upside down and leaving them with nothing but the aromatic stench of spent nitro, well cooked castor oil and a lifetime of great memories.

I have six engines.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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Six? SIX? What's the matter with you????? I need to send you some of mine.

If the Black Widow is blowing fuel everywhere it may need a new gasket at the tank/case joint. Or if the backplate is one of those plastic sillies (I've forgotten) it may be cracked. Although either of those should show up in bad runs.

Your plans re: Dil-Bod sound good to me. Thanks for all your work on the little beauty.

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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Yup just six engines. I have gallons of butyrate dope though.

The mess the engine makes is just the spent fuel and oil spit out during the exhaust phase.

I got the engine installed this morning. Ready to fly it weighs 6 1/2 oz.


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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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Looks ready for business.

I don't think that's the prop you should use though...5x3 I think, right? although if you cut it down a little, say to 4.5, it may do pretty well.

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What prop should I use?

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 Post subject: Re: An engine for Dil-Bod?
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I'd try something with 4" pitch, but to get proper rpms it'll have to be small--maybe 4 1/4" dia.? Might make for a longer ground run too, just have to try it and see. the 3" pitch would get it off faster.

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