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Post  Vanning Mike Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:05 am

I found my son a 1977 Cox .049 Van exactly like the one I had as a kid. It's blue with a remote control. It's new in the box and did not come with fuel and a battery pack. I ordered the fuel and went to the Battery and bulb store where I purchased a small "N" size 1.5 battery. We tried to start the engine, but it did not fire. I quick internet search lead us to the 2 "D" size batteries. Not having "D" size, we notice "C" sizes are also 1.5 volts. We made a mistake of taping the two "C" batteries in series and hooked up 2.8 volts (meter tested) and made the glow plug turn orange while it was off.

Once assembled, the motor fired two brief seconds and went dead. I'm pretty sure the glow plug is toast. I have a spare parts van (1975) with what looks like the exact same glow plug. Can someone help the noob out with a brief fix and proper set up to get a nice glow (and maybe a replacement plug?

Thanks!

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Post  balogh Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:19 am

Welcome to the forum.

You can buy COX replacement glow heads as well as COX glow clips and battery holders from Cox International (www.coxengines.ca) or from Ex Model Engines (http://www.exmodelengines.com/home.php?cat=250). You may also need COX wrenches to remove the glow head unless you have them with your 2nd Van

COX glow heads take 1,5 Volts that will heat the filament to orange, visible with the piston at bottom dead center.

Good luck.

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Post  rsv1cox Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:12 am

Welcome to the forum.

You can still check the glow plug with a volt/ohm meter for continuity. See Harbor Freight, sometimes they give them away with purchase.
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Post  getback Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:28 am

Welcome to the Forum !! My first question is the Van new or has been ran at one time and maybe old fuel has set up in it ?? / if so you will most likely have to take the engine out and clean it before you will get a reliable run . What kind of fuel did you get ? Nitro 25 % 18 % castor and 5-10% synthetic oil is a good blend but less N will work but make it harder to start . It must have the castor though! Babe Bee .049
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