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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:02 pm

Because they run and run well.

The last few days I have been in a run what you got mood.  So I decided to give these two for $13.59 engines a try.  Bought in a wooden box off ebay purchased partly for the unique box as much as the engines.  Matched up the detached needles and powered up with Cox 35%, red head first.  

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I finally found the correct glow plug clip and it started easy running fast and strong at a little too lean pace.  Richened it up a bit and she just hummed.  After a few minutes I pinched the fuel feed off to a stop.  I reattached the GPC and noticed no movement on the amp meter.  Darn, another burned out glow plug.

I robbed the plug off the other engine and ran it again.  Same thing, ran really nice.  Went to start it again and ……. another burned out glow plug.  Two in a row.

Still, I wanted to run the other engine so with nothing to lose and using a phillips jewelers screwdriver I gently compressed the glow plugs coil, reinstalled on the second engine and ... power. Flipped the second engine a couple of time and it ran as well as the first.

Notice the tapped intake.

soooo, happy I did the same with the other burned out head, and success, I had them both running with damaged glow heads...Heros!

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Not so much luck with these two.  The OK Cub ran at about, wild guess 250 rpm.  You could stick your finger in there without damage. No change in rpm from lean to rich.  The Cox out of a Corsair would not run at all.  Engine has been trouble ever since I bought it.  Finally replaced it with another engine to get the Corsair to fly.  

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Post  NEW222 on Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:33 pm

Glad you got out to have some fun and run a couple of engines. They look nice too. Do your spring starters on teh Testors work, or are they shot? I got mine this spring, then it broke shortly after....
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:10 pm

NEW222 wrote:Glad you got out to have some fun and run a couple of engines. They look nice too. Do your spring starters on teh Testors work, or are they shot? I got mine this spring, then it broke shortly after....

They are both shot Chancey. On the broken one I took the front plate and made it the drive plate, works fine.

I still have a profile P-38 in their future. Can't let good engines go to waste.

I don't have much history with these Testors/McCoys although I have a few. Found two more on ebay yesterday, different. Trying to learn about them and catch up with Victor.

Bob
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Post  Mark Diedrichs on Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:46 pm

The late 60s, early 70s and on Testors engines/vehicles were not made for longevity. The proof its in the pudding!!! Here's what I got left of a testors spitfire... Point of purchase stuff in a plastic hanging package, sad to see what it became of a once great McCoy brand... MarkTestor/McCoy heros 20190633
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Post  ticomareado on Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:21 am

Well the stuff in plastic pegboard packages, in all fairness, only bore the Testor brand as I recall. Cox also tried the same packaging concept (although granted, Cox's engine was far better than a non-Model 8000 pipe bomb)-- but in reality, all of the pegboard hook planes from both companies were virtually unflyable rocks on a string. The efforts were both companies' last gasps at selling ass loads of product to chain discount stores. At the end of the day when the canvas bank deposit bag was zipped and locked, both companies got ass loads of unsellable product returned by the chain stores and ass loads of unpaid and uncollectable invoices from same.
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Post  Mark Diedrichs on Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:16 pm

Now that you mention it, you are spot on with your assessment. All (toy) products in general went down hill during those times. Still hoping for a resurgence, hope I live that long!!!!
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:47 pm

ticomareado wrote:Well the stuff in plastic pegboard packages, in all fairness, only bore the Testor brand as I recall. Cox also tried the same packaging concept (although granted, Cox's engine was far better than a non-Model 8000 pipe bomb)-- but in reality, all of the pegboard hook planes from both companies were virtually unflyable rocks on a string. The efforts were both companies' last gasps at selling ass loads of product to chain discount stores. At the end of the day when the canvas bank deposit bag was zipped and locked, both companies got ass loads of unsellable product returned by the chain stores and ass loads of unpaid and uncollectable invoices from same.  

Still, that doesn't take away the fact that both of these engines started easily and ran very well.  Certainly much better than the two Cox .049s I spent most of the day trying to run with no joy what-so-ever.  One the infamous Corsair engine that has been a pain ever since I got it and today earned "hurler" cred.  The other an equally infamous Cox Mercedes engine that first saw my door step in old aptly named #2.  Some engines are just destined for the trash heap.

I could gather any one of my other Cox engines, give them a flip and enjoy that wonderful sound, just not those two.

I would agree on the blister packed Testors planes though.  I have four, Zeros and P-40's.  No way would I waste my time trying to fly them. But the Cox Corsair is not far behind. After a re-engine it flew with a little whipping.

I have flown a Cox Pt-19 and it flew very well, just not like a balsa equivalent.
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Post  ticomareado on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:22 pm

Your engines are Testor-McCoy FRV Wen-Mac derivatives with only top end and Rotomatic starter common to Pipe Bombs.
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:23 pm

ticomareado wrote:Your engines are Testor-McCoy FRV Wen-Mac derivatives with only top end and Rotomatic starter common to Pipe Bombs.

Yes
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