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Post  getback Fri May 28, 2021 6:53 am

Came out Nice heck i am impressed the spring came out so good from the old fuel tube Laughing I struggle with this part .. Let me ask you does this stuff foam if vibrated ? I have a small parts cleaner that i use Simple Green in a jar for the small stuff (that way it don't evaporate as bad) Hope you do a build thread !?!? This Site Rocks!
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Post  iamplanecrazy2 Fri May 28, 2021 7:02 am

@rsv1cox wrote:Hat's off to you, that ranks right up there with the grungiest engine that I ever cleaned.

Good thing you did not crock boil in A/F as it will significantly lighten anodizing.  

Great job so far.  You can clean up those machine screws on a variable speed wire wheel.   Wear safety glasses.  And, remove the finish on the cylinder using a variety of methods, but straight vinegar works well, then refinish with some gun blue.  


I've never tried refinishing a cylinder. Thanks for the info on that! Will have to give it a try.
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Post  iamplanecrazy2 Fri May 28, 2021 7:18 am

@getback wrote:Came out Nice heck i am impressed the spring came out so good from the old fuel tube Laughing I struggle with this part .. Let me ask you does this stuff foam if vibrated ? I have a small parts cleaner that i use Simple Green in a jar for the small stuff (that way it don't evaporate as bad) Hope you do a build thread !?!? This Site Rocks!

I think it will foam up if vibrated.

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Here is how I get the spring out of the tube. Keep in mind that although Dawn Power Dissolver smells good, it is very caustic stuff. Use it with caution. Do not drink it, do not get it in your eyes, do not get it on your skin. Attempt the following at your own risk. Do not attempt this if you are a stupid idiot. This is how I do it, it works and I have never injured myself doing it this way.

I take a 12" or so long piece of silicon fuel tubing, stick the end an inch or two into the dawn cleanser, bob it up and down a couple of times to get some dawn up into the tubing, fit the end of the dawn filled tubing over the tube with the spring in it, put clean end of tube in your mouth (point end of tube AWAY from your face) and blow, GENTLY!, until the dawn passes thru the tube with the spring in it. Let sit for 30 minutes and spring should slide right out of the tube. Works for me every time.
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Post  getback Fri May 28, 2021 8:10 am

OK Thanks and Thanks for the CAUTIONS LOL but you are right , i think most of my problems are with the tube being bent and hard as a rock ! I have picked them out with a PIC Tool Very Happy I had a friend that worked at a spring Co. made me 1.5' of the .049 size springs Been thinking of dropping by Lee Spring Here in NC and see what they would charge to make 2-3 ' for me .
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Post  davidll1984 Sat May 29, 2021 7:47 pm

The spring inside the lighter the one for the flintstones Some are the same diameter tink the one found in bic lighter work Fine cost 0$recycle parts from like the oring To from inside valve for the fuel tank ventury Engine cleaning - Page 2 16223310
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Post  dckrsn Sat May 29, 2021 8:09 pm

There she is, all gussied up like a debutante.
Great find, good eye, and excellent restore.
Wish I could be there for the start-up.  
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Post  Coxfledgling Sun May 30, 2021 1:39 am

Great bit of recycling, better than the lighter ending up inside an albatross...
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Post  rdw777 Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:08 pm

Nice job on the PeeWee….Thanks for sharing!

Any thoughts on cleaners to “avoid” particularly concerning glow heads with backed on castor oil? I used Hoppes # 9 on a couple of test engines after learning about it here and really like the results but I wonder if it’s hard on the plating on the element…I only soaked for about 30 min and it did a great job…. Kind of brightens the aluminum too..,Works great on crusty back plates but left the plating a little more copper colored than brassy…

What’s easiest on glow elements or does it matter that much?…. I did run one of the Hoppes cleaned glo heads so may have answered my own question….Thoughts?
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Post  getback Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:12 am

I have not seen any problems with the Hobbies #9 that is what i use if the plug is very dirty corroded with build up from running with incorrect fuel or low rpms ,, Here is a read that may interest you on glows .. http://www.fubarhill.com/GLOW.htm Small Cox Logo
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Post  iamplanecrazy2 Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:00 pm

Thanks for that link, good information there!
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Post  rdw777 Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:35 am

Very informative link, Thanks! Also confirmation on cleaning heads with Hoppes…..

After reading the article I bet Cox element wire is an alloy instead of plated…. If that’s the case I would think a strong chemical clean would do them good if they have been crusted up Thumbs Up
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