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Post  Cox International Thu Mar 03, 2022 1:29 pm

If anyone ever wanted one of these rare babies, there is currently on up for auction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/224867260522
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Post  Marleysky Thu Mar 03, 2022 5:22 pm

Does that take a special battery? Or just 4-D cells?
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Post  Cox International Thu Mar 03, 2022 5:42 pm

Marleysky wrote:Does that take a special battery?  Or just 4-D cells?

As per listing details "Uses four "D" and one 9v battery". So basically 4x "D" (flashlight battery) and one rectangular 9v battery; both types are readily available at grocery stores, etc.

Quite a neat setup and rarely show up for sale.
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Post  Admin Fri Mar 04, 2022 1:21 am

You don't see those everyday.

I have one that I found at a flea market some years back. Never used it, I should someday. I did open it up and inspect the circuit once. I have pictures I took of the board somewhere around here.


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Post  crankbndr Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:56 am

I had one a while back. The D cells didn't seem to be wired correctly. Three Ds were in parallel and the fourth looked like it was not. I am a two wire hookem up three wire messem up electrician. It did not work right out of the box so I chucked it. Admin, do you have photos of the battery compartment?
Why the 9 volt? It was a glow plug tester also?
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Post  Admin Fri Mar 04, 2022 11:30 am

I'll find what I did with it and open it up again later. That would be faster than trying to track down pictures I took of the inside years ago.

If I recall, the 9 volt battery is the power supply for a comparator op-amp, and the one D cell that is separate from the 3 in parallel is placed in series (to increase the output to 3 volts) when the "clear" button is pressed.

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Post  cstatman Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:07 pm

that eBay seller often has some really amazing stuff. I have favorited and watch (and bid) on so many of their auctions!

really a great eBay seller.

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Post  crankbndr Fri Mar 04, 2022 1:19 pm

No need for a photo, you explained the wiring well. As far as that eBay seller I believe that the one and only Cox Int.
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Post  Levent Suberk Fri Mar 04, 2022 2:18 pm

Instructions mentioned that:
"If light (red LED) glows, glowhead is dead"

We pressed all four prongs of glowhead clip on top fin, then light glows. How we can understand glow head is went out?

What does it mean? It seems that there is a mistake in instructions.
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Post  Marleysky Fri Mar 04, 2022 2:34 pm

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Marleysky wrote:Does that take a special battery?  Or just 4-D cells?

As per listing details "Uses four "D" and one 9v battery". So basically 4x "D" (flashlight battery) and one rectangular 9v battery; both types are readily available at grocery stores, etc.

Quite a neat setup and rarely show up for sale.

OOps, sorry. I didn't read the written description. just looked at the pics!!
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Post  Cox International Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:59 pm

Yes, 3 D cells face in one direction and the fourth one in the opposite direction.

The eBay account that is selling the starter box is one of our eBay accounts. It is one that we use for auctions and / or selling non - Cox product; whereas our main eBay account is https://www.ebay.com/str/coxengines

However, prices are higher on eBay (for almost everything) than in our online store www.coxengines.com

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Post  Cox International Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:45 pm

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Post  Admin Thu Mar 10, 2022 2:15 pm

Damn! Okay then. I guess I won't be playing with my Sure Starter anytime soon. In fact, I don't even know where it is... I should probably try to dig it up.

I'd say the good reputation of the seller plays a part in the final sale price. Wink

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Post  Cox International Thu Mar 10, 2022 2:37 pm

It's a new customer for us but he sure as heck is getting our promo LED flashlight included.

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Post  crankbndr Thu Mar 10, 2022 6:20 pm

160 Canadian! Not bad.
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Post  cstatman Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:47 pm

I saw that, (was bidding) and WOW! Congrats,, that is so awesome>

I hope new customer, totally addicted, and buys a lot more! Smile

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