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Post  Kim Sun Nov 19, 2023 8:06 pm

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A lot of times, an attitude of "never throw anything away" comes through as a good thing.

After rattling around in a junkyard cigar box of .049 parts for 5 decades or so, a long-neglected case/cylinder/piston gets hauled out into the daylight to have its ancient castor force-cleaned.

The cylinder and piston that powered a plastic control line RTF Mustang around Olmsted's ball park back in the 1960's will now find a new home in the Ebay RR-1 I just got.  I was a gawky teenager the last time these parts burned some glow fuel.

The reason for all this switching around is to help make the RR-1 look a LITTLE more original...which I usually don't care about.  But this engine came with a heavy-sided cylinder that was not used on the RR-1's in days of old.  I tagged it though, JUST in case I change my mind and want to take the engine back to the condition I received it.

It's STILL not gonna be original, so don't tell anyone!

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So, a cool cloudy evening sees the "Ebay RR-1" getting a different cylinder/piston set (not "new" by any means), and now much closely resembles the other RR-1 in my collection.
Next stop: flying around the hill on the nose of the Q-Tee.


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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun Nov 19, 2023 8:24 pm

There may be a reason why the RR-1 sported a later model cylinder and piston set. The thin wall cylinders were easy to damage with a Cox engine wrench (BTDT). One would just drop by the nearest hobby shop/Sears/Montgomery Ward/etc., look at the Cox engines parts rack. Find a replacement cylinder/piston set for a .049, and change. So what if it wasn't exactly like the one that was on it. As long as it ran well, who cared? Wink

As they say in Spanish, "Si no te importa, no importa." (If you don't mind, it don't matter.) Very Happy
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Post  Kim Sun Nov 19, 2023 8:56 pm

GallopingGhostler wrote:There may be a reason why the RR-1 sported a later model cylinder and piston set. The thin wall cylinders were easy to damage with a Cox engine wrench (BTDT). One would just drop by the nearest hobby shop/Sears/Montgomery Ward/etc., look at the Cox engines parts rack. Find a replacement cylinder/piston set for a .049, and change. So what if it wasn't exactly like the one that was on it. As long as it ran well, who cared? Wink

As they say in Spanish, "Si no te importa, no importa." (If you don't mind, it don't matter.) Very Happy

Well, this is all meant to be taken with more than a little bit of humor.  Sometimes, my sporadic OCD will zone-in on something that, given a different slant, wouldn't matter a bit.  For me, it HAS been fun, looking at this old cylinder/piston, and remember the days when they were new.

Great Times, then and now... Very Happy  Old Bugger
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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun Nov 19, 2023 9:24 pm

Yup, doesn't matter. If someone showed up with a Cox .049 Space-Bug Jr. with a Sure Start Cylinder and piston set, tached it, showed it flying on a CL, FF, or RC plane, then posted it in the Cox Engine of the Month Contest, and it looked sharp, crankcase spit-shined to a non-stock mirror finish and plastic tank cleaned up nicely, who knows?

It could be a the Engine of the Month Winner. Shocked I've seen stranger things captivate people. What?

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Post  Oldenginerod Sun Nov 19, 2023 10:14 pm

Over the years my collection of Cox engines have got so muddled up I have no idea what originally went with what.  The only exception is my original P40 Babe Bee, my first Cox engine.  Now I regret changing the head and losing track or which one the original is.  I didn't really need to replace the head, just thought it would be a good idea to renew it after I discovered Cox International and put an overhaul kit through it.
In a junk lot I bought I discovered an engine with horse shoe back plate that had a P40 cylinder.  I ought to go through my "non-special" engines and see if I can make up another "original" P40 using my first engine as a template.  Actually, the P40 cylinder found its way onto my first Tach Race engine (which has been in Kim's hands).  Didn't prove to be much of a performer.  The following race saw me swapping the P40 cylinder for a new Tee Dee copy from Bernie.  Ended up winning me the race Thumbs Up Thanks to Kim again!
Now I've got no idea where it went. Probably attached to some obscure engine in a box somewhere, waiting the be rediscovered.
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Post  Kim Mon Nov 20, 2023 7:17 am

Oldenginerod wrote:Over the years my collection of Cox engines have got so muddled up I have no idea what originally went with what.  The only exception is my original P40 Babe Bee, my first Cox engine.  Now I regret changing the head and losing track or which one the original is.  I didn't really need to replace the head, just thought it would be a good idea to renew it after I discovered Cox International and put an overhaul kit through it.
In a junk lot I bought I discovered an engine with horse shoe back plate that had a P40 cylinder.  I ought to go through my "non-special" engines and see if I can make up another "original" P40 using my first engine as a template.  Actually, the P40 cylinder found its way onto my first Tach Race engine (which has been in Kim's hands).  Didn't prove to be much of a performer.  The following race saw me swapping the P40 cylinder for a new Tee Dee copy from Bernie.  Ended up winning me the race Thumbs Up Thanks to Kim again!
Now I've got no idea where it went.  Probably attached to some obscure engine in a box somewhere, waiting the be rediscovered.

Yeah Rod, THOSE were some DAYS!

I'm making an effort to sort and back up files from back then, and it comes as a bit of shock (maybe it shouldn't) at just how long this bunch has been having fun together!

The threat of permanently losing files is not as big a threat as just not being able to find them in the stack of drives on my desk.

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