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Old 10-21-2019, 03:13 AM
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Lonnie, not to be a bad guy, but it's pretty well established that there is no chrome on the Saito valve seats.
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Originally Posted by Captcrunch44 View Post

yup
those were some serious engineís to bad they donít make them anymore
Jim, I have a Tartan 1.34 single with a Davis Diesel head on it.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Hobbsy View Post
Lonnie, not to be a bad guy, but it's pretty well established that there is no chrome on the Saito valve seats.
Ok Dave, if true I'll edit my post. If no chrome on the seats then why all the cautions about lapping them? I've read in more than one thread that it's ok to lap bronze seats but not ok to lap the aluminum seats because they are chromed. Bad info?

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Old 10-21-2019, 03:35 AM
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The cylinders that have worked on they sure donít look like they have Crome on the seats
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Bill Robinson says the AAC cylinders have a thin chrome plating over the aluminum seats. He had a pretty good idea of what Saitos are all about.

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Lower left by Clarence Lee, I think.
Personally, I never lap lap any of them, I have yet to see one that needed it. I've seen plenty of high time engines. Note compression ratio, it's the one I have.
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:44 AM
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Ok you calculating people out there I came across a whole bunch of fuel a while back. Most of the fuel is 22% oil. And 30 % nitro. I would like to cut the nitro in half by blending methanol with the fuel. How much oil do I need to add back in to bring the oil content back up to 16%?
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Old 10-21-2019, 03:48 AM
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Crunchy, this calculator comes in handy when mixing or altering fuels.

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Man oh man, I haven't had half my coffee yet.

Mike, could you or anyone use an extra cast 120/180 muffler, I have two extras, one is brand new.
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Originally Posted by Glowgeek View Post
Bill Robinson says the AAC cylinders have a thin chrome plating over the aluminum seats. He had a pretty good idea of what Saitos are all about.

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Us friends of his lovingly called him Way Out Willy, he missed the boat on that one. I think I have a busted 150 cylinder to saw apart, Gary may have one sawed apart already.
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Dave, sure the seats are machined directly into the casting on later AAC cylinders as noted by Lee. The question is whether or not Saito machined the seats before or after chrome plating, surely before plating, and whether or not they masked off the seats/chamber before plating....I doubt they did. I think the general consensus is that the aluminum seats are plated along with the rest of the cylinder wall.

PS, I could be wrong on this subject along with most others out there with the same opinion and I would have no problem admitting it, as you all know. If there is no chrome on the aluminum valve seats because Saito has deemed it unnecessary I have an 82 that I would love to lap a little. The exhaust seat has never been right on that one.

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Man oh man, I haven't had half my coffee yet.

Mike, could you or anyone use an extra cast 120/180 muffler, I have two extras, one is brand new.
dave yes I am always looking for spare mufflerís.
Like this 125 I have itís missing. Like prop nuts man they donít get sent with the engine vary often. Tru Turn is going to love me before long.
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For many years I had assumed the AAC Saito seats were plated. (Based on Silly Willy) Had not even given it much thought. Had I thought about it, I would have had doubts. In fact they are not.

Yes, I have and still do resurface the seats. I use a Comet Cleanser paste for fast cutting and Simichrome metal polish for fine finishing. For general light clean up I have always used a rubber pencil eraser, often with a touch os Simichrome.

Yes, there are many cases where the lapping has saved an otherwise doomed cylinder. I prefer to use a dummy valve made from hardened drill rod for tougher jobs or perhaps a throw away valve. Too much lapping will cut a groove into the valve. Do the light finish work only with the valve that will be used in the running engine.

The valve action itself tends to hammer form the seat and work harden it at the same time.
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For many years I had assumed the AAC Saito seats were plated. (Based on Silly Willy) Had not even given it much thought. Had I thought about it, I would have had doubts. In fact they are not.

Yes, I have and still do resurface the seats. I use a Comet Cleanser paste for fast cutting and Simichrome metal polish for fine finishing. For general light clean up I have always used a rubber pencil eraser, often with a touch os Simichrome.

Yes, there are many cases where the lapping has saved an otherwise doomed cylinder. I prefer to use a dummy valve made from hardened drill rod for tougher jobs or perhaps a throw away valve. Too much lapping will cut a groove into the valve. Do the light finish work only with the valve that will be used in the running engine.

The valve action itself tends to hammer form the seat and work harden it at the same time.


I dunno if this says anything, but the seat is not shiny like chrome would be.
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dave yes I am always looking for spare mufflerís.
Like this 125 I have itís missing. Like prop nuts man they donít get sent with the engine vary often. Tru Turn is going to love me before long.

Okey dokey, I'll send one, as to the 1.25 I can't help there, at 13 mm it's the odd man out.
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:16 AM
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Dave, Gary, Crunchy, thank for setting me straight on the aluminum seats. Unplated it is!
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Don't be embarrassed! Like I said, I had said and treated them as plated for years. Actually defied common sense. The heat and impact would delaminate most any plating. I figured Saito must have had an advanced process of some kind. I should have known.
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Dave, if one is left, I could use a cast big block muffler too.
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I do have, shoot me your correct address, I started a folder to keep them in, I made a mistake the last time.
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Is there a source for Jam and prop nuts and thrush washers other than Horizon? I have tried doubling up nuts and using washers from Ace Hardware but success has been spotty at best.
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Macgregor has none, Horizon has some, it's spotty.
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Google "Class 10 Metrix Nut" in whatever size you're interested in. I get them for 25-35 cents a piece. I don't have any of those special two piece prop locking nuts, none of the preowned engines I bought came with them.
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Thanks guys!
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Is there a source for Jam and prop nuts and thrush washers other than Horizon? I have tried doubling up nuts and using washers from Ace Hardware but success has been spotty at best.

I know most feel little incentive to lay out a few dollars in cash or perhaps allot some space, but a lathe is a surprisingly useful resource. Often cost less than putting a medium trainer in the air, they run for a lifetime and open up a new world of opportunity to supply useful, unique parts and devices to enhance the hobby.

I cannot remember the last time I had to buy a prop nut. I get a perfect fit every time. Metric hex stock is cheap and a bar lasts for many parts. Jam nuts and flare nuts at a moments notice. No waiting for mail order, no trip to the hobby shop. And parts that you cannot buy anywhere else.

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All nicely made parts Gary, you have a real talent. That lsn screwdriver guide is a great idea.
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