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Old 04-21-2019, 10:04 AM
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Default Repairing damaged glowplug threads on Saito 150

I confess...I cross-threaded the hard-to-get-at glow plug on one of my Saitos! I sent the engine off to Horizon Hobby for repair and discovered they no longer do such repairs. Does anyone make a helicoil-type of device or, have any suggestion as to how I can get the engine back into service again? Thanks. Jerry S.
Old 04-21-2019, 11:46 AM
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If you have never used a thread repair like timeserts of helicoil find someone who has and pay the price to repair. If you do it wrong you only make it worse.

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I confess...I cross-threaded the hard-to-get-at glow plug on one of my Saitos! I sent the engine off to Horizon Hobby for repair and discovered they no longer do such repairs. Does anyone make a helicoil-type of device or, have any suggestion as to how I can get the engine back into service again? Thanks. Jerry S.
Look up Clarence Lee with a web search. He does or at least did do them.

If he is no longer doing it and only if PM me I will do it. I don't want to cut into his business if he is still doing the work.

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Old 04-21-2019, 04:10 PM
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My understanding is that Clarence Lee passed away some time ago. However, the company, Lee Custom Engines is still in business. I just had an engine head repaired two weeks ago. Address, costs, etc., are in an Advert in the back pages of Model Airplane News.
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Try this

Lee Custom Engines
10112 Woodward Avenue
Sunland, CA. 91040

(818) 352-3766
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I spoke with his wife a couple months ago. At that time, he was still doing the repairs.

I do the repairs but only for locals. As long as Mr Lee is still doing plug hole repairs, I won't be doing them for others.

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Old 04-25-2019, 11:12 AM
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Mr. Clarence Lee is the man. And a quick turn around too. He charges a bit more for disassembly but worth it has he knows what he is doing.
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Yessir,

His price is a bargain and the work is first class.-
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Did you get the repair underway?
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Timeserts...? Okay...what/where can I get timeserts? I have a 9" South Bend lathe. :>)
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I think the Timesert starter kit is about $100 to get the basic starter package.

If you want to pay shipping, I can loan you one of my Helicoil 1/4 - 32 kits.
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Jesse, I'm in your debt for putting me on to these Timesert products and... even more so for offering the loan of one of your sets! I see that they can be had on eBay. Between another clumsy-fingered buddy and me, we'll order one. Thanks again! Jerry S

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