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Old 07-09-2008, 01:00 PM
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My cousin has just phoned me and said his Grandad has given him a boat with an engine in it. He has been trying to start it with petrol but I think it is a diesel. What diesel does he need to use and how do you go about starting it? I have told him to get his dad to get some medicinal grade castor as he is a doctor so that shouldnt be a problem. Do you just mix castor into the diesel? If so anyone any ideas as to the ratios?

Where do diesels get their glow from? I know they have a compression screw but thats about it?

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Cheers

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Old 07-09-2008, 03:23 PM
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Model diesel engine fuel is NOT diesel fuel you buy from a Service station!!!!

Year ago my brothers and I mixed model diesel fuel ourselves. We had the following formula: 1 part kerosene, 1 part castor oil, one part ether. It worked fine.

I have read on the internet of other fuel blend being tried to reduce the cost as ether is now expensive and hard to get. We were friends with the local pharmacists who knew we were using the ether for model diesel engine fuel and got it in stock and sold it to us. I suspect the PC brigade will have probably made that impossible today.

To start a diesel engine you just fuel it and prime it like a glow engine, and start pulling the flywheel around. Provided the compression screw on the top and the needle valve are adjusted correctly it just starts, no need for a battery like a glow engine. Correctly adjusted diesel engines run fine.
Old 07-10-2008, 02:38 PM
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Hello!!!!
Maybe this place could help you

http://www.cafes.net/doctordiesel/DDfuel.htm

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Old 07-10-2008, 11:16 PM
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I tried a Diesel head years ago in an R/C truck and it didn't work very well, in fact I still have the head. It came from Davis Diesel.
To tell you how long ago it was the engine that I put it on was an O.S. .12 CZ-R back in the early to mid `90's.
It ran like crap as myself and one of the LHS employees both worked with them after RCCA gave them rave reviews. We couldn't get the stupid things to run over half throttle no matter what we did to them.
Ether is the hard thing to get and when you do, it evaporates quickly. Seeing how it's now being used for cooking illegal drugs it is hard to get.
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Interesting thread. Back in the early 80s , before the fall of the USSR, I was trading modeling stuff with a guy from Kiev. Talk about some crazy restrictions on the Russian side. Anyway, the guy sent me several of their diesel engines. Couldn't read Russian directions and no computer then. They sat until a couple of yrs ago and off to ebay they went. Kinda wish I'd kept them. Actually, they ended up in Japan
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heres a decent link about them.
I ran a few, long,long time ago,dont remember any starting problems.

http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/dieselco...ting_tips1.htm

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could you make a movie once
i like to see it run

i am thinking to convert my nitro boat to diesel.

so i can use some tips
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ORIGINAL: robot797

could you make a movie once
i like to see it run

i am thinking to convert my nitro boat to diesel.

so i can use some tips
You may need to PM or email the member directly - he has not logged in for over 2 years and even then it was his first and only post (Last Login: 07/23/2008)
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oops sorry
Old 05-25-2010, 03:59 PM
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Hi Guy's, I just got notification of this old post of mine via email. I'm still here

I have'nt heard anything about this boat for a while although I am sure my cousin would of got nowhere with it

I will find out and update you all. Thanks for the great replies.

Cheers

Tom

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