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2018-07-07, 21:07 by Gary M Jones

I was at the field today between 14:00 & 15:00 all on my own , good flying too. There is a dead sheep along the fence line towards the gate from the pits, I saw the farmer so reported this to her. I hope no one had plans for a BBQ Smile .

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-09, 08:12

Anyone know the best way to clean a seriously gummed up glow engine? Been reading some other forums and one from the states suggests the best thing to do is simmer the engine in antifreeze for a couple of hours! scratch Seems bloody extreme to me - and not sure the misses would be too pleased with me knackering up one of her pans!
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Post by Guest on 2011-01-09, 08:20


Save with Dave on the High St, has very cheap Pans

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Post by Guest on 2011-01-09, 08:21


Before I have just poured Hot Water over the engine until free

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-09, 09:36

Cheers for the reply John.
The motor is really gummed inside and out - its almost like its full of treacle! (and been stuck up someones backside!)
Want to clean it up on the outside a bit too not just free it up so might have to take a visit to Save with Dave for a cheap pan! Got a feeling he stocks cheap antifreeze too actually now you suggested it!

Anyone else have any other suggestions before I break the gas bbq out to heat it?

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Post by Brian Colclough on 2011-01-09, 10:07

Be careful with antifreeze some types give off flammable vapour Exclamation

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Post by Allan Patrick on 2011-01-09, 10:16

I've heard leaving it to soak in parafin for a couple of days works. I should imagine soaking in WD40 would be slightly better

Do not use anything caustic, especially sodium hydroxide - it attacks aluminium. Both the pan as well as the engine!

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Post by Mr Moff on 2011-01-09, 11:22

The best stuff I've found so far is GT85.
It's mostly used by the mountain biker crowd for cleaning and degreasing chains ect.
It is similar to WD40 and can be found at most model shops and halfords,who nearly always have buy 2 get one free on it.
It's amazing stuff.

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Post by Zaidy on 2011-01-09, 11:55

I have just the thing for you: it was suggested to me by Allan Warner. I have used it on few engines now and it works a treat.

Fairy Power Spray, it comes in a green spray bottle.
Spray and leave it for 20 min, then clean with an old tooth brush with warm water in comes out spotless, if you have stubborn stains (you know the ones stubby ;-0) ! Use a green scotch bright gently to remove them!!
You can get it from any supermarket in the cleaning section.

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Post by Guest on 2011-01-09, 14:22

As Zaid said, it's good stuff. If it's gummed inside as well I would do a complete strip down and dismantle - useing heat(from a heat gun/hairdrier) and some parafin or similar to free it up. Then item by item wipe as clean as possible, spray and leave then wash with hot soapy water. After thoroughly dry additional applications of the power spray can be used. When satisfied make shure every thing is dry (warm with heatgun/hairdryer) and reassemble with oil. If its as bad as you say and has ball bearings they will probably require replacing. Try HERE

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-09, 16:03

Cheers all - and thanks for the heads up about antifreeze fumes Brian.

I switched my pc off about half 10 so didnt get to read half your posts unfortunately, so long story short, I gave the antifreeze treatment a crack on the gas BBQ ring this afternoon! Stripped the motor down first, removed the gaskets and had it simmering away nicely for about 3 hours. Seems to have cleaned it up quite well and freed the crank. Still got a couple of caked on stains on the outer casing though so will get a green scouring pad on it with some Fairy power spray!
Cheers again all - will post some before and after pictures of the antifreeze treatment incase anyone wondered how it panned out without any scrubbing! Wink
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Post by Brian Colclough on 2011-01-09, 16:24

Trust Zaid to recommend something with the name "Fairy " on it Suspect

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Post by Zaidy on 2011-01-09, 17:21

Brian Colclough wrote:Trust Zaid to recommend something with the name "Fairy " on it Suspect

Couldn't let it go Brian Laughing Laughing

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Post by PDQ on 2011-01-10, 10:55

The Lazy man's approach (me)
Warm the engine in an oven for about 20 minutes on a low heat, so it never gets too hot to touch, 60 deg C ?. That will start the degumming process and it will then turn over fairly easiy.
Then rinse the engine with thin machine oil or "SAE 10 Fork Oil repeatedly and keep on turning it over intil it is completely free.
Don't use water and keep the engine stored full of oil containing a corrosion inhibiter like three in one.
It doesn't involve any dismantling, (which can do more harm than good) and you won't risk damaging the gaskets if you strip it down. (and they are probably unobtainable quickly anyway)
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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-11, 18:53

If anyone was interested, here are some piccies of my antifreeze engine clean up. Cant believe the engine has come out as well as it did without any scrubbing- it turns over really well now and looks almost new!
Happy Days!
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Post by Brian Colclough on 2011-01-11, 19:00

As the actress said to the bishop give it a quick "Cillit Bang" Suspect

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-11, 19:06

Engine was totally jammed - the carb wouldnt open or close and the engine wouldnt even turn over!

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-11, 19:07

Give us a chance Brian!
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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-11, 19:12

Nice Gentle Simmer -

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Post by Stubbsy on 2011-01-11, 19:18

Rinse - oil and rebuild and Vwala............ One home cooked engine - no scrubbing involved! - Well impressed

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Post by Rich on 2011-01-11, 20:50

that worked a treat

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Post by Andy Sayle on 2011-01-11, 20:57

I think this thread is an elaborate method of cunningly disguising a new engine purchase.... Wink

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Post by Rich on 2011-01-11, 21:49

I thought that but there are gum marks on the underside of the exhaust before the clean up & there still there in the clean pic & who would by an OS 40 FP these days.

TBA the engine hasn't had much use by the look of it, more of abuse by not cleaning me thinks

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Post by Mark Barnes on 2011-01-11, 22:01

Nice job Stubsy!

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Post by Rich on 2011-01-11, 22:09

still worth a fiver of anybodys money second hand..!

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Post by Mr Moff on 2011-01-12, 01:23

Nice work there Stubbsy,very clean.
Do the bearings still feel smooth?

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