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Old Mar 29, 2003, 05:32 AM
Jim-G
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Help cleanup eng. after crash

Lost a plane over 18 mo. ago and was found this past week. The engine has a
lot of corrosion or something on the outside surface. I've had a friend say
the way to remove that is to soak it in anti-freeze. Does this work?

Can you suggest any other method?

Jim-G


Old Mar 29, 2003, 08:22 AM
John Morley
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Jim,

I doubt that technique will do much for the corrosion. Anti-freeze is
typically used to de-gum an engine that has been stored for a while
without being run; it loosens the fuel residue that prevents the engine
from turning over smoothly. It can also help to remove stains and
discoloration that occur from simply running the engine. I'd check for
corrosion inside the engine. 18 months outside may have trashed it!

John



Jim-G wrote:

> Lost a plane over 18 mo. ago and was found this past week. The engine has a
> lot of corrosion or something on the outside surface. I've had a friend say
> the way to remove that is to soak it in anti-freeze. Does this work?
>
> Can you suggest any other method?
>
> Jim-G
>
>
>


Old Mar 29, 2003, 08:22 AM
Greg
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Yes, "Cooking" an engine in anti-freeze does a nice job of cleaning it
up, although if there is corrosion and rust on the engine, it may need
more than anti-freeze to take care of it. Take a look at
http://www.fengshwa.com/docs/cookin-with-love.html
This is a nice site telling you how to use a crock pot and antifreeze
to make an engine look like new.

Greg

"Jim-G" <jim_g35@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<Mnfha.6557$yU1.213@fed1read02>...
> Lost a plane over 18 mo. ago and was found this past week. The engine has a
> lot of corrosion or something on the outside surface. I've had a friend say
> the way to remove that is to soak it in anti-freeze. Does this work?
>
> Can you suggest any other method?
>
> Jim-G

Old Mar 29, 2003, 09:22 AM
Jim-G
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Thanks for the info....anyone else?

Oh yes, the interior of the engine is still perfect and oily....got lucky on
cylinder position I guess.

Jim-G


Old Mar 29, 2003, 09:42 AM
Geoff Sanders
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash



Jim-G wrote:

> Thanks for the info....anyone else?


Products that contain methylene chloride, such as Dave Gierke's "Demon Clean" or
heavy duty paint and varnish remover will remove the exterior oxidation as well
as remove carbon and congealed oil. Use caution when using it, however, as it
is extremely caustic. Use gloves, and wash the engine off in warm water to
remove the cleaner.


Old Mar 29, 2003, 10:12 AM
Jim-G
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Gotcha Geoff, thank you.


Old Mar 30, 2003, 08:52 AM
Penguin254
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Looks like they folks here have given you the solution. I want the STORY!
:-) A) How did you "Lose" it? B) How did you not find it? C) How did someone
else find it? I'm thinking they were looking for another lost bird and
stumbled upon it, but it sounds like a neat tale!
TIA
Mark

"Jim-G" <jim_g35@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:Mnfha.6557$yU1.213@fed1read02...
> Lost a plane over 18 mo. ago and was found this past week. The engine has

a
> lot of corrosion or something on the outside surface. I've had a friend

say
> the way to remove that is to soak it in anti-freeze. Does this work?
>
> Can you suggest any other method?
>
> Jim-G
>
>



Old Mar 30, 2003, 04:32 PM
Jim-G
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

Mark... just plain unbelievable. is the short answer! The long answer is:

The plane was a YAK that didn't have good flight characteristics. That was
a Russian version of the AT-6 and painted the dirty green the army used to
wear in WWII. Well I was out with it and it suddenly did a
'left-wingover' and straight in from about 200' and that is all I know
about the 'why' it went in. The search is something else again.

I fly out of a field in Bonsall, CA (Fallbrook Flyers, see webpage
http://www.fallbrookrcflyers.com/ ) that has a dry (most of time) river bed
with lots of thick bamboo in it. Naturally it went into the bamboo I guess
cause four or five of us spent parts of 5 days looking for it to no avail.

Now, 18 months or so later, one of the other guys lost a plane in the bamboo
and couldn't find it. There were three archeologists going through the
riverbed seeking artifacts and he suggested they could bring his plane over
to the pits if they happened upon it.

The next day, my plane was on one of the tables in the pits. Two days
later, the other plane was on a table in the pits. Not much left of mine
after that length of time in the field however the electronics and engine
were still in pretty good shape (brand new at crash time) if you can
believe that.

I'd like to thank those people but don't have the slightest idea who they
are/were. The nice part is that our club is really filled with neat people
who help each other a great deal. We fly from a gravel strip and have a
great time year around. Can't say enough for those people we fly with.

Jim-G



Old Apr 02, 2003, 11:02 AM
Penguin254
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Re: Help cleanup eng. after crash

What a GREAT story! :-) Thanx SO much for sharing it.
Mark

"Jim-G" <jim_g35@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:E9Kha.14349$yU1.10770@fed1read02...
> Mark... just plain unbelievable. is the short answer! The long answer

is:
>
> The plane was a YAK that didn't have good flight characteristics. That

was
> a Russian version of the AT-6 and painted the dirty green the army used to
> wear in WWII. Well I was out with it and it suddenly did a
> 'left-wingover' and straight in from about 200' and that is all I know
> about the 'why' it went in. The search is something else again.
>
> I fly out of a field in Bonsall, CA (Fallbrook Flyers, see webpage
> http://www.fallbrookrcflyers.com/ ) that has a dry (most of time) river

bed
> with lots of thick bamboo in it. Naturally it went into the bamboo I

guess
> cause four or five of us spent parts of 5 days looking for it to no avail.
>
> Now, 18 months or so later, one of the other guys lost a plane in the

bamboo
> and couldn't find it. There were three archeologists going through the
> riverbed seeking artifacts and he suggested they could bring his plane

over
> to the pits if they happened upon it.
>
> The next day, my plane was on one of the tables in the pits. Two days
> later, the other plane was on a table in the pits. Not much left of mine
> after that length of time in the field however the electronics and engine
> were still in pretty good shape (brand new at crash time) if you can
> believe that.
>
> I'd like to thank those people but don't have the slightest idea who they
> are/were. The nice part is that our club is really filled with neat

people
> who help each other a great deal. We fly from a gravel strip and have a
> great time year around. Can't say enough for those people we fly with.
>
> Jim-G
>
>
>



 


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