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Old Apr 21, 2002, 05:47 PM
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diesel engines

Hi,
What fuel does a diesel engine take? I thought that it was
diesel and oil, but a friend said it was somthing else.
Thanks
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 06:19 PM
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Just to answer your question before the police (moderator) moves this thread to who knows where . The fuel is a type of lamp oil. This is what I was told I don't anything more.

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Old Apr 21, 2002, 06:39 PM
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Model diesel motors use a mix of ether, castor oil and parafin (kerosene). The percentages for each vary slightly for bushing motors versus ball bearing motors.

http://www.cafes.net/doctordiesel/DDfuel.htm
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 06:53 PM
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Moved to who knows where - well to somewhere where the subject is on-topic.

Diesels smell very nice indeed, a mixture of ether, paraffin (para-feen as they say in Wales) and castor as SRM says.

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Old Apr 21, 2002, 06:58 PM
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1/3 clear kerosene, 1/3 ether, 1/3 Castor oil and throw in a touch of amyl nitrate to imrove starting. Ran all my PAW and Webra diesels.
Gave real meaning to the term "slimer" 'specially in the winter!
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 07:31 PM
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Always loved the Diesels when they run well they are a lot of fun. Friend of mine had one when he flew it three of use used to take turns flying it, it would fly for ever on a 4 oz tank it seemed. BUT some times they can be a pain to get running right guess it just takes practice.
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Old Apr 21, 2002, 10:06 PM
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Do a search here for "Diesel R/C Engines" for messages which will aim you at sources of information on engines and fuel.

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Old Apr 22, 2002, 02:45 AM
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Originally posted by Ron Cichowski
1/3 clear kerosene, 1/3 ether, 1/3 Castor oil and throw in a touch of amyl nitrate to imrove starting. Ran all my PAW and Webra diesels.
Gave real meaning to the term "slimer" 'specially in the winter!
That must have been a while ago It's been impossible to get amyl nitrate for ages now (something to do with "alternative" uses I believe ). Even the more modern ignition improver IPN is hard to get hold of.

wyflyer, as you've probably noticed by now the critical point is that model "diesel" engines are nothing like car/truck diesel engines and don't run on the same fuel at all.

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