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Old Jul 26, 2006, 07:57 PM
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Help!
I LOST MY GLOW DRIVER!!! Can i still use something to start my plane!?

Got to a computer while I'm camping and have a problem!!

I lost my glow driver and im a couple weeks from getting a new one (have to save for it THEN get it from mail order ) is there ANYTHING i can do to start my plane (ST G-51)

Thanks

Joel
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Old Jul 26, 2006, 08:12 PM
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A "D" cell will work in a pinch, fiqure out a
way to connect the wires.
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Old Jul 26, 2006, 08:16 PM
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where do i connect them too?
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Old Jul 26, 2006, 08:54 PM
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one to the head and the other to the stem on the plug
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Old Jul 26, 2006, 11:31 PM
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YAY it worked thanks guys!
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 12:38 AM
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 12:48 AM
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lol i was shattered when i lost it I was always told i have to have it
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 07:39 AM
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you can wire it up with a paper clip. Bend a paperclip so that it hooks over the glow plug terminal and then runs down the length of the battery to the negative terminal of your alkaline D-cell. The positive terminal rests against the cylinder head. Wrap the d-cell with electrical tape to keep it all together.

For more capacity, I notice that farm and ranch supply stores still sell the large 1-1/2 volt canister batteries (Cat-O-Nine batteries as we used to call them). You can wire this to a lamp cord and a couple of mini alligator clips to connect to the glow plug.

Or you can rig up a glow plug connector from a clothes pin and some steel stock cut from a soup can.
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 08:14 AM
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Glow driver

Add in a Swiss Army knife and some duct tape and you can change your name to McGuyver.
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 12:58 PM
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LoL reminds me of how a friend of mine, alessandro has his back up, he has 2 wires with alagator clips running to a plastic clothes pin/clip thingie, with 2 metal pieces on the top and bottom. You hook the clips to a power source and then open the clothes pin to touch the top of the glow head and let it go so the second piece clips onto the heat sink area.

Pretty cool back up CraZy!! lol

i'll take a pic of it and post it incase anyone else who dosent know how to make one want's to see, i think i should make one

can i just hook it up to a car battery??? or will that jack stuff up?
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 01:05 PM
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Do the math.
Car battery... 12 volts.
D-cell.. 1-1/2 volts.
Car battery + glow plug....
Very bright glow from the plug for a very short period of time.
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 01:06 PM
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LoL reminds me of how a friend of mine, alessandro has his back up, he has 2 wires with alagator clips running to a plastic clothes pin/clip thingie, with 2 metal pieces on the top and bottom. You hook the clips to a power source and then open the clothes pin to touch the top of the glow head and let it go so the second piece clips onto the heat sink area.

Pretty cool back up CraZy!! lol

i'll take a pic of it and post it incase anyone else who dosent know how to make one want's to see, i think i should make one

can i just hook it up to a car battery??? or will that jack stuff up?
50 + year old equipment design. Been used forever.
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Old Jul 27, 2006, 07:12 PM
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How about a 1.5 volt hobby battery and a couple of radio shack jumper wires? Worked for me for 50+ years.
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Old Jul 28, 2006, 05:32 AM
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YAY it worked thanks guys!


and you have 1,118 posts
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Old Jul 28, 2006, 08:13 AM
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and you have 1,118 posts
You do not have to be if you do a bit of reading ....
He is mainly flying electric motor driven airplanes ....
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