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Mr.B.29/04/2017 20:14:19
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Does any body know where I can get hold of a helicoil kit for glow plug thread? I think this is 1/4 x 32.

Although having ones helicopter shoot glow plugs out is entertaining at first it soon becomes tiresome.

The thread looks and feels OK. But with the plug nipped up as normal is soon becomes loose. Yes, the coppper washer is in place.

RC Plane Flyer29/04/2017 20:51:49
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Have I seen on that other forum. B M F A. A person offering some glow plug repair

Martin Harris29/04/2017 21:13:21
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They are rather few and far between. It's actually 1/4 UNEF (EF=extra fine) and not stocked in the cheaper ranges by firms such as Chronos and Tracy Tools. There are some available here, apparently but at a cost of @£70 for a set.

Denis Watkins29/04/2017 21:45:18
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I will try and find the chap for you who does a permanent repair

Not a helicoil, which will leak as most of our motors are made of very soft material which cannot support the helicoil.

I will post as soon as I find his details again

In the meantime, clean both plug and head threads of all oil, using petrol or cellulose thinner, as any trace of oil distorts the torque feeling and actual, that is needed for tightening to a seal,

Mr.B.29/04/2017 22:06:33
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Thanks chaps. With the cost of glow plugs a thread repair will soon pay for it's self.

Geoff S29/04/2017 22:43:35
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Might it be cheaper to replace the cylinder head if it's a 2 stroke?

Geoff

Martin Whybrow30/04/2017 01:14:50
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Posted by Denis Watkins on 29/04/2017 21:45:18:

Not a helicoil, which will leak as most of our motors are made of very soft material which cannot support the helicoil.

I'm intrigued by your post Denis, if the original metal is strong enough to support the glowplug, why isn't it strong enough to support a helicoil insert? After all, the O/D of the insert is significantly larger than the original 1/4" thread, so there's more metal around it to support the insert than there was to support the original plug. In my industry, it's standard practice to fit helicoil type inserts into aluminium alloy at the manufacturing stage as it's recognised to give a much stronger thread than tapping the finished size directly into the parent metal.

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I can thoroughly recommend Peter , his service is first class and the cost extremely reasonable. I had partial thread damage and didn't need an insert , he sent internal pictures of the head & thread and even test ran the engine for me , first class.

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Peter Miller30/04/2017 08:23:53
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Posted by Justin K. on 30/04/2017 06:58:33:

I can thoroughly recommend Peter , his service is first class and the cost extremely reasonable. I had partial thread damage and didn't need an insert , he sent internal pictures of the head & thread and even test ran the engine for me , first class.

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I agree. I had the plug thread strip on an OS FS48 Surpass.I sent the head to Peter, Job done by return. If you send the complete engine you get it cleaned and bench tested for very little more. I don't know how he does it.

Just brilliant!!

Martin Fraser30/04/2017 10:14:23
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I too can vouch for Peter Vidgeon's expertise and service. I sent him both heads of my Saito FA60T on a Tuesday and received them on Thursday with lovely copper plated steel inserts and looking like new a due to his ultra-sound cleaning process.

Top marks.

Marty

Mr.B.05/05/2017 19:46:31
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Well, having baulk at the cost of a helicoil kit (£70 +vat) I packed the head off to Peter V, and everything you have said about him is true. I posted it off on Tuesday and it's back on the Heli now. Top man. All for 15 quid.

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