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    Senior Member pelago's Avatar
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    yeah,, went to local small western auto and lookd at the 51R, they should work, not precise measurement but as you say close enough can not imagine what two batteries from one of the places that advertise the Hln battery would cost and do not want to know. fuel pump coming along with the two external flex oil lines,,, soon to start her hp

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    You promised: " .... soon to start her hp"

    As we used to say around certain old airplanes:

    "Fire Watch on station?"

    "Fire watch on station - Aye"

    "All Clear left?"

    "Stand by to start one"

    "Spin one"

    (After you counted X number of blades turn through)

    "Start One"

    Couhgf - gagg - blurb- flakk - lots of smoke -

    Hot dern - it started again!

    You gotts to send pictures when you do ...

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    with fingers crossed that is the plan, maybe even short video... got to do this in steps,,, run up to temp, drain oil, and water, refill and do it again. still got to figure out the vacume. the fuel pump coming is not military, but it seems as if the one i sent in was not military original but it is what it is

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    The batteries will be alright. They stay hidden in the cowl, so only you'll know that they aren't military original. The fuel pump shouldn't be too much of an issue. I doubt you'll be out in any major rain storms, but it would be nice to have the wipers in case you do.

    Nothing beats a radial engine starts, except maybe a Rolls Royce/Merlin supercharged V-12.

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    Watching a guy crank a P-51 with it set FULL RICH for start, especially at dawn or dusk, ...

    Well, if that doesn't touch somthin' at the bottom of your soul - go check your pulse.

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    Agree 100%. This P40 is my background screen on my work computer.
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    Just picked up on the warbird startup. That's the only way to start them! Had a pilot crank up an R1820 in navy at mid setting, blew the super clean off the engine.

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    bherde, Thank you for your service!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarrBeard View Post
    Watching a guy crank a P-51 with it set FULL RICH for start, especially at dawn or dusk, ...

    Well, if that doesn't touch somthin' at the bottom of your soul - go check your pulse.
    was working out in the back yard a few years ago and heard a incredible engine sound and looked up and a p47 and a p51 flew rather low over house on their way south. never heard such a sound in my life and have not heard it since, what a sight, p51 was silver and p47 was dark grey with yellow nose... damn it was neat

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    Large radial engine (3350 or 4360) doing a full power ground run at night does it for me. Between the glorious sound of round and the ring of blue fire around the cowl... giving me goose bumps just thinking about it.

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