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McDowell Starter

Post by Muskokabob » Thu Jan 13, 2011 14:17

I am looking for a complete McDowell starter to install on a C85-8. Anyone know where I can get one ?Cost?
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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by rkittine » Thu Jan 13, 2011 17:04

Is this the one that sits on top of the engine (Motor on the firewall and shaft running over the top) and has a gear behind the prop, which the starter motor engages with to turn the prop? There was an ad for those on Barnstormers.
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Post by rkittine » Thu Jan 13, 2011 17:07

Sorry, I must be thinking of something else. There is a Chief on Barnstormers for sale with an original McDowell Hand Starter. I would be interested in knowing what this is as I have a C-90-8 in my 7CCM.
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Post by rkittine » Thu Jan 13, 2011 17:23

Got the low down on the Internet. Google Rules! :P
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Post by WWhunter » Thu Jan 13, 2011 18:17

Sure is entertaining watching a guy have a conversation with himself on this site. :lol:
Just kidding rkittine...I'm just bored and had to say something so you aren't all alone.
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Post by joea » Thu Jan 13, 2011 18:27

Robert,

The one you described above is IMHO a hokey starter run by a rechargeable drill motor. I do not like it but thats me.

The McDowell "safety starter" is something that was developed in the 1940's and used on several antique airplanes. Its somewhat fickle to use but works well if the engine is in correct tune and has at least one impulse coupling.

They are pretty rare so expensive. You can find them but not often and not cheap. Also usually missing are the mounting hardware used to run the cable as well as the "plates" used to mount the ratchet assy to the nose of the engine. I have ONE and had to have it made by hand on a CAD/CAM machine by a friend of mine.

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Post by seaheli » Thu Jan 13, 2011 21:51

The McDowell Starter!

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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by joea » Thu Jan 13, 2011 23:55

Great find!

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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by Carl Prather » Fri Jan 14, 2011 05:00

Charles,

That's totally cool. Is there a way to get printable copies of the article?

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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by Muskokabob » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:14

Wow! all I need now is the Mcdowell Starter!

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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by RickH » Fri Jan 14, 2011 16:15

Great old piece. Now if we could just get the starters!! (oh,...and the 'free replacment' mags too!)
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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by seaheli » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:55

Carl Prather wrote:Charles,

That's totally cool. Is there a way to get printable copies of the article?

Carl
Carl,

I can try to email the article if you like or I can send a copy to you in the postal service. Either way is fine with me, Private Message your address or email.

Thank You

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Re: McDowell Starter

Post by joea » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:39

Guys,

"Right click" your mouse on each page and "save as" and you will then have a copy!

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