My '44 Flying Control Dodge

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G,Day Steve Keep up the good work . Like reading about your dodge . BUT i have one complaint .Get the B17 up and running along with the P47 Jug . Even if they are hanging from the ceiling . Better than on the floor in the firing line of a Dodge or jeep . Ray
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Ray Edsall wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:00 am .....Get the B17 up and running along with the P47 Jug...... Ray
The B-17 is no longer airworthy, 'though the P-47 would be with a new set of radio batteries. They'll both go back into the trailer once I've finished using it to move house as that's their normal storage location. Lots of stuff will have to come out of the garage as soon as the builders want to start work, so for now, the garage floor is a temporary store. I have wooden blocks on the floor to stop the Jeep from going any further back than it needs to. As for hanging them, if I did that, there wouldn't be clearance to get a Jeep in with the roof up ( or windscreen for that matter ), never mind the Dodge!!! The B-17 fuselage is about 18 inches diameter at the largest point and the tail stands 3 feet tall.
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Dodge/Noctilucent Cloud Photoshoot - June 18th

Operating military vehicles is just one of my hobbies. Since childhood, I've also been interested in astronomy, getting my first decent telescope in 2012. I built a small observatory at my old house and I'm waiting to start work on a larger one at the new house. So I'm often on the lookout for astro related happenings and in the Summer months, that is often Noctilucent Clouds. The name comes from the translation of the German words, which mean night shining clouds. These electric blue clouds form right at the edge of space, when ice crystals form on tiny particles of meteor smoke, floating at 250,000 to 280,000 feet altitude. I got a heads up on my local astronomy Facebook page and went out to see. After a few shots of the clouds alone, I decided to go a bit more 'arty' and compose the Dodge into some of the shots.

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Dodge Tinkering and Test Drive - July 24th

"Faith" the Dodge hasn't been anywhere since arriving at the new house in late March. It was run once, but I had trouble starting up, so decided to look into it today. Starting on 6 volts can be a challenge after a long period of inactivity. The starter pulls all the amps away from the coil. It had done amazingly well on old fuel over the lockdown, but it was time to do those little cleaning jobs and tinkering jobs to make it a little easier!

The battery has been in my workshop, so that was fitted first. Next the plugs and points were cleaned and set. Various electrical terminals were cleaned and after I still couldn't get the Dodge to fire, a new condensor was fitted. This seemed to fix it and I got the engine running. I'd dated the old condensor 2014 before fitting it, so it's had a few years of use. The new one was a 2018 purchase and has been sitting in the spares tub.

The oil bath air filter was removed and a cotton strip 'gasket' wound around the base tube, as it drips from here onto the manifold and exhaust. After refitting it, I left the engine running for some time burning off this oil.

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After that, I switched off and went for a coffee, to see if it would restart after a break. All the temperatures and pressures seemed in order.

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Anyway, the engine did fire up after the coffee break, so I made a short trip up and down the drive to check the engine would pull under load. All seemed well, so I fitted the "Dodgecam" and went for a local four mile drive.

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Local Test Drive Video - https://youtu.be/6u44OQXGkmo

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After I parked up, I made a thin aluminium shield to cover the manifold where the drips happen. It's not a permanent fixture, just something to pop in place when I park up; same as the rubble sack over the cylinder head to stop rain water dripping through the hood hinge and filling the spark plug depressions.

I now need to see if the Dodge will start after a day or so sitting, as I want to take it to the Fishburn fly-in where I'll park up on Saturday and bring it home Sunday evening. I still haven't decided whether the 15+ year old battery is perhaps on its way out.

It was nice to be behind the wheel again.
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Great video of "Faith" touring your neighborhood, thanks for posting.
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dashtp40 wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:53 am Great video......
Steve
Thanks. I left the Dodge until Monday afternoon and then tried a restart. All was well and it fired up no problem, so it would appear that I'm good to go for the Fishburn Fly-In in mid August. Bar one month, it will be almost two years since my "Follow Me" Jeep and "Flying Control" Dodge were on show together. It will be nice to do a full Flying Control display again.

My two Jeeps have both still been busy this year with three real 1940's events so far and seven other photoshoot outings, singularly or as a pair. I think we've another five 1940's events confirmed for the remainder of the year, so considering the country is still working its way out of covid, it will have been a reasonable year for outings. Hopefully 2022 will be fully back to normal for events and the shows that cancelled for a second time this Spring will return as usual.
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