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Re: Dash 8 starter

armstrong1

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Have you ever seen or heard of an electric starter kit for a J-3 Piper Cub? It is becoming difficult for my husband to "hand prop" his prized J-3! He won't admit to getting too old (69) to do it!! I woulde appreciate any information you may have!
 

cubrath

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Armstrong1,

I have seen starters out there for a -8 engines but not sure if any are certified.

Your best bet is to start a new topic on this subject. If it can be done, guys here will know how!
 

JimC

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Are you sure he is too old?
I'm 69, and even with a torn rotator cuff in both shoulders, it hasn't been difficult to prop the J3.
 

JimC

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The Hamp starter is an STC'd possibility, but the aircraft has to be flown to Hamp Air Services in Illinois (I think), and the cowl has to be modified. Cost is about $1850 plus installation.

Installation of a -12 engiine is another possibility.

A McDowell Safety Starter (patent # 2266098) is a third possibility. They were mostly installed on Aeronca Chiefs and a few Champs. They work well, and are sometimes available on the used market because most were removed due to their being a maintenance nightmare. This starter also requires cowl modification. Here's a photo of one on a Chief. Cost is $1000-$2000 plus installation.


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huston marlowe

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Does his engine have two fresh Slick mags with impulse couplers ? I'm 71 and only 145 lbs and have no trouble starting the C-85. Maybe he has old stock mags , leads and plugs ?
 

JimC

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I agree with Huston (as I usually do).
He needs two 4301 Slick mags.
 

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Maybe the present mags just need points / e-gap set. Cheapest way to go. The Eisemans on the 65 I just removed for the C90 were recently fitted with new points. One or two easy pulls from the back side started engine. Too many pulls is like too many pitches...hard on older players.
 

doug

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I agree with Renkou12. It takes me about 3 pulls pulling as slow as I possibly can with the throttle completely closed to start this Cub. I discovered that after new points and plugs were put in my Bendix S4 20 mags. 747 gave me that tip.
 
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