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Old 12-19-2008, 08:17 AM   #41
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Bump. Still looking for suggested PSI and feed point. jbeurotech you out there? Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:37 AM   #42
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:06 AM   #43
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couldnt you just buy a smoke pen? not enough smoke?
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:12 PM   #44
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Bump. Still looking for suggested PSI and feed point. jbeurotech you out there? Thanks.
Sorry haven't been on in a while busy racing and working. 2-3 PSI is all you want for pressure
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:28 AM   #45
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Thanks for getting back to us Seth. I was planning on removing the air box and inserting the smoke into the hose that connects to the MAF. Is this the right place to do it?
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:29 PM   #46
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That works we use a cone and insert it after the maf. Other wise the dipstick tube works real well at that will go into the intake as well
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:39 AM   #47
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Well, I just finished mine, and the design does work but it was short lived....whoever builds one of these make sure you get a SELF-LIMITING glow plug or you will be blowing glow plugs every minute. I was using a standard Ford diesel glow plug and it didn't last. I am picking up an AC-Delco #60G glow plug today, that is a standard GM diesel plug and is self limiting so it will actually limit its current when it gets too hot, not blow out. Not sure if the Mercedes or others are this type or not. Thread on the AC is 10mmx1mm, most common plugs are this metric thread. Amperage draw is roughly 10 amps but depends on the plug. I didn't have any model locomotive fluid available, but you can also use baby oil(mineral oil) in the model locomotives and that worked for me. I imagine that would be safe for our engines. As far as the stuff used in fog machines, it is supposedly straight glycol or polyol (no not antifreeze,) which is used mixed with water. Both are non-toxic and used in the food industry so I doubt they would be harmful but I'm not sure so someone can chime in on that if they would know. Best thing about the train stuff is you can make your engine smell like cedar, hickory, coal, pine cones, etc.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:45 AM   #48
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Well, I just finished mine, and the design does work but it was short lived....whoever builds one of these make sure you get a SELF-LIMITING glow plug or you will be blowing glow plugs every minute. I was using a standard Ford diesel glow plug and it didn't last. I am picking up an AC-Delco #60G glow plug today, that is a standard GM diesel plug and is self limiting so it will actually limit its current when it gets too hot, not blow out. Not sure if the Mercedes or others are this type or not. Thread on the AC is 10mmx1mm, most common plugs are this metric thread. Amperage draw is roughly 10 amps but depends on the plug. I didn't have any model locomotive fluid available, but you can also use baby oil(mineral oil) in the model locomotives and that worked for me. I imagine that would be safe for our engines. As far as the stuff used in fog machines, it is supposedly straight glycol or polyol (no not antifreeze,) which is used mixed with water. Both are non-toxic and used in the food industry so I doubt they would be harmful but I'm not sure so someone can chime in on that if they would know. Best thing about the train stuff is you can make your engine smell like cedar, hickory, coal, pine cones, etc.

man I need to make one of these... how do i know if a glow plug is self limiting, any cheap one I can easily find at the car part store?
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:13 AM   #49
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man I need to make one of these... how do i know if a glow plug is self limiting, any cheap one I can easily find at the car part store?
Just go to an autoparts store that carries AC-Delco and ask for part number 60G, that's their part number, simple enough? If they don't carry Delco they may be able to cross-reference it but I've heard other brands like Autolite aren't nearly as reliable.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:44 PM   #50
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Well, I just finished mine, and the design does work but it was short lived....whoever builds one of these make sure you get a SELF-LIMITING glow plug or you will be blowing glow plugs every minute. I was using a standard Ford diesel glow plug and it didn't last. I am picking up an AC-Delco #60G glow plug today, that is a standard GM diesel plug and is self limiting so it will actually limit its current when it gets too hot, not blow out. Not sure if the Mercedes or others are this type or not. Thread on the AC is 10mmx1mm, most common plugs are this metric thread. Amperage draw is roughly 10 amps but depends on the plug. I didn't have any model locomotive fluid available, but you can also use baby oil(mineral oil) in the model locomotives and that worked for me. I imagine that would be safe for our engines. As far as the stuff used in fog machines, it is supposedly straight glycol or polyol (no not antifreeze,) which is used mixed with water. Both are non-toxic and used in the food industry so I doubt they would be harmful but I'm not sure so someone can chime in on that if they would know. Best thing about the train stuff is you can make your engine smell like cedar, hickory, coal, pine cones, etc.
Questions for seth (jbeurotech),
(1) what do you think about the baby oil for smoke
(2) Is there any harm that could possibly be done to the oil after using whatever form of smoke, think i would change oil after, what you think.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:57 PM   #51
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I'm sorry to bring this old post, but has anybody make one of this?
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:05 AM   #52
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Curious as well, anyone that has, can you post a pic of your setup? Im just as retarted as some others here and cant get by with the stick-figure diagram above
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:06 PM   #53
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I'd also be interested to hear if anyone has had success with this. Thanks.
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #54
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Bump for wanting to see one of these as well. I've used the shop purchased kind before and considered getting one that is used for parties since, as noted on here, only requires a few pounds to work. I know the biggest thing to consider is the fogging oil, so will some of the original people on this post, please reply with your pics, results, etc.

The optimal reply would include pics, part numbers and where you purchased, etc.

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:38 PM   #55
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #56
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Well, I just finished mine, and the design does work but it was short lived....whoever builds one of these make sure you get a SELF-LIMITING glow plug or you will be blowing glow plugs every minute. I was using a standard Ford diesel glow plug and it didn't last. I am picking up an AC-Delco #60G glow plug today, that is a standard GM diesel plug and is self limiting so it will actually limit its current when it gets too hot, not blow out. Not sure if the Mercedes or others are this type or not. Thread on the AC is 10mmx1mm, most common plugs are this metric thread. Amperage draw is roughly 10 amps but depends on the plug. I didn't have any model locomotive fluid available, but you can also use baby oil(mineral oil) in the model locomotives and that worked for me. I imagine that would be safe for our engines. As far as the stuff used in fog machines, it is supposedly straight glycol or polyol (no not antifreeze,) which is used mixed with water. Both are non-toxic and used in the food industry so I doubt they would be harmful but I'm not sure so someone can chime in on that if they would know. Best thing about the train stuff is you can make your engine smell like cedar, hickory, coal, pine cones, etc.
Old thread bump, but do you have a picture of the machine you made?
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:21 PM   #57
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Give me a few days guys and I will try and get some pics of mine. I retrofitted a pretty fancy fuel injection cleaner apparatus so mine looks a lot fancier then it has to, but you'll get the idea....
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:39 PM   #58
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First I must thank jbeurotech as this has help me find several leaks that fixed some misfiring and lean codes issues. I have no more CEL nagging now.

This just a rough setup. I actually used a metal can from a juice can, you should see my wifes face when I poke a hole in it and empty the juice and told her what I needed it for. lol

Just be sure to use ACdelco 60g plug as suggested earlier, it has 10.5v stamp on the plug. I ran it continiously with no burnout issues. Also be sure to not let the entire plug get submerged into the oil, I found out it smokes more when the tip is sticking out of the oil, approx 1/2". I use a computer power supply but it has to have at least 10amps on the 12v side for it to work. You can use the car battery or a battery charger, just clip the ground to the center of the plug and attach 12v to the spade connector, it should get red hot in a few seconds.

You can get the mineral oil from walmart pretty cheap

The regulator is a must as it takes just a small amount of PSI to push this setup. Good Luck....



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Old 03-21-2011, 04:12 PM   #59
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this is cool as hell, def making one for the fun of it

glad it got bumped

great diy thanks!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:36 PM   #60
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Wow I can't believe how long ago I made this thread. LOL I have pretty much given up as no one seems to pay attention they all just want the answer the code says this what do I replace ext... Its cool guys actually built them and are testing cars properly!!!!
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