Excellent progress... I don't do Facebook, so I can't check out your pictures. My wife has it, so I'll look at the pictures later. You are building fast....
I think rotary engines are really cool (owned 2 RX-7's in the 90's).... and its sweet to see a an EZ or Cozy flying with one installed... "Only 3 Moving Parts!!"
But c'mon... they just don't seem to pan out. Lets be honest here....
Other Rotary Abandonment's:
Bulient Aliev (Buly) - Flying rotary to Lycoming
Rick Russell - Flying rotary (Renesis) to Lycoming
Has anybody ever switched from a flying Lycoming to a Rotary (EZ or Cozy)?
The EZ's and Cozy's that fly regularly and go places use airplane engines.
If you went into a car dealership and you were looking at a $35,000 vehicle and the salesman told you will have to add a quart of oil every 4-500 miles and the engine will require a total overhaul at 85K miles, would you consider that to be a good deal?
Is this an argument to not buy a rotary engine car? You just described the typical RX-7 / RX-8.
A 200hp Lycoming will cost $35K plus new. I chunked $22K in rebuilding my IO-360-C1C for my Velocity.
Sorry if I'm not sold on the economics of this technology.
I bought my 180HP Lycoming O-360A4M (was currently on a flying RV-9) for $9000. Its a mid time engine (half way to TBO). I'll get 1000 hours of it... and there are only a handful of Cozy's that have that many hours in the entire fleet.
Its really hard to beat the economics of buying a currently flying mid-time engine (with maintenance records and history).
Brand new experimental 360's are less than $35k... I've seen them recently in the mid 20's.
Like I said, you won't find the support for a water cooled solution here. You'll have to look elsewhere.
There used to be a lot of support for alternative (water cooled) both here and on the Van's building forum.... most of that is gone now, as you say.
Edited by Andrew Anunson, 30 May 2017 - 11:04 AM.