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  2. RaptorAirWorks

    Elevator tube gap seal

    Why not use the Cozy Girrrls TT offset? Its on their site.
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  4. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    These exhausts are not from my Cozy but they reminded me of something I've been puzzling over: My exhausts were too black. Apparently I have just not been leaning enough because on a recent trip to Ohio I really leaned the heck out my Ellison TBI and the exhausts were a nice tan color like the lower one here, on landing. I was flying at a reduced power setting on that trip and had the Ellison mixture almost all the way back to cutoff. It was so close to cutoff I took the cowls off to check the linkage and make sure I was getting full-throw on the mixture lever. At about 2400-2450 RPM and 7500 to 9500 MSL I used 25 gallons in 4.4 hours or 5.68 GPH including taxi, climb and letdown. However, I have one cylinder, #4, which is noticeable blacker and I think it is using oil--maybe a shade darker than the upper exhaust here. My oil consumption is about 3.5 gph--not very good. Lycoming says high oil use can result in detonation. The maximum is 2 quarts/hour. Some hours ago, I honed and re-ringed #1 and #3 and their exhausts look OK. It bugs me because all four cylinders were professionally reconditiioned at an earlier date, I was careful with break-in, and three of the four have used oil. When those cylinders came back from the overhauler, I did not remove the pistons to examine the hone and the cleanliness. That's a mistake I won't repeat. Typically, the overhauler inserts the pistons and you only have to pull them out far enough to install the piston pin and connecting rod. Another thing I saw when this engine was new (before the last recondition) that bothered me. I found grit in the engine--I can't recall if it was intakes or exhausts--as if the overhauler did not carefully flush the cylinders after honing. Geez, can you trust anybody!?
  5. Kent Ashton

    Front seatback cutting edge

    I propose sawing about 1/4" off the edge, dig out some of the foam, insert new flox and glass over it. That'd give you about a 5/16-1/4" radius" at the edge. You might want to build up the flox and let it harden, then sand/file to shape before glassing. Glass is heavy, though. Little things like that add up. 🙂
  6. Voidhawk9

    Front seatback cutting edge

    At the top aft corner of my seatback, I have a lovely flox corner creating a nearly perfect edge (if I do say so myself). However, this edge is quite sharp! Useful perhaps if there is ever the need to slice things (fingers?) in flight, but rather reminiscent of auto interiors before it was realized they were carving people up in accidents. Has anyone made a change here that worked well? I am about to fit the shoulder support and am considering creating a small foam 'rounding' of this corner that the shoulder support outside layup could wrap over. It would allow the seatbelt reinforcement to wrap easily too, and avoid a potentially harmful edge. I could sand the corner, but it would be very small radius if I didn't want to destroy the flox corner there.
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  8. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    Here's a good motorcycle wheel balancer I use as a prop balancer. It is very well-made and a thin #10 washer on the prop tip will make the prop rotate so it has low drag. Easy to setup on saw horses or tables; notice that the bearing holders on the ends have flat sides. The 1/2" rod fits my 1/2" prop hole. If you have other sizes you might be able to use the cones or use some 1/2" bushings that fit your prop hole. It also works well for balancing aircraft tires. I was amazed how much weight to took to balance my nose tire--musta been a couple of ounces stuck to the inner rim. http://www.marcparnes.com About $100
  9. TMann

    Infinity gear pump

    I'm puzzled as to why you are not asking JD @ Infinity this question? Piper uses the same pump. About the only difference between the various models is the size of the reservoir.
  10. Come and admire our engines at the Bias Airschow . Mihai, our agent for Romania, will gladly introduce you into the world of ULP and tell you all about the features and benefits of a ULPower Aero Engine. View the full article
  11. It's that time of the year again ; Oshkosh time ! Whether you come to fly or come to watch, when you visit EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, you experience the world's greatest aviation celebration. More info on http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure You can find Robert Helms and Ray Lawrence at the Zenith booth (North Aircraft Display area - 641 ) or the Chipper Aerospace /Belite(Ultra light display area - 914) booth this year. We hope to see you there ! View the full article
  12. I'm happy to contribute, and hopefully, help stimulate some more life in the forums!
  13. Builder Progress! You're making it happen in spite of the forces against. I am going home right now to do the same. I don't have as much to offer as you at the moment, but am making progress. Thanks for the inspiration!
  14. Thanks, I wasn't certain exactly where the topic should go, so I made a 'best guess'. Yes, my current shop is far from ideal. I could wait until I have a better one (another year or two), or make the best of what I have and build anyway. I choose the latter!
  15. TMann

    Discounted Airventure Tickets

    Kerry, Sure. Have him look me up at the Vacuum Infusion demo. Across Knapp St. from the forums in the Fighter Replica area. We're the guys in the big white tent.
  16. HatSwitch

    Discounted Airventure Tickets

    Hey Tom Missed runnng into you at Osh11, no plans to return until my OEz is completed, if ever. But a good friend of mine is going again. PM me if you’re interested in making a very good new Long Ez-leaning new acquaintance in the SoCal area. I’ll pass along contact info, you guys can take it from there. Hat
  17. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Saw this on a FB page. Interesting (and cobby) home-blown canopy and some funky woodwork but he has some good parts. Here is the poster if you want to contact him. Seems to be in Canada https://www.facebook.com/evangelos.b
  18. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    This Long-EZ on Barnstormers. Might be N933BP owned by Charles M. Mullins; did not find a Deven Mullins owner in the registry. The ad is a little strange. An '83 EZ with fully retractable gear? "prop:0"? What does that mean, zero time or zero prop? It has a rather high-time engine and "needs wiring". I expect his price is a little ambitious. [quote=]1983 LONG EZ • $40,000 • FOR IMMEDIATE SALE • TTAF:1585, Lycoming O-360 TSMOH:1456.4, prop:0 Fully retractable gear, nose extension, needs wiring • Contact Deven Mullins, Owner - located Locust Grove, GA USA • Telephone: 7707154378 • Posted July 15, 2018
  19. You survived that "perfect" timing -- thanks for sharing. I learned that squeegee+plastic technique from John's website as well and can imagine what you were going through. Glad it worked out. I'm looking to put a small wood burning stove in my shop for this coming winter. I'm going to move this post to the Builder Progress Reports section as a next step towards turning on the Blog feature.
  20. A recent story of this intrepid builder getting 'caught out' during a critical layup. It is winter here in the southern hemisphere. I finally had a warm(ish) sunny day to layup the remaining side of my 4-place tub. Most smaller parts I can cure in a heat-tent that I attach to my workbench, so I can and do build all-year round, though not as much in winter (the heat tent doesn't fit the builder inside!), however, my tub is on the rotisserie at the moment. I am building in a non-insulted metal garage that has great sun exposure, so it warms up nicely in there by mid-day on sunny days in winter (and will give a mild post-cure to parts and persons in summer!). Almost everything was ready to go in anticipation of good weather, so I set up electric heat to warm parts and materials in advance, and I got to work as soon as the garage warmed up in the sun All was going well: 3 layers of uni overall, three strips of uni lapping up onto the upper longeron, then the final layups, the engine mount reinforcements that wrap around onto the side from the firewall. I took a moment to enjoy the view of the pretty colours of the sunset out of my garage windows. Turns out it was the shortest day, so light faded early, and the temperature began to fall. No problem, I have good electric lighting and some electric heat for overall warming and a hair-dryer for applying heat on small areas to keep the resin / glass ratio favourable (I think of this as the John Slade method, as I learned it from his builder log. He is gone now, but he is not forgotten, and his build log continues to inspire and help!). Then the lights went out. Now, losing power on this property happens every few weeks, the wiring and supply equipment on this (rented) property, according to an electrician, is 'barely adequate', and the master circuit breaker pops whenever the timing aligns between such things as the fridge or freezers coming on at the same moment as there is already a high load from the hot water, or whatever. I have invested in a UPS for my computer to avoid loss of work and stress on components due to the frequency of this occurrence! Resetting the main breaker solves the problem. So I went inside to do just that. But the breaker wasn't tripped. Power was out for the entire neighbourhood! Turns out some irresponsible maniac in a car had cut a power pole nearby in half, smashed a parked car, and knocked an elderly gentleman off his electric mobility scooter (he wasn't injured, by some miracle!). They managed this on a straight section of road in a residential area... With the sun down there wasn't enough light to see, but I set up a flashlight on a bench aimed at my layup and brought in my 6-year old son to hold another from a good angle so that I could see to complete the important reinforcement layups. The rapidly cooling temperatures made the epoxy thicken quickly, which wasn't ideal, but I got the layups completed as best I could in the circumstances. Once the power came back on a few hours later, I went out and applied heat with the hair-dryer and squeegeed the layups again, getting a fair amount of excess epoxy removed before it had a chance to cure. The layups all turned out well (better than the other side... the experience of doing the other side previously helps noticeably at this level of builder experience!). I hadn't considered the possibility of this sort of outage occurring at a critical time. Probably these reinforcing layups could be done later (as they are for the inside ones), but it would not be ideal, and not to plans. At least for now I have smaller layups to do, while the days get longer and the likelihood of a repeat of this situation decreases! Still building, 44°, 24' South!
  21. Jon Matcho

    Been awhile

    How's it going Steve? Can you tease us with a recent photo? Congratulations on your accomplishment!
  22. Florida International Air Show October 19 - 21, 2018 Would be great to see a large gathering of Canards and the weather in October is pretty decent.
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  24. TMann

    Discounted Airventure Tickets

    That coupon code has been deactivated. It seems as though someone felt cheated for paying full price and called and complained. My guess is that this was not intended to be made public. It's the old "mouse in a lunchbox" at work. I hope somebody jumped on it. BTW ……. I paid full price.
  25. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    I just shake my head when a seller posts no pictures, gives limited details and then says "no tire kickers". Can you imagine a car dealer with a sign out front saying "no tire kickers"? I shouldn't even post this. Don't ask any questions, just show up with a trailer and cash. 😞
  26. mZooma

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    Bravo! Especially the stove door braid!
  27. Kent Ashton

    Sales I've seen

    Nice clean Q-200 today. I don't know much about them but I have read that the main gear at the end of the canard is a bit problematic and you will see some built with gear mounted closer to the centerline. Cool little airplane though.
  28. Jon Matcho

    Kitplanes Engines Buyers Guide

    Nope, it was either me when I posted, or a gremlin got into the forum conversion that just happened. I'll check other links to be sure, but it should work now.
  29. Kent Ashton

    Kent's Long-EZ project

    test 1, 2. Ah, much easier to load pics now! Here are some odds and ends. My prop is this far from my exhausts. One blade gets the most exhaust but it's glassed and I have never seen any degradation of the glass. BTW, It was a waste of time to cut the pipes on an angle. Next, a way to install a fitting for fuel pressure on a fuel pump elbow; it is drilled and tapped with an NPT (tapered) tap. Next, a way to mount a combo oil pressure switch and oil pressure sensor on the engine mounts. Next, an alternator seal made with stove door glass braid; pardon the messy RTV. Lastly, a way to mount an Earls fuel filter with the Ellison
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