I'm going to go to the May 5TH fly in at Cloverdale and will make a decision then if I want to sell my project still. I want to finish it but dont know if I can make time to do it right now so Im on hold for a sale of the project until then. Id like a minimum of 18k for all at this point. Thanks for the interest. Chris
Good Morning! Thanks for the headsup on the engine. I got an alert from Barnstormers this morning. I have ordered a complete firewall forward kit from Zenith, expect it in about 4 weeks. The engines are down a little bit now so I went ahead and did it before the price went back up. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm just 25,650 dollars deeper in debt now.
Hi Terry, thanks for asking about the plane. The plane is still in pieces in the hanger with no engine. I will not put the Vw back on it, I feel the good lord has kept me safe long enough and I am pushing it to go back with the vw. He might just give up on me! I have spent 10,000 dollars on this thing and still have nothing, this money would have gone a long way towards a rotax, I am unwilling to spend another thousand, a months worth of work and have the case crack again. I might not be so lucky next time and loose the airframe or worse.. I was never thrilled about the performance, the useful load or the reliability so I have made the decision that I will install a rotax or nothing. looking at the economics of the vw and rotax, the vw has cost me 10,000 dollars and I got 148 hours out of it for a cost of 67.56 per hour. I could have spent 26 thousand and at that same 67 dollar figure the rotax would start saving me money at a 384 hours. There are literally thousands of 912 out there that have gone well past that with nothing more than oil changes and plugs. even if you figure that the engine has to be overhauled at 1000 hours it still beats the cost of the vw in my experience. Good luck with yours, I hope it works out. Please keep in touch. by the way, I have all my stuff for sale, the rid rive, cowling etc, CHEAP!
Good news! Glad you are getting to fly. I have been flying when I can, I have 53 trouble free hours on the engine so far. Took the plane for it's first overnight camping trip last weekend and all went well. I'd like to see a video of your strip when you get a chance. Keep in touch.
I'm just waiting for the snow to be gone and the ground to be firm to take my plane to Bowman Field. The engine is installed and running. I have some ground running, minimal cowling work, and taxi tests to do before I put the wings back on, do the weight and balance and get in the air. Once I do the W&B I can determine where the batteries need to be located.
We must be working on the same wavelength! I was thinking of you this weekend. I was wondering if you were flying yet, everything is going fine for me. Currently doing the condition inspection.
How is it going? Is the engine doing well?
The Raven Suzuki 1.3 is installed and running smoothly. The prop is on. We removed the rudder so we can get it in and out of the garage easily. I will be doing ground running and revising the cowling over the winter and should be flying as soon as the runway dries up in the spring.
Good luck. I run the lighter flywheel also. Tim Coffman in Arizona was running the heavy flywheel (looked like it in the pics he sent me) and he had the flywheel come loose from the crankshaft. He was just using the stock 4 dowel pins so if your crank and new flywheel is not 8 doweled I would look into doing it. Just something to think about. The thing bothers me is the harmonic whiplash that goes through the drive train, then all the way through the crank to the back of the engine to transfer that energy to the flywheel. Lots of twisting motion going on there. I thought that is why the idler is there, to relieve that whipping action if needed. I've run mine without the cowling and the idler really shakes, I mean SHAKES at certain rpms. I have a power range that I must run, idle to about 2400 and from 3750 and up. Anything in between and I can feel it banging that idler around, the vibration comes through mount and I can feel it in the pedals. Thanks for keeping me updated, if I can be of help let me know. Wayne
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