Hangar Warmth, Paint and Snowdrifts :-(

I went out to the hangar yesterday to turn the thermostat on the wall heater up so that we could put another coat of epoxy floor paint this morning. I unlocked the door and went to push it open. Wouldn’t you know! It pushed back. I got it open just a crack to discover that there was a snowdrift behind the door! Three feet high! It took me 2 hours of shoveling to clear out all of the snow that had some how along with our good friend the wind lift the door flapper and allow things to run amok. Well, after thoroughly freezing my buns off I managed to get the thermostat turned up. This morning my partner Charlie Continue reading Hangar Warmth, Paint and Snowdrifts :-(

Vernier vs. Lever Style Engine Controls – RV10

Here is a photo of the engine control quadrant that I installed on my RV-10. I always thought that I would like to have the same style lever quadrant that was in the Piper PA-28-140 that I learned to fly in. Although this unit is very well made and operates smoothly, I have found it to be difficult to use in my RV-10. The main reason for this is the mounting position and the resolution you can attain for micro adjusting the levers. After having flown a number of Cessnas over the years, I have some experience with vernier type push-pull throttle and mixture cables. In a C172 you do not need to worry about fine adjustments as few of Continue reading Vernier vs. Lever Style Engine Controls – RV10

Gearbox Home at Last!

Good Morning, I drove to Port Huron MI on Friday and picked up my Auto PSRUs BW350 gearbox and I am very excited to get it out to the hangar. The only thing holding me back from getting the gearbox reinstalled on the engine in my RV-10 is the weather. We have been under siege here in Southwestern Ontario as of late. The snow just keeps coming and coming. The temperatures have been consistently below -10degC during the day and as low as -30degC at night. Not very conclusive for working in an unheated hangar. Here is a photo of the gearbox in the shipping crate. Stuart did a great job of packing it and as such it arrived from Continue reading Gearbox Home at Last!

YouTube Video of Engine Running On Test Stand

Fellow LS1 Aviation Engine Enthusiasts, I have received a link to a YouTube video of my gearbox running on the test stand. Stuart Davis sent me this video so that I could see it running for the first time since my old gearbox failed. It was wonderful to see it swinging a prop again.   You can see the video here: Auto PSRU Gearbox on LS1 Stuart told me that the testing of synthetic lubricants in the gearbox is complete and that he is going to be shipping it back to me next week. I can’t wait to get it hung on my engine again. My MT propeller has been sitting on the floor for over a year and I Continue reading YouTube Video of Engine Running On Test Stand

Great Gearbox News – 100th Post

Hi Everyone, Great News today on what is my 100th post! I received word from Stuart Davis at Auto PSRUs that my gearbox has been thoroughly tested and now has 10.5 hours on the test stand. The gearbox has functioned very well and the oiling system has done the job of lubricating the bearings and supplying oil to the prop governor admirably. Stuart is doing the final oil analysis and checking the filter media before packing it up to ship back to me. I will have it in my hot little hands in a week. You know what this means! I am going to have to get moving on getting the hangar’s heated work room finished and start working in Continue reading Great Gearbox News – 100th Post

Where I Want to Take This Blog

Good Afternoon, I want to take a few moments and discuss the direction that I would like to take this blog. I initially thought that this space would be dedicated to those people who made modifications to kit aircraft in general. This has proved to be too broad of a topic. I have learned that you need to specialize in one area and become an expert in it for others to be attracted to the content. I think that alternative engine installations in experimental aircraft is where my passion lies. I have been writing about my own experiences in this area for some time and it is the topic for which I get the most feedback. I would like to Continue reading Where I Want to Take This Blog

Changes in Cooling System Philosophy

Good Morning! I have been devoting a lot of thought to the design of the cooling system in my RV-10 in preparation of installing the belly scoop and radiator. I have the basic template drawn for the belly scoop using the numbers given me by Ross Farnham in Calgary. I have ordered a new radiator from Bill Kydd in Mount Brydges Ontario. The new rad will be approximately 28 inches wide and 12 inches tall. It is a dual pass radiator which means that both the inlet and outlet necks are on the same side. Coolant enters the upper inlet neck and travels through the upper half of the radiator. When it hits the other side it descends within the Continue reading Changes in Cooling System Philosophy