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Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,465,360
Posted By longranger
At Sun-n-Fun I talked to the Lycoming guy who did...

At Sun-n-Fun I talked to the Lycoming guy who did the Thunderbolt forum, and he said they have the lead time down to about 5 months now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,297
Posted By longranger
When we moved cross country the vet prescribed...

When we moved cross country the vet prescribed melatonin for our two cats for the 3-1/2 day drive. My wife and I were in different cars (she got the cats, I got the houseplants:D) and she said they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,748
Posted By longranger
Check Main Gear Alignment

Toe-in/toe-out has a LOT to do with ground handling. Iíve flown tail wheel airplanes of the same make and model with quite different ground handling characteristics.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-07-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,664
Posted By longranger
Rob, I just texted your post to a guy on our...

Rob, I just texted your post to a guy on our field who flies both an Extra 300 and a (very) big-tired Maule, and has been showing some interest in my RV-7 project. To paraphrase your signature, the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-07-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,320
Posted By longranger
Iíve lived in Michigan nearly six years now and...

Iíve lived in Michigan nearly six years now and am still exploring its beauty. We also flew into Houghton Lake/Roscommon (photo) just yesterday for a pancake breakfast.

If youíre ever back up this...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,203
Posted By longranger
Iíve always had my 170 weighed with full fuel, so...

Iíve always had my 170 weighed with full fuel, so thereís no guessing about what the amount of unusable fuel is, and I KNOW what it weighs full. Thatís OK in that airplane, as the tanks are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,350
Posted By longranger
In the nearly 39 years Iíve been flying my 170, I...

In the nearly 39 years Iíve been flying my 170, I would have had to replace 3 fuel caps had they not been chained to the neck.:o
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-06-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,666
Posted By longranger
Old thread, but it was the first thread I found...

Old thread, but it was the first thread I found concerning the precise location of the tip up cabin frame on the fuselage. I located and drilled the brackets using the dimension on Dwg 40 that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,881
Posted By longranger
Picked this up during my 6-year stint at Stennis...

Picked this up during my 6-year stint at Stennis Space center: ďBetter, faster, cheaper; pick twoĒ.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,312
Posted By longranger
Below is a photo of the interior of my nearly...

Below is a photo of the interior of my nearly 60-year old 170 wing in 2014 after being opened for inspection courtesy of a hand-propped Cherokee. It spent the first two years of its life in Marianna...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,515
Posted By longranger
Timely post! Iím currently working on brake...

Timely post! Iím currently working on brake pedals and master cylinders, and also considering using a spacer here instead of a stack of washers.

Also, to mount each brake pedal to its respective...
Forum: RV-14 04-17-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,816
Posted By longranger
Per Lycomingís Thunderbolt sales manager, the...

Per Lycomingís Thunderbolt sales manager, the warranty on a Thunderbolt engine lasts 2 years after first start as long as first start happens within 2 years of delivery. If first start doesnít happen...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,292
Posted By longranger
ďHeavy wingĒ is just pilot jargon for hands-off...

ďHeavy wingĒ is just pilot jargon for hands-off turning tendency. If youíre happy with the way your airplane flies you donít need to do anything.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,993
Posted By longranger
I donít know what it is, but I think there is...

I donít know what it is, but I think there is some other difference that adds to Continentalsí susceptibility to carb ice. The O-300 in my 170 has the carb bolted to the bottom of the oil sump and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,386
Posted By longranger
I hear fingernails on a chalkboard when anyone...

I hear fingernails on a chalkboard when anyone uses the term ďcertifiedĒ in reference to type certificated aircraft, but Iím coming to grips with it as I am coming to realize that at this point...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,624
Posted By longranger
Now thatís funny, I donít care who you are!

Now thatís funny, I donít care who you are!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,624
Posted By longranger
For the first 5 years of the 1990s I ran Amoco...

For the first 5 years of the 1990s I ran Amoco Premium unleaded and 2oz MMO per 5 gallons in my 170ís O-300. The exhaust pipes were always sooty, and every year I had at least one cylinder off due to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,171
Posted By longranger
I agree with both Larry and Ryan. We pay for...

I agree with both Larry and Ryan. We pay for undamaged parts and that’s what we should get. In my experience with Vans, I’d think they’ll replace the skins and the rib with no questions asked.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By longranger
Are you sure it was mm and not thousandths of an...

Are you sure it was mm and not thousandths of an inch? There isnít even a missing decimal point that would make those numbers make sense for plexi thickness for a canopy.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By longranger
I installed the stall warning vane (one-bit...

I installed the stall warning vane (one-bit digital angle of attack sensor) as a backup to whatever other angle of attack system I choose when I plan the avionics.
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,058
Posted By longranger
Welcome to the club David! Let me echo David Cís...

Welcome to the club David! Let me echo David Cís offer of help; Iím at Brighton airport almost 24/7 should you ever need help or borrow a tool. If youíre looking for something to do Saturday...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,402
Posted By longranger
I hope my head is shaped like yours; I have two...

I hope my head is shaped like yours; I have two pair of Zulu 3s due to be delivered Monday.:eek:
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,109
Posted By longranger
Your voltage regulator was trying to make up for...

Your voltage regulator was trying to make up for the voltage drop across the bad ground.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,377
Posted By longranger
Iím sure Iíll be accused of tool abuse, but I...

Iím sure Iíll be accused of tool abuse, but I recently was able to use my drill press with a 1/2Ē Jacobs chuck as an arbor press to remove and replace bearing races in a set of 6:00-6 McCauley ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-08-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,689
Posted By longranger
Iím not to the point of installing the panel or...

Iím not to the point of installing the panel or canopy on my tip up -7 and havenít decided whether or not to install the jettison mechanism, but I did consciously leave it in the finish kit when I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-13-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,276
Posted By longranger
In addition to the grounding issue, a hard...

In addition to the grounding issue, a hard plastic tank will require venting to the outside of the aircraft, whereas the turtlepac will simply collapse as fuel is pumped out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,956
Posted By longranger
RV-7 engine mount received in summer 2018.

RV-7 engine mount received in summer 2018.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,804
Posted By longranger
Iíve put over 2000 hours on my 170B and find it...

Iíve put over 2000 hours on my 170B and find it very similar in feel to the 150, light on the controls, but a bit sluggish in response. I donít know what they did to the later 172s but they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,223
Posted By longranger
With a carburetor, Iíd rather have it and not...

With a carburetor, Iíd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.;)
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,388
Posted By longranger
If itís weight savings you want, have some one...

If itís weight savings you want, have some one fabricate a set of titanium gear legs for you. Your wallet will get significantly lighter too.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,538
Posted By longranger
I have exactly the same experience with tires, so...

I have exactly the same experience with tires, so I buy the more expensive ones so I donít have to change them as often.😉
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,909
Posted By longranger
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/hapages/MS2...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/hapages/MS27039.php

These are the screws recommended by McFarlane to replace rivets in attaching Cessna seat rails. Thereís a table with grip lengths. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,401
Posted By longranger
Iíve had the same thing happen and it IS very...

Iíve had the same thing happen and it IS very annoying. Try hitting ďPreviewĒ every few minutes as you type; it seems to let the forum software know youíre still there. Iíve also used the ďStay...
Forum: RV-14 12-25-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 18,794
Posted By longranger
This is an easy question to answer. If the...

This is an easy question to answer. If the expenditure on the garage has not added anything to the capital value of the property in terms of resale value then it’s an aircraft building cost. It’s...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,139
Posted By longranger
My question was actually a roundabout way of...

My question was actually a roundabout way of asking if a smooth James cowling (no snout) was available, as I didnít see one on the website, and I have no intention to try to develop one. From Danís...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,139
Posted By longranger
Do the round inlets preclude the use of a snorkel...

Do the round inlets preclude the use of a snorkel internal to the cowling to feed the horizontal FI throttle body? I like the looks of the round inlets, but I also like the looks of the smooth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,918
Posted By longranger
I wasnít military, but I did retire and move 2200...

I wasnít military, but I did retire and move 2200 miles with my RV-7 empennage and wings structurally complete, and slow build fuselage at about the quick build stage. I hired Tony Partainís company...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-16-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 19,655
Posted By longranger
Since this doesnít actually seem to be a...

Since this doesnít actually seem to be a model-specific problem, I suggest that this thread be moved to another forum such as Safety, General Discussion, or Ongoing Maintenance to better catch the...
Forum: Safety 12-09-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,860
Posted By longranger
Similar occurrence 5-1/2 years ago when a...

Similar occurrence 5-1/2 years ago when a hand-propped Cherokee got away from itís owner with his non-pilot wife aboard. If it hadnít hit my 170 (at an estimated 45knots) thereís a good chance it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-06-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,344
Posted By longranger
In a previous life I built an RV-4 tail for an...

In a previous life I built an RV-4 tail for an HRII, and I seem to remember that the elevator skins were not pre-punched, so you might have some difficulty locating skin holes accurately to a...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,132
Posted By longranger
Iíve not worked on an O-470, but my O-300 is of...

Iíve not worked on an O-470, but my O-300 is of similar if not older vintage, and there are marks on the edge of the prop flange that you are somehow supposed to align with the case split several...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,132
Posted By longranger
There are many hundreds if not thousands of...

There are many hundreds if not thousands of customers waiting on your better design, me included. Properly installed and torqued theyíre dry as a bone. If you torque it by the TFAR (that feels about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,532
Posted By longranger
First wife was a #3: ďGet your @$$ to the airport...

First wife was a #3: ďGet your @$$ to the airport and come home when youíre in a better mood.Ē Like Bob said in the description, building and flying wasnít the root cause of the failure, but it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,148
Posted By longranger
I retired from EAFB five years ago and moved in...

I retired from EAFB five years ago and moved in the other direction. If youíve paid sales tax in Michigan, the MOST youíd have to pay would be the difference between CA and MI sales tax. If you trade...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-21-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,214
Posted By longranger
6 psi sounds like way too high of a test...

6 psi sounds like way too high of a test pressure. The recommended pressure is 1 psi (27 inches of water column). Mine started to make scary noises even before it got that far...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-17-2020, 08:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 27,208
Posted By longranger
Vern, if you haven?t riveted up the floor ribs...

Vern, if you haven?t riveted up the floor ribs yet, now is a good time to install crotch strap brackets.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,934
Posted By longranger
I built two 4x8 foot tables that worked fine in a...

I built two 4x8 foot tables that worked fine in a hangar, or in a shop where you can access both sides. In my garage, where I had to move them up against the wall, it was sometimes hard to reach...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-18-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,625
Posted By longranger
I?e had very good experience with these AUKEY...

I?e had very good experience with these AUKEY dual 2.4 amp chargers from Amazon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,183
Posted By longranger
Piece of cake before the fuselage center section...

Piece of cake before the fuselage center section is assembled, but probably not too difficult to retrofit. The hardest part will probably be match drilling the brackets to the floor ribs. You?ll need...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,750
Posted By longranger
Thumbs down For RV-7,8,9,10, and 14, there is only a stub...

For RV-7,8,9,10, and 14, there is only a stub spar that bolts to a built up fuselage center section. Different from an RV-3,4,6. The stub spars on my -7 spars only go 5-1/4 inches inboard of the wing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,053
Posted By longranger
There’s more flex in the center section than you...

There’s more flex in the center section than you think. When building up my F-704 bulkhead I used a set of blocks from a previous RV-7 builder and even added a couple of layers of masking tape to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Tobias, I had forgotten your visit to Tehachapi...

Tobias, I had forgotten your visit to Tehachapi until Paul called a week or so ago and reminded me. You and Hermann are both welcome here in Brighton any time you are back on this side of the...
Forum: Midwest 08-04-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By longranger
Dan Valle, 313-539-9818. He is a former Michigan...

Dan Valle, 313-539-9818. He is a former Michigan resident now living in Tennessee, but comes back up this way from time to time. You might try calling him to see what his schedule is. I caught him...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-29-2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,923
Posted By longranger
How to interpret NEXRAD: Green removes the...

How to interpret NEXRAD:
Green removes the bugs.
Yellow removes the paint.
Red removes the wings.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-25-2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Thank you Gary, I was having a hard getting the...

Thank you Gary, I was having a hard getting the pilot of 628PV to look like Paul.:o
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-24-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Hermann, say hi to my California buddy (and...

Hermann, say hi to my California buddy (and Karen’s favorite substitute teacher) Paul Rosales (N628PV)!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 14,244
Posted By longranger
John Harmon and the “Bakersfield Bunch” RVs and...

John Harmon and the “Bakersfield Bunch” RVs and Rockets.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-17-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Hermann, I and the rest of the ?Brighton Air...

Hermann, I and the rest of the ?Brighton Air Force? really enjoyed your visit! You?re welcome back any time.
Forum: Southeast 06-29-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 806
Posted By longranger
Paulding Northwest Airport, Georgia

Jeremy (I forgot what you said your VAF screen name is), I really enjoyed the short visit we had at the fuel pump yesterday; it may have just inspired me to get back going on my -7 project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,340
Posted By longranger
Not an RV, but I strapped a full keg (15.5...

Not an RV, but I strapped a full keg (15.5 gallons) of beer in the back seat of my 170 and flew it into my own bachelor party.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-24-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 106,368
Posted By longranger
Lookin? a little wolly there, Gary!

Lookin? a little wolly there, Gary!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-19-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Absolutely! Whatever your preference.

Absolutely! Whatever your preference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,810
Posted By longranger
The first thing we bought for ours was a...

The first thing we bought for ours was a kegerator. Gotta have something to do when the day?s work or flying is done, or to entice the neighbors over to help!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 74,713
Posted By longranger
Hermann, I?m really enjoying watching your...

Hermann, I?m really enjoying watching your progress! if your travels take you over southeast Michigan, feel free to stop at 45G. I?ll provide a bed and a beer or two, and will spring for a load of...
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