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Forum: West (and Southwest) Yesterday, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,012
Posted By Toobuilder
Did a flight of 2 Rockets to SEZ this last...

Did a flight of 2 Rockets to SEZ this last Christmas and it was a nasty, windy day. Short final saw me (lead) needing a good long blast of full throttle to arrest the sink. Called a warning to #2...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,177
Posted By Toobuilder
Ive been flying out of the pit of hll for 25...

Ive been flying out of the pit of hll for 25 years now - almost exclusively with Bendix FI. I can probably count on one hand the times I could not get it to start on the first try. Just last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,600
Posted By Toobuilder
Started and abandoned projects, glass avionics...

Started and abandoned projects, glass avionics that are 2 or 3 generations old and well cared for "core" engines are the key to an inexpensive RV build. That keeps the thread within the realm of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-06-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By Toobuilder
I think my $35 Amazon heater pad is Kats, but at...

I think my $35 Amazon heater pad is Kats, but at any rate its adhesive backed and works great. I have them on all my airplanes.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Posted By Toobuilder
Sounds like a bad float or crud in the...

Sounds like a bad float or crud in the needle/seat in the carb. Pull the FAB and run the pump again. If you see fuel dripping out of the carb, then thats likely it.
Forum: California 04-03-2021, 03:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,081
Posted By Toobuilder
Not California anymore, but really good food is...

Not California anymore, but really good food is the airport resturaunt at Sedona (SEZ). REALLY good food - by any standard. And like Harris Ranch, theres a nice hotel within walking distance of the...
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,081
Posted By Toobuilder
The cool thing about Harris Ranch is that it is a...

The cool thing about Harris Ranch is that it is a resort (and a nice one at that), and you can make an overnight out of it.

SZP is also a great destination (not sure of the status of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By Toobuilder
10 times the price of the Aviation Products unit...

10 times the price of the Aviation Products unit and saves less than half a pound... Im all for weight savings, but WOW!
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,081
Posted By Toobuilder
Harris Ranch (308)

Harris Ranch (308)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By Toobuilder
Is this a PIREP or just a link redirect? Have...

Is this a PIREP or just a link redirect? Have you seen this product in person?

(Help me find a reason to click the link)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 783
Posted By Toobuilder
Ive used Lord, Barry and VIP on many airplanes...

Ive used Lord, Barry and VIP on many airplanes over the years and Im sticking with VIP.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,600
Posted By Toobuilder
My introduction to MMO was as a result of a Sport...

My introduction to MMO was as a result of a Sport Aviation article about someone buying a surplus Bearcat from long term storage and flying it home. First leg consumed a horrific amount of oil, so...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,869
Posted By Toobuilder
LyCon turned my 540 around in 3 months -...

LyCon turned my 540 around in 3 months - including the porting and case O ring mod. And more than half of that time was simply waiting for it to make its way to the head of the line. Once wrenches...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,250
Posted By Toobuilder
I have a locking tailwheel on the Rocket and I've...

I have a locking tailwheel on the Rocket and I've flown it plenty of times unlocked. No issues except for taxi with a strong crosswind can be annoying. The RV-8 tailwheel unlocks on landing so...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-18-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,836
Posted By Toobuilder
Its an MT governor so German torque is...

Its an MT governor so German torque is appropriate

"German torque" = goodentight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,084
Posted By Toobuilder
Yes, I did have to run a power wire to the...

Yes, I did have to run a power wire to the flashlight head to turn it on. It took some fabrication, but nowhere near $950 worth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,084
Posted By Toobuilder
I have several years on my $25 flashlights in my...

I have several years on my $25 flashlights in my wings that will fry your eyeballs... Not sure where these "aviation" vendors can justify the prices.

I guess as long as people keep buying them,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By Toobuilder
According to the Van's site, I see the following...

According to the Van's site, I see the following prices:

T-404L - $16.00
T-704L - $13.30
T-804L - $43.75

If there is any logic to the series, these are all the equivalent part (position, form,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By Toobuilder
Tank Rib Pricing?

Looking to build new fuel tanks for the Rocket and I'm putting together my BOM. The Rocket shares a common airfoil with the -4, -6, -7 and -8, so any of those tank ribs should work. Looking at the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-07-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By Toobuilder
What do you plan to do for ignition, because one...

What do you plan to do for ignition, because one that significantly retards at high MP is a useful feature if 100 LL goes away. My engine keeps the 8.5 because I plan to use auto fuel a whole bunch,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,455
Posted By Toobuilder
Lots of airplanes "back in the day" offered a ski...

Lots of airplanes "back in the day" offered a ski tube as an option. Simply a fabric sock attached to the rear bulkhead.

Heck - I've carried an 80 inch Harzell prop in the back of an -8 to the prop...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By Toobuilder
Not a 4, but my Rocket cools "too well" with less...

Not a 4, but my Rocket cools "too well" with less than 5" diameter inlets. I routinely fly in 110+ degree OAT and I dyno'd at way over 300 HP. I also have less than 27 inches of cowl exit area.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-04-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,571
Posted By Toobuilder
I think the hard starting of mechanical FI is way...

I think the hard starting of mechanical FI is way overblown. Proper technique makes it a non issue, even with a pair of magnetos. Look at the competition Pitts guys from the 70's... None of them...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-04-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,571
Posted By Toobuilder
Indeed. On my EFI system I can reach down and...

Indeed. On my EFI system I can reach down and feel the return fuel line from the cockpit. A hot soaked engine will see that section of fuel line rise to a temperature thats almost too hot to touch,...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,422
Posted By Toobuilder
That is an OWT that started back in the radial...

That is an OWT that started back in the radial days. If Im going somewhere cross country the throttle is advanced to the stop on takeoff and not touched again until on the descent. Power is...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-26-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,571
Posted By Toobuilder
Please elaborate. Who are you talking about and...

Please elaborate. Who are you talking about and what are you trying to say?
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-24-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,709
Posted By Toobuilder
Data point: my Dynon pitot is mounted to the...

Data point: my Dynon pitot is mounted to the inspection plate on my Rocket and sees 235 KIAS (and more) on a regular basis. Same airfoil as a -6, same pitot, MUCH faster. No issues.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-24-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,571
Posted By Toobuilder
So in this instance, I can see why the benefits...

So in this instance, I can see why the benefits of EFI do not outweigh the liabilities for you. My primary reason for switching to EFI does not even register on your radar, for example. We have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,929
Posted By Toobuilder
If you ever make it to Mojave,I can put you in a...

If you ever make it to Mojave,I can put you in a 200 HP -8 and a Rocket back to back.

Fair warning though, that will pretty much kill your desire for an -8.
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,646
Posted By Toobuilder
Fair enough. But if you plug the values into a...

Fair enough. But if you plug the values into a calculator as read (left to right) you get the number - which is what the OP asked.

Just trying to show the sequence within the limits of typing on a...
Forum: Propellers 02-21-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,213
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep. The prop on my Rocket went flat at cruise...

Yep. The prop on my Rocket went flat at cruise speed due to a failed governor. RPM went to 3800+ and only came down when the airspeed bled off. The transient torsional resonance could be felt and...
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,646
Posted By Toobuilder
Could you be more specific?

Could you be more specific?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By Toobuilder
150 watt stick on pad heater from Amazon is $30...

150 watt stick on pad heater from Amazon is $30 bucks. Does not get much lighter, easier or safer than that.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-20-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,571
Posted By Toobuilder
...and this is THE issue here. What exactly is...

...and this is THE issue here. What exactly is the OP trying to get out of the system? "better" performance is a very broad term, and this happens to be one area where the vendors of the two...
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,646
Posted By Toobuilder
The Percentage number is referencing Mean...

The Percentage number is referencing Mean Aerodynamic Chord. With a hershey bar wing this is dead simple - its simply the measurement of the distance from LE to TE: 56 inches. The LE is 0% chord;...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,184
Posted By Toobuilder
I added a simple sliding shutter after that...

I added a simple sliding shutter after that picture was taken.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-16-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,917
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep. I've broken one in flight as well. Called...

Yep. I've broken one in flight as well. Called Don and replaced all the lines on both my airplanes after that.
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,184
Posted By Toobuilder
Yes. The inlet ducts are rigid and fixed to the...

Yes. The inlet ducts are rigid and fixed to the engine.
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,184
Posted By Toobuilder
A plenum does not need to be complicated. I used...

A plenum does not need to be complicated.

I used the "stock" baffle sides as a basis for my plenum and simply added a flat wrap "lid" made of .016 2024. As mentioned, held in place by piano hinge...
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,184
Posted By Toobuilder
How are the cowling hinges being affected by the...

How are the cowling hinges being affected by the pressure within the cowling? There are 10's of thousands of airplanes with piano hinges holding the cowl together.

Heck, I have a plennum and the...
Forum: Rocket 02-10-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By Toobuilder
Solid rod runing through the bulkheads and a...

Solid rod runing through the bulkheads and a lever on mine. Thinking about changing to a ball on the end of a rod to save some weight and simplify things. Throttle in back is emergency use only -...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By Toobuilder
The big box stores also have various sizes of...

The big box stores also have various sizes of polytube and connectors. I bought all my stuff from MSC, including the slick Parker pushlock, quick release fittings that makes tube connections a no...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,087
Posted By Toobuilder
I usually make my own for my airplanes. Anything...

I usually make my own for my airplanes. Anything from a simple piece of angle iron with a piece of tube welded to one leg, to a more sophisticated cradle weldment. The Rocket has the later, with an...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-06-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,722
Posted By Toobuilder
Ralph - I'd very much like the 02 to work but to...

Ralph - I'd very much like the 02 to work but to date the best I can get is a reading at idle - as soon as I advance the throttle to TO power the display either shows a fault, or zeros. I have the...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-05-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,722
Posted By Toobuilder
I have never been able to get my 02 sensor to...

I have never been able to get my 02 sensor to work properly (a recent conversation with Dave Anders has shed some light, however), so I've only modified the map (using EGT) to incorporate the LOP cut...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-31-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,697
Posted By Toobuilder
No experience with the -2, but a buddy had an...

No experience with the -2, but a buddy had an intermittent flickering fault light on one of his legacy CPI units and it turned out to be a faulty toggle switch... Nothing wrong with the ignition at...
Forum: Tools 01-23-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By Toobuilder
With a lathe.

With a lathe.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-21-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 400
Posted By Toobuilder
Will a G5 talk to a HS34?

I have a D180, D10A and HS34 in my panel and I miss the capability of vertical guidance with the legacy Dynon AP. My plan is to creep toward a Garmin G5 based AP, but in the near term I'd like to...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By Toobuilder
Claybar has worked for me.

Claybar has worked for me.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-10-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,673
Posted By Toobuilder
Checking the fault LED takes about 30 seconds...

Checking the fault LED takes about 30 seconds after you remove the upper cowl. This will tell you if the magnet is out of position or there is a gross timing error.

Retiming the unit takes about 5...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-10-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,673
Posted By Toobuilder
Urban- you are still not giving anyone anything...

Urban- you are still not giving anyone anything to go on.

DID YOU INSPECT THE FAULT LIGHT? What was the result?
DID YOU VERIFY TIMING? What was the result?

the 113 series is not the latest model,...
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,858
Posted By Toobuilder
Remove muffs, scat tubes and valves; replace with...

Remove muffs, scat tubes and valves; replace with a length of wire and a power jack to plug your heated vest and insoles into. I'm just up the road from you and it works fine for me and my wife.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-10-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,673
Posted By Toobuilder
So it runs terrible compared to the Slick, and...

So it runs terrible compared to the Slick, and actually gains RPM when you turn the Pmag off at run-up?

Sounds like a significantly mis timed Pmag. The EGT difference between it and the Slick will...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-09-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,673
Posted By Toobuilder
Can you be more specific about the "...worked...

Can you be more specific about the "...worked fine until it didn't..." part?

What is the failure mode you are seeing?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-09-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Toobuilder
Still yet to be determined, but the blown gaskets...

Still yet to be determined, but the blown gaskets started with the installation of the new engine 45 hours ago. This engine does have a much higher oil pressure in cruise than the old engine, and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-08-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,247
Posted By Toobuilder
Full throttle Full rich Prime as required Retard...

Full throttle
Full rich
Prime as required
Retard throttle and crack open
Crank


Only variable you need is prime time - seems every boost pump combo is different. The RV-8 is no more than 1 second;...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Toobuilder
Hard to tell exatly what the OD of the machined...

Hard to tell exatly what the OD of the machined surface on the housing is, but eyeballing it seems to show it is somewhat larger than the O ring. Assuming the seal surface is concentric with the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Toobuilder
If the direct pressure gauge does not show any...

If the direct pressure gauge does not show any issues with the engine side, then it would be very simple to rig up a hydrostatic test using a remote hand pump. I use a porta power hand pump to test...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Toobuilder
Sounds like a lot of investigation but you still...

Sounds like a lot of investigation but you still do not have the single, most critical information - oil pressure at start. It will take 5 minutes to temp install a length of hose and a mechanical...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-08-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,899
Posted By Toobuilder
Saw that same photo on another thread and was...

Saw that same photo on another thread and was going to correct it but didn't...

THAT thread showed the oil pressure relief valve. It's on the right side of the engine case and is nothing but a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,259
Posted By Toobuilder
Me too. Right behind the pitot tube - also on...

Me too. Right behind the pitot tube - also on the inspection plate.

Why drill into the wing skin when theres a removable plate just inches away?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,555
Posted By Toobuilder
The double gasket is certainly possible, but its...

The double gasket is certainly possible, but its been my experience that the NAPA filters have a very robust gasket retention scheme. The groove that the gasket rides in is very tight, and the base...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,708
Posted By Toobuilder
My Rocket makes 336 on the dyno and its not...

My Rocket makes 336 on the dyno and its not nearly enough - so yes, 360 at altitude sounds reasonable to me. Id like to flight plan for 250 KTAS loaded, with 5 hours legal fuel
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,708
Posted By Toobuilder
Ok, since we are doing yet another RV-x thread...

Ok, since we are doing yet another RV-x thread -

Needs to be an updated Rocket. 2 passenger, tandem, tapered wing for high altitude performance, good baggage capacity, extreme seating comfort, lots...
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