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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By Toobuilder
Just add a Lycoming viscosity valve and spring...

Just add a Lycoming viscosity valve and spring and see if that doesnt fix everything for you. Very, very effective at dropping oil temps. Many threads.
Forum: Safety 01-03-2022, 07:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
Well, that's a bit harsh Ralph. The Op's...

Well, that's a bit harsh Ralph. The Op's question is valid: If the big washer is standard practice on all rod ends to contain the race within the body, and this "studded" unit is metallurgically...
Forum: Safety 01-03-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
Fair point to order a std. heim joint in a new...

Fair point to order a std. heim joint in a new build, but for those with the "studded" version on hand, it takes less time to press out the stud than to open the Van's website on your computer.
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 03:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
No. #2 is the body. The ball is in the body,...

No. #2 is the body. The ball is in the body, and the stud is in the ball. The stud is a press fit in the ball.
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 02:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
The stud is simply a close tolerance bolt which...

The stud is simply a close tolerance bolt which is swaged to the ball. No magic here. Apply enough force and the stud will release from the ball. Mine did not come loose in service, I simply...
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep. Thats what I had. Stud pushes right out.

Yep. Thats what I had.

Stud pushes right out.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-02-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By Toobuilder
Assuming you drive a car built in the last 20...

Assuming you drive a car built in the last 20 years or so, can you remember the last time you had to adjust the mixture or timing? Remember when doing a "tune up" was an actual part of automotive...
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 12:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,150
Posted By Toobuilder
If this is one of those studded ball deals, the...

If this is one of those studded ball deals, the stud can be pressed out and then you have a regular heim. I did this on my Rocket for the exact concern you have.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-02-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By Toobuilder
Depends. What is the mission profile for the...

Depends. What is the mission profile for the airplane? If you are mostly doing 30 minute pancake flights thats a different answer than high and long cross country work. (And yes, you should expect...
Forum: Safety 01-01-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,239
Posted By Toobuilder
Considering that the little piston airplane...

Considering that the little piston airplane market is the last bastion of the transportation segment that doesnt use a "distributed" ignition/fuel/control architecture, and we are still nowhere near...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-31-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By Toobuilder
There are some well documented examples of...

There are some well documented examples of lightspeed MAP failure = full advance on this forum. Its one of the reasons I program my SDS ignition to default to base timing at the extreme ends of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-31-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By Toobuilder
Unlike the parallel valve intake hold down...

Unlike the parallel valve intake hold down flanges which slide off the tube and can be reworked easily, the angle valve units are married to the tubes for life. Once they start to rattle around in...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-30-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 455
Posted By Toobuilder
WTT - Garmin GNX-375

In a bit of a jam here... Looking to add a 375 to my L-39 to get it ADSB compliant ASAP and apparently the lead time for this unit is 7 months. If anyone has this unit but is not planning to fly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 792
Posted By Toobuilder
+3. The bolt is not the bearing surface. Should...

+3. The bolt is not the bearing surface. Should lock to the ball.
Forum: Safety 12-11-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,738
Posted By Toobuilder
This actually happened to me on my very first...

This actually happened to me on my very first solo landing. Just took off and was on downwind when I hear a King Air announce the "middle marker" for the same runway I was using. I had NO IDEA...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,738
Posted By Toobuilder
Agree, and that is the point he drove home.

Agree, and that is the point he drove home.
Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,738
Posted By Toobuilder
Interesting perspectives (as expected). To the...

Interesting perspectives (as expected). To the OP's question, I was taught very early in my flight training to perform a "mid field, crosswind entry" to the downwind. Was a very common procedure...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-24-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,354
Posted By Toobuilder
Indeed. On both counts. Plenty of info on this...

Indeed. On both counts.

Plenty of info on this site alone that shows that.

You can lead a horse....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-16-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,545
Posted By Toobuilder
I have an EFIS which drives all sorts of low...

I have an EFIS which drives all sorts of low pressure alarms AND a simple idiot light driven off a separate pressure switch on the oil galley.

If I get an EFIS warning along with the idiot light,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,545
Posted By Toobuilder
Is the warning light "driven" by the indicator,...

Is the warning light "driven" by the indicator, or is it a separate source of truth?
Forum: Safety 11-14-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,306
Posted By Toobuilder
Importance of a Walkaround - Even for a Quick Stop

Flew the Rocket to breakfast this morning and after walking out from the resturaunt I notice a Raven standing on the cowl, apparently interested in the spinner. Curious, I thought - it must be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,919
Posted By Toobuilder
I can "afford" to replace your $30 Champion after...

I can "afford" to replace your $30 Champion after every flight. But since I know that the consumer price of this product does not define the mechanical properties, I'd rather pay $3.50 for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,919
Posted By Toobuilder
NAPA 1068 user for many years now on the Rocket...

NAPA 1068 user for many years now on the Rocket and RV-8. Buy by the case during a sale and have several years supply readily at hand. Last sale price came to about $3.50 per filter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,726
Posted By Toobuilder
Flight following directly over the top of EDW is...

Flight following directly over the top of EDW is not tough (usually at or above 7,000 on weekends), but FF is tough to get up around Trona and normal RV cruise altitudes. That, and the other blocks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,726
Posted By Toobuilder
I fly this route quite often so I will certainly...

I fly this route quite often so I will certainly voice my opposition.

That said, I really hope nobody uses the argument that our airplanes "spew lead" into the atmosphere. The very last thing we...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-19-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,712
Posted By Toobuilder
Do a bit of a search and you will find at least...

Do a bit of a search and you will find at least one thread on VAF that performs a critical functions analysis of this particular "black box". May take some of the mystery out of it
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-16-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,113
Posted By Toobuilder
Also need to point out that the OP's airplane is...

Also need to point out that the OP's airplane is a pusher (Velocity)

Probably still ahead of the game to buy a bunch of AV baffle bits from Van as a starting point, but there is going to be plenty...
Forum: ADS-B 10-08-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By Toobuilder
Never could get the hard wire to work on my...

Never could get the hard wire to work on my 327/Echo combination. Struggled with it for quite a while before I tried the sniffer mode and that fixed it. Have not experienced any issues staying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Toobuilder
I'm running 1/8 OD hardline (same as Bendix...

I'm running 1/8 OD hardline (same as Bendix injector lines) from the firewall to the caliper on the Rocket. Did not notice any change in performance from the -4 that was on it originally.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-01-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,843
Posted By Toobuilder
The rotary fuel pump drive pads on the 540's I've...

The rotary fuel pump drive pads on the 540's I've familiar with are very low on the case. I would have considered going with a mechanical fuel pump as the primary on my EFI system for the Rocket,...
Forum: RV-10 09-26-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By Toobuilder
Big box stores, all the typical industrial supply...

Big box stores, all the typical industrial supply houses (grainger, MSC, uline, mc master Carr).
Forum: Propellers 09-15-2021, 02:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,310
Posted By Toobuilder
Right. In theory, "perfect" setting of the low...

Right. In theory, "perfect" setting of the low pitch stop will allow YOUR engine to turn 2700 RPM static at SL, standard conditions. ANY forward motion/relative wind would see the governor pull the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-10-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,108
Posted By Toobuilder
Geeeez... You're right. How did I miss that? ...

Geeeez... You're right. How did I miss that?

This old age thing really sucks!



NGK B8ES... I know some are getting away with it, but I was punished immediately with misfiring, crazy EGT's and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-10-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,108
Posted By Toobuilder
I read every one of these 14 vs 18 mm plug...

I read every one of these 14 vs 18 mm plug threads and I've yet to find reference to an 18mm plug with a resistor. Does one exist?

I was bitten pretty hard when NGK non resistor plugs scrambled the...
Forum: California 09-05-2021, 11:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 11,632
Posted By Toobuilder
Harris Ranch doesn't even require that you fly in...

Harris Ranch doesn't even require that you fly in for the discount - just ask at checkout and show your license. I think even an AOPA card will do it.

I'm taking my boss there next Saturday. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-29-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,190
Posted By Toobuilder
Im using 1/8 OD (yes, same as fuel injector...

Im using 1/8 OD (yes, same as fuel injector lines) for brakes on the Rocket. This uses the cone compression fittings to seal and so far has been flawless. Ill bet a 90 degree compression fitting...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-29-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,851
Posted By Toobuilder
Now that you have been provided pictures of the...

Now that you have been provided pictures of the viscosity valve location, have you been able to determine if your engine has those provisions? If it does have those provisions, do you intend to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-26-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,851
Posted By Toobuilder
Throw a viscosity valve in there and see what...

Throw a viscosity valve in there and see what happens. Just leave the vernatherm installed.

Since my change, I cant get the oil warm enough. I used to cruise at 220, now I have a hard time...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,601
Posted By Toobuilder
https://vansairforce.net/community/attachment.php?...

https://vansairforce.net/community/attachment.php?attachmentid=2107&d=1599436397

If you are starting over, let me offer the above as a "simple" alternative.

Plenum top is .016 aluminum sheet...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,601
Posted By Toobuilder
For the inlets shown above, I have switched to...

For the inlets shown above, I have switched to flat wrap card stock as an in place mold. The geometry for a "circle to square adapter" is quite simple (many aircraft fuselages are based on the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-18-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By Toobuilder
Many long and detailed threads on this exact...

Many long and detailed threads on this exact subject. A quick search will provide hours of entertainment.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,793
Posted By Toobuilder
The isolators on the 540 are pretty easy to do,...

The isolators on the 540 are pretty easy to do, and assuming you can get to the hardware, should not need to disconnect anything. Do the top or bottom in pairs using a hoist or jack to support the...
Forum: Safety 08-14-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,822
Posted By Toobuilder
Funny, I know several very successful RV drivers...

Funny, I know several very successful RV drivers who have tweaked and eeked to maximum efficiency and performance who simply dont post anything anymore. The nearly universal reason: because they are...
Forum: RV-14 08-13-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,499
Posted By Toobuilder
Just about every nylock nut I see in my shop...

Just about every nylock nut I see in my shop automatically goes in the trash whether new or not. I use the MS21042's on almost everything.
Forum: RV-15 08-12-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,061
Posted By Toobuilder
I "want" the 15 to be a faster, easier to build...

I "want" the 15 to be a faster, easier to build Rocket...

But thats irrelevant. The 15 is whatever it is.
Forum: Rocket 08-10-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,963
Posted By Toobuilder
Yes. There's a long wing, big fuel Rocket that...

Yes. There's a long wing, big fuel Rocket that terrorizes the Idaho backcountry and embarrasses plenty of Husky drivers with the -10 wheelpants and big tires installed.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,213
Posted By Toobuilder
Lots and lots of RV-8 cross country in painted...

Lots and lots of RV-8 cross country in painted footwells. When 2 up, my wifes feet go there. When solo, water bottles and other "stuff". Never even considered carpet or anything else. In the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By Toobuilder
You could also register it as a "Davis Special"...

You could also register it as a "Davis Special" SN #001 if you want. Might help you with the tax man down the road. I sure wish my Rocket was like this... Would help in taxes AND insurance. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,006
Posted By Toobuilder
How "vintage" is your Mooney? (Former 1958 M-20A...

How "vintage" is your Mooney? (Former 1958 M-20A woodwing owner)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,446
Posted By Toobuilder
The other option is to fly liability only until...

The other option is to fly liability only until you build "acceptable" TW competency. Generally, a liablity policy is fairly insensitive to endorsements and time. My first airplane was a squirelly,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,446
Posted By Toobuilder
Technically, if you have no tailwheel time today,...

Technically, if you have no tailwheel time today, your insurance company is going to assume that you are not qualified to fly a tailwheel airplane. You will be considered (and understandably so) a...
Forum: Propellers 08-04-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,821
Posted By Toobuilder
Be very careful with something metallic like a...

Be very careful with something metallic like a screwdriver. The crank has some pretty tight damage limits in this area. a nonmetallic scraper and solvent is your best bet.
Forum: Propellers 07-24-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,066
Posted By Toobuilder
Flew a back to back with my Rocket and a buddy's...

Flew a back to back with my Rocket and a buddy's F-1 looking for this exact comparison. My 2 blade BA made more thrust at 2700 than his 3 blade MT. At approximately the same weight, I accelerated...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,005
Posted By Toobuilder
I did the same modification using the same...

I did the same modification using the same Kitplanes article and I have a few thoughts

First, the graphic which shows the solder nub you need to attach to is wrong. The red circle is indicating the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-17-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,224
Posted By Toobuilder
Couple of thoughts on the fiberglass repair. ...

Couple of thoughts on the fiberglass repair. Yes, its going to take a bit of grinding to create bevel around the hole to scarf in new glass. This is NOT hard. I'd clean up the inside of the cowl...
Forum: Reviews 07-10-2021, 12:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,060
Posted By Toobuilder
I ordered some random parts to fix my smashed...

I ordered some random parts to fix my smashed elevator and also fuel tank parts about a week ago and had them on my door in 5 days. Ordered some more stuff 2 days ago - we'll see how fast they show...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-05-2021, 11:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,501
Posted By Toobuilder
Slick. Thanks for posting this. Its now filed...

Slick. Thanks for posting this. Its now filed away in my brain for use in the future.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-03-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,881
Posted By Toobuilder
Not sure what is meant by "traced" the fuel...

Not sure what is meant by "traced" the fuel components... Did you simply verify they were installed correctly or did you crack them open and note fuel flow?

But to foot stomp Larry's suggestion,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,281
Posted By Toobuilder
I bought an "RV-7" cowl from a -7 builder some...

I bought an "RV-7" cowl from a -7 builder some years ago and it was in fact a RV-6 part number delivered with his -7 kit. I'll dig it out of the loft if you dont get a quicker response. But unless...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By Toobuilder
I tried various silicone options for some time...

I tried various silicone options for some time and the "correct" torque is the hardest thing to achieve and maintain. It depends on the durometer of the material, and frankly, most of it is so soft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 19,548
Posted By Toobuilder
53 years old, PPSEL, 1200 TT, 1000 TW, 400 in...

53 years old, PPSEL, 1200 TT, 1000 TW, 400 in Type, Rocket, Liability only, $606.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-08-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,851
Posted By Toobuilder
Indeed. I could not find a used plunger from any...

Indeed. I could not find a used plunger from any of my junk sources so popped for brand new from Spruce. But the spring.... No way was I going to spend $40 bucks on a 50 cent spring... That one I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-08-2021, 04:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,851
Posted By Toobuilder
Please see post #6. Plunger is about $25 from...

Please see post #6. Plunger is about $25 from Spruce; spring is insane ($40). I have the dimensions of the Lycoming spring if you want to shop at the local hardware store for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-07-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,851
Posted By Toobuilder
I think that if you want to eliminate the...

I think that if you want to eliminate the vernatherm operation and/or seat condition as a variable, the easy thing to do is drop in a viscosity valve and spring and go fly. If you have the factory...
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