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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 03:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,071
Posted By hgerhardt
In case ACS is closed, the fuel pump gasket is...

In case ACS is closed, the fuel pump gasket is the same as a Pontiac V8 from 1955 to 1981. Probably various other GM applications as well.
Forum: Tools 08-13-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,016
Posted By hgerhardt
I have an OG Aerocreeper too with the 3" wheels...

I have an OG Aerocreeper too with the 3" wheels and for the most part it's really nice. Oftentimes, I'd like to have the height between the 1st and 2nd notches; they are far apart as someone else...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,877
Posted By hgerhardt
I have Steinair's 1-5/8" eyeball vents in my -6....

I have Steinair's 1-5/8" eyeball vents in my -6. Very high quality and they don't leak at all. And they stay closed. They are not cheap, but they seem reasonable for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-02-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,331
Posted By hgerhardt
There's a link to clamps (and good hose to use)...

There's a link to clamps (and good hose to use) in my post that was referenced above: https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1185599&postcount=3

And as of today, I have 960 hours and 15...
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,464
Posted By hgerhardt
Is 164 KTAS the typical cruise speed for -14's at...

Is 164 KTAS the typical cruise speed for -14's at 9000'? Seems a bit slow.

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Forum: RV-15 07-26-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,356
Posted By hgerhardt
Looks like a 540 is in the 15's future. I see...

Looks like a 540 is in the 15's future. I see lead blocks attached the engine mount.
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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-23-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By hgerhardt
Dual P-II on my plane. Cut the cables where they...

Dual P-II on my plane. Cut the cables where they penetrate the firewall and installed a 38999 round mil-spec connector with crimped terminals. Makes it very easy to remove the engine with sensor...
Forum: California 07-09-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By hgerhardt
You're free to sit in my -6, which is the same as...

You're free to sit in my -6, which is the same as a -7 or -9 inside except that the -6 has a tiny bit less headroom. I'm at TOA. PM me if you're interested.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2022, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,231
Posted By hgerhardt
Just search "Ford PMGR" starter. That's what the...

Just search "Ford PMGR" starter. That's what the LS is based on, with obviously a Lyc-specific nose casting.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-30-2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,945
Posted By hgerhardt
Thanks, unfortunately Amazon won't ship it to CA:...

Thanks, unfortunately Amazon won't ship it to CA:
"This item cannot be shipped to your selected delivery location. Please choose a different delivery location."
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-27-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By hgerhardt
The system in my -6 weighs 24 lbs, so close to...

The system in my -6 weighs 24 lbs, so close to that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,708
Posted By hgerhardt
Another positive for diesel oils is the modern...

Another positive for diesel oils is the modern stuff is "low ash" formulation to keep from clogging diesel particulate filters (DPF). The alleged need for "ashless dispersant" oils in aircraft...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,015
Posted By hgerhardt
Here's a good thread on pneumatic tailwheels:...

Here's a good thread on pneumatic tailwheels: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=198195

The one to get is the 7" if you want to use the original fork. The 6" has too small of an air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,595
Posted By hgerhardt
Flew 88 year-old Dad around Catalina for Father's...

Flew 88 year-old Dad around Catalina for Father's Day. A rare June day with no stratus so took advantage.
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-16-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,003
Posted By hgerhardt
Van's already did the engineering and...

Van's already did the engineering and installation of a Conti IO-360 for the 2nd RV-10 prototype back in the early Aughts...how much different is the 550 mounting scheme vs the 360 6-cylinder?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By hgerhardt
I'm pretty close to beta testing in other...

I'm pretty close to beta testing in other airplanes besides my own with my PlaneKool AC system which is designed specifically for RV-6, -7, -9's, but could be adapted for the -8 if we can get the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By hgerhardt
My RV-6 drawings call out a 1" hole for access...

My RV-6 drawings call out a 1" hole for access which can be plugged by a push-in cap. I drilled mine barely big enough to get a socket on the nut and left the cap off. The nut on mine is almost flush...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2022, 10:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,351
Posted By hgerhardt
Rotate in MS Paint (included in Windows), save,...

Rotate in MS Paint (included in Windows), save, and re-post.
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,609
Posted By hgerhardt
Oh, you mean the furnace blower out front?

Oh, you mean the furnace blower out front?
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2022, 10:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,609
Posted By hgerhardt
No on the red text, but the rest of your comments...

No on the red text, but the rest of your comments are correct. Occasionally the assumption is made that compressors require the same amount of power to operate as the heat energy contained within the...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2022, 08:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,880
Posted By hgerhardt
Congrats on successfully completing a quite...

Congrats on successfully completing a quite complex modification of your airplane. Did you happen to do before/after weight gain and CG deltas?
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 524
Posted By hgerhardt
Bill's on vacation out of the country but should...

Bill's on vacation out of the country but should be back next week.
Forum: RV-10 06-01-2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,609
Posted By hgerhardt
I've had AC in my -6 for 4 years now. I turn it...

I've had AC in my -6 for 4 years now. I turn it on whenever OAT is above 65F. It's fantastic, and I'll never have another airplane without it. Another huge benefit of AC is the humidity reduction....
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-01-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,251
Posted By hgerhardt
EarthX has a nice backup battery purpose-built...

EarthX has a nice backup battery purpose-built for this kind of application: https://earthxbatteries.com/product/etx104-back-up-battery/
I installed one in my -6 a year ago.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By hgerhardt
GYR had hangar space available in March when we...

GYR had hangar space available in March when we were there. $50/night.
Forum: California 05-24-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Posted By hgerhardt
Yes, the good chef met with me a couple weeks ago...

Yes, the good chef met with me a couple weeks ago and I showed him my -6. That reminds me, I still owe him a ride.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,806
Posted By hgerhardt
Insects that got in through the breather? Mud...

Insects that got in through the breather? Mud daubers or ants? With only 20 hours with lots of time sitting, who knows what crawled in there.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-17-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,574
Posted By hgerhardt
Air conditioning! And I'm hard at work making...

Air conditioning! And I'm hard at work making PlaneKool happen one of these days.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2022, 11:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,476
Posted By hgerhardt
You'd think for a company which has been building...

You'd think for a company which has been building the same basic engine for three quarters of a century, they'd have their processes down pat. But apparently not.
Forum: California 05-13-2022, 11:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,490
Posted By hgerhardt
The big EAA hangar at Compton has a ballistic...

The big EAA hangar at Compton has a ballistic wall up to 10' height. above that you can see daylight through the bullet holes in the wall. I remember the first time I landed there in 2003-ish as a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By hgerhardt
Thanks! It's been 25 years since I built that and...

Thanks! It's been 25 years since I built that and at least 10 years since it's been off the engine, but it's around 10 lbs. It's not entirely carbon; it has 1/2" thick aluminum rails which bolt to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By hgerhardt
I designed and built a carbon fiber intake for my...

I designed and built a carbon fiber intake for my Pontiac GTO in the 90's. It has a 440 cu in plenum with a 3" dia blowoff valve in the bottom. A few times that has come in handy with backfires which...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-11-2022, 11:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,450
Posted By hgerhardt
Speaking of durability, one thing you ought to...

Speaking of durability, one thing you ought to consider is adding a locating boss to pick up the 1.5" dia hole in the vacuum pump drive like every other manufacturer does that makes accessories to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-26-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By hgerhardt
When my solenoid got stuck in Death Valley, I was...

When my solenoid got stuck in Death Valley, I was able to use a cowl hinge pin to pry the pinion gear out of the starter into the ring gear, which worked well. Banging on the solenoid did nothing.

I...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-21-2022, 07:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By hgerhardt
We flew into MMV about 10 years ago on the way...

We flew into MMV about 10 years ago on the way back from a GTO show in Portland and that museum is definitely worth doing. Funny thing is, I lived 10 miles from where the Spruce Goose was located in...
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,090
Posted By hgerhardt
Judging by the dozens of posts on VAF about...

Judging by the dozens of posts on VAF about defective/sticky Skytec solenoids, it looks like that's by far the biggest failure mode of the LS starters.

Here's the Sticky on Skytec solenoids:...
Forum: RV-14 04-12-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,090
Posted By hgerhardt
Interesting to see what they come up with. The...

Interesting to see what they come up with. The current LS solenoid is an OTS aftermarket unit for Ford PMGR starters, which is what the LS is based on. The solenoid is aftermarket because Ford no...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-10-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 495
Posted By hgerhardt
Assuming it's a Denso-based design with internal...

Assuming it's a Denso-based design with internal regulator and having a round socket, these ought to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2022, 01:12 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,583
Posted By hgerhardt
Yep. I saw my first Van’s booth a year after...

Yep. I saw my first Van’s booth a year after first flight.
Forum: Safety 03-27-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,007
Posted By hgerhardt
Actually the compressor most likely wasn't a...

Actually the compressor most likely wasn't a hazard. Compressors have a safety blow-off valve which would vent excess pressure before the tank got to a critical pressure level. And the tank is filled...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-21-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,314
Posted By hgerhardt
You could also refer to Van's drawings, which you...

You could also refer to Van's drawings, which you should have a set of anyway. If not, Van's is now nice enough to provide a pdf copy for free if you sign up for an account there with your 6's serial...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,766
Posted By hgerhardt
I now have ~940 hours on those hoses and clamps,...

I now have ~940 hours on those hoses and clamps, and still dry. I installed these hoses in 2003, first flight was 2007, and they're still soft and leak-free.

If you go to my original post above,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-10-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,945
Posted By hgerhardt
One nice thing about the AFP unit is, the pump...

One nice thing about the AFP unit is, the pump itself is an Airtex E2315, available at auto parts stores for around $100.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,010
Posted By hgerhardt
True that, just have to be careful to keep that...

True that, just have to be careful to keep that fusible link away from anything combustible, like a fiberglass inlet duct. My old Silverado is actually wired this way.

Another drawback I see with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-09-2022, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,010
Posted By hgerhardt
I had thought about saying exactly that but...

I had thought about saying exactly that but figured the peanut gallery would shoot it down, as they have in the past. I wired my -6 like that. The only drawback of doing it this way is you have a hot...
Forum: Tools 03-07-2022, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,577
Posted By hgerhardt
I originally used a consumer-grade label maker...

I originally used a consumer-grade label maker when I built my -6 but after a few years a bunch peeled off. When I redid my panel in '13, I used an Ultra Fine Sharpie on white heat shrink tubing....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 564
Posted By hgerhardt
If it came with the engine, it's probably a...

If it came with the engine, it's probably a Sky-Tec LS. Why not just keep it for now and see how it works with your new EarthX battery?

The common failure point of these is the solenoid, which is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 17,422
Posted By hgerhardt
They do indeed suck, but some airports in the LA...

They do indeed suck, but some airports in the LA area have 100LL at significantly less than premium mogas! Last week, I paid 4.82USD/gal for 100LL and 5.09USD/gal for 91 octane for my car!
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-17-2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,418
Posted By hgerhardt
So much easier to have a bellmouth grown from...

So much easier to have a bellmouth grown from HP-MJF using nylon-12. Send me your email via PM and I'll send you STL's for these parts. I've had this setup installed in my -6 for 1.5 years or so and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-17-2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,504
Posted By hgerhardt
Looks like steel shot to me too. Hopefully that...

Looks like steel shot to me too. Hopefully that was the only one.

Before you reassemble, take a razor blade and shave off the paint remnants where the copper sealing ring contacts the crankcase. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,395
Posted By hgerhardt
You may already know this, but Lycoming has a...

You may already know this, but Lycoming has a service bulletin describing the black steel adapter plate and how to bond the rubber seal to it, as well as proper part numbers for the plate, adhesive,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2022, 05:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,386
Posted By hgerhardt
We’re up to 930 hours with the same hoses and...

We’re up to 930 hours with the same hoses and clamps. They were first installed in 2008. And they’re still dry.
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-09-2022, 12:54 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,292
Posted By hgerhardt
Lycoming does still build that iE2 engine, don't...

Lycoming does still build that iE2 engine, don't they? But I suppose you mean "dropping the plan" as not applying that tech to any of their other engines, like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-07-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By hgerhardt
Depends on whether you have a 149-tooth ring gear...

Depends on whether you have a 149-tooth ring gear or a 122-tooth. See this article to identify yours (so you don't have to count teeth!): https://skytec.aero/aircraft-starter-installation-issues/

As...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2022, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,773
Posted By hgerhardt
x4 for a zip tie gun! As much as we spend on...

x4 for a zip tie gun! As much as we spend on these airplanes, a good zip tie gun is a tiny investment. And I mean get a good one, like a Panduit.

I'm also convinced that installing zip ties too...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-02-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,395
Posted By hgerhardt
Can you post some pics of the back side of this...

Can you post some pics of the back side of this engine? Would be interesting to see the differences between your 6D variant and the other typical single-drive dual-mag engines. Below is my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,395
Posted By hgerhardt
May I ask what's motivating your desire for a...

May I ask what's motivating your desire for a 90-deg adapter? I have a Dual-Mag IO-360 in my -6 and the filter access/clearance is quite good-- and allows use of the longer filter (CH48104). Even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-27-2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 876
Posted By hgerhardt
10 years ago I used a nibbler which sprayed tiny...

10 years ago I used a nibbler which sprayed tiny chunks of metal everywhere.

Today I'd use an OMT -- oscillating multi tool with a curved-tooth bimetal blade. And definitely drill holes in the...
Forum: California 01-25-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By hgerhardt
D and G Aero Greg Bloomstadt 3409 Airport Dr. #D...

D and G Aero

Greg Bloomstadt
3409 Airport Dr. #D
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: (310) 463-8506
Aircraft avionics, electrical installation, and troubleshooting. Licensed FCC and A+P.

He's also a Garmin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 648
Posted By hgerhardt
2" hose is needed.

2" hose is needed.
Forum: Propellers 01-17-2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,583
Posted By hgerhardt
Paul, was looking at your Kitplanes July '21 prop...

Paul, was looking at your Kitplanes July '21 prop article and also the referenced January '21 story. Each article compared your BA Hartzell with the WW300 3-blade, but there's a pretty big...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-31-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 803
Views: 248,876
Posted By hgerhardt
IIRC less than 1" H2O, but not the same amount of...

IIRC less than 1" H2O, but not the same amount of drift between the two, which of course contaminates the deltaP measurement as well as the two static pressures.

But, 15 minutes is plenty of time...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-30-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 803
Views: 248,876
Posted By hgerhardt
As I wrote last year in this thread...

As I wrote last year in this thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=188113), I had good success with Bluetooth manometers...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,039
Posted By hgerhardt
Definitely remove the canopy and the rear pin...

Definitely remove the canopy and the rear pin receiver blocks and the slider tracks. Also, measure the width of the fuselage near the existing seatback cross brace before you cut it out. Make a...
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