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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,363
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, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 799
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, 03:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 799
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, 06:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 799
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...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-05-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,741
Posted By Toobuilder
Installed the viscosity valve (no ball valve yet)...

Installed the viscosity valve (no ball valve yet) and did a good hot weather workout in formation with another Rocket today. Despite me having cooling jets for the pistons (big heat load on the oil)...
Forum: GPS 06-03-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By Toobuilder
GTN 650 in my Rocket and I fly in rough air a...

GTN 650 in my Rocket and I fly in rough air a bunch. Have not figured out an effective way to deal with it yet except to wait for the bumps to stop so I can plug in the command. The knobs are still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,824
Posted By Toobuilder
Hand propped every airplane I've owned (except...

Hand propped every airplane I've owned (except the L-39). My Taylorcraft is no electric, so hand prop 100% of the time since 1940.
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,206
Posted By Toobuilder
The trick is to bring the mixture in BEFORE the...

The trick is to bring the mixture in BEFORE the engine dies. There is a natural cycle where the engine fires and is snorting and rough (indicative of super fat, flooded mixture), followed by a clean...
Forum: RV-4 05-23-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 513
Views: 356,829
Posted By Toobuilder
Not speaking for Axel here, but I had to do a...

Not speaking for Axel here, but I had to do a similar thing to clear an errant rocker cover on my Rocket. I cut a hole for clearance and just did a flat wrap of manilla folder stock to provide a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-15-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Toobuilder
I do Vans slip ons or Crow racing shoes for my...

I do Vans slip ons or Crow racing shoes for my flying.
Forum: Propellers 05-10-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,708
Posted By Toobuilder
If you are in forward motion and the prop remains...

If you are in forward motion and the prop remains at 2700, it's still "working". The governor starts throwing oil at the prop within about 20 knots on TO roll and keeps throwing more pitch as the...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,060
Posted By Toobuilder
We are talking about use of maximum power on a go...

We are talking about use of maximum power on a go around to get away from the earth as quickly as possible. How did that get linked to "yanking or jamming" a control?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-09-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,825
Posted By Toobuilder
There is no requirement to add anthing to the...

There is no requirement to add anthing to the panel with SDS. Dont want/need to look at the programmer? Fine, hide it under the panel somewhere. Its about the size of a pack of cigarettes and...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,060
Posted By Toobuilder
I think that is EXACTLY what some people in this...

I think that is EXACTLY what some people in this thread are advocating.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-09-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,825
Posted By Toobuilder
Funny that it took 14 post to actually attempt to...

Funny that it took 14 post to actually attempt to define the "mission" the OP was trying to enhance. Post #17 seems to indicate "reliability" is the focus, so my vote would be SDS CPI - no moving...
Forum: Propellers 05-09-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,708
Posted By Toobuilder
Had a buddy with a newly purchased RV-8 and...

Had a buddy with a newly purchased RV-8 and Whirlwind have this happen on his way home after purchase... I told him to do an aborted takeoff to see if the prop goes into range on the roll (RPM sag...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,060
Posted By Toobuilder
JMHO, but a "go around" is by definition an...

JMHO, but a "go around" is by definition an abnormal condition - trained as a borderline emergency procedure. Yes, most are routine, but if one is to "train like you fly and fly like you train",...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,905
Posted By Toobuilder
When I had dual Pmags I simply turned the...

When I had dual Pmags I simply turned the standard key to "start". No sense in making a Shuttle launch out of simply starting an airplane.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-20-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,336
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: 1,519
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: 3,002
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: 435
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: 668
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: 1,481
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: 1,481
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: 698
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: 1,481
Posted By Toobuilder
Harris Ranch (308)

Harris Ranch (308)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
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: 1,023
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: 7,264
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: 2,163
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: 1,443
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: 2,071
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: 2,363
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: 2,363
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: 692
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: 692
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: 1,782
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: 2,679
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: 835
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: 91
Views: 9,824
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: 91
Views: 9,824
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: 2,909
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: 91
Views: 9,824
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: 24
Views: 2,521
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: 91
Views: 9,824
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: 2,256
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: 2,022
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: 5,041
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: 2,022
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: 1,859
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: 91
Views: 9,824
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: 2,022
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: 3,662
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: 4,494
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: 3,662
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: 3,662
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: 3,662
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: 1,039
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: 642
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: 1,221
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: 2,136
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: 2,136
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: 2,025
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...
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