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Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,076
Posted By Chris Engler
IO-360 (superior cold sump/dual pmag) Engine...

IO-360 (superior cold sump/dual pmag)
Engine preheater
Earth X 900 Behind Baggage Compartment
Full Leather Interior with Heated Seats
Full Carpet
Dual 10.4 inch GRT Screens
WW 74 HRT Prop

Empty:...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 877
Views: 1,148,007
Posted By Chris Engler
Fresh Out of the Paint Shop...

https://chrisengler.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/n-Zx3svh/i-3PWBWSn/A
Forum: Northeast 02-28-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 816
Posted By Chris Engler
I have an 8 near Binghamton....Show Planes...

I have an 8 near Binghamton....Show Planes fastback and cowl. It's at the paint shop now but should have it back in a couple of weeks. Feel free to stop by and check it out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-17-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,857
Posted By Chris Engler
I agree with the consensus of the rear mounted...

I agree with the consensus of the rear mounted battery in the Fastback. As far as a remote charge set up, I've been very happy with the NOCO battery charger and their "dash mount battery...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-19-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,523
Posted By Chris Engler
I used the standard Vans snorkel on an IO-360 and...

I used the standard Vans snorkel on an IO-360 and a Silver Hawk fuel servo. No modifications were made to the snorkel but my baffle ramp for the air filter/intake was not stock as I was originally...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-11-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,523
Posted By Chris Engler
I opted for the Showplanes options as well (very...

I opted for the Showplanes options as well (very happy with all their products and the outstanding support!). I'm currently running a Barrett IO 360 and a WW 74 HRT CS prop. The WW 15 inch spinner...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Thumbs up Mystery Solved!

Closing the loop on this in case others have similar issues in the future...

Root cause was a partially blocked injector on the cylinder with the high EGT (thanks for putting me on the right track...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Skylor - yes I did a mag check and it seemed...

Skylor - yes I did a mag check and it seemed normal. The problem tended not to show up until I was above the 1700 RPM I ran the Mag check at.

I'll double the sparkplug lead connnection both at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
The clogged injector theory got me...

The clogged injector theory got me thinking....went back and reviewed a couple of screen shots I took while I was having the problem. My initial recollection that all EGTs were high but screen shot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 05:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks for the thoughts and advice. Stopped by...

Thanks for the thoughts and advice. Stopped by the airport yesterday and did some additional trouble shooting:

1. Fuel is blue so definitely 100 LL (took on 30 gallons before the trouble...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Completely agree Paul... I called the airport...

Completely agree Paul... I called the airport this morning and gave them a heads-up in case others reported similar issues. I'm planning to check the tank sumps when I get home tonight and will pull...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Mike...I believe there is a filter in the servo...

Mike...I believe there is a filter in the servo but haven't checked...I assume swapping the original servo with the spare servo would eliminate the servo (unless both have a low fuel flow issue but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,939
Posted By Chris Engler
Fuel Dilevery Mystery

I have 10 hours or so on a new Barrett IO 360 with a Silver Hawk fuel injection servo in an RV8. All was well until today when I stopped by a local airport to top the tanks. As soon as I took off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,500
Posted By Chris Engler
While discussing options for the path forward...

While discussing options for the path forward with Barrett, I received the following correspondence from them. The list of items to be replaced in their proposal does not include the cold air sump...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,327
Posted By Chris Engler
The standard buy back structure includes Superior...

The standard buy back structure includes Superior writing a check to the owners for the full value of the original purchase price (i.e., not pro-rated) in exchange for the XP-400 and the owners...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-03-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By Chris Engler
Chris - The first flight on my airplane was last...

Chris - The first flight on my airplane was last May and I have just over 100 hours on it.... RV8, Showplanes fastback conversion, XP400, and Whirlwind 74HRT prop.

After some initial troubles that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,500
Posted By Chris Engler
Dan - Thanks for summarizing the options from...

Dan - Thanks for summarizing the options from Superior. For me, the key drivers are:

1. Timing and availability of various engines. Hate to cut into the flying season in the North East after the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,451
Posted By Chris Engler
Yes - as indicated in the link below "Scott...

Yes - as indicated in the link below "Scott Hayes, VP, Sales and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced that the company is implementing an immediate and mandatory buy-back of all the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,500
Posted By Chris Engler
I spoke to both Vans and Barrett yesterday and...

I spoke to both Vans and Barrett yesterday and they both said the lead time for new Lycomings was 6 months(+).
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,327
Posted By Chris Engler
XP-400 Buy Back

Just got a call from Superior and apparently they're buying back all the XP-400s to get them out of service. Time for a new motor I suppose....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,327
Posted By Chris Engler
Tom - I sent you a PM with the contact info. I...

Tom - I sent you a PM with the contact info.

I sent Superior an e-mail following my phone conversation requesting additional information. By the way, I wasn't contacted either...I reached out to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-29-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,327
Posted By Chris Engler
Back it Goes....

I have serial number 4 and spoke with Superior for a while today regarding the history and proposed fix. From my conversation and as stated in the SB, there is a history of detonation induced damage...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-01-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,457
Posted By Chris Engler
When I built the 8 I wanted two GRT 10.4 HxR...

When I built the 8 I wanted two GRT 10.4 HxR screens in the panel but with the tandem layout, space is at a premium. My solution was a single sheet of aluminum and controlling the TT-22 remotely. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,184
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks for the advice Dan. We met at the Virginia...

Thanks for the advice Dan. We met at the Virginia fly in last year and I took numerous pics of your airplane for inspiration and motivation...just what I needed down the home stretch! I'm sure that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,184
Posted By Chris Engler
Good eye on the missing screws Sam....that pic...

Good eye on the missing screws Sam....that pic was taken a few days before the first flight. Took the pic below today showing the top attach screws in the rollover bar mount and they were one of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,184
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks Mike....and now for the...

Thanks Mike....and now for the pics...

http://i68.tinypic.com/2gsjwbs.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/rapz4m.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/rapz4m.jpg

http://i65.tinypic.com/2eohch0.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,184
Posted By Chris Engler
Another RV8 First Flight

After 5 1/2 years the airplane and I had a near perfect first flight yesterday! Winds were calm, some rain showers had passed through and the afternoon high temps had cooled to mid 70s. After some...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,633
Posted By Chris Engler
I've got the 74HRT (serial number 001) on my 8. ...

I've got the 74HRT (serial number 001) on my 8. Received my signoff following the FAA inspection last Friday so should have a preliminary report soon.

Per the WW Aviation web page, the HRT is for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,623
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks for the correction Carl....yes, the...

Thanks for the correction Carl....yes, the comparison should be 4.4 Gs at 1800 vs 3 Gs (arbitrarily chosen as a worst case during takeoff/climb/cruise with some unexpected turbulence) at 1850....but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,623
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks for the thoughts/info. With regards to...

Thanks for the thoughts/info. With regards to the FAA/DAR item, it's my understanding that establishing gross weight is the decision of the builder of record (see italicized text below from an EAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,623
Posted By Chris Engler
Increase in Registered Gross Weight?

Down to the final paperwork on the -8 build and wondering about increasing gross weight to 1850 or even 1875 rather than the Vans number of 1800. The airplane is on the heavier side with the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-27-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,621
Posted By Chris Engler
http://i66.tinypic.com/ejyxg.jpg I don't have...

http://i66.tinypic.com/ejyxg.jpg

I don't have dimensions handy but this pic gives you a general sense of the canopy frame "overlap" on the panel. When closed, the bottom of the frame just covers ...
Forum: RV-10 03-10-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,727
Posted By Chris Engler
I've got a Showplanes cowl on an 8 and have...

I've got a Showplanes cowl on an 8 and have installed and have removed many times by myself with the prop/spinner on. I've got Skybolt fasteners around the firewall perimeter and hinge pins along...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2017, 07:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,949
Posted By Chris Engler
Good point Travis....I added a post to the old...

Good point Travis....I added a post to the old thread showing the misaligned cam.

Thanks again....would not have found this without your advice! I hope we can catch up in person some day....dinner...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Root Cause Identified!

http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=NuVqmzAy%2FKzBCg7ce4KwNoh4l5k2TGxc#.We1Ja2hSyM8

As it turns out, the problem is the result of incorrect cam to crank timing! For those not familiar with the cam...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,949
Posted By Chris Engler
Steve - that's the million dollar question. As I...

Steve - that's the million dollar question. As I noted in one of the previous threads on the topic, my engine was one of 5 "test cell" engines used during the development of the XP-400. The log...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,949
Posted By Chris Engler
Mystery of the Coughing XP-400 Finally Solved!

http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=NuVqmzAy%2FKzBCg7ce4KwNoh4l5k2TGxc#.Wev41GhSyM8

For those of you that have been following my "XP-400 Still Coughing" thread, I'm delighted to report I had to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-17-2017, 06:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Bill - I'm not an expert by any means when it...

Bill - I'm not an expert by any means when it comes to the inner working of aircraft engines but Birddog experienced the same symptoms I'm having and it turned out his cam gear was a tooth off. From...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-16-2017, 07:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
I Think We're on to Something....

Following up on the information provided by Birddog and Larry yesterday, I stopped by the airport yesterday evening and ran through the procedure Birddog described. My conclusion was there was a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Larry and Birddog - thanks so much for tanking...

Larry and Birddog - thanks so much for tanking the time and sharing your experience on this. I'm heading out tonight for some business travel but will forward this info to my A&P and have him check...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
I have not personally checked but will definitely...

I have not personally checked but will definitely look into it. I mentioned it to my A&P a couple of weeks ago and he indicated the cams are indexed with a keyway so not possible to misalign but...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks for the suggestions. Valve float had...

Thanks for the suggestions. Valve float had occurred to me as well but since I can lean and get a solid 2600 RPM, I still tend to think it's a fuel delivery problem as Larry suggested.

Larry -...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2017, 04:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Update

Wanted to post an update on the XP-400 situation. As I mentioned in previous posts, I noted an engine cough/stumble during a first start on an RV-8 project. The engine will run perfectly up to...
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-21-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By Chris Engler
John - while in the program mode, if you press...

John - while in the program mode, if you press and hold the right button (i.e., "next") the menu will "fast forward" and bounce you back to the operational pages in a few seconds.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Update on the exhaust inspection....nothing out...

Update on the exhaust inspection....nothing out of order, pipes clear and baffles looked fine using a borescope. Spoke to Clint at Vetterman's and he kindly offer to ship a set of straight pipes to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks to all who have offered...

Thanks to all who have offered suggestions....your collective brain power is much appreciated!

My thoughts as I continue to chase the coughing:

- Fuel flow does seem high at 18-19 gpm. Using the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Bob - I pulled the fuel servo, spider, and...

Bob - I pulled the fuel servo, spider, and injectors and sent them off to Precision for bench testing this week...nothing was loose as it was disassembled...hope to hear back from Precision late next...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Pete and Larry...thinking more along the lines of...

Pete and Larry...thinking more along the lines of fuel/air since I can prevent coughing by leaning and get 2600 RPM in a static run-up leaned but appreciate the thoughts.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks Mahlon....we had thought about that...

Thanks Mahlon....we had thought about that possibility as well but figured it would be similar to a full throttle static run-up of a fixed pitch prop (i.e., solid running at a static RPM of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
No sign of a fuel leak with mine either and with...

No sign of a fuel leak with mine either and with it not coughing when I lean, indications are that it's stumbling rich. The A&P I'm working with noted puffs of black smoke from the exhaust during...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
Larry - the 18-19 gph figure is at 2400 RPM full...

Larry - the 18-19 gph figure is at 2400 RPM full rich. I've confirmed that the EGT's are consistent across all cylinders and as you say, the 150 degree increase to peak at 2400 is just about right....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,148
Posted By Chris Engler
XP-400 Still Coughing

I posted last week after a first start regarding some issues with a CS WW prop not moving and the XP-400 coughing /stumbling at high RPM. Happy to say the prop issue is resolved but the engine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-09-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
It's funny I'm at the airport now and just...

It's funny I'm at the airport now and just finished up a call with Thomas at g3i. We had exactly the same thought that the governor setting on the fine pitch is to course to allow the engine to spin...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-09-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
No worries Carr ? I know how that business travel...

No worries Carr ? I know how that business travel has a way of getting in the way of airplane fun!

Yes, happy to report that the prop mystery is solved though a bit embarrassed by the simple...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
Ctennis - excellent idea.....we'll pull the oil...

Ctennis - excellent idea.....we'll pull the oil line and confirm.

Carr - follow up question....was you engine a Superior as well?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks guys...really appreciate the advice on...

Thanks guys...really appreciate the advice on this. To clarify, this is a fuel injected motor (completely stock IO-400). Sounds like either the fuel pressure is actually too low or I have a gauge...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
Greg....the A&P has thoroughly inspected and...

Greg....the A&P has thoroughly inspected and confirmed the engine set up is correct for a CS prop. We did pull the prop after a run last week and there was some oil in the hub but not as much as...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
When I discussed with WW, they said either would...

When I discussed with WW, they said either would be fine and as I recall, the jhirosti was back ordered at the time from WW and the MT was a bit cheaper so went that direction.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,964
Posted By Chris Engler
First Start Woes

During a first start working with the local A&P we noted a couple of issues that have us stumped. The set up is as follows:

Airplane - RV-8

Engine - Superior XP-400

Prop - WW constant speed with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,449
Posted By Chris Engler
Thanks Scott - that's what I thought and didn't...

Thanks Scott - that's what I thought and didn't see anything in the plans to suggest otherwise. Thanks for confirming....I'll get another one on the way tomorrow.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,449
Posted By Chris Engler
RV-8 Wing Root Fairing Question

Spending some quality time with the 8 build today and getting close to running out of things to do. Installed the right wing root fairing last night and all went well. Working on the left side...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,967
Posted By Chris Engler
You might want to check the Show Planes website....

You might want to check the Show Planes website. Bryan is now selling an engine mount oil cooler setup. I would have purchased it myself but just finished shoehorning a -10 firewall cooler mount...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2016, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,649
Posted By Chris Engler
Smile I'm near Binghamton NY just over the PA...

I'm near Binghamton NY just over the PA boarder....have an 8 just about finished and happy to have you stop by the shop for a chat. Interior is done so you'e welcome to try it on for size. :)
Forum: Northeast 09-14-2016, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,108
Posted By Chris Engler
Hi....I'm near Binghamton and nearing completion...

Hi....I'm near Binghamton and nearing completion of an 8. You're welcome to stop by if you're down this way.
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