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  1. fokkerc1 added a post in a topic Bought an Avid Catalina kit.   

    I got the gear drilled as per the plans. There is another glitch. Since the gear retracts forward, now, the actuating arm goes through a much larger arc. The bolt heads now hit the cross tube. I guess I will have to get the heads milled by 1/3.
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  2. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    I guess, for now...

    The posting I started about the 3rd class medical comment period helped, maybe? Link
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun-Fun   

    You survived the brow beating huh


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  4. Av8r3400 added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Piper Clipper
    I'm trying to help a friend move his freshly restored Piper Clipper. Here's a link to the Barnstormer's add.

    It is an example of a way better than new Piper Clipper. Powered by a Lycoming 0320, 150 hp, zero timed during the restoration. New fabric, interior and everything in between. All STCs and logs are up to date and everything is legal. It also comes with a Garmin 296.

    Please pass this information around to all your flying buddies.

    His price is now less than what he has into the restoration. The Airplane has to go he no longer has room for two. (His Avid-Kitfox hybrid build is almost complete.) The airplane is a real sweetheart and flies beautifully!


    I can answer questions or get answers to them if you have any.





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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   



    I can promise you that the rotax POS overflow bottles are not half as good of quality as these bottle are. I would not think twice about using them (the ones from US plastics) for an overflow bottle on the plane! That is a 180 working temp, not a failure design temp.


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  6. birddog486 added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   


    I was thinking the same thing but there only rated to a max 180 degrees
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  7. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Happy Birthday High Country
    Hope its a great one. your one day closer to getting your bird in the air!



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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   

    those are great looking tanks. I was going to replace my coolant overflow tank with the Rotax one, but now I am going to order one of those.

    Thanks Trackwelder!
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  9. Av8r_Sed added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   

    I didn't come across those when I did my original search. Thanks for the info. Looks like a good source. Nearly fell off my chair when I saw what Rotax charges for a tank. Guess I should be used to it by now.

    -- Paul S
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  10. dholly added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   

    I found that site when looking for header tank alternatives, lots a good stuff there too, thanks for the reminder.
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  11. dholly added a post in a topic AeroShell Sport Plus 4   

    Lucky you, we don't have the option around here. No auto gas at airports at all. Isn't it ironic that all the corn goes in our gas and the Midwest growers keep the good stuff?! Pffsst.
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  12. Trackwelder added a post in a topic 582 oil injection tank for Kitfox Model III   

    Not trying to disrespect your ingenious use of what was available. But look at the tanks that are here http://www.usplastic...d=searchresults . up to a 6 quart bottle at less than $22 oil line connector and mount built in. 2 quart is $16 cap is under $3. Sometimes I love the catalog junk mail that makes it to me.

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  13. EDMO added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    Travis,
    After flapping my yap, and voicing concerns about any binding bolt or control, I finally looked at your photo.
    This does not look like a "binding" situation, rather, it is an interference like you first stated, and maybe not as dangerous.
    Rather than bend things, although that is propably feasible, can you adjust your P/P to make things right, and let the tubes be a travel stop?
    Other options may be there too - but have to be thought about first.
    Best wishes on your fix.
    ED in MO
    P.S. After thinking some: Conclusion is that you dont need that 2 degrees as much with a nose dragger, so, if no binding, I would just let it go, as is.
    ED in MO
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  14. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic AeroShell Sport Plus 4   

    Yup. Changed oil prior to trip and after the trip. Only ran one tank of mixed 100LL during the trip anyway. It's surprising how often you can find auto gas at airports - at least in the midwest.
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  15. dholly added a post in a topic AeroShell Sport Plus 4   

    Well, works good until you need to gas up on airport. What did you do when you flew down to Sun 'n Fun, just ignore all the 'no ful syn w/ 100LL' warnings?
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  16. dholly added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    The build manual Leni posted up is for a C model I think. That drawing shows an AN23-10 bolt and AN416-R4 thin check nut at the P/P to elevator clevis. If that's what you use it should fit assuming everything is rigged properly, not so sure I'd be reaching for a touch quite yet.
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  17. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic AeroShell Sport Plus 4   

    1 - Yes. Brian Moyerhoffer from LEAF spoke to this precisely. They like the new shell sport +4, but the old did have a definitive shelf life. I don't recall what it was, sorry. I think you will be fine to start with the old stuff, change it out at your 25 hour (?) interval, then go to the new.

    2. I would not mix the two blends together. Run the old first, then switch to the new. I don't think a little Mobile and Shell left in the motor won't be an issue.

    3. Your call on that, but I would not bother. There is literally teaspoons of oil left after burping the oil out.


    (I am buying Mobile 1 Racing 4T by the 6-quart case for $42. - I see no reason to change. Here in the real world we can still get non alcohol contaminated fuel.)
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  18. EDMO added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    The early KFs had the fork end on the elevator rod - Use a clevis bolt or grind a bolt head, or whatever it takes to eliminate any binding. This is a shear bolt setup, so the head matters little, except to keep it from falling out. I would think that a clevis bolt would solve your problem.
    IMO: A locknut is plenty good since there is little, if any, rotation involved.
    A washer and a cotter pin in the end of a clevis pin would be safe for this location, if clearence demands it.
    Good Luck, and really hoping you find a good fix for this.
    ED in MO
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    I would be hitting it with a torch and warming it up real good then tweaking those tubes a bit to give me good clearance. I will look at mine when I get home on the 27th and see if I can get a good pic of that area to see how mine is in that area. I know it is tight, but I also know it fits!


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  20. dholly added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    Well I can solve some of the mystery. I went [way] back into my Mk-IV construction log and found a pic of the elevator horn and connector on the end of the push/pull tube. The Avid set up is different than the Kitfox 3 and 4.

    The Kitfox has a Heim rod end bearing on the end of the P/P tube that goes between two elevator horn tabs and uses a clevis bolt with short nylock stop nut. The Avid has a single elevator horn tab and a simple clevis rod end on the P/P tube. It does use a castle nut and cotter pin. I put pics of both up, just be aware that my Avid pic isn't going to equate exactly with your C model, because one of the Mk-IV improvements was a wider fuselage and different tubing at that exact area.

    Now that I see just what your issue is, I would have to question whether your control rigging is installed and set correctly throughout. Have you made all your final adjustments? If so, I would go back and double/triple check everything 'cause something sure ain't right.Maybe someone else has an idea?


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  21. birddog486 added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    The bolt is loose in the pic but when it's tightned it still contacts in the same way. using a pan head bolt isn't the answer either which is what The early Avid manual recommends.

    Travis

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  22. birddog486 added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   

    I'll get a picture of the location so you can see the problem area. There is no Heim Rod end bearing on this end of the push pull tube. This location uses a Fork end. With a standard AN bolt and castle nut installed they provide a stop against the frame at 15 degrees down elevator. In reading the forums apparently the MK4 avid tubes were widened in this area but the early Avids were this way?

    I may just cut the tubes off and change the way this is setup but I'd like to hear from other Avid owners that have experience in this area.

    Opinions are welcome though BTW this is a nose dragger

    Travis
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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic June 2012 trip to the lodge   



    That is the float mounts that SkyStar came up with and sold with the kitfox. You can get the streamlined tubing from carlson aircraft. It is the cleanest system I have seen for the full lotus mounting.




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  24. EDMO added a post in a topic Bmw 1200   


    I had a friend in South Africa who was putting one in his Kitfox.
    However, have lost touch with him and don't know any specifics.
    Sorry, not much help.
    ED in MO
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  25. EDMO added a post in a topic Push Pull tube interfearance   


    I will join in on the "told-you-so" chorus.
    This is the time to listen to the advice so wisely given.
    Don't ignore the WARNINGS, and have a big "OH SHIT" later on when you learn your mistake.
    ED in MO
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