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  1. Av8r3400


    Okay, so I finally got pissed off and tightened the fittings such that they would either quit leaking or I'd break them.

    They have now stopped leaking.

    My brakes are still spongy. (Especially the left one.)

    After bleeding them repeatedly, I decided to rebuild the Master Cylinders. (MC-5's) Disassembled them, replaced the o-rings, reassembled, refill the system and bleed again.

    Still spongy.

    Did I mention I hate my Matco brakes... :deadhorse:

  2. C5Engineer


    HI Joey:

    My sling seat is installed the same as yours was with the short part being what you sit on.Pretty sure they all are set up that way.Why not phone Dean and get it right from the man how the seat is supposed to be in the plane? :)

    Unfortunately Dean doesn't remember much when it comes to little details like this. Brett at Airdale thought the small part went on the bottom too...hmmm maybe I didn't have it upside down after all. My other Avid buddy has his with the half circle hole on the bottom piece like the second picture I posted. So far it's 2 to 1...anymore votes? :beerchug:

  3. saskavid


    Well this is interesting. Today while measuring to order some seat foam from seatfoam.com I realized that one side of my sling seat was a bit wider and a bit longer on one end than the other. There's also a half circle cut out of one side and not the other. I am thinking that I been sitting on my seat upside down for the past two years!!!! :hammerhead:

    How I had it in the airplane...the narrower shorter pad on the bottom and the seat belt cut out on the piece facing my back.

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    If you flip it over the bigger pad is on the bottom and the seat belt hole is also on the bottom. It seems to me this is how it should go. I'm going to go back to the airport this weekend and put it back in the other way just to ensure it fits in okay that way. Does anyone have a pic or can you tell me which way your seat is? I'm completely redoing my seat with real aviation foam on the left side like Oregon Aero cushions and cheap foam on the right side to keep costs and weight down. It will also be reupholstered in some nice Navy Blue fabric to match my trim. The cheap yellow foam and 70's camper trailer couch cushion look has got to go.

    Here's how I think it should be in the airplane.

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    HI Joey:

    My sling seat is installed the same as yours was with the short part being what you sit on.Pretty sure they all are set up that way.Why not phone Dean and get it right from the man how the seat is supposed to be in the plane? :)

  4. C5Engineer


    Well this is interesting. Today while measuring to order some seat foam from seatfoam.com I realized that one side of my sling seat was a bit wider and a bit longer on one end than the other. There's also a half circle cut out of one side and not the other. I am thinking that I been sitting on my seat upside down for the past two years!!!! :hammerhead:

    How I had it in the airplane...the narrower shorter pad on the bottom and the seat belt cut out on the piece facing my back.

    IMG_2052.jpg

    If you flip it over the bigger pad is on the bottom and the seat belt hole is also on the bottom. It seems to me this is how it should go. I'm going to go back to the airport this weekend and put it back in the other way just to ensure it fits in okay that way. Does anyone have a pic or can you tell me which way your seat is? I'm completely redoing my seat with real aviation foam on the left side like Oregon Aero cushions and cheap foam on the right side to keep costs and weight down. It will also be reupholstered in some nice Navy Blue fabric to match my trim. The cheap yellow foam and 70's camper trailer couch cushion look has got to go.

    Here's how I think it should be in the airplane.

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  5. horsepower


    Hey whatever works go for it,I was at Ace Hardware the other day and I was actually looking at the big selection of tires and wheels.I may just buy one to throw in the plane when Im going somwhere very far.Right now I just have the solid Matco wheel but would like to upgrade later.Mainly I just want to get flying for now,Im going on a weeks vacation to see my son in Wyoming but when I get back its balls to the walls.Ive already been in contact with my DAR out of Spokane and it looks like the 1st of June.Im going back for a couple refresher courses from the guy that did my tailwheel training and after that theres no excuses.Nice pics you got there Joey,Im looking foward to doing some flying with you.Randy

  6. C5Engineer


    I had a pretty big trip planned for this weekend. I showed up Friday night after work at around 6 to fly 105NM North of here. I knew it was going to take me an hour and half give or take so I had to be airborn no later than 7pm to not get caught in the dark. Well when I showed up my TW was flat as a pancake. I quickly yarded it apart and found a split in the seam adjacent to an existing patch. I tried to patch it again and of course it didn't work. By now I'm running outta time and I was out of patches so I ran over to Lowes right by the airport to get another patch kit. Well right next to the slime and patch kits was the lawn mower wheel section. I got to eyeballing a 6" front tire and decided to grab one for 8 bucks. Guess what a lawn mower wheel uses the exact same axle as a Matco TW! I threw that sucker on and hauled ass for my destination. I ran my poor 582 at 6000rpm for an hour. I landed with about 10 minutes of twilight left on my lawn mower wheel!! Luckily I was headed to a fellow Avid drivers house and he let me borrow his wheel for the rest of the weekend.

    I spent the night with him....he flies a CH601 HD Zodiac as well as an Avid and a Tri-pacer. We flew formation over to another EAA chapter and then I jumped in with him for a 100 mile jaunt to Cloverdale to the annual Zenith West Coast factory fly-in. Those new 750's are a lot more roomier than the 701's. Still ugly though. We only stayed for an hour and then jammed back up to the EAA chapter for tri-tip. I was invited up there as a guest speaker to give a presentation on my Idaho Backcountry trip from last year. After that I hit a Private strip outside of Chico to visit some long lost cousins and then I cruised home. I logged 3.8 in the Avid and another 2.5 in the Zodiac. Not a bad weekend!! Here are some pics.

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    Guys house in a Private airpark...How cool would this be?

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    The Zodiac

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    Cruising in the Zodiac...pretty nice ride with a 912

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    CH750

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    CH701

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  7. Trackwelder


    I was wondering what motor you had on the lawn motor,because I have been through a similar experience with the Ford 8N and the Bush Hog, it fired only once or twice before the engine quit, even though I was still sitting on the Tractor the experience was quite similar as the wire wrapped around the mower spindle, Chasing cattle back into the pen after that experience was not a chore I want to repeat.

  8. Trackwelder


    I have been watching that engine on Barnstormers and wondering how low the price would have to go before someone took it on, looks like somewhere around $25,000 was the last asking price for the manufacturing rights and parts finally got it done. I wonder why it didn't sell any better but if the numbers are right it will make a good engine if the bugs are out of it.

  9. akflyer


    We have the standard 6 foot fence in the backyard A few months ago I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the entire city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence.

    Actually I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of fence. I then used an 8 foot-long ground rod, and drove it 7.5 feet into the ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the ground, the better the fence works.

    One day I'm mowing the back yard with my cheapo Wal-Mart 6 hp big wheel push mower. The hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard. I knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger. I pushed the mower around the wire and reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

    It seems as though I hadn't remembered to unplug it after all.

    Now I'm standing there, I've got the running lawnmower in my right hand and the 1.7 giga-volt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an upside down cow - on fire - on the cover.

    Time stood still.

    The first thing I notce is my pecker trying to climb up the front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was literally at one with the engine.

    It seems as though the fence charger and the piece-of-crap lawnmower were fighting over who would control my electrical impulses.

    Science says you cannot crap, pee, and vomit at the same time. I beg to differ. Not only did I do all three at once, but my bowels emptied 3 different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you're all leaned back and BAM BAM BAM you just crap your pants 3 times. It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy turning 8 grand.

    At this point I'm about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds) into holding onto the fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I can't let go. I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences...but Dad always had those piece-of-crap chargers made by International (or whoever) that were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled.

    This one I could not let go of. The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me through the permadamp Ark-La-Tex river bottom soil. At this point I'm thinking I'm going to have to just man up and take it until the lawnmower runs out of gas.

    'Damn!,' I think, as I remember I just filled the tank!

    Now the lawnmower is starting to run rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop, pee, and with my vomit on my chest I think 'Oh God please die! Pleeeeaze die!' But nooooo, it settles into the rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner's right foot.

    So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80% humidity, standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me. God did not take me that day... He left me there covered in my own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created.

    I honestly don't know how I got loose from the wire.

    I woke up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned. There were two large dead grass spots where I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot where the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had somehow let go of the wire.

    Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few things:

    1 - Three of the fillings in my teeth have melted.

    2 - I have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right butt cheek (not the left, just the right).

    3 - Poop, pee, and vomit when all mixed together,do not smell as bad as you might think.

    4 - My left eye will not open.

    5 - My right eye will not close.

    6 - The lawnmower runs like a sumbitch now. Seriously! I think our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because it was better than new after that.

    7 - My nuts are still smaller than average yet they are almost a foot long.

    8 - I can turn on the TV in the game room by farting while thinking of the number 4 (still don't understand this).

    That day changed my life. I now have a newfound respect for things. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

    The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him, and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds me to triple check before I mow.

  10. akflyer


    NICE! Always glad to see another new Avid hit the air! Tell Brett to get his mangy ass on here everyonce in awhile and give us some technical support. I know he has shit loads of free time to just sit around drinking beer and surfing the net HAHAHAHA

    :BC:

  11. akflyer


    Leni I spent some time on their site today and they have some KILLER new tailwheel set ups. They are dual fork and go all the way up to 11" now!! I talked to Andy at Matco today and they will do a conversion for you using your existing mount and steering linkage saving alot of money. I think I'm going to run the 8" with the 3.5" wide tire with the dual fork set up. The advantage of the dual fork is you can run a bigger tire with much shorter arms. The dual fork 8" set up is actually shorter than my 7" set up.

    That is the one I have settled on too. First priority is getting the damn 800 installed... Hope some good progress can be made this time home..

    :BC:

  12. C5Engineer


    Leni I spent some time on their site today and they have some KILLER new tailwheel set ups. They are dual fork and go all the way up to 11" now!! I talked to Andy at Matco today and they will do a conversion for you using your existing mount and steering linkage saving alot of money. I think I'm going to run the 8" with the 3.5" wide tire with the dual fork set up. The advantage of the dual fork is you can run a bigger tire with much shorter arms. The dual fork 8" set up is actually shorter than my 7" set up.

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  13. akflyer


    Took a look at the MATCOMFG site yesterday and was amazed to find a pair of 10 inch wheels as well as the 8 inch wheel they have had for some time. Opens up alot of tires for our use. They also have several styles of double fork tailwheels. weather wasn't cooperating so it was internet search time

    Hell Yeah! That does open up a world of ATV tires to easily use now! I really like some of the new tail wheels George has now also. My 6" pnuematic picked up a screw and self destricted on the short taxi time in from the runway to tie down. I didn't like that skinny lil beyatch back there anyway for off field work.

    :BC:

  14. Trackwelder


    Took a look at the MATCOMFG site yesterday and was amazed to find a pair of 10 inch wheels as well as the 8 inch wheel they have had for some time. Opens up alot of tires for our use. They also have several styles of double fork tailwheels. weather wasn't cooperating so it was internet search time

  15. dholly


    Thanks, I needed that! Last year flat out sucked sour balls for a bunch of reasons. I think I aged about 3 years so I can't put it behind me fast enough. Anyhoo, got the Kitfox parted out and sold everything but the engine and instruments so I have a few bucks to drop on needed Avid+ goodies. Was able to cross off a couple of the top 'Honey-Do' items... just finished a bunch of painting, put a new hardwood floor in the family room (Merry Xmas Dear) and smashed out another 650sf of tile that needs replaced (Happy B'day Dear). Got all the new material purchased and sitting here, but I think I'll hire the install out (Happy B'Day Doug). Cut the lawn for the first time this year today, spring sure does feel good this year!

    Oh, and Russ, let's be clear about one thing... until yer pushing up daisy's I'll never be as old as you! :beerchug:

  16. dholly


    He has (I think) a set of Aerocet Floats for it as well (photo of the plane on floats is on his website home page).

    I recall correctly, he modified a set of Aerocet amphibs for hydraulic retract. He had it on a bobbin at the SPB during OSH 2009. Just finished painting it the week before, sure was shiny!

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