Hey Jim I would suggest you order the service manual for whatever AC machine the cylinder is from. I have a 40 year old Case backhoe and without the manuals I would not be able to maintain it. The manuals are available for just about any machine as I am sure you are aware for just a few bucks.
Yes that was taken at Johnson Creek. We just stayed there over night this trip but usually make time to hike up to the hot tub as an afternoon activity. We ride the bikes into Yellow Pine for a burger and a round of golf in the park. looking at those drainages from the air I can see why it is such a popular place for white water activities. We had planned to camp at Smiley Creek on the first night but due to winds that could not pick a direction we ended up going into JC at 5:00Pm, that was western to say the least. There is a reason that our flying is usually completed by early afternoon. The other pictures are all in Montana in the Kalispell area. Our trip was center around making it to a RAF fly-in at Ryan Airfield just outside of Glacier NP.
Just returned from a trip to the back country. Flew over two National Parks, six or more Wilderness Areas and an endless supply of Mountians. We went for breakfast at the RAF's fly-in at Ryan airstrip just out side of Glacier National Park on Saturday before flying into some of the BC airstrips. Larry we ran into the fellow with the blue Carbon Cub from Santa Cruz, that you guys met at Dixie Town, at Ryan and also saw him !(Barry) at Meadow Creek a few hours later. Great trip all in all, no breakdowns or incidents.
Turbo it is not customary for ground to hand you off to the tower on departure, simply switch to the tower freq and tell them where you are and you are ready for departure. Otherwise they do not know you are ready. One other thing, I generally switch to tower when I get to the run up area if it is not to far from the runway. Those folks up there make mistakes like the rest of us. Pulling onto the runway with a landing airliner on short, short final is way to exciting for everyone. I still look both ways before entering the runway after being cleared for take off and if your have switched to tower while running up you will hear both sides of the conversation. My home field is class D and the tower is considered a training tower so there are a few more mistakes than normal. One more good thing to remember is to request a different runway other than the assigned runway if the assigned run does not suit you. The active runway may have a tailwind for example. Also if you have a good reason request to land on the ramp or taxiway. If all else fails declare the emergency and fill out the paper work. I like flying into controlled airports because there are extra eyes to keep pilots safe but it's like stepping into the ring, protect yourself at all times.
In the interest of fairness there have been several fuselages severely damaged by that style of gear. Do some research before you you decide. I can say Lowells gear is very well built and he is very good to do business with. Been there down that street,not going down that street again, your mileage my very. PS maybe Lowell would build you a Cub style gear. Gear legs and cabane are the same just a better way to absorb the shock that has passed the test of time.
The plane will handle 25kts cross wind just fine much more than that I get a little uneasy taxiing back to the hanger but we get a lot of wind here 8 months of the year so you get used to it if you want to fly year around. Start with some lighter stuff and work your way up. The important thing is if you need to land and the wind is blowing 25+ the plane will handle it. Just as well get used to it if you live in the Gorge. If it's blowing the spray off the swells, go wind surfing instead!
I did my tanks before installing several years ago, used the acetone then Caswell and no problems. Caswell isn't sloshing per se, but a true Epoxy made for this very purpose. Another fellow here just recently did his wing tank that was installed and used for several years. He removed the wing and a buddy helped him rotate it and then inspected it with a bore scope. Fixed the leak and is doing good. I recommend buying one kit for each wing because the mix is critical. I think you can expect a great outcome with a little diligence!
I did not see a noticeable speed drop with the VG's my MK IV cruises at 110-115 mph @ 5500 rpm with the STOL wing. Not to sure where you get the idea that the wing is hard to wash with them on, using a soft 3" bristle brush just simply brush front to rear right over them and presto, nice and easy. I have VG'S on both of my planes. This is of course just my experience so take it for what it is, one data point, might not suit you as well. I do have the KF plastic leading edge on my wing and I think you are right about the leading edge of the standard wing.