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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Fuselage Reinforcement   

    I think either one is fine in it's  place.  If I was doing the Kitfox 1 though, I would make the door opening as big as later models by removing the one angled tube at the back of the door.  Then adding the steel around the door like I did to widen things would add some strength back into the mix perhaps.  Course then you would need to make new doors however.  I was a carpenter by trade as well, (still a member of Carpenter's union 606, Virginia Mn. ) though now I'm retired for the last 12 years and living the good life.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Fuselage Reinforcement   

    I beefed up the sides of my Kifox 4 as well, and used .040" crome moly steel to do it with.  Also widened the fuselage 2" on each side while I was at it.   I do have the grove gear for that plane.  JImChuk

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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox S/N 1000 Restoration! N73BH   

    Grove can straighten the gear.  Not for free of course....  Maybe if a guy had access to the right press, he could do it himself.   I was just straightening out some tail springs yesterday on my 20 ton Harbor Freight press.  It worked.  JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid MK IV build manual   

    Just was looking at this thread, and maybe I've noticed and or mentioned this before, but my Avid MK IV is only two away from yours Nick.  Mine is 1176D.  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Building New Wings   

    Another issue that may come up if you make the wings real long, is the flaperons may start to bind.  The longer the wing, the more the tip will be pushed up when under load.  That will also bend the flaperons.  Chris B cut his over length fat Avid wings back because the flaperons would bind in flight.  On the Kitfox 3 and later, the lift struts attach further out on the wing then earlier models, and I suppose Kitfox did that to take care of the increased flexing in the wings as the gross weight went higher.  JImChuk
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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid Flyer Seats   

    This is what a buddy of mine did on his Avid A model.  It was a bit of work, but it did the job.  JImChuk

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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Soggy Plugs   

    Trouble with knock off brands verses name brands.  I bought a KnN fuel filter like yours and if was junk.  I don't know if KnN has gotten that bad or if it was a complete knock off with brand name and all.  It looked like complete Chinese junk and low grade junk at that.  buyer beware!   JImChuk
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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Jab on Barnstormers   

    I've put over 500 hrs on mine.  It's been good to me.  Early solid lifter engines are better than later hydraulic lifter engines.  Supposedly, the third generation engines are good as well.  I would ask what the serial # is on this engine.   JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Soggy Plugs   

    They were on 
    They were on my B model, and also on both MK IVs.  I think it's a standard feature.  JImChuk
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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Header tank   

    Here are a couple I pulled up on ebay.  3.5 gallon, and 2.5 gallon.   Seems that the 2 1/2 gallon tank has a fuel level sender in it as well.  JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic F7 part for differential ailerons on Avids   

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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Throttle linkage and firewall   

    I found a picture in my manual showing this and there is no spring.  In the wordage with the picture though, it says a spring can be installed to offset the pull from the carb slide springs.   JImChuk
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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Building New Wings   

    I agree with you on that TJay,  but also if he builds the flaperons himself, then the hinges could be modified to fit the Kitfox 4 style hangers.   Of course,  the more things that get changed, the more one is becoming an aircraft designer.   That's all well and good if the design turns out to be good, but what if what seemed like a good idea at first turned out to be not so good later on.  The further we stray from the original design, the more we start to get into uncharted territory.   JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Building New Wings   

    I don't believe there are any drawings available for the flaperons.  Some guys have built them though.  Basicly they are an aluminum tube, foam ribs, aluminum skin, and the flaperon hinges.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Building New Wings   

    The Kitfox 4 and later wing rib is a faster flying wing than the earlier undercambered wings that Avid and Kitfox used.  It also does pretty good for STOL performance, so most would say it's a better design then the earlier one.  Problem is that the flaperons on early wings doesn't match up with the Kitfox later style flaperon.  The Kitfox 4 and later also use aluminum angles riveted to the wing top and bottom to carry the flaperon.  Here is an Avid STOL wing with the Kitfox 4 brackets next to them.  Note the difference in mounting of the flaperon hinges.  The Avid Speed wing rib isn't that bad really, some who have put wing extentions on have liked the results.  Also some have built long wings using the speed wing ribs, and claimed to have a faster wing then the Stol wing with nearly as good of climb.  

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