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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Another Forced Landing - Mine   

    At least two of us here have put quite a few hrs on Jabiru engines and like them.  I have over 500 hrs, and John has something like 3 or 4 times that much.  Neither of us has a lengthened fuselage either.  As far as that little rotary engine goes, I think the neighbors would be less tolerant of my airstrip and flying from it if I was using this engine.  It sure makes some noise.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Model 2 Prop   

    I had plenty of clearance with a 70" on a Kitfox 1 with a 582.  JImChuk
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    Not sure on the weight, but it has to be less then a steel tail wheel spring.  On the other hand, being that Avids are usually nose heavy, maybe that's not such a good thing after all.  JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 questions   

    I would guess that plexiglass is easier to mold then lexan.  I think perhaps the idea of the window being bigger then the door and going back 5 or 6" has some merit.  That would in effect widen out the fuselage where your arm would go without changing tubing or fabric.  You might gain an inch or so on each side.  Let the door get a rack in it to fit the window so it protrudes out on the bottom somewhat perhaps??  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    With the fiberglass spring, I think I got a couple of dry spots between the layers of fiberglass and that's where the crack started.  I never got around to building another, but I'm sure it could be done.   A friend of mine has been building a Murph Rebel, and he got a fiberglass tailspring from Murphy with the kit.  I used to have a main landing gear on my Himax that was all fiberglass.  Built by a guy out in Pennsilvania.  He has an interesting website describing how he built fiberglass parts.   Look at the fourth bullet point up from the bottom. Also he has a lot of other good info, including how to run a 2 stroke engine without cooking it. JImChuk
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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    Thought this showed up the first time I posted it.  :-)  JImChuk
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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    Not really just then.  just taxied him around in it.  The friend of mine that passed away a year ago did fly with me  a few times though, and he was about 6' 1" and weighed about 240.  We filled up the space for sure.  Maybe that's why I like the idea of widening the fuselage.  JImChuk
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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    Spiit lock washers are not the same as bellville washers.  Here are some pictures of each.  JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    Murphy aircraft and others have used fiberglass tailwheel springs.  I also made one for an Avid, but it cracked when I was taxing with a 275 lb guy in the other seat.  Picture is not of mine, but one I pulled off the web.  JImChuk

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  10. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Kitfox 912 SS muffler on ebay
    Just saw this on ebay.  Richland Wa.  Isn't that close to you Chris?  JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox IV 912 exhaust   

    I just ran across this ebay add for a Kitfox muffler.  Maybe the pictures will show what you need to see.  Or maybe someone wants it and buys it.... JImChuk
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Little Progress   

    Looks like quite a bit of progress!  Keep at it!  You'll get it flying if you don't quit.   JImChuk
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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic F7 part for differential ailerons on Avids   

    Me to.  My MK IV had them when I got it, and it was built in the early 90s.  He flew it a few hours and got scared of it and it sat in a hangar after that.  Didn't think he put the new style in, but maybe he did.  JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Newbie   

    If it's never been gone through, then that engine is about 30 years old.  Even if it doesn't have any corrosion in it, the assembly lube Rotax used will be dry and gummy by now.  Went through that recently myself.  I would definatly have it gone through and get it inspected and have new seals and gaskets put in.  And if there is any corrosion on the bearings, you  will have saved yourself an engine out for two reasons.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Becoming a rejuvinated bird   

    I flew that tail spring in the picture for over 500 hrs, and lots of bad, bouncy landings.  I did break it last spring though.  If you get some that's only 1/4" thick, I would for sure go double.  This one was 5/16 or 3/8" thick.  JImChuk
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