I am about to embark on this same mission with The Machinist . I also like the looks of the setup Fred posted but seems like it might be hard getting one across the pond at a reasonable price. We have a major Radiator warehouse here locally that I'm told has about every shape and size radiator/heater core imaginable. Seems the fans are cheap. Add a shut off and some silicone hose and we should be good to go. It's never that easy but it sounds good!!
Hell no!! A loss of a blade could be the last flight of your (and whoever you have with you) life. A lost blade can literally tear the engine off the front of the plane. Send that thing to Powerfin. Sometimes if a blade is non-repairable they will work with you on a replacement. Always air on the safe side. It's dangerous enough as it is.
You don't have to weld the cap. I went to my local auto parts store and bought two short aluminum brake lines. I bent 90 degree bends in them. I drilled a hole through each cap and used JB weld to attached them inside. They work like a charm.
I spoke with two of the leading rebuilders about oil and they both said the engines that ran the Amzoil intruder produced the best results at rebuild time. One also recommended QuickSilver PWC 2 stroke which is also a synthetic oil. I can fly in some pretty harsh environments pulling a lot of RPM. I want to know I’m putting the best protection I can into my engine. I ran Penzoil aircooled for years and had good luck with it but did see a lot more ring build up during inspection. This Amzoil has really impressed me so far. I had the exhaust manifold off last week and the pistons and skirts look like new and had a visible coating of oil on them. My favorite thing about it is it’s not dark colored and does not leave a mess on my aiplane like the others did. Like the others have said, 2 stroke oil has been a highly debated subject so many times I can’t count. I’m positive no insult was intended Turbo. Stick with an oil rated at or higher than the engine manufacturer recommends and go fly. I appreciate your tenacity.
I have been looking at tool bags to start making my kit. I have collected a few items. My first purchase was a multi-screwdriver. I like the idea of having a small plastic storage container that holds a few cotter pins, bolts, electrical crimp splices and such. Vise grips are a great addition to any tool kit. Well all know you can fix anything with gorilla tape and zip ties...LOL! I know a guy who duct taped a Luscomb back together and flew it home after he flipped it and about tore it in half. ,
Our flight last weekend was saved twice with a well prepared member (The Machinist) with a tool good kit. I would love to hear what you guy have for tool and supplies in the plane during trips. I have started a list and want to make sure I don't miss something important.
Chris, I wanted to tell you that I bought and installed a 30 AMP noise filter right at the regulator. It is now filtering the whole system. I flew this weekend and it was the first time I actually didn't have the worst radio reception in the group. I actually had one of the best. It all came down to a few key changes. Good antenna, double shielded coax, shielded plug caps and noise filter near the source. Nice and quite!!!!! Thank you for all the help from everyone. Much appreciated.
Update: I flew several hours this last weekend and I could not be happier with the EGT temps. I'm running a steady 1125/1125. Changing the probes to the right location made all the difference. I actually found myself watching the EGT's less and less over the weekend. After several months its so nice to find and fix the problem. Of all the things I read there was little mention of probe placement. The Devils in the Details. Thank you for all the advice.