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Kitfox 3 Bushplane Project.

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I believe most facet type pumps like to "push" rather than pull, so low mounting is preferable.paper element filters aren't recommended here as any water in them soaks and can freeze causing issues.

Agree on both, but those pumps have a limit on how high they can push a certain pressure  - each model lists a different limit - That's all I know.  As long as they are just below the fuel level in the header they don't need to "pull".   Paper filters are not a good idea.  If you use the filters that Akflyer uses and put a shutoff valve between the header and filter, then the filter can be removed and cleaned easily.  You can always safety the valve each time you clean the filter if you are concerned about it being left "off".  EDMO

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Little bit more progress, ran electric to the new fuel pump and trim tab (still waiting on my new switches to completely get wiring done) got the left side wrapped, and window installed. Also covered the rudder. 

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Also going to need a new battery. What is the best route that will fit in the kitfox box? Would like more capacity vs/ lightweight

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Also this is for sale if anyone wants it. Sat for a couple years in a climate controlled shop but is in fantastic shape, just needs to be gone through quick and a couple things installed/ replaced. (Filters/ fuel lines etc..)

$13k

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Well life has gotten busy the last few weeks so very little has been done on the kitfox. Trying to change that though and get the final fiselage finishing tapes done this week, then its off to the paint shop for everything. Had some fun the other day though flying another plane and took pictures of the reason life has been so busy lately. You can almost see the airstrip already

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Nice place hope them neighbors don't shoot you out of the sky,

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Painting is the funnest part of the covering process.  All the hard, tedious work of gluing and fitting finish tapes, rib stiching, ect,  that take so long to do.  I can't wait to start spraying chemicals.  Then if a half hour, you really see progress.  That's how I see it anyway.  YMMV  JImChuk

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Painting is the funnest part of the covering process.  All the hard, tedious work of gluing and fitting finish tapes, rib stiching, ect,  that take so long to do.  I can't wait to start spraying chemicals.  Then if a half hour, you really see progress.  That's how I see it anyway.  YMMV  JImChuk

Wish you lived next door to me - You could have more fun!  :BC:  EDMO

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^Amen. And not so much with stewarts. Waterborne paint is a pain

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I've only used poly fiber systems.  JImChuk

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Well it appears photobucket has ruined my thread. O well, progress being made. Wings are painted and coming home tomorrow, new roof going on the hangar amd got a dozer to try to get the strip graded right. 

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Wow!  You've been busy.  I wondered what had happened to you, no posts in I don't know how long.  Good to see the progress.  JImChuk

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Wow!  You've been busy.  I wondered what had happened to you, no posts in I don't know how long.  Good to see the progress.  JImChuk

yup, still pluggin along. Project sat for a couple months as I worked on the airport/ barn (hangar). Many trees cut, many steel panels removed. Gotta get it all together because right now I have nowhere to bring the plane once paint is done!

 

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Roof is on ( still have to do the trim) and strip is muddy! Buddys loaning me a 20 ft disc so I can disk it all up and then drag/ roll it. Got the grade pretty close with the dozer though

 

 

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You are one lucky man!  Good luck with the field and the finish build!

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You are one lucky man!  Good luck with the field and the finish build!

well Im one excited man, thats for sure. Barely flown at all this year but hoping that sacrifice pays dividends next year, I plan on flying every day! 

Dozer work is done, just needs a final drag and roll with the cultipacker. Prepping the forms for a concrete slab in the shop now, and installing a solar system as well to power the whole airport 

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Very nice!

What are the final dimensions of the strip?

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Roughly 1,300 by 100. Plenty for a kitfox fly-in

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Absolutely!   Very nice!

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Looking awesome! 

For those of you who have large areas like this to keep graded or if you want to groom them for ski flying in the winter, I have made up some CAD plans for a drag / groomer than can be made in a day easily and is around 300 to build, around 500 if you put the electric winch on it to set the cutting height on the fly (worth every penny to be able to adjust height on the fly).  It works VERY well for dirt. gravel and snow and depending on which one you build (have made a 4'X6' and a 5'X8' groomer) can be pulled with a "normal" snowmachine, 4 wheeler or side X side.

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