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Forum: RV-8/8A 10-13-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,479
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Just a warning: I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at...

Just a warning:
I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at about 50 hours TTAF it cracked at the base of the hoop around the back. It cracked at the weld where the two side bars come together and a single tube...
Forum: COMM 09-21-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,227
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set...

I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set with the ANR kit, which worked great, but I realize you want a passive headset.
Don't hold your nose against a cheap Flightcom headset.
Those things...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,323
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Well Then! Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom. I...

Well Then!
Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom.
I just upgraded to the steering link + Tie Down Ring, I think it's a big improvement in steering stability on my RV-8. Slowing down thru 50 MPH is more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,191
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing...

My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing edge damage from pushing too far into a Tee hangar (before she bought it) when it happened a second time, I called VANs and ordered a pair of Quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 12:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 558
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because...

I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because my Yak-55 failed the mag check prior to take-off for the event!
So Marilyn and I repacked into the RV-8 and went anyway!
I had a few major screw-ups,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-19-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,498
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is...

I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is why:
I'm an operating engineer, and I have to troubleshoot and repair 40 year old stuff as well as operate it.
Things Fail. Obsolete stuff must be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-13-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,506
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition...

I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition harness plate (has gland nuts holding the wires) from an eBay ad, it easily adapted to 8.5mm MSD spiral core wire & 90 degree boots.
It fired BR8ES plugs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-26-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,882
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You can preserve the backing plate by using a...

You can preserve the backing plate by using a slightly smaller drill and stopping early, then drive out the remaining bit of rivet with a punch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,756
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday...

I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday in my RV-8. It's O-360, Catto 3 blade and has Airflow Performance fuel injection. It does not have inverted fuel or oil.
It never missed a beat and...
Forum: APRS Tracking 05-20-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,202
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a Technician class Ham Radio license....

I have a Technician class Ham Radio license. (don't use it much) My son has mentioned the:
http://www.bigredbee.com/
Locator as 'best solution' to personal location now that ELT's are out of date.
I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2018, 12:49 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 39,241
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It...

I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It had an early failure: The plastic Brush boxes were warped and stuck the brushes so eventually they lost contact with the com rings. a few bux for a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,699
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Nigel et al; Except that I have manual...

I'm with Nigel et al;
Except that I have manual trim, and roll in a couple of half turns nose down, especially if there is a back seater.
I usually take off with flaps, about 20%. Adding flaps moves...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-12-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,019
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
So far, no mention of Weight and...

So far, no mention of Weight and Balance.
Calculate your weight and Balance so you know what you are starting with.
RV-8s come in a variety of configurations (go figure?) I built a very light O-360...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-08-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,102
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with...

Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with non-resistor plugs on electronic controlled ignition systems, I understand Lightspeed Ignition specifically sells DENSO spark plugs, for much the same...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-08-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,102
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs. I use...

I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs.
I use Autolite 386 thru a Pmag on my low compression O-290 powered T-18. (Bendix mag and Autolite aircraft plugs on the other side)
I've purchased Champion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,641
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic...

Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic Training is the best way to learn how to avoid (and recognize if you are getting into) stall/spin situations.
Flight instruction does cost a few $$$, but is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-23-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,863
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold...

I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold air sump on my RV-8.
I think 4 straight pipes are louder, and tune to a narrower RPM powerband.
If you run a constant speed propeller, 4 straight...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-19-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 66,306
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday....

I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday. It is the new (just released!) Mark II version, and has been upgraded including a USB mini port for programming and a new smaller case.
This morning,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,417
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo...

When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo Rotary engine. It was so loud (even with the turbo to mince the exhaust!) that I had to add a muffler.
I installed 4 large plate nuts in the two keel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-09-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,904
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I looked at your pictures. That is interesting....

I looked at your pictures. That is interesting. You can machine out the mount ears to take the conical mount, and it would work. To my eye, the bottom mounts are not conical, they just have squished...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-07-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,087
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due...

I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due for 500 hr inspection).
I'm making a Ford EDIS system as per the thread on this...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-05-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 66,306
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Thanks Dan; I took the file Graham sent me to a...

Thanks Dan;
I took the file Graham sent me to a local waterjet shop, but the proprietor backed out on the old 'Liability' excuse when he asked me what it was for...I just couldn't lie.
Also, he...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 698
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm nobody, but if you have a large amount of...

I'm nobody, but if you have a large amount of ring blow by, it can be ring ends in alignment, or worn/stuck rings or broken rings.
Loss of ring seal means hot gas along the cylinder wall, making it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,930
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Nice! You are looking good! I'll need to work...

Nice!
You are looking good!
I'll need to work harder to keep up! :cool:
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-29-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 66,306
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Graham; PM Sent! Thanks.

Graham;
PM Sent!
Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,590
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My wife informs me that this is common with...

My wife informs me that this is common with Quilters as well. :D
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-28-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 66,306
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
OK; I emailed Graham too. Here's hoping...

OK;
I emailed Graham too.
Here's hoping...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-27-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 66,306
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Time to revive the EDIS discussion. I just...

Time to revive the EDIS discussion.
I just ordered the new Mk-2 Megajolt, promised shipping April 20, 2018.
https://www.autosportlabs.com/product/megajolte-mk2_crank_fired_ignition/
A pull from the...
Forum: Oregon 03-25-2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,611
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Washington has no Income Tax. Oregon has no Sales...

Washington has no Income Tax.
Oregon has no Sales Tax.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,159
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
+1 on what Jerry said. You may have an other...

+1 on what Jerry said. You may have an other problem, just starting to call for your attention.

That is an interesting...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,159
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I see in the OP's picture that the Helicoil...

I see in the OP's picture that the Helicoil insert end is short of the end of the spark plug hole into the combustion chamber.
I see the same in some of my cylinders.
Although I would like to have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,258
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You can make your own vortex generators and...

You can make your own vortex generators and install them with double sticky carpet tape. I made 4 "Hall" type V-Gs and put them in front of the ailerons (2 ea) on my T-18. It had a profound effect on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,323
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My SIKAflex'ed RV-8 canopy cracked at the back,...

My SIKAflex'ed RV-8 canopy cracked at the back, left side on a cold high altitude flight. It started behind the back seat passenger, where the lower canopy frame tube joins the upper tube. The crack...
Forum: Northwest 03-16-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,148
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Westport WA has a restaurant within 100 yards of...

Westport WA has a restaurant within 100 yards of the runway, and the Bremerton airport has one on the runway. Tacoma Industrial has a restaurant too. Skagit Regional also. I also like to get the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Every 200 feet along both sides of a 2400 foot...

Every 200 feet along both sides of a 2400 foot turf runway, 4 across each end.
These lights are directional, they can be seen clearly while taking off or landing, but not so much from the side.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,199
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
We use solar powered Dock Lights. We get them at...

We use solar powered Dock Lights. We get them at various places (Costco, Amazon, Box...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-06-2018, 12:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,575
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
That's at least 3 RV-8s in Puget Sound area...

That's at least 3 RV-8s in Puget Sound area 3-3-2018, I met Andy Karmy gassing up to head out at Crest when Marilyn and I were headed to Skagit Regional to visit with a T-18 friend at the restaurant,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 12:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,904
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
O-290G engine cases are like a conical mount, but...

O-290G engine cases are like a conical mount, but only have bolt holes bored through, not the conical shapes milled into the mount ears for the rubber cone mounts cushions. Yours may have only the...
Forum: RV-4 02-26-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,413
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I got a 7 gallon seat...

I got a 7 gallon seat tank:
https://www.leadingedgeairfoils.com/7-6-gallon-seat-fuel-tank-combination.html
It's for an ultralight, but it is well made. I've been trying it in various planes and even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,924
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm glad that I fit into the average for drill...

I'm glad that I fit into the average for drill bit and rivet tool handling and storage.
I also keep 2 boxes of drills: The standard fractional drill set, and a 60 pc Numbered drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Dirty oil looks cleaner when it is very thin,...

Dirty oil looks cleaner when it is very thin, like warm on your finger, compared to thick and cold on the dipstick. the suspended carbon makes it dark, so it looks half as dirty if the sample is half...
Forum: Tools 02-02-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,165
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with George (above) also, get out your trusty...

I'm with George (above) also, get out your trusty Ohm Meter and measure the spark plug resistor. Put one probe down in the top of the plug, and the other on the center electrode. File or sand the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 911
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Use a clean paper towel. Small bits of cellulose...

Use a clean paper towel. Small bits of cellulose possibly left from the paper are not damaging as thread from a cloth rag could be.
Forum: RV-3 01-25-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,102
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a Yak-55. I fly it for the AWESOME...

I have a Yak-55. I fly it for the AWESOME aerobatics. It has a radial engine, part of the reason it flies so well.
I have an RV-8 that I built. I would never want it with a radial engine. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,451
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Upgrading to the IVO-360A1A cylinder with oil...

Upgrading to the IVO-360A1A cylinder with oil cooled head is probably not an option. I just checked A.E.R.O. direct parts, and although the IVO-360A1A is not specifically mentioned, the IVO-540...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,451
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I may take some flack for saying this, but...

I may take some flack for saying this, but Lycoming 'allows' a fairly hot maximum Cylinder Head Temperature. I won't fly my heads that hot, 320F is about perfect for me, but 400 seems extreme, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 12:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,446
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm all about the lightest possible aircraft, so...

I'm all about the lightest possible aircraft, so permanent pre-heaters are out for me.
If operating at a Civilized Airport, I would use a 'Heat Gun' (looks like an industrial hair drier) and an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-07-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 12,859
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I recall that Delo 100 and Delvac 1240 motor oils...

I recall that Delo 100 and Delvac 1240 motor oils are low ash formulations to reduce cylinder wear in ported 2 stroke (Detroit) diesel engines.
I have a couple drums of the Delvac 40W. I've used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 19,421
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
For Cross Country Flying; People Places and...

For Cross Country Flying;
People Places and Planes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GsZJ29-brk ( Rv's @ 2:00, Yak-55 after!)

For Aerobatics;
Born to Be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 806
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I had no hatch. I had no battery problems between...

I had no hatch. I had no battery problems between annual condition inspections, so it wasn't a problem.
Later I reconfigured the plane and put the battery on the firewall. I removed 3.2 pounds of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,219
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The parts are not difficult to make and many of...

The parts are not difficult to make and many of the hardware parts are used on the other models. I don't see a problem supporting the older models for the life of VAN's Aircraft company.
When I...
Forum: Propellers 11-09-2017, 10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,497
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have used a DynaVibe Classic. It was easy to...

I have used a DynaVibe Classic. It was easy to use, after I made a mount to fit the engine, according to their instructions.
I think you should check around to see if someone local to you has one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,865
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Are you considering any other changes, like a...

Are you considering any other changes, like a 'tip over' canopy for improved visibility and ease of bailing out?
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,898
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Based on Joe Gores point 3, that the regulator...

Based on Joe Gores point 3, that the regulator operates by turning output current on and off during a portion of each AC cycle to regulate the output. I wonder if the original regulator can't control...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-21-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,898
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
hohocc is correct, I have the smaller Lycoming...

hohocc is correct, I have the smaller Lycoming pulley, it turns the PM alternator faster than the John Deere application.
The link in my signature opens pictures of my RV-8 build. The first page,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,865
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Fix it NOW! 1) Use a cut off wheel to extend the...

Fix it NOW!
1) Use a cut off wheel to extend the crack all the way to the other side (so it doesn't go off in some other crazy direction).
2) Cover it with Sikaflex and an aluminum Targa stripe....
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-21-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,898
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Doug (brown bear) posted success with the Deere...

Doug (brown bear) posted success with the Deere alternator when regulated via a B&C adjustable regulator.
I didn't try that. I used an auto parts replacement regulator for the alternator, as used on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2017, 11:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 783
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I was just at their site to read service...

I was just at their site to read service bulletins.
http://msacarbs.com/technical-data/service-bulletins.html
MSA-3.
http://msacarbs.com/pdf/MSA-3.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2017, 11:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,175
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Just a quick add-on: Acro will make you a better...

Just a quick add-on:
Acro will make you a better pilot, and you will feel better flying!
Maybe you don't think so now, but Acro Stalls/spins are quickly learned, safe and easy. You may worry about...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-12-2017, 11:20 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 24,943
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Ross; In Post #115, you referred to single point...

Ross;
In Post #115, you referred to single point reliability. Those failures come in 2 kinds: Instant total failure, and progressive failure.
Although modern electronics have a reputation for...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-08-2017, 02:27 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 24,943
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
For CPI to fit the OP's bill, you would have to...

For CPI to fit the OP's bill, you would have to add a redundant power source, and I don't mean a back up battery.
A B&C vacuum pad alternator would 'almost' fit the bill, but it is a single power...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,701
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Thank you, the orifice size and rule have been...

Thank you, the orifice size and rule have been nagging away at the back of my mind. This thread was helpful, I checked my tester, a ATS 2EM.
http://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=2EM
The...
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