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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Yesterday, 12:05 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 21,789
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mike, Iíve sent you a PM

Mike, Iíve sent you a PM
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 918
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Big Congrats Claude. Soon you will be looking...

Big Congrats Claude.

Soon you will be looking for Ď$100 hamburgerí destinations!
Plug in CYBW as one or them!

Cheers
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 912
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Different types pf capacitance senders. -Vans...

Different types pf capacitance senders.
-Vans style uses 2 plates mounted but insulated from the second inboard and second outboard tank ribs.
-Other style (a number of brands available) is a rod...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 912
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Do you have a set of plans to look at? Do you...

Do you have a set of plans to look at? Do you have flop tube pick-ups being the reason the old sender was mounted on the second bay in the back- this would rule out the possibility of mounting the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 912
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Tank sealant takes time to cure, Friday is...

Tank sealant takes time to cure, Friday is pushing it.
Float senders are mounted 1/2 way up on the side of the tank, the old location will likely have to be sealed and a new (about) 5" access hole...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,827
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Harmon Rocket ĎRace 57í uses a Sky Dynamics...

Harmon Rocket ĎRace 57í uses a Sky Dynamics flywheel & I was able to come up with a sensor bracket for it.
PM me with your email address & I will send you a drawing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,294
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Brantel If you end up in Shuler & need a cart to...

Brantel
If you end up in Shuler & need a cart to retrieve your gear, I have one of those fold up wagons, I think it’s rated at 60#
I’ll be pulling in to Shuler about dinner time Saturday.
A more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Lots said about conduit runs, I can only add to...

Lots said about conduit runs, I can only add to say make them BIG conduit, like 5/8” or so. Location I like is between the first & second lightning hole just below the top skin.
Nearly forgot, angle...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-11-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,094
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Prop wise, if it is in itís same condition as...

Prop wise, if it is in itís same condition as before (no rock chip repairs etc), it should be the same. Engine wise, balancing not only considers the rotating mass, but also takes into account the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-10-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,081
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I just Google'd "air flow through oil cooler" and...

I just Google'd "air flow through oil cooler" and was astounded by the number of technical papers out there on the subject.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No picture showing. Only advise I can offer, the...

No picture showing.

Only advise I can offer, the sooner you repair it (by any method), the less the leak will propagate to the adjacent areas, making it a bigger job. Factor it into your purchase...
Forum: Propellers 07-09-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Much easier to mount front plate 90 degrees from...

Much easier to mount front plate 90 degrees from original position and remark new hole positions thru the spinner screw holes, followed with drilling & mounting new nutplates. This will insure that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,703
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Iím envious of your flying experience! Your...

Iím envious of your flying experience!
Your prop/power/mixture procedure works fine. A couple notes I can think of;
Depending on which prop model you have, Check with your propís mfgr to see if...
Forum: Rocket 07-07-2018, 12:40 AM
Replies: 26
Vne
Views: 2,787
Posted By Ralph Inkster
We estimate the output on Bill Beatonís HRII...

We estimate the output on Bill Beatonís HRII ĎRace 57í is about 500 hp in race trim, on a relatively stock HRII airframe, it is heavy with a lot of Ďstuffí in it, & it was getting over 280 mph...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mineral Spirits are recommended for use on...

Mineral Spirits are recommended for use on acrylic. Do a small test patch to see if it moves the adhesive.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I'm thinking that the original Allen bolt was...

I'm thinking that the original Allen bolt was stripped out sometime in it's past and the hole was drilled & re-threaded for the larger bolt. I guess you could look into tapping out the hole for a...
Forum: Propellers 06-21-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By Ralph Inkster
plane 1- C/S rear plate found 2 ring cracks...

plane 1- C/S rear plate found 2 ring cracks around bolt holes.
plane 2- found one rivet missing, two others loose, between rear plate doubler and mounting plate
plane 3- C/S rear plate found crack...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,174
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Check prop spinner mounting bulkheads, both front...

Check prop spinner mounting bulkheads, both front & rear for cracks
Check prop blades for looseness & track
Check front of cowl for spinner rubbing
Check cowling mounting hinges for broken loops,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 893
Posted By Ralph Inkster
It feels really weird departing late Sunday or...

It feels really weird departing late Sunday or Monday. Nobody around and the ghostly grass markings of a thousand absent planes.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-05-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,630
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You will be very thankful with your decision to...

You will be very thankful with your decision to use a high quality epoxy or similar primer & spray paint in the cockpit area where the paint has to stand up normal wear & tear. Satin finish is...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-30-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have had great results with SDS systems with a...

I have had great results with SDS systems with a filter ahead of the pumps, pump, and gascolator after the pump arrangement.

One instance we experienced- the Andair gascolator saved the day by...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,661
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Map box- I donít use it, but my wife loves it. I...

Map box- I donít use it, but my wife loves it. I actually had to make an oversized one for her.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-24-2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 719
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, disconnect the fuel hose at the servo &...

Yes, disconnect the fuel hose at the servo & drain the lines. At this point you should also service the finger filter under the servo inlet fitting.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wouldnít you know it.. the one time I had a plane...

Wouldnít you know it.. the one time I had a plane with Matco calipers in the shop, I only had Cleveland pad kits on the shelf. Had to run across town to a truck repair shop to get the longer rivets
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,588
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have a tall friend that pretty much resorted to...

I have a tall friend that pretty much resorted to a chunk of carpet on the seat pan when ever he borrowed my 6 or 7A. He keeps saying he is going to rig up a fiberglass bucket (like a racecar bucket...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-11-2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just a thought, any chance you are using an older...

Just a thought, any chance you are using an older magnetometer from an early D10 efis?
The 9 pin connectors on later D10A / D6 (current) magnetometers are wired differently.
Forum: Autopilots 04-11-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Don't forget to put a spacer washer in the...

Don't forget to put a spacer washer in the bellcrank so the bolt doesn't deform it.
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The advice Iíve always followed from old time...

The advice Iíve always followed from old time mechanics (& shops) is to run an engine hard & hot during break in, between 380 & 400, to insure the rings seat and not glaze the cylinders. Lycoming red...
Forum: Canada 04-05-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,158
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Claude The process for getting a Canadian C of R...

Claude

The process for getting a Canadian C of R for a project is a bit convoluted. I'll try to lay it out in sequence:

Re: TC not receiving your application, did you pay for it, did the cheque...
Forum: Propellers 03-23-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, call a prop shop (as mentioned above), but...

Yes, call a prop shop (as mentioned above), but before that, talk to Vans to see if they think it's actually too much diameter for your airframe, & even call Hartzell for their thoughts of cutting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By Ralph Inkster
AK450 will be toast anyway when the battery...

AK450 will be toast anyway when the battery expires, as Ameri King isn't supplying replacements.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-19-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 625
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You should call Vans for guidance. I found this...

You should call Vans for guidance.

I found this type damage on one mount while performing an annual, not quite as deep as yours & had a welder fish patch a 4130 piece over the damaged area with TIG....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,422
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Add tightening intake tube clamps to your...

Add tightening intake tube clamps to your diagnostic list.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-12-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,217
Posted By Ralph Inkster
depending on engine model, you may also find that...

depending on engine model, you may also find that the accessory cover may not be machined for a push rod, or the idler gear is plain & without the lobe to push the push rod. Also if it is a narrow...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,341
Posted By Ralph Inkster
When I perform these tests, I use a calibrated...

When I perform these tests, I use a calibrated container to pore fuel into the tank in 1 or 2 gallon units, this insure I have an accurate record of what went in. I also have my 5 gallon containers...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,728
Posted By Ralph Inkster
D2G should have Dynafocal mounts, the aft surface...

D2G should have Dynafocal mounts, the aft surface of the mount tabs should be angled.

My thoughts are that maybe this engine might be some sort of ground propulsion unit, like the O290-G. Some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,728
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another rendom thought. I've heard that 290 &...

Another rendom thought.

I've heard that 290 & 320 cases were quite similar. So wonderig if there was ever an O320-G
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,728
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The 4 rear mounting eye tabs have large double...

The 4 rear mounting eye tabs have large double tapered holes? Conical shaped bushings go in these holes, 4 facing forward & 4 facing backwards. Therefore called 'Conical Mounts'.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,342
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Reminds me of the time my wife was out shopping &...

Reminds me of the time my wife was out shopping & I used the oven to bend up some landing light lenses, she came back early & caught me... that didn't go over too well, but the lenses came out...
Forum: RV-14 03-01-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The firewall structure is quite different between...

The firewall structure is quite different between those two models. I also think the 14 fuselage is wider than the 7, but can't confirm from looking at the un-dimensioned plans.
My guess is they are...
Forum: Interiors 02-27-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,747
Posted By Ralph Inkster
BSwayze Quote: Originally Posted by Skypunk ...

BSwayze
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skypunk View Post
I'm looking for input from anyone who carpeted their RV. I have a 7, and recently added the front carpet which significantly reduced the noise....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,013
Posted By Ralph Inkster
identifying unlabeled dimple dies

I have a dimple die kit from Spruce, also un-labeled. The set I use regularly are from Cleveland, and are marked. Results when compared below:

Die 1: 0.185Ē - #10 screws

Die 2: 0.134Ē - #6...
Forum: RV-14 02-20-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,744
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I use the same P/S plumbing kits on both Garmin &...

I use the same P/S plumbing kits on both Garmin & Dynon installs. The old Safe Air kits (Virtually same as sold by Cleveland & Dynon) super easy to install & I have NEVER had a leak.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 540
Posted By Ralph Inkster
VA-161 Yes you need it to stabilize the flexing...

VA-161
Yes you need it to stabilize the flexing motion from engine vibration transmitting into the firewall & causing cracking. Also if the gascolator has aluminum lines running to it, you don't...
Forum: Safety 01-27-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 681
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, make it as easy as possible so it can be...

Yes, make it as easy as possible so it can be part of every pre-flight.
I have seen gascolators with extension plumbing to position the drain valve accessible thru the air exhaust ramp- donít like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Adam, is there anyone on your field that has gone...

Adam, is there anyone on your field that has gone the IFR approval process with TC for their homebuilt. Would be well worth your time to find out what they had to do to qualify their installation....
Forum: RV-10 01-24-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,523
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Curious what power settings you use when flying....

Curious what power settings you use when flying. If low power settings or running lean you might not be producing enough heat in the exh pipes. What is your EGT temps during these conditions.
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,191
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There are more robust, specialized vinyl...

There are more robust, specialized vinyl materials that I think the jets would be using, not your 1080 or equivalent versions which we (& automotive) wrappers use.
As for application, I decided to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,979
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Floor & firewall center space is used up with...

Floor & firewall center space is used up with fuel lines, pump, heater housing.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No problem at all. I use Red for all the air gaps...

No problem at all. I use Red for all the air gaps around the baffles
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,626
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution to not add too many extra layers to this...

Caution to not add too many extra layers to this area & make it too strong. It's near inevitable that this area will be damaged again in the future... you don't want a small damage patch to turn...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-05-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,979
Posted By Ralph Inkster
HA! good one John! Drawing 38, view A-A, when...

HA! good one John!


Drawing 38, view A-A, when the control column is mounted, note that the sticks in vertical position should be centered in the cut outs on the F904 carry through top flange....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Antenna access. strobe packs, cubby holes, etc? ...

Antenna access. strobe packs, cubby holes, etc? When needed, I fabricate them.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,979
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just looked at one of the airframes in my shop, I...

Just looked at one of the airframes in my shop, I note the control stick is positioned a little inboard than the center line between the seat position and pedals by design. This is to make more room...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-01-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Your control stick should have about 20 degree...

Your control stick should have about 20 degree swing from neutral in all directions. This will vary a bit (plane to plane) depending on how you configured your control stops.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-21-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Check out some of the fuse blocks offered in the...

Check out some of the fuse blocks offered in the Off Road vehicle or Boating aftermarket suppliers. They offer strips ranging from 6 fuses up to 20. Great if your schematic calls for split buss for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,176
Posted By Ralph Inkster
After you have increased the heat coming into the...

After you have increased the heat coming into the cockpit you should work on steps to keep the warmth in.
Biggest heat loss is bleeding air flowing out the sides of canopy, install some sort of seal...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Ah. Checked their site and their boost pump is...

Ah. Checked their site and their boost pump is different than what I was thinking and looks like it is intended for the mechanical injection installations.

A few years ago I purchased a dual...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mechanical fuel injection runs on lower pressures...

Mechanical fuel injection runs on lower pressures than electronic fuel injection systems. the Airflow Performance pump system from Vans, Andair fuel pump and similar pumps are designed for this. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,776
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You can get the basic (generic) items for the...

You can get the basic (generic) items for the schedule by reviewing CARs 625 App B & C. Add or subtract items you deem appropriate to your airframe. Also list items dealing with CARS 571 App B, F,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Think how you would feel finding it leaking 6...

Think how you would feel finding it leaking 6 months after everything is put together and flying.

Open it up & re-do it. Same sealing process, with a little more torque on the elbow fitting nut &...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-26-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 19,614
Posted By Ralph Inkster
DJ good luck with your build. Would be...

DJ good luck with your build.
Would be interesting to see the W&B of the V-8 RV.

Here is W&B of two very similar airframes to compare. Both were weighted on the same certified scales.

RV-7 IO360,...
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