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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-18-2018, 12:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By CAVU Mark
Sale pending

upon receipt of $.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-17-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By CAVU Mark
FS: VAL 760 Recent tuneup

June 2017 factory serviced. In my RV-3 and it worked fine, I just wanted to spend money and pulled it Aug 2017. The factory service cost me $250 and I will entertain offers since I know it is not a...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-06-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 541
Posted By CAVU Mark
RAF Pilot and RV-3 driver

Dennis Cullum passed in June 2018. He learned to fly in a Tiger Moth and graduated to an RV-3 he build 20 years ago. In between he had some Meteor time with the RAF. Dennis was a member of EAA...
Forum: RV-3 04-24-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
Maybe this

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-MupDCRvOINa2tldWRYeFQ5S2JDYy1XZXowVnEyQ3ZsOUFj/view?usp=sharing
Forum: RV-3 04-24-2018, 12:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
Shimmy gone but still working on landings

The shimmy is gone when I taxi, I still need to test flight. A few things have gotten in the way.

The jokesters at my EAA chapter have honored me with the Ballad of Mark and his RV-3.

Not sure...
Forum: RV-3 03-25-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,253
Posted By CAVU Mark
Heinz

I need to know the prop you are using and the empty weight of your plane. My 3 needs to go as fast as yours!
Forum: RV-3 03-25-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
What happened today

Repair consisted of welding steel bushings on the top of the gear tube after alignment. We welded the bushes on with the gear legs in place.

I installed the repaired gear, this would be the...
Forum: RV-14 03-11-2018, 11:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,259
Posted By CAVU Mark
One rivet every 2 seconds

The women who built B-24s would set a rivet every 2 seconds, or so I'm told by the guys who used to work with them.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2018, 11:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,927
Posted By CAVU Mark
Made some for a TBM avenger

I did a restoration of a TBM for the WWII museum and all we did we make a wood mold for the wingtip lens and sent it off to a local vacuum former. The stretch was a bit much for the plastic but it...
Forum: RV-3 02-15-2018, 11:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,013
Posted By CAVU Mark
Make mine a Zero

I Vans made a Zero I would put the Rotec in it and a the ZERO grin, no question. Love the sound of a radial.
Forum: RV-3 01-15-2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
Repair started

I did not follow up with Van's. I suspect that Van's response would be covered by responses here so I forged ahead.

Today we aligned the gear on the mount which was bolted down to the welding...
Forum: RV-3 01-14-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
Nothing ever goes wrong....

The report is the gear doesn't align properly. I need to get down to the fabricator doing the work and size things up. The plan is to align the gear and place some fabricated spacers in the holes...
Forum: RV-3 12-31-2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
Thanks for all the suggestions. To add some...

Thanks for all the suggestions. To add some detail, this is a 24 year old 3. Wings were built buy a factory person in OR and the owner did the rest. The wings are great, the rest of the plane is a...
Forum: RV-3 12-30-2017, 11:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,533
Posted By CAVU Mark
My landing gear needs some suggestions, quick!

A few weeks ago my left tire went flat on rollout. I bought new tires and tubes which I installed today. My gear has been shaky and I thought the new rubber may help. I previously reviewed the...
Forum: Reviews 12-21-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,057
Posted By CAVU Mark
I decided to spend more money and bought Michelin...

I decided to spend more money and bought Michelin Aviators and the fancy tube. So I will see what money will buy. After all you can't take it with you.

Also, I did not want to add weight nor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2017, 11:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,269
Posted By CAVU Mark
Ok. Here is my tale. My Museum buddy Jim flew...

Ok. Here is my tale.

My Museum buddy Jim flew F6Fs and F6F drones out of Brown Field in San Diego in the 50s. We met at the Midway Restoration Hangar. Jim also flew Skyraiders, helicopters for...
Forum: RV-3 12-20-2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,457
Posted By CAVU Mark
The engine is a bit of an enigma, I was told over...

The engine is a bit of an enigma, I was told over 2000 hours on it, compression is good, and a much smaller prop was on it, so I am taking it easy until I can review the engine oil and screens for...
Forum: Reviews 12-19-2017, 10:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,057
Posted By CAVU Mark
Width of wheel pants

I encountered a flat tire today when landing and am wondering what width and length the Monster retreads required. I did read one post where one inch was removed on each side and a bit fore and aft...
Forum: RV-3 12-16-2017, 10:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,457
Posted By CAVU Mark
I will give this a try next flight. I like going...

I will give this a try next flight. I like going over the Anza Borrego desert at 10,500, peeking over the Laguna mountains all the way to Catalina. Cool, my 170 didn't do that and climb at 1000fpm....
Forum: RV-3 12-16-2017, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,457
Posted By CAVU Mark
I am taking it easy at 2300 RPM since the engine...

I am taking it easy at 2300 RPM since the engine is high time and I am watching it closely till my confidence builds. I will search for the prop, my plane is the 150hp version O-320, 770lbs.
Forum: RV-3 12-15-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,457
Posted By CAVU Mark
My 3 is too slow....

I bought a bit of a basket case and after a few months of work she is flying and I am learning to land.

It sports a O-320 with a Sterba 68 x 72 wood prop. Ed reconditioned it and the engine and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,510
Posted By CAVU Mark
What size heat shrink?

I like this idea so am curious as to what diameter heat shrink you used? Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,701
Posted By CAVU Mark
Haw many takes?

Must have been more than one?

And if anyone can point me to the gear fix thread I would appreciate it. I too bought a RV3 with enough shimmy for the rocketts!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,457
Posted By CAVU Mark
Need some tips on the little rocket

I have a -3 that has just completed a thorough inspection. A friend has flown her and said no problems. I have only flown a C-170A and took her out for three laps in the pattern.

All I can say is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-22-2017, 11:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
Perhaps a suggestion or two?

Still could use some constructive comments. Items to note:
1)New fuel sender rod was bent to specs per Vans but it sure seems like the range of motion is not correct for my RV-3. Shall I just...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-30-2017, 12:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
Access panel is cemented to the rib

This is a 23 year old RV-3 with a leaking fuel sender (terminal screw), retaining screws and fuel line. It was suggested I removed the assembly and redo the whole enchilada and add the anti-rotation...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-24-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,616
Posted By CAVU Mark
Check list prior to leaving hangar

Car Keys
Plane Keys
Cold one for the road
Lights off
Alarm Set
Door locked

Check....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,138
Posted By CAVU Mark
Thick high density foam

That is what I use. Smooths all the sharp corners. Smaller pieces are great knee pads as well. Larger pieces for the cockpit and softens hangar floors.
Forum: RV-3 05-21-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,396
Posted By CAVU Mark
Well I bought the plane

I moved the rudder pedals as far forward as possible. I don't see mounting, floor vs. hanging as much difference since the travel needs to be the same regardless of where they are mounted. I...
Forum: RV-10 05-20-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,105
Posted By CAVU Mark
Soft gooey vs. firm

Some blue dye and a flammable smell revealed 3 small leaks on a 23 y/o RV-3 I bought in 2015. Locations are fuel sender terminal, bolt on fuel sender plate and fuel line fitting to tank. I pulled...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-17-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,578
Posted By CAVU Mark
Evan's Head

Is this a possibility. Was there last year November, small museum and perhaps a long walk to town, we drove so not sure how far.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2017, 12:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,145
Posted By CAVU Mark
Time to visit Brown Field and EAA Chapter 14

We have lunch every Saturday and flyouts most fourth Saturdays. The third Saturday is our Chapter meeting with a speaker and that may be a good time to visit. That speedster should make it down to...
Forum: International 10-31-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
Will do. Thanks. ETA is Nov 10. Mark

Will do. Thanks. ETA is Nov 10. Mark
Forum: International 10-30-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
We may be driving from Brisbane north, are their...

We may be driving from Brisbane north, are their EAA Chapters I could visit?
Forum: International 10-30-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
My plan is to visit Denmark and Albany. Thanks.

My plan is to visit Denmark and Albany. Thanks.
Forum: International 10-29-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,097
Posted By CAVU Mark
Looking to meet RVers in Australia

I will be in Australia most of November and am considering a move. I have a few obligations but would like to meet to discuss the movement of an RV-3 to Oz and my legal obligations to meet with an...
Forum: RV-3 08-07-2016, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,003
Posted By CAVU Mark
Update to engine movement

Upper engine mounts were replaced by previous owner who did not replace the worn lower mounts. Holes in mount were noticeably oval. I added .200 to each motor mount which moved the engine forward...
Forum: RV-3 08-02-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,003
Posted By CAVU Mark
Any input?

Someone must have some ideas?
Forum: RV-3 07-28-2016, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,003
Posted By CAVU Mark
Prop and motor mount suggestions sought

I bought a 22 Y/O RV-3 with a O-320 A1A. The plane has flown regularly but I can't say the same about maintenance. I am now nearing the end of the detailed condition inspection when I discovered a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2016, 12:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,660
Posted By CAVU Mark
RV-3 is missing forward bulkhead - sources?

My 22 y/o RV3 is missing the forward bulkhead. It appears Vans has stopped making them. I would prefer not to make one so anyone know of an alternate source?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2016, 12:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,206
Posted By CAVU Mark
Removing the rivets and cleaning up the mess

Thanks for everyone's response. I was also tempted to install some Dzus fasteners but will probably go with the extruded hinge. Pazmany Co. donated his business remains to our EAA chapter so I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,206
Posted By CAVU Mark
What about repairing this? Suggestions

This is off my new to me RV3. I removed the pop rivets and found the holes are .200 to .160 oval. I did not like it structurally or aesthetically. I am looking for suggestions on how to repair. A...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-31-2016, 11:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,032
Posted By CAVU Mark
Did you find a new carb? Did you do an autopsy?

Did you find a new carb? Did you do an autopsy?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-03-2016, 11:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,979
Posted By CAVU Mark
Sydney Harbour is beautiful and about 16 years...

Sydney Harbour is beautiful and about 16 years ago was there for the centennial fireworks off the Sydney Harbour Bridge with my future wife. Planning to go again with the idea of leaving San Diego...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-03-2016, 06:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,256
Posted By CAVU Mark
My 22 year old -3 is a recent purchase. Plane has...

My 22 year old -3 is a recent purchase. Plane has flown this way for years but not up to my standards. There are many posts which helped immensely with my repair process. Just wondering if there...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-28-2016, 10:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 35,050
Posted By CAVU Mark
Any events in July?

Greetings from San Diego. My wife and I will be in the neighborhood looking at airparks and I am wondering if there are any organized events in July that we could attend and learn a bunch more about...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-09-2016, 11:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,032
Posted By CAVU Mark
So what was the result?

Just wondering if you resolved the problem?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2016, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,951
Posted By CAVU Mark
Ghan or Perth

Great video.

My wife and I are scheduled for a June-August trip to NSW and Queensland. We have a wedding in Townsville to attend. For the WOW part of the trip she wants to go the Uluru via the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-27-2016, 01:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 31,703
Posted By CAVU Mark
This trip is on my list as well. So far I did...

This trip is on my list as well. So far I did some T-6 time near Mareeba and gyro time at Home Hill. Even considering a move to an airpark and hopefully avoid those landing and movement fees. ...
Forum: RV-3 12-27-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,401
Posted By CAVU Mark
This means the rehostat is linear correct? My...

This means the rehostat is linear correct? My fuel gages are entirely inaccurate and I need to dig into this. Any help is appreciated.
Forum: RV-3 12-27-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,726
Posted By CAVU Mark
I would like to know any recommendations as well....

I would like to know any recommendations as well. Have a O-320 with a 62 inch prop and am deciding my next step.
Forum: RV-3 12-08-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,493
Posted By CAVU Mark
I would like some input as well and choose not to...

I would like some input as well and choose not to start a new thread....

I recently purchased a 22 YO RV-3, 0320A1A. It has a small 62" prop on it now, pitch and manufacturere unknown but the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-18-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,211
Posted By CAVU Mark
So if I want to salvage my original fuel caps...

So if I want to salvage my original fuel caps (black o rings) I will need to find them elsewhere. I did not find parts on Spruce and Van's has brown o-rings. Why not just replace the orings? What...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,400
Posted By CAVU Mark
Wink I agree with this product recommendation. The...

I agree with this product recommendation. The Belly Wash is great for the belly and the Wash Wax is excellent for touch up to get those pesky bugs off the trailing edge.
Forum: RV-3 09-06-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,444
Posted By CAVU Mark
Thanks. What metal prop are we talking about. ...

Thanks. What metal prop are we talking about. Right now I have three wood props and would like to zero in on one without experimenting. I know that is the reason for buying an experimental...
Forum: RV-3 09-05-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,444
Posted By CAVU Mark
Trigger has been pulled. Sure could use some...

Trigger has been pulled. Sure could use some advice from the experts?

Mark
Forum: RV-3 09-04-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,444
Posted By CAVU Mark
About to pull the trigger

Sept 5, 2015 will go down in my aviation history as the date I acquire the RV grin. An RV-3 (0-320) will be mine. I would like to ask some advice about all things -3 related from checklists, to...
Forum: RV-3 12-25-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,396
Posted By CAVU Mark
Mods look good

Excellent suggestions. Thanks. Combined full rudder and braking would need to be watched carefully, and I sure don't want heel brakes. :D
Forum: RV-3 12-24-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,396
Posted By CAVU Mark
Knees and cushions

The 3 I tried at my EAA chapter did have both cushions removed and my knees knocked the panel. Better have good upper arm strength to get out. That is why I mentioned reducing the panel around the...
Forum: RV-3 12-21-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,396
Posted By CAVU Mark
Cockpit Size and mods

I may have a chance to purchase a RV-3 at a good price. Problem is I am 6'3" and the 2 RV-3s I have tried on for size are small. Are there any tall RV-3 drivers out there and if so what type of...
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