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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-20-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By Steve Barnes
Excessive oil on plugs. What to do?

I just completed a complete engine overhaul. I sent the cylinders out to a large well known cylinder rebuilder. I now have 32 hours since overhaul and all the bottom plugs have excessive oil on...
Forum: California 04-03-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By Steve Barnes
Petaluma O69

Try Rolf Unternaehrer RV6 Builder and A&P. I know he does quite a few condition inspections.

rolfrv@yahoo.com (707)364-7935
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By Steve Barnes
Healthy Engine?

If the engine is in good health, I would go through Phase One with a proven engine. It eliminates one unknown during testing. To R and R an already installed engine is not that big a deal when...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-26-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By Steve Barnes
rust

I had a problem with clogged injectors and found it was pieces of rust from inside the servo. The orgin of the rust was from a steel bolt/plug that was hollowed out and the rust formed inside. It...
Forum: California 03-09-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,741
Posted By Steve Barnes
socked in

No way to get out of Santa Rosa today:(
Forum: California 03-02-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,741
Posted By Steve Barnes
Be there too?

It all depends on weather for me. If weather is good there will be two of us.
coming from STS Santa Rosa. Steve
Forum: California 02-21-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 510
Posted By Steve Barnes
Panel rebuild

Check your PM's
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-25-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,528
Posted By Steve Barnes
No back up needed

When you install one Surefly your magneto is the backup. If you install two then a battery back up is needed.

Steve
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,528
Posted By Steve Barnes
Also happy with Sure Fly

Easy install, excellent factory support, No glitches with operation. Noticeable fuel consumption decrease.

Steve Barnes
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 792
Posted By Steve Barnes
MAGNETO REBUILDS

Ive used The Velocity Shop in El Reno OK for over 10 years now.

Ted Van Laningham is a one man shop and has been doing this for many years. Ted's cell (405)413 4972
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,408
Posted By Steve Barnes
26 gallon tanks on my RV6

I wanted a little extra range so I got some 6' tank skins from John Harmon (don't know if he makes them anymore) I then cut them back so I had one extra bay.

I did several structural changes to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-08-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 864
Posted By Steve Barnes
Oval holes

Large oval holes will make access a lot easier.

Steve
Forum: Steam Gauges 10-05-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,837
Posted By Steve Barnes
Chief aircraft

I believe Chief has exactly the same instruments without the RV logo on them.

Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 602
Posted By Steve Barnes
Indexing

Fairings Etc's. upper gear leg fairings index Van's gear leg fairings so no strings and plum bobs.

Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,920
Posted By Steve Barnes
Wow Fast Progress on the repairs

If F6 isn't too badly bent you may be able to just leave in place and tweak it a bit. It is pretty flimsy before installed and the aft baggage compartment panels hold it in shape.

Steve
Forum: RV-4 09-04-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,727
Posted By Steve Barnes
A bit of advice.

If someone offers you a used canopy don't buy it. Each canopy is specific to the RV4 it was built to. To modify a used one may take you more time than building a new one. Also you probably won't...
Forum: California 09-04-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 817
Posted By Steve Barnes
They are all over your area.

There are a few at Gnoss, Sonoma sky Park, Petaluma and a bunch in Santa Rosa.

Steve
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By Steve Barnes
RV 10 fairings

Fairings-Etc does make fairings for the 10

Steve
Forum: RV-4 07-07-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,256
Posted By Steve Barnes
W&B RV4

My RV4 was 980# 0320 and CS up front. Plane sold and don't have my W&B numbers anymore. I could carry a 220# passenger, no luggage and I was fine. When I added a CS prop to the plane it changed...
Forum: Safety 07-04-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,102
Posted By Steve Barnes
Try VAF front page

Try VAF's TFR site. Eight show up in CO.
Forum: Tools 06-22-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,000
Posted By Steve Barnes
Buget buys

If you are on a budget then just put a list on VAF of what you need, especially the big items. Quite often I see DRDT-2's on here at a bargan price.

Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,006
Posted By Steve Barnes
Cut and slice

Robin, I am RV Bits main competitor. From the looks of it you can cut the sleeve around the gear leg up a little and it will slide back a little. you may have to trim back a little where it goes...
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,654
Posted By Steve Barnes
Carls right

The only thing that people are intimidated with is application if sealant and riveting it together.
My recommendation would be to do all the metal work and fitting it all together. Find a local...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-21-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,041
Posted By Steve Barnes
Valve Guides

Dave is referring to worn valve guides that allow excess oil through. I believe that your oil consumption is at the lower end of Lyc's acceptable range for oil consumption but still OK.

Steve
Forum: California 03-19-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 789
Posted By Steve Barnes
Broker in Sacramento

Try Jim Hogan in Sacramento. I know that he has experience pricing and selling experimentals. Jim Hogan (916) 849-1447
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,268
Posted By Steve Barnes
Talking Happy with mine

I have the 6 cyl version. I can run a lot more leaner. To kill the engine I have to pull the mixture out noticeably further.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-09-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 876
Posted By Steve Barnes
Had the same problem see Lyc service instructions 1462A

I have an IO 540 C4B5 on my RV. Type of Lyc shouldn't make a difference.
I had 3000 RPM's overspeeds at full RPM's and fluctuations at lower RPM's.

The steps I took to remedy the problem.

...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-08-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,992
Posted By Steve Barnes
Thanks Dan

It leans noticeably more and stays smooth. To kill the engine I hace to pull the mixture quite a bit more. Surefly is not a magic bullet. It just does what the other high quality electronic...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,560
Posted By Steve Barnes
Ditto

Dame experience as Walt and Scott. Just don't tighten more than spec.

Steve
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-08-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,992
Posted By Steve Barnes
I have one on my 6 cylinder Lyc.

All good! If I installed a couple more I could completely install one complete in 30 minutes. Just remove the plug wire back plate from your Slick. Install Shurefly as you would a magneto. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,003
Posted By Steve Barnes
Some of the same symptions different brand

Mine would stop all together then work perfectly, then fluctuate, then work perfectly again (not in that order) Replaced with a good serviceable used unit. It seems to work OK, just needs...
Forum: RV-4 01-30-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 667
Posted By Steve Barnes
Mixing and matching fairings

I know that fairings Etc's lower fairings for a 6/7/9 will fit a 4. The 4 has a unique fit and upper fairings will not work. Fairings Etc has a specific fairing for the upper.

Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,014
Posted By Steve Barnes
Oxy

Does your scuba store sell oxy? I thought they just used compressed air. Medical or welding oxy work. I use welding oxy and had the welding shop make up the adapter or you can buy on line. The...
Forum: RV-4 11-06-2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Posted By Steve Barnes
Post an RV4 kit wanted on VAF

You are likely to stir up a few people who have had a kit around for years. Good way to determine market price or find a better deal. Steve
Forum: RV-4 10-11-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve Barnes
Wing root fairings

I manufacture them and would never tell any one that there is a speed increase. If there is it would be so minute that it would be hard to measure. Most that order and install them do it because it...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-11-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,230
Posted By Steve Barnes
?

Sounds great when is it?:confused:
Forum: RV-3 10-05-2017, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By Steve Barnes
Questions

:confused:So how much do you want for the project and how long do you think it will take to get it flying?:eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,294
Posted By Steve Barnes
I have a one acre vacant lot for sale

This lot is listed with Steve Chain (airpark specialist) www.chainrealestate.net

This lot has lots of trees, and eucalyptus trees too to make you feel at home.
1.01 acre with septic, and well. I...
Forum: RV-10 08-18-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,163
Posted By Steve Barnes
Thumbs up Suggestion before painting

When painting the tanks on the wing, remove all the perimeter attach screws. Leave just a few screws set high to make sure tank doesn't slide off then paint wing. Take a bunch of #8 tank screws,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-12-2017, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,059
Posted By Steve Barnes
WARNING, VERY EXPENSIVE RIDE!

Demo rides have been known to cost many many thousands of dollars. It varies, but I have known pilots that spent well over $100,000 as a result of one innocent demo ride. I only bring this up...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-15-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,873
Posted By Steve Barnes
Peach Springs/Grand Cavern Caverns AZ

There is an air strip right on Rt 66 near Peach Springs and the Grand Canyon Caverns
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-14-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 21,415
Posted By Steve Barnes
Thumbs up ENVY!!

Would love to do an adventure like that. Thank You Mark for the update.

Steve
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-13-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,136
Posted By Steve Barnes
Very similar to each other

There MAY be a difference in fuel pump types and slightly different type magneto.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,759
Posted By Steve Barnes
Thumbs up Bringing her back?

Would this be a trip from UK to California?

Steve
Forum: Rocket 06-05-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,018
Posted By Steve Barnes
Rocket gear leg fairings

I have Vans fiberglass fairings on my titanium Rocket legs. Worked perfect for 1250 hours and may get another 1250 hours out of them. The trick is to overlap in the middle (telescoping) like the...
Forum: Propellers 04-26-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,102
Posted By Steve Barnes
RPM's

I wonder how many RPM's the engine turned.
Forum: RV-4 04-16-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,279
Posted By Steve Barnes
Larger tanks can be done. Done over 15 years ago

I forget exactly how I did it. I remember partially deconstructing the Phlogiston spar (drilling out the big rivets adding an additional flange and reriveting) Also added some little square blocks...
Forum: California 04-16-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 992
Posted By Steve Barnes
Try Rolf in Petaluma

Everybody at Petaluma knows Rolf U. He has done quite a few condition inspections as well as built his own RV6. He is thorough.

Steve
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,429
Posted By Steve Barnes
A one time fix

Give them another slight squeeze. I know A&P's that use this fix on certified aircraft. If they continue getting loose after that they need to be replaced. Steve
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 877
Posted By Steve Barnes
Taper pin

I have used taper pins. Requires a special drill and hold very tight.

Steve
Forum: Northwest 04-12-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 634
Posted By Steve Barnes
Reconsider A&P

Yogi there are many qualified A&P's to inspect an experimental, but they need to either have built one or more, or have had previous experience with home builts. A qualified builder recognized in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-01-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,131
Posted By Steve Barnes
I have nearly an identical set up.

I have a 3" scat to cooler. On hot days my oil was getting a little warm (not as hot as yours). On my fiberglass plenum (very similar to yours) I left a flat area big enough to attach a 2" scat in...
Forum: California 03-10-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By Steve Barnes
Note old style wheel pants on Mark Albery's 4

Mark has the old style robust wheel pants (suitable for gravel strips). Don't go in to Gravelly Valley or Chicken Strip with the new style pressure recovery pants. They will break. Don't ask me...
Forum: California 03-10-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,845
Posted By Steve Barnes
Lake Pillsbury

It is long and gravel. Target practice on one end and boating on the other.

Eastern CA try saline Valley "The Chicken Strip" a bit more challenging. I've taken a C-150 and an RV4 in there with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-09-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,697
Posted By Steve Barnes
Lycon of Visalia

They have built 100's of regular and high performance engines for years.
Forum: California 03-06-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,844
Posted By Steve Barnes
Like Mike says but...

See if you can add a little vacuum to it. 1/2 psi not the full brunt of a shop vac.
Forum: California 03-05-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,877
Posted By Steve Barnes
Cool Keeping our fingers crossed in NORCAL

So far it looks like rain here on Sat. We got rained out last year too. If the forecast changes for the good we will be there.

Steve
Forum: Rocket 03-05-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,651
Posted By Steve Barnes
I have a RV8 empennage fairing on my Super Six too

When I built my Super Six (sister ship to bob Mills) I had an unused RV 8 empennage and installed it during the build. Has worked perfect for 1250 hours. I not sure if Bob has an RV 7 or 8...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,913
Posted By Steve Barnes
Talking Flutter demonstration (under laboratory conditions)

Take a piece of regular paper
Cut it 1/2" wide +- and about 4"+ long
Once the strip of paper is cut hold it between your thumb and first finger
Blow hard across the top of the paper

THAT MY FRIEND...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,924
Posted By Steve Barnes
Check out Wing Waxers in Big Bear

He is reasonable and experienced.

Richard Todd, Wing Waxers (909) 585-2173
Forum: RV-4 02-08-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,958
Posted By Steve Barnes
Angle of attack

On a perfect three point landing with longer gear legs, the wing has a higher angle of attack which in my case equated to more lift.
Forum: RV-4 02-06-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,958
Posted By Steve Barnes
I had both on my 4

When I converted to long gear for a CS prop the plane was harder to land. Just a little increase of AOA on a 3 point landing made it want to fly again when I eased back on the stick. If I waited a...
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