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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By fixnflyguy
I built my tanks in 1995, and they didn't see...

I built my tanks in 1995, and they didn't see fuel until 2009. No issues. I work with Proseal nearly every day, and it is quite amazing if it's applied properly, with very little that degrades it.
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
Got your message Ron, safe travels north with...

Got your message Ron, safe travels north with your new bird.
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ok Ron, weather forecast for our area on Sunday...

Ok Ron, weather forecast for our area on Sunday looks like wind and storm possibilities. We are around, so just call if your coming this way.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
OK Ron, I will be looking for your call Saturday....

OK Ron, I will be looking for your call Saturday. We plan to be doing some flying, so leave a message if I don't answer. Hope your trip goes well.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,890
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC taxes..

While I haven't "studied" neighboring states lately, I believe we are slightly higher than SC and Ga, but not by much. I have lived here 36 years, and not even considered a move anywhere else. There...
Forum: Southeast 04-12-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,890
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC...??

There are several nice Airparks in NC, at least 4-5 near me in central NC. I have lived in one, and visit the others frequently.
Forum: RV-3 04-10-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 917
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have one on my -4...

I have one on my -4, LWR front of firewall attached to some standoffs to keep it vertical. I have a Vetterman 4- pipe, and it sits dead center between the pipes. I made a 1/2" hole in the lower cowl...
Forum: Southeast 04-09-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come on by !

Ron, we will be here next Sunday. Keep me posted on your travels, and give me a call at 336-202-05 seven four. I didn't see this message until today, so I hope you get it !
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-03-2018, 04:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By fixnflyguy
I got it..but..

I got the picture open (I have a miserable time trying to post pics!), but...if you leave your RV-4 all white like mine,I already took "Casper" for the name :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By fixnflyguy
Think Tailwheel..

If she is going to fly a -7, you might want to look at a TW aircraft, Taylorcraft, Champ, ect...the tailwheel time will be the important part. The insurance company will want that time more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,324
Posted By fixnflyguy
Feeling the pain...

We are currently going through similar issues at our "happy place", and I am serving on a small group representing the pilots (approx 70 planes on field). Our airport owner, whom has been completely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 04:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 767
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not likely

Simple green leaves a film, and not good on bare aluminum !..not really a good paint prep at all. To remove any corrosion inhibitor, it will take Acetone, MEK or my personal favorite, Coleman lantern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 219
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come on down to 8A7!

I am based at 8A7 (Twin Lakes), 20 minutes south of Winston-Salem. We have 6 RVs and an F1 Rocket here. I live on the airport, so I'm there every day after I get home from work. I'd be glad to show...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-22-2018, 05:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By fixnflyguy
Jared,PM sent to you.

Jared,PM sent to you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By fixnflyguy
R&R Screws/Seal

Actually having mine done today...Screws replaced with larger sealed caps and topcoat with a good sealant. The metal roof on wood beams will always be an issue due to expansion,moisture,ect....
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,987
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good times a coming!

Looking forward to some -4 form-ups soon! I will be over to visit in Casper once we finally get the weather thing favorable...keep me posted on first flight plans.
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,142
Posted By fixnflyguy
Maybe..

They can stick if the puck and or sliders are gunked up. I have had it on mine, and simply cleaned them up. The standard equipment brakes are very simple and pretty bullet proof. It is most prone...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 901
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it yourself..

I re-finished my Sterba, not much science to it unless it has significant missing chunks. A bit of careful sanding (evenly) and a few coats of urethane. I also sprayed the backside flat black after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,430
Posted By fixnflyguy
Very Nice!

Great looking -4! I hope to see it in person when you get her back to NC..What airport will you be based at?
Forum: RV-4 03-09-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By fixnflyguy
Take a look at this Skip...

There is a new (since 2011) form on the FAA.gov site, the FAA is using as a guideline for there inspection as I can tell. It is referred to as "Amateur built Fabrication and Assembly Checklist 2011...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,039
Posted By fixnflyguy
The H2AD..hidden gem

I built an O-320H2AD for the -4 I built. Got the core for near nothing, had the cylinders overhauled and all the big parts inspected/yellow tagged. New lifters, and I did a mild port job to smooth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,022
Posted By fixnflyguy
Talking I'm kinda lucky..

When my now wife and I first met, I advised her of my commitment to "hangar time" and building the RV. By the second week of dating, the mancave hangar became her favorite spot too, soon to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,951
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty cool to watch!

650 HP, 84" prop, a big honking turbo hanging in the wind..gotta watch the full you tube video showing ground run and such. I'm sure it spewed like a dragster engine, and at over 8000 RPM made a...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,053
Posted By fixnflyguy
Try Sky Dynamics

Sky Dynamics is a specialty exhaust builder close to where I live. They have quite the selection of what you are looking for..check them out if a 4-1 is a must have for you...
Forum: RV-4 02-27-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,053
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

I am must assume yours has a "4-into-2" with crossover system, meaning 2 pipes exit the bottom. I myself have a 4 pipe with no crossovers,4 exit pipes. These two are the most common, each with...
Forum: RV-4 02-22-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 935
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things to keep in mind

I was going to do mine curved, but talked myself out of it. The purpose is to be a roll (flip-over) bar, and the factory design likely transmits those loads better than any other design with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,469
Posted By fixnflyguy
Throw in the Venture..(a little thread stray)

If you want to stay metal, throw in a Questair Venture..REALLY fast, and acro capable, but not too good for grass. I have a little time in one, and a friend a has one based at our field. I'd have one...
Forum: RV-4 02-19-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,594
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty common.

There are lots of threads on this, some fairly recent. Early -4's have a weaker weldment at the lower forward longeron where it attaches to the firewall, and later models have a large gusset. This...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-16-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 998
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come to NC

Since your a BBQ type, have you been to Carthage NC? If not, its worth the trip. Great BBQ restaurant on a private airport you can pull right up to in the plane. I have been there when over 60 planes...
Forum: RV-4 02-13-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I fabricated a fully enclosed side panel and throttle quadrant. I had to rivet a couple small angles to the skin and also tied them into the bulkheads. My quadrant is similar to the "store bought"...
Forum: Southeast 02-05-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another option..

If you decide to change your route and travel the western route down I-81 and I-77 ( I never drive I-95 from NYC - Washington DC), I live not far from I-77 between Statesville and Winston-Salem. I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-01-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,237
Posted By fixnflyguy
I need to join you guys some day! I have seen you...

I need to join you guys some day! I have seen you guys at various NC/SC locations, and I'm always looking for new "local" interesting places.
Forum: RV-4 01-23-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By fixnflyguy
Primary stiffener removed..

That is not the normal footwell size, and yes, there is a primary fuselage stiffener removed. The secondary stiffeners in the floorpan are displaced when adding footwells. I would actually say those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,418
Posted By fixnflyguy
There have been many whom crossed this path, and...

There have been many whom crossed this path, and I know several personally, that talked with the insurance company about the RV series similarities, and were able to get dual in a 2 seat variant RV,...
Forum: RV-4 01-16-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 921
Posted By fixnflyguy
Back seat air solution

I will try to post pics of my right wing NACA vent and SCAT routing. I lent my build photo album out to a friend, and don't have a way to get the internal pics without opening my plane up. In short,...
Forum: RV-4 01-15-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 921
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

On my -4 I put the NACA style vents on each side under the cowl cheeks for front seat air. I put the eyeball vents straight onto the NACA vent, so I reach down just above my shins to open/close..easy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,615
Posted By fixnflyguy
I don't have a factual answer, but I went through...

I don't have a factual answer, but I went through a divorce during my build, prior to registration, ect. I was granted the RV in the equitable distribution after financial compensation for the planes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 859
Posted By fixnflyguy
149-12XLT on my -4

I used the small 149-12XLT on my 0-320 160 hp., -4 . The larger OEM type is heavier and that was the main reason. Be sure you have a 149 tooth ring gear (most common) and I'm sure your 12V.. I have...
Forum: RV-4 01-04-2018, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By fixnflyguy
Should have checked mine for feel on your last visit!

Skip,
My stick with Ray Allen grip is about 1/2"-3/4" below the panel. About the only time you will have it pushed that far is during control checks and pushing the tail up fast. I'd keep it as long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By fixnflyguy
What are you welding?

I'm not sure what your welding, but the RV tanks are made from 2024 (welding not recommended for 2XXX series aluminum)..but you can make a heatshield per say for the nutplate area with some water...
Forum: RV-4 01-02-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,854
Posted By fixnflyguy
Or..

Why not just buy/build a -4 and leave the rear seat/stick ,ect. out? The re-sale will be much better, and you could carry alot of stuff if needed. You could put smoke tank (if your a smoker) at rear...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-13-2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,364
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bad news..

You mentioned "while it was locked away in the hangar"..was it still locked, meaning someone got keys? We are going through a new lease agreement where the airport owner is requesting keys and combos...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-13-2017, 04:55 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,241
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nice job!

Great photos of progress heading for the home stretch ! Your attention to detail will be awarded when you see it all painted-up and posing for pictures. I have one suggestion that will probably be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 04:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,444
Posted By fixnflyguy
Been there, done that

I went down that same road quite a few years ago, but my -4 was almost done,but not quite flying yet. I had a beautiful airpark home that I designed and built, a plane almost ready to fly, and 2...
Forum: RV-4 12-11-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 501
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple other choices..

The VANS electric flap system option locates the actuator under the floor, and has a bellcrank that actuates a re-designed weldment with no manual handle attachment, and an additional attachment for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-11-2017, 05:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,378
Posted By fixnflyguy
Happened to me too..

Same thing just happened to me last week, but I had a cracked insulator that made it even worse. I was accused of "making Popcorn" during run-up the popping was so loud! Same exact plug type.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thumbs up Nexus 7 in my -4

I use a Nexus 7 in my -4. I have a small Ipaq based GPS on my panel that I use for general purpose, but rely on my Nexus 7 with free AVARE app for travel. It has outstandingly bright screen...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-08-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 112,962
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vlad, I know most all the owners, many I can call...

Vlad,
I know most all the owners, many I can call and pre-arrange, but none of them object to "drop-ins". I will get condition updates from local Big Tire crowd although recent low altitude...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By fixnflyguy
Inside and Outside for me..

I sealed and painted inside and out on mine..partially because of my OCD,but primarily to keep items from sticking/ease of cleaning...and I can see it when I look into it!.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-08-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 112,962
Posted By fixnflyguy
Talking 10 grass strips in one hour challenge Vlad..

Vlad,
Next trip to 8A7, there are 10 grass strips within 5 minutes of Twin Lakes including our parallel one. I think you can hit all 10 in an hour! Extend the range a little, and you could add 5 more.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2017, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,000
Posted By fixnflyguy
Unhappy A true legend..he will be missed.

The SCBC is one of the greatest aviation groups in the world, and Gerald was THE voice of so many Sunday breakfast gatherings in the region. His deep south dialect and presentation of facts and...
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By fixnflyguy
Calipers and pins..

As others have said, and I have seen it plenty,the pins need cleaned/lubed, and the piston may have light corrosion, which usually shows after pad replacement when it is pushed in deepest. Nothing...
Forum: Tools 11-27-2017, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 848
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have a 301B 90 degree Ingersoll Rand I bought...

I have a 301B 90 degree Ingersoll Rand I bought in the 80's when I used it daily for grinding corrosion on the big jets. I use it all the time, and it is very reliable, controllable and lightweight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2017, 05:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good call to do this SB...

I was recently the witness of a friends RV-4 that had not had the SB done, and the pickup line came off in flight..fortunately, he was high and had time to manage the situation, RTB and land fine....
Forum: RV-4 11-22-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

Mike,
The tip rib should be fully riveted. The tip is only attached to the overhang of the skin (approx 1/2"-5/8" if I recall). If your skins were trimmed even with the rib flange, you may have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,156
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vertical Fin clarrification

Vertical Fin, or Stabilizer, either or..point of aft most belly skin and rear bulkhead where vertical fin attaches and tailwheel fitting (On TD models). Seems to be a low pressure area there, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,156
Posted By fixnflyguy
You may be surprised..

After I put a smoke system on my -4, I found oil residue in the back of the belly behind the baggage compartment. I thought my tank was leaking, but couldn't find anything obvious with it. After much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get building!

I found building the -4 to be a great father-son experience, and since I am a certificated AP/IA, the repairmans cert. wasn't on my radar at all. My son now works for a local FBO at our home airport,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By fixnflyguy
No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need...

No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need to be. Have you followed any of the school projects being built?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Hello,
I built my -4 on a very tight budget, with my son in the shop as often as possible..he was 2 when I started, and 18 by the time it flew. Took a long time! As far as finish kit, there are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 04:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By fixnflyguy
Big Box Aviation dept.

Check the Local big box store Aviation section. Most of their inventory is 6061-T6, which is perfectly fine for your needs, and way cheaper than the 2024-T3. I probably have exactly what you need...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2017, 05:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,643
Posted By fixnflyguy
PPG/DESOTHANE..good stuff

My day job is in the heavy aircraft overhaul industry, and Desothane is one of the most widely used finishes on the market. During a lease return "scuff and paint" of a 737, I was given a 4 gallon...
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