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Forum: Alternative Engines 11-13-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,501
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Ross, yes I had SPG- 4. I don't claim to be an...

Ross, yes I had SPG- 4. I don't claim to be an engineer, but was very impressed with the use of a BMW/Mercedes drive shaft type rubber coupling to act as shock/torque absorber. Plus the 3 blade cool...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,239
Posted By Tomcat RV4
As a long time race car builder an 1st time...

As a long time race car builder an 1st time airpane builder,I was pleasantly shocked with tremoundous support and helpful knowledge supplied by ROSS @ SDS!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,884
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Have used gas door setup from Dodge pickup,as...

Have used gas door setup from Dodge pickup,as well as other trucks,depending on what shape you need !
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-23-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,501
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I am curious if Ross would agree,but my personal...

I am curious if Ross would agree,but my personal experience w J25 is std stock flywheel and rubber coupling ,makes for smooth running combo ! Sometimes our obsession w
Weight is a detriment ! Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,406
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Sent mine in RV 4 # 538 A/W Late 2016, 1st flight...

Sent mine in RV 4 # 538 A/W Late 2016, 1st flight spring 2017....Tom
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-28-2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 102,318
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Scott , your introspective and continuing...

Scott , your introspective and continuing itdialog are so heartwarming ! Tom
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-26-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 102,318
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I have enjoyed your travel log,as you progress...

I have enjoyed your travel log,as you progress with the Lord's guidense ! It gives us all hope in overall good of ma kind ! To
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,510
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Great, interesting, info , story. Lived in North...

Great, interesting, info , story. Lived in North East all my life and never knew these details. Thanks, Tom
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-30-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 102,318
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Having spent 9+ years building -4,always had...

Having spent 9+ years building -4,always had garage doors open ,an welcomed all kinds of visitors,exchanged many stories,it's the people we share time with that makes aviation so great and wonderful !
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-28-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 13,598
Posted By Tomcat RV4
The color SURE don't effect the great service or...

The color SURE don't effect the great service or quality ! Tom
Forum: RV-14 08-13-2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 102,480
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I thought we are experimenters, made adaptors to...

I thought we are experimenters, made adaptors to mount 2.5 Subaru STOCK 165HP, wrx engine,to same o-320 engine mount, SDS Computer,to run ignition ,fuel injection, because RV 4, had to build...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 906
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I don't know of a safer way than rollback flatbed...

I don't know of a safer way than rollback flatbed tow truck.I had seen many home brew methods, that really scared me, so hiring flatbed was no brainier when I moved RV 4 to airport last year ! Tom
Forum: Interiors 07-28-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,358
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Take a good look at vents for Vans RV 10, have 2...

Take a good look at vents for Vans RV 10, have 2 ft and 2 rear in RV4, even get lot of prop air waiting for departure ! Tom
Forum: RV-4 07-19-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Will look morrow pm ,if no other rep!ys..Tom

Will look morrow pm ,if no other rep!ys..Tom
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 87,609
Posted By Tomcat RV4
What a fantastic write up,can't wait to see "The...

What a fantastic write up,can't wait to see "The rest of the story" A almost neighbor an very envious RV owner ! Tom
Forum: RV-4 07-02-2017, 09:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,067
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Dont know how they will work ,as about to start...

Dont know how they will work ,as about to start flying,but installed 4 rv10 vents,2 front,2 for rear.Tomcatrv4
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2017, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,021
Posted By Tomcat RV4
A big congratulation to Audrey and GREAT PARENTS...

A big congratulation to Audrey and GREAT PARENTS !
Tom Hankamp
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By Tomcat RV4
You can get same pump at most auto parts store,...

You can get same pump at most auto parts store, tell them it's on your tractor !
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,247
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Any body coated tanks with clear epoxy ? It was...

Any body coated tanks with clear epoxy ? It was suggested by tech counseled with -6 ? Seriously šonsidering , as it would be paintable, and not affected by fuel !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,379
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Come on guys & girls ,it's about time aviation...

Come on guys & girls ,it's about time aviation moved into this century, in 1995 I would not trust electronic ignition, but today ,no reason not to use it along with NORMAL spark plugs !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,407
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Doug an Family, thanks for your many years of...

Doug an Family, thanks for your many years of support ! I have developed many new friends as result of your dedication to this website ! I have been building RV4 almost as long ,and you an members...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,557
Posted By Tomcat RV4
ATF fluid is used in HIGH pressures in auto trans...

ATF fluid is used in HIGH pressures in auto trans for years, much harder application,an heat temps as well.I would have used in my RV, but AP is old school and would not let me
Forum: RV-4 03-22-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,002
Posted By Tomcat RV4
THANKS A BUNCH FOR ALL YOUR REPLYS ...TOM

THANKS A BUNCH FOR ALL YOUR REPLYS ...TOM
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,002
Posted By Tomcat RV4
RV-4 landing

I recently read long write-up on take off/landing RV8, any one or several people have any
Comments regarding same on RV4 ?
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,809
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Sounds like another good reason to use Subaru...

Sounds like another good reason to use Subaru with factory fuel injection controlled by
SDS FUEL/IGNITION CONTROL !
Forum: Safety 03-14-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,622
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I second avare on tablet,even gives good ground...

I second avare on tablet,even gives good ground speed in car ! Tom
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-13-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 14,183
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Congratulations! I am jealous,as I have my Rv4 w...

Congratulations! I am jealous,as I have my Rv4 w 2.5 suby waiting for me to get back to NY from Fla. AW, Taxi testing fuel & cooling no leaks,ready for good preflight and then fly.Tom
Forum: RV-4 03-08-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,599
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I would also like photos as I was trying to...

I would also like photos as I was trying to figure out what to do ! Please use my e mail !
pvnyejag2@juno.com THANKS A BUNCH Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 658
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Sun & Fun

Any one from or near Jacksonville,Fla flying to Sun&Fun for only Tues April 4th ,that has room for 1 pass/copilot ? Tom text-phone 845 464 6328
Forum: RV-12 02-21-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,808
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I rebui!t 100s of British cars in my...

I rebui!t 100s of British cars in my early.career, and all got NAPA $15 dollar version of $45 dollar facet pumps.Ólso have seen many NON facet pumps in older Cherokees !
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-13-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,693
Posted By Tomcat RV4
My recollection is they primarily delt with...

My recollection is they primarily delt with hotroding EA 81.....The EJ 25 is 150 -175 stock.I have stock 03 legacy that I redid upper end and have dealt w Ross @ SDS, They have been supplying ECU and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,081
Posted By Tomcat RV4
That looks nice ,clean,simple. If changing all #...

That looks nice ,clean,simple. If changing all # , why not for my -4
pvnyejag2@juno.com. Thanks Tom
Forum: RV-4 01-25-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,329
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I would also be interested in what has been done...

I would also be interested in what has been done for rear controls in -4.Mine tips scales at 945lbs.Taxi testing ,but not flown,due to time and weather !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,156
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Morton has good reputation nationwide !

Morton has good reputation nationwide !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 24,896
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Unfortunately there is no universal...

Unfortunately there is no universal standard.lucky I had heard it takes a lot of time to acomplish certification without using $$$$ DAR.I am on border of THREE FSO. I started w
Albany ,NY, they sent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,395
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Tank leak

I have seen some nice external repairs using same mixture of epoxy resin with hardner (stock mix) painted on let dry,2nd coat...NO LEAK ! must clean and rough up areas to be coated !
Forum: RV-4 01-12-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,558
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I have RV 4 with STOCK rebuilt Subaru 2.5 Legacy...

I have RV 4 with STOCK rebuilt Subaru 2.5 Legacy ,with SDS control for fuel injection,ignition, (stošk) along with stock starter,alternator.I used 0-320 mt that came for RV and made own adapters from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,663
Posted By Tomcat RV4
It's all in how you feel and how active you are.I...

It's all in how you feel and how active you are.I just turned 79 ,started taxi testing my -4 after an 8 year build,also just retired from my 3rd career of driving school bus for 11 years.Also have...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-30-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,613
Posted By Tomcat RV4
turbo subaru

Looks fantastic, taxi testing my EJ25 powered RV 4, but as of this point my cowling is UGLY. My rad underneath similar to Ross RV6,but ducting aluminum instead of fiberglass. Hope to have test pilot...
Forum: RV-3 12-29-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,415
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Pre punch RV3

Once you actually see Panther kit, you will forget you ever saw a -3 kit. I am in final stages (taxi testing) of RV 4, and have had privilege of helping on a panther kit, and it totally blew my mind...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,658
Posted By Tomcat RV4
gas door

I used gas door from Dodge Pickup, with hinge forward so wind will keep it closed, many sizes and shapes at your local salvage/junk yard, stiffened cowl where it mounts, stays open by itself...Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,374
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I also sent $75 to help cover some who didn't.I...

I also sent $75 to help cover some who didn't.I finally have air worthiness and limitations on 8 year RV4 powered by 2.5 Suby.Hope to post pictures after holidays !MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of VAF...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2016, 06:52 AM
Replies: 845
Views: 509,264
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Check with local stock car racers to borrow/rent...

Check with local stock car racers to borrow/rent scales, that's how we did rv4
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,027
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Tomcatrv4 just did w/b on Rv4 with super accurate...

Tomcatrv4 just did w/b on Rv4 with super accurate electronic scales borrowed from local stock car racer !
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-15-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 45,573
Posted By Tomcat RV4
A big second shoutout for Ross a SDS,on electrics...

A big second shoutout for Ross a SDS,on electrics ,BUT ESPECIALLY on help with cooling!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-29-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,420
Posted By Tomcat RV4
My RV4 /subaru starts the second I touch key. I...

My RV4 /subaru starts the second I touch key. I am super impressed with SDS, ROSS, as I am glad I had done enough research to make this decision !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,018
Posted By Tomcat RV4
For vfr flying I p!an to go with PLB ,as it...

For vfr flying I p!an to go with PLB ,as it offers everything except automation ! Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,927
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I am probably going to have RV 4 ser # 538 ready...

I am probably going to have RV 4 ser # 538 ready for taxi testing end of Aug, am 2nd owner and been at it part time 8 years oh well Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2016, 09:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,625
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Mike Newall has the best answer , in that, in an...

Mike Newall has the best answer , in that, in an antique (lycoming) use appropriate oil. Any one fortunate enough to have a modern engine I believe Mobil 1 is great..I have used in various engine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-06-2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,617
Posted By Tomcat RV4
In All my years of racing and repair shop...

In All my years of racing and repair shop ownership,there has never been any one as helpful and knowledgeable as Ross at SDS.There products are fantastic .Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2016, 06:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I used spring loaded gas cap door from Dodge...

I used spring loaded gas cap door from Dodge pickup, other sizes on other pic!ups, as most don't use cable release like cars.Tom
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-30-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,297
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I also plan on using 3blade prop from...

I also plan on using 3blade prop from airstrikes.They DO NOT recommend their psru or prop for over 180hp.The other thing I can speak highly of SDS as Over years ,big problem with auto conversions is...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-30-2016, 08:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,297
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I am close to doing taxi tests with my suby...

I am close to doing taxi tests with my suby powered RV4.It is stock legacy 2.5 (165hp).I have airstrikes Peru,and SDS Computer to operate fuel injection/ignition.my radiator is small and mounted P51...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2016, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,025
Posted By Tomcat RV4
I also filed a flat on one side of white p!astic...

I also filed a flat on one side of white p!astic ,did not effect other use Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2016, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,510
Posted By Tomcat RV4
After spending 2-3 monthes part time on building...

After spending 2-3 monthes part time on building cowl for Suby powered RV4 , I finally said enough is enough...as we used to say in auto business "its a 50 footer" ...wil never win any prize, but...
Forum: ADS-B 04-04-2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By Tomcat RV4
go ahead and download AVARE from google...

go ahead and download AVARE from google playstore....FREE and amazing amount of info....works on any Android device...phone (hard to read) or better tablet....Tom
Forum: RV-4 04-04-2016, 07:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Let me know if you can ,approx plan # or page #...

Let me know if you can ,approx plan # or page # and I will look,as I should have old set,but nothing in order...Tom
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-08-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,774
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Vlad, great photos....Only in New York can they...

Vlad, great photos....Only in New York can they start building a bridge, with not knowing how to pay for it...(Tappan Zee replacement)...Tom
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2016, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,218
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Big thank you for your service......sitting that...

Big thank you for your service......sitting that long inside I see no problem...oil change and careful preflight ...Tom
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-04-2016, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,513
Posted By Tomcat RV4
You are all incorrect ! I tell them Friday.. not...

You are all incorrect ! I tell them Friday.. not which one ....Tom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2016, 10:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,145
Posted By Tomcat RV4
Fantastic writeup....This is why I have been...

Fantastic writeup....This is why I have been pounding rivits in -4 for many years, main goal is to be able to give rides again , and get back in air regularly ! !
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-18-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 45,573
Posted By Tomcat RV4
If diesel is same as 2.5 Subaru, I would...

If diesel is same as 2.5 Subaru, I would recommend talking to Vassil at air strikes about their reduction drive for 2.5 suby, rated for up to 180HP ,higher yet on air boats Tom
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