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Forum: ADS-B 08-14-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,894
Posted By ABRV4
Count me in as one of the procrastinators. ...

Count me in as one of the procrastinators. Something about turning over big wads of cash for just about anything goes against my instincts. I have been reluctantly looking for an ADS-B solution for...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 06-07-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,441
Posted By ABRV4
Next weekend! See you there.

Next weekend! See you there.
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,818
Posted By ABRV4
Scott, I use a copper foil antenna adhered to the...

Scott,
I use a copper foil antenna adhered to the inside of the left gear leg. I believe I got it from Vans. I've used it for over 10 years and it works fine. Cheap and no additional...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,542
Posted By ABRV4
I've been using the PC625 in my 160 hp -4 for...

I've been using the PC625 in my 160 hp -4 for years. It is slightly smaller and lighter than the PC680 and is more powerful.
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2016, 07:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,930
Posted By ABRV4
In order to get the temps up on my O-320 in my -4...

In order to get the temps up on my O-320 in my -4 I completely block off the airflow to the cooler with a homemade piece of aluminum that pivots over the opening in the back baffle. I usually block...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,315
Posted By ABRV4
Larry, There is a plug in the oil pick-up line of...

Larry,
There is a plug in the oil pick-up line of the case right where the sump joins up in the back. You leave the plug in for a bolt-on, sump centered pick-up and take the plug out for a sump with...
Forum: RV-4 01-24-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,631
Posted By ABRV4
My oil cooler is mounted on the left rear baffle...

My oil cooler is mounted on the left rear baffle with a 2.38 inch diameter hole through the baffle for an inlet. I have a blocking plate on the front side of the baffle that is held in place by one...
Forum: RV-10 06-11-2013, 07:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,238
Posted By ABRV4
I went with no blast tube on my -4's alternator. ...

I went with no blast tube on my -4's alternator. After 110 hours that proved to be a mistake when one of the diodes went bad and started producing static over the radio. It still charged OK though....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2013, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,035
Posted By ABRV4
Oil Pressure Relief Valve

Mike,
I just fixed that problem on my -4 last week after chasing the leak for 3 years. My oil pressure relief valve was leaking from around the adjusting stem. You could barely see the oil trail it...
Forum: RV-4 04-16-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,892
Posted By ABRV4
I made something like Smokey's Home Depot latch...

I made something like Smokey's Home Depot latch using left over aluminum from the kit. I made the middle pivot slightly off center from the two bars' centerlines so that it became an over-center...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-20-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,206
Posted By ABRV4
Logistics

OK, so it seems that mogas will work fine in our engines. My field only sells 100LL and the nearest non-alcoholic gas is 10 miles away. So how do you transport it to your plane? Multiple trips...
Forum: RV-4 03-28-2012, 07:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,415
Posted By ABRV4
oil filter adapter

I think my spacer is something like 2" to 2.5". I got it from Mattituck with the helpful adivice of Mahlon Russell. Had no problems since it first flew 3 years ago.

Alan
RV-4
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2011, 09:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 884
Posted By ABRV4
I'm going off of memory here but I think that if...

I'm going off of memory here but I think that if the valve seat does not seal against the carb body then fuel can leak past a closed float valve and leak out. The float can be at the proper height...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-12-2011, 07:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,807
Posted By ABRV4
Webb, There are a lot of aerodynamics and...

Webb, There are a lot of aerodynamics and thermodynamics involved here. But I think it is a safe assumption that the cowling pressure is a lot lower than the plenum pressure. The cowling is lowered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,382
Posted By ABRV4
Post Tempur Foam Seats

Pierre,
I made my -4's seats using the three layers of temperfoam. They aren't bad in the summer but in the winter they get very hard. Like sitting on a wooden chair until they warm up some. ...
Forum: COMM 06-18-2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,552
Posted By ABRV4
Yeah, I tried it and the antenna is still there. ...

Yeah, I tried it and the antenna is still there. I got the super cheap copper foil strip from Vans (I think) and used a layer of fiberglass to make sure it stayed stuck to the inside leading edge of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2010, 07:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,152
Posted By ABRV4
filter adapter

You may want to talk to Mahlon Russell at Mattituck http://www.mattituck.com/ . They sell a unit that fits in my -4 real well.

Alan
N7028K
Forum: RV-4 04-13-2010, 07:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,632
Posted By ABRV4
Tom, When I started my -4's build 10 years ago I...

Tom,
When I started my -4's build 10 years ago I too wanted to keep it simple. I installed the manual trim and am glad I did. It is easy to operate and is lighter and cheaper than the powered trim...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2009, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,764
Posted By ABRV4
I have to agree with Randy. If money is a...

I have to agree with Randy. If money is a consideration (as it was for me) use the Bendix mags. If money is no problem I would go with the E-mag and P-mag. I got two old Bendix mags that I rebuilt...
Forum: Propellers 08-12-2009, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,230
Posted By ABRV4
I bought a used 68X68 for my 160 hp RV-4. It had...

I bought a used 68X68 for my 160 hp RV-4. It had about 400 hours on it. I've added about 25 more. It works well and I like it (great in climb but could be better in cruise). My questions to Jeff...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2009, 07:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,291
Posted By ABRV4
Float SB

Mark,
My guess is that the SB has not been done. I believe that the carb should have an M (indicating the addition of a metal float) stamped on the data plate if this SB has been complied with. It...
Forum: RV-4 04-16-2009, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,032
Posted By ABRV4
Jim & Glenn It was a couple of years ago that I...

Jim & Glenn
It was a couple of years ago that I put my fuselage together but it sounds as if you are reading something incorrectly. The bulkheads to my -4 fit pretty well. Take another look at the...
Forum: RV-4 05-28-2008, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,885
Posted By ABRV4
I would think that an air intake just in front of...

I would think that an air intake just in front of the canopy would be a fairly good, high pressure location. I don't know about the RV-4 but on other planes I've seen tested the airflow tends to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2008, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,340
Posted By ABRV4
Carb info

GEM,
Check your messages.

Alan
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2008, 07:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,340
Posted By ABRV4
I've got the manual for the MA-4SPA somewhere at...

I've got the manual for the MA-4SPA somewhere at home as I used it when I overhauled my carb. If I remember right, setting the float level wasn't that big a deal. I'll find it this evening and then...
Forum: RV-4 03-19-2008, 07:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,306
Posted By ABRV4
My gascolator mount is made from thin aluminum...

My gascolator mount is made from thin aluminum that I bent to shape. If I remember right it was made from scraps left over from the elevator skin (0.016" thick I think). No machining was required...
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2008, 07:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,306
Posted By ABRV4
In my -4 I placed the gascolator on the lower...

In my -4 I placed the gascolator on the lower right side of the firewall, just to the left of the exhaust pipes coming off of the #1 and #3 cylinders. I have the standard Vans gascolator but it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 869
Posted By ABRV4
Jay, I bought my emp kit in '99 and there was a...

Jay,
I bought my emp kit in '99 and there was a minor SB on the trim tab cable fixture. Its a nut welded to a small plate that the cable threads into on the horizontal stab. It was something about...
Forum: RV-4 01-09-2008, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,338
Posted By ABRV4
Dennis, For what its worth, I bought the...

Dennis,
For what its worth, I bought the Mattituck filter with spacer and have it on my 0-320 equiped RV-4. It fits well. Haven't run it yet but that will be happening soon. It seems to be a good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2007, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,422
Posted By ABRV4
Rick, You can get a bulkhead connector of the...

Rick,
You can get a bulkhead connector of the correct type from www.tessco.com . I just bought one for my -4. Try part number 99684, which is insulated from the bulkhead, or 47401 which is not...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2007, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,104
Posted By ABRV4
Jerry, I do have a diagram in my book on mag...

Jerry,
I do have a diagram in my book on mag rebuilds. Its probably the same one you are getting from Skyranch. If you need a copy I can send it to you but its quality isn't all that great and it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-02-2007, 07:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,104
Posted By ABRV4
Diagram

Jerry,
I have the rebuild book for these mags at home, which I used when I rebuilt my mags. I think I remember an exploded diagram somewhere in there. I'll take a look this weekend and let you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2007, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,238
Posted By ABRV4
You might look at the Odessey 625 battery. They...

You might look at the Odessey 625 battery. They are nearly the same size as the 680, are of the same type construction and have more capacity. I got one on sale at a local battery shop for $75. ...
Forum: RV-4 10-02-2007, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By ABRV4
Steve, I missed your post about the fuel line. I...

Steve,
I missed your post about the fuel line. I don't recall there being any issue with the fuel line getting too close to the engine mount. I'll take a look as soon as I get the cowl off again...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2007, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,441
Posted By ABRV4
Steve, I found this on www.odysseybatteries.com. ...

Steve,
I found this on www.odysseybatteries.com. Their site stated;
"Metal jacketed vs. Non-metal jacketed: The metal jacket is needed if it's being mounted near heat to protect the plastic of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2007, 07:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,092
Posted By ABRV4
I made all of my hoses and found that the bigger...

I made all of my hoses and found that the bigger the diameter the easier it was to get the end fittings on the hose, so you might want to start with the oil lines. I went the cheap route. No...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2007, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,441
Posted By ABRV4
Odyssey battery forward of firewall

Odyssey warns that the plastic case of their batteries can balloon out if the battery is mounted in a "high temperature" location and is not placed in their steel mounting box. Has anyone had a...
Forum: RV-4 09-09-2007, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By ABRV4
Firewall Pics

Steve,
I hope this works and these pictures help. I've got more and can get you details and images from whatever view you would like. Just let me know. ...
Forum: RV-4 09-04-2007, 07:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By ABRV4
-4 Firewall

Steve,
I'll try and get some pictures of my set up. I've just finished this part and am just a step ahead of you. My Vans throttle and mixture cables come horizontally from the levers, straight...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2007, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,192
Posted By ABRV4
Norman, What did you use for the black dye? Alan...

Norman,
What did you use for the black dye?

Alan RV-4
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-15-2007, 07:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,682
Posted By ABRV4
My electrical system is also pretty simple and is...

My electrical system is also pretty simple and is intended for VFR flying. I put the 8 circuit fuse block to my RV-4 vertically on the right bulkhead just below the panel and right next to my knee. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2007, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,721
Posted By ABRV4
Filler Tube

I just took mine to a local machine shop and had them remove a center section about 2" long and then reweld the two pieces together. After paint it looked great. I then took a hacksaw to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2007, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,265
Posted By ABRV4
Current Limiter

I believe the limiter I installed is 60 amps, but I'll have to check to make sure. This is for the 50 amp alternator and basic VFR panel in my RV-4.

Alan
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2007, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 758
Posted By ABRV4
Check your private messages. Alan RV-4 N7028K

Check your private messages.

Alan
RV-4 N7028K
Forum: RV-4 02-27-2007, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,634
Posted By ABRV4
Tim, I just finished doing that on my -4. It...

Tim,
I just finished doing that on my -4. It seemed like a small job but turned into one big pita. I used a 90 degree fitting going into the back of the Vans gascolator. My output line from the...
Forum: COMM 02-21-2007, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,147
Posted By ABRV4
I just recently wired in my ICOM and had the same...

I just recently wired in my ICOM and had the same sort of questions so I emailed ICOM and they responded promptly. A very helpful company. I may have even asked them the exact same question but...
Forum: RV-4 07-25-2006, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,845
Posted By ABRV4
Quadrant Mount

Steve,
I've done something similar to what you have and have placed it in about the same position. The difference is that I used a two levered quadrant straight from Vans that I disassembled and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-14-2006, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,906
Posted By ABRV4
Battery relay wiring

I'm trying to create a wiring diagram for my RV-4 which will be electrically powered by a 50 amp alternator. My question is, what size wire should I use for the line running from the main buss back...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2006, 08:58 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 24,045
Posted By ABRV4
Another Engineer

My BS degree is in aerospace engineering. So what have I been doing for the past 25 years? I've designed weapons, artillery projectiles, mobile cranes, dredges, a robotic arm, field kitchens for...
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2006, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,966
Posted By ABRV4
Cabin Heat

Has anyone out there tried to use the heat from the oil cooler to heat the cabin? It seems the heat source won't be as intense as that from an exhaust pipe (200 degrees vs 900 degrees) but maybe you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2006, 07:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,633
Posted By ABRV4
Another option is to remove the handle and file a...

Another option is to remove the handle and file a flat on the valve stem 180 degrees from the original flat. This is what insures that the handle will only go on in one direction. I'm at the...
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