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Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By scsmith
So, is the bottom edge of the exposed canopy...

So, is the bottom edge of the exposed canopy higher than the stock slider canopy?
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By scsmith
RV-8 fastback canopy question

I am thinking ahead to a repeat offense. Premeditation, if you will.

I have a question about the shape and fit of the canopy on a fastback.

When I look at my standard canopy and look at the cross...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-19-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By scsmith
I just bought 4 of them (Mil-R-83248-218) from...

I just bought 4 of them (Mil-R-83248-218) from PilotsHQ.com

They got them to me in less than a week.
Forum: GPS 01-17-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,963
Posted By scsmith
And cudos to Garmin for designing a product that...

And cudos to Garmin for designing a product that fills a market niche so well that it is an enduring product. It seems like the perfect compromise of display size and capability for the panel space...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,297
Posted By scsmith
Mehrdad, that looks like a great pump. A bit...

Mehrdad, that looks like a great pump. A bit pricey, but no doubt it will work well.

BillL, I just put ports into a 1-gallon jug of gel beads. One port in the cap, and one in the side of the jug...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-15-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By scsmith
Thanks. Payment sent. PM inbox cleaned.

Thanks. Payment sent. PM inbox cleaned.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,297
Posted By scsmith
dissapointed

Well, I put together an engine dryer along the lines of the suggestions here.

1 gallon jug of silica gel, with a air tool filter on the outlet side.
Aquarium air pump - the 60-gallon size, with...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-15-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By scsmith
PM sent.........

PM sent.........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By scsmith
Ah, that's good to know. So for an "A", the only...

Ah, that's good to know. So for an "A", the only alternative would be to fit an A1A/A1B6 sump, or some custom cold induction sump.

Is that also true of the NEW "A" mount-nose gear arrangement that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By scsmith
Pretty easy to cut a hole for it, put a 1/2"...

Pretty easy to cut a hole for it, put a 1/2" thick piece of foam over the governor as a guide, then fair as needed, and glass over it.

note: the 1/2 foam suggestion is to assure that you have 1/2"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By scsmith
Isn't the -C1E6 a rear intake sump? If so, you...

Isn't the -C1E6 a rear intake sump? If so, you will have to change the sump or modify it for forward horizontal intake. Others have done that. Once you do that, it should fit just like an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By scsmith
We need to find a source for parted-out snow...

We need to find a source for parted-out snow blower gearboxes.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-13-2020, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 929
Posted By scsmith
About purging air from the sensor...

About purging air from the sensor lines.....

True that it is not necessary, but if you like to see your oil pressure indication rise quickly on engine start, purging the air will certainly help...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-12-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,525
Posted By scsmith
Except that if there is an ignition event in the...

Except that if there is an ignition event in the vapor-filled plenum, the pooled liquid will pretty quickly vaporize and contribute.

I have a sniffle valve for the main concern being that even a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-09-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,290
Posted By scsmith
Yes, a key thing for me is the compatibility with...

Yes, a key thing for me is the compatibility with 5606. If you are out "on the road" - meaning at an airport somewhere, it is pretty certain that they will have 5606 on the field.

Also, for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2020, 11:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,290
Posted By scsmith
The primary reason is higher flash point, and...

The primary reason is higher flash point, and self-extinguishing properties. I tend to brake firmly - I try to make every landing stopped in under 1000 ft.

Every now and then you hear of a brake...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,290
Posted By scsmith
HI temp Mil-H-83232 hydraulic fluid

After reading some old threads on the subject, I am going to switch over to the higher-temperature hydraulic fluid, Mil-H-83232 (Royco 782).

I am replacing the O-rings in the brake calipers with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,297
Posted By scsmith
I just sent an email to Steve Melton...

I just sent an email to Steve Melton (rvplasticparts.com) to see if he would like to add the cap to his product line. I sent him the STL file link.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,744
Posted By scsmith
Unless his c.g. is very far aft. At the true...

Unless his c.g. is very far aft. At the true neutral point, there would be no change in elevator position with speed. And if the horizontal tail incidence was chosen just right, there would be no...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-07-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By scsmith
Nope, sorry, I just checked. I have about 8" in...

Nope, sorry, I just checked. I have about 8" in stock.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-07-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 48,002
Posted By scsmith
Although those are not NAS hardware, they may be...

Although those are not NAS hardware, they may be equivalent and perform well. Without testing, I would stick to the NAS 1804 for the gear- it's just too important.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-06-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By scsmith
I may have some. I'll check tomorrow at the...

I may have some. I'll check tomorrow at the hangar.
Forum: RV-10 01-06-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By scsmith
Please forgive the thread drift, and I'm not...

Please forgive the thread drift, and I'm not building a -10, so I'm not that familiar -- but -- are the door hinges mounted on the exterior surface as shown in your pictures when everything is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,297
Posted By scsmith
None of that helps if the end of the breather...

None of that helps if the end of the breather pipe is almost completely obstructed by the proximity of the exhaust pipe.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-05-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,297
Posted By scsmith
Considering the merits of open-loop vs. closed...

Considering the merits of open-loop vs. closed loop driers.

First of all, I wonder how the folks with closed loop systems connect to their breather pipe.

My breather pipe is 1/2" O.D., bent in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,387
Posted By scsmith
I am unclear on how you get a cell signal into a...

I am unclear on how you get a cell signal into a hotspot? I thought a hotspot had an eithernet plug to plug into an existing wired internet source (WAN), and then transmits WiFi from that. I don't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 871
Posted By scsmith
It's really best just not to have any soft rivets.

It's really best just not to have any soft rivets.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-02-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 830
Posted By scsmith
You really do want a high quality cross-linked...

You really do want a high quality cross-linked Urethane paint. PPG Concept or Sherwin-Williams JetGlo are a couple of examples. In California, these are supposed to only be sold to qualified...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-24-2019, 02:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,529
Posted By scsmith
My engine came from the builder (Okanagan)...

My engine came from the builder (Okanagan) already broken in. I'm not sure they intended that the "run -in" would serve as "break-in", but from the very first flights, my temps were normal, oil...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-23-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,635
Posted By scsmith
impossible combinations of requirements

Going back to Jay's original post:

The only way you are going to go 150 mph with 26" wheels is if you retract them!:D

Some want struts to push on, some want cantilever. But that is heavier. The...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-20-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,185
Posted By scsmith
- "What's in your wallet?"

- "What's in your wallet?"
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-20-2019, 12:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,624
Posted By scsmith
my vote would be a crack in the sump somewhere,...

my vote would be a crack in the sump somewhere, or a bad seal somewhere that keeps the sump separate from the intake tubes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,066
Posted By scsmith
Bravissimo! Va bene! maybe time for me to...

Bravissimo!

Va bene!

maybe time for me to switch back to the screaming eagle fork instead of the bell fork. I could always switch back when I know I am going to rough fields.

Looking forward to...
Forum: RV-14 12-18-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,610
Posted By scsmith
I don't understand the preference for Berringer...

I don't understand the preference for Berringer wheels and brakes 'because of braided stainless steel brake lines.'

I have braided stainless steel brake lines to my Cleveland brakes. I just...
Forum: Tools 12-18-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By scsmith
Please don't use 'A' rivets. The point here is...

Please don't use 'A' rivets.

The point here is to soften an 'AD' rivet so it is easier to squeeze, in a way that it will recover its strength.

Age-hardening (also called precipitation hardening) of...
Forum: Tools 12-16-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By scsmith
Maybe one or two, but I wouldn't make a habit of...

Maybe one or two, but I wouldn't make a habit of using soft "A" rivets. They never get hard and are not very strong. (different alloy) In fact, it is probably stronger to over-squeeze an AD-4 rivet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,218
Posted By scsmith
I am by no means an expert on this, but I have...

I am by no means an expert on this, but I have two experiences that may be relevant to you. Both involve airplanes that sat idle for a long period of time, then put back in service.

First was a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By scsmith
A few words of caution here. JIC fittings are...

A few words of caution here.

JIC fittings are slightly different than AN fittings, primarily in the tolerances. AN should be preferred when available. Certain styles of fittings don't seem to be...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,078
Posted By scsmith
Oh, I am so sorry to hear. Peace.

Oh, I am so sorry to hear. Peace.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By scsmith
The primary purpose for steel fittings FWF is for...

The primary purpose for steel fittings FWF is for fatigue resistance in vibration environments. I use steel (or stainless) exclusively on the engine. On anything mounted firmly to the firewall, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,480
Posted By scsmith
To the OP - thanks for sharing in a later post...

To the OP - thanks for sharing in a later post what engine you have. Your initial post made my heart stop. Sure, the ground speed is great because of the wind, but your IAS and TAS would be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By scsmith
Turbo -- I'm just wondering what the significance...

Turbo -- I'm just wondering what the significance of the picture is here?
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-24-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,795
Posted By scsmith
good job staying on the runway. I don't imagine...

good job staying on the runway. I don't imagine things turned out well for the buck.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,102
Posted By scsmith
Well, that is rather disappointing, isn't...

Well, that is rather disappointing, isn't it.

The one addition/change to this experiment that might be enlightening would be to change the surface finish of the samples.

Bead-blasting gives a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,222
Posted By scsmith
Thanks Carl. That is enlightening, especially...

Thanks Carl. That is enlightening, especially Ed's thread.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-23-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,222
Posted By scsmith
What about Shell W100 PLUS? Is the Shell...

What about Shell W100 PLUS?

Is the Shell additive the same as CamGuard, or very similar? or??
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,482
Posted By scsmith
Now that there is funny.

Now that there is funny.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,342
Posted By scsmith
This would be almost true if there was a...

This would be almost true if there was a variable-speed gearbox between the engine and the prop, so that the engine RPM and prop RPM are not coupled. If the engine RPM is the same, then the power is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,342
Posted By scsmith
Mike, changing blade pitch undoes strike three,...

Mike, changing blade pitch undoes strike three, so you CAN actually absorb quite a bit more power in a constant speed prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,342
Posted By scsmith
Now who is being snarky?

Now who is being snarky?
Forum: Safety 11-17-2019, 01:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,739
Posted By scsmith
I really should do this too. I would have no...

I really should do this too. I would have no qualms about doing it at idle. Idle cut-off seems kinda scary, even though I'm a glider pilot. When you finished the 360 and pushed the mixure knob...
Forum: California 11-14-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By scsmith
Furnace Creek does have a very nice...

Furnace Creek does have a very nice campground.

Thanks for posting the picture at the chicken strip. To be clear for everyone, this is the one in Saline Valley, CA, not the one in TX.

Mark, the...
Forum: California 11-13-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By scsmith
There's the strip at Lake Isabella, Kern Valley. ...

There's the strip at Lake Isabella, Kern Valley. You can walk to a tavern.

If you are more adventurous, there's the "chicken strip" at Saline Valley. That's roughing it. I have not landed there,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-13-2019, 02:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,299
Posted By scsmith
Actually guys, the vertical shear load is taken...

Actually guys, the vertical shear load is taken out very near to the side of the fuselage by the attachment bolts closest to the side, which go into the parts that make up the bulkhead; F-604, F-804,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 27,941
Posted By scsmith
Yep! I measured the gaps and made spacers on...

Yep! I measured the gaps and made spacers on the lathe. I think I iterated once more with a different spacer thickness. When it is all correct, it should flop around with no friction.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,745
Posted By scsmith
Point taken. It just seems like 0.050" of...

Point taken. It just seems like 0.050" of misalignment on seating is not enough to create a significant moment, and is more likely to just guide the valve into its seat. But I suppose if it did it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,745
Posted By scsmith
Physical orientation (horizontal vs vertical)...

Physical orientation (horizontal vs vertical) will have far less effect on oil consumption through the intake valve guides than the pressure differential that exists (primarily on intake stroke at...
Forum: Safety 11-08-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,429
Posted By scsmith
Ouch! I treat a pneumatic squeezer the same way...

Ouch!

I treat a pneumatic squeezer the same way that I treat my framing nailer, which is also the way I treat my skeet gun. I treat the pneumatic tools like they are loaded guns unless the air...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-03-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,492
Posted By scsmith
I am stunned and saddened. We corresponded quite...

I am stunned and saddened.

We corresponded quite a lot, especially about cooling strategies and PSDU features of the 'egg', as I was initially considering that option. He was always forthright, no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,692
Posted By scsmith
Yes, that's right, you would still be starting on...

Yes, that's right, you would still be starting on the impulse mag. This has the benefit of keeping the start timing the same that you have had before. If it has worked well, it will continue to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-02-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 32,458
Posted By scsmith
YeY! It was just about 8 months ago (march I...

YeY!

It was just about 8 months ago (march I think) that I visited and you thought a hangar move was imminent. I think you will find it a mixed bag. Your work is more efficient because you have...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-01-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,770
Posted By scsmith
An interesting data point on alternator...

An interesting data point on alternator reliability, from the automotive world.

My 2000 Chevy Astro Van went 180,000 miles on its first alternator. It failed last month. Not feeling like working...
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