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Old 09-30-2017, 06:25 AM
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Default RV7A to conventional U/C

Hi guys just a quick question.
Has anyone converted an A model to conventional U/C? Wondering if it's possible without tearing the plane completely apart.
I know a nice 7A come up for sale but am not keen on a "Cherokee" looking style��
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:21 AM
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Yes, I have and several others.
Short list of items you'll need.
New Engine mount & Gear legs along with cowl to gear fairings
Tail mount & assembly.
BTW, There will be plenty of offers to purchase your removed items.

Remount engine, some had to make cowl adjustments to fit, I did.
Remove rear panel to attach gear mount. May be an issue with attaching to VS braces if were cut during construction. I left mine uncut during original construction.
Remove original gear weldments from cabin. May be some additional work if your fuel lines & cabling are routing through them.
Fiberglass work to repair open gear weldments holes & cowl nose gear slot.

If you do a search you'll find more specific info.
Not alot of work, but you may be better off locating a TW 7 as so many come up for sale.

PM me if you'd like more detailed answers on the process.
Danny "RoadRunner" Landry
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1085+ hours
2018 Donation Paid

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Old 09-30-2017, 07:21 AM
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Default Been done many times

The first that I saw documented was C-GOJU. The owner sold the airplane, and I can't find anything about it anymore on the web, but others have done it too. From memory, new engine mount and gear, tailwheel spring and mount, remove existing main gear, etc.

Hopefully, you'll get a response from someone who has done it, along with pictures, etc.

Good luck!

Merrill D. Evans
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Old 10-01-2017, 03:25 AM
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Thanks guys appreciate the replies. It was more to find out if it was doable without too much surgery. I'm down under and we don't have the same choice like you guys do over there, everything is expensive, hard to get and few to chose from. Am actually after an RV8 but they are rare as rocking horse poo so am now looking at 7's which are more common here especially A models, not to sure why perhaps Aussies are not very adventurous����
Again thanks for the info guys��
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:46 AM
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I had a 7A, wrecked it when landing failed Subby H4.
Rebuilt it 7, decided was no TW pilot, rebuilt it back 7A.

No big deal.

Then decided to become TW pilot...built the 8....slightly bigger deal for old trike pilot...still learning after 497 walk away landings
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RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...Sold #83261
I'm in, dues paid 2018 This place is worth it!
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:10 AM
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You have been busy there, perhaps fit zippers to the U/C next tme just n case😉
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:16 AM
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I owned a Cherokee prior to finishing my -7A. No comparison between them. The Cherokee is far easier to ground handle with the steerable nose wheel. I've found my rudder skills have vastly improved with the swiveling nose wheel - even if it is "on the wrong end," as so many say. My insurance rates are better too.
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:00 PM
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Guys am still looking at getting an A model & turning into conventional u/c. So far the info I have got from some of you has been terrific. Now am looking to see the cost aspect of it but have been unsuccessful with Vans to get an idea of costs for the main parts, sent an email and never heard back.
Anyone with contacts in Vans who might be helpful?
Thanks guys��
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:15 PM
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Default 7 conversion

Anyone?? Still looking to find out of someone knows someone at Vans who will return my inquiries.
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Old 11-03-2017, 08:58 PM
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Maybe you could buy a set of preview plans. With those, you can put together a parts list to get the prices you want. You'll probably need the plans for the conversion anyway.
Carl - - Morrison, CO
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