VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics


Go Back   VAF Forums > Model Specific > RV-7/7A
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-30-2017, 07:25 AM
Capt Capt is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 72
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��
Tnxs.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-30-2017, 08:21 AM
roadrunner20's Avatar
roadrunner20 roadrunner20 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Bay Pines, FL (based @ KCLW)
Posts: 1,769
Default

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.

ToDo:
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.
__________________
Dan "RoadRunner" Landry
Morphed RV7, N20DL, PNP Pilot
1040+ hours, hit 1000 enroute to Oshkosh
2017 Donation Paid

Last edited by roadrunner20 : 11-05-2017 at 11:17 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-30-2017, 08:21 AM
mdevans9 mdevans9 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Hockessin,Delaware
Posts: 134
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
__________________
Merrill D. Evans
RV-7 Flyng!
N87EM
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-01-2017, 04:25 AM
Capt Capt is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 72
Default

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��
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-01-2017, 07:46 AM
David-aviator's Avatar
David-aviator David-aviator is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Chesterfield, Missouri
Posts: 4,432
Default

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
__________________
David Domeier
RV-7A...Sold #70374
The RV-8...#83261 flying as of 6/16/2014
RV-3 ....fan

I'm in, dues paid 2017 This place is worth it!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-01-2017, 08:10 AM
Capt Capt is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 72
Default

You have been busy there, perhaps fit zippers to the U/C next tme just n case😉
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-01-2017, 08:16 AM
Raymo's Avatar
Raymo Raymo is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Richmond Hill, GA (KLHW)
Posts: 1,344
Default

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.
__________________
Ray
RV-7A - Slider - N495KL - First flt 27 Jan 17
O-360-A4M w/ Catto 3 blade NLE, AFP FM-150 FI, 1 PMag, Vetterman Trombone Exh, SkyTech starter,
PlanePower Alt, FlightLines Interior, James cowl & plenum
All lines by TSFlightLines
NSDQ

"The object of the game, gentlemen, is not to cheat death: the object is not to let him play."
Patrick Poteen, Sgt. U.S. Army


- - 2016/17 donation compliant - -

Last edited by Raymo : 10-24-2017 at 11:14 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-24-2017, 12:00 AM
Capt Capt is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 72
Default

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��
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-03-2017, 09:15 PM
Capt Capt is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Australia
Posts: 72
Default 7 conversion

Anyone?? Still looking to find out of someone knows someone at Vans who will return my inquiries.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-03-2017, 09:58 PM
ColoCardinal's Avatar
ColoCardinal ColoCardinal is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Morrison, CO
Posts: 232
Default

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
flying by: I give up on predicting!
finalizing the wiring - time for smoke test
No smake - Yay!
Sanding fiberglass - Boo!
paid 'til 10-18
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:59 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.