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Old 01-23-2017, 07:59 PM
Jeff0181 Jeff0181 is offline
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Default Todd's RV-8 Canopy profile

With the unfortunate passing of Todd and his business being in limbo has any one tried to recreate his canopy? Is there a manufacturer out there who makes a similar profile?

Does anyone have profile pictures if a Todd's canopy on an RV-8 or a template?

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Old 01-24-2017, 07:25 AM
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You could try contacting the company that makes the RV-7 and other canopies.
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Old 01-24-2017, 04:50 PM
scott08 scott08 is offline
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I contacted them a few weeks ago. They specifically told me they will not supply a canopy for an RV8 to an end user. The only option would be to purchase it from Vans and then have it drop shipped to me direct. Would likely save $600 or so in shipping costs.
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Old 01-24-2017, 05:39 PM
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If you just need a -8 canopy, a friend of mine has one. He did the fast back option.
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:08 PM
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Default I've got it!

I just bought the bulk of what was Todd's business four days ago, I'm in the process of building an oven to do the forming. The previous buyer was unable to transport the old oven base (1500 lbs flat on the floor), so the old oven wasn't worth taking. It's going to be a learning process, and I expect a month or so of experimenting. When I'm ready to start selling canopies I'll be advertising on VAF. Probably only offer RV8 canopies initially.

Wish me luck!

Lance Logan
Stuart, FL
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Preceptor N3 - Sold
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:25 PM
Hwood Hwood is offline
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Default Good Luck!

With such an unfortunate turn of events, hopefully you can keep Todd's vision alive!

Good Luck and I will be a customer!
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Old 01-24-2017, 06:45 PM
Vic LaRocca Vic LaRocca is offline
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Talking Best wishes

Lance good luck on your new adventure. My bucking partner and I both have the RV 8 tinted version from Todd and we love them. They are truly beautifull. I am not flying yet and he is still in phase 1. It is a fantastic product.

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Old 01-24-2017, 09:09 PM
Michael Henning Michael Henning is offline
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I have a tinted todds canopy on the -4 and love it. I thought one of Todds employees was going to take over the business? Are you going to keep it as Todds canopies, or change the name?
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:33 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Great news, Lance. Please keep us all posted.

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Old 01-25-2017, 06:19 PM
Djgeib Djgeib is offline
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Good luck Lance, I'll be looking to see you up and running
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