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Old 08-09-2012, 06:55 AM
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You know your getting serious about building when you spend the bucks on a power plant.

Throw that baby on the nose and let's go flying.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:47 AM
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Bruce,

This is not to say you will like the Ellison or an endorsement of it on your airplane but my experience with it on an 0360 was good.

The device is simple with about 5 moving parts and reliable. I don't know if Ben Ellison is still around but he was very helpful in gaining operating experience with it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:10 PM
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Congratulations Bruce. You'll be flying in no time. I enjoyed the firewall forward much more than pounding rivets. The instructions aren't as good though. If you need to check out an engine installation with the cowl off some time come on by and we'll take mine off. Seeing another sure helps with the installation.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:08 PM
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Congrats on the purchase Bruce!! I enjoyed the firewall forward more than anything else on the build. Mine was a true custom fit with the H2AD. I got a great deal on that engine and it still keeps on ticking. It now has a TT of 1890 hours. 1110 of those on 339A.

There is light at the end of the tunnel now for you. Won't be long till you're out and about headed this way.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:38 PM
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Wow! How about this! My baby is growing up. She now has legs and is on her own gear!



I was able to do this by myself in less than an hour, thanks to a good friend who lives nearby. He loaned me a very nice engine hoist. I set it up in my shop and used it to lift the nose of the plane off the sawhorse it's been sitting on.



Here's a closeup of how I did it. This was so easy. I bolted the engine mount back on to the firewall and used a nylon strap to make a loop through the top two dynafocal mount holes. The engine hoist hooked on to this strap and easily lifted the plane up high enough to slip the gear legs in. I was able to stand on a step and reach through the opening in front of the canopy, and easily slip in the AN5-22A bolts.



Later, I slipped the nose gear leg into the motor mount. I was surprised that she was still tail heavy even with the nose gear on. I had to put some stuff under the tail to bring the nose wheel down to the floor. But I wanted to see it and take this picture:



There's more details and pictures from my page, here:

Putting the plane on her Gear!
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:41 PM
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Keep this up and you will have an airplane before you know it! Nice job.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:33 PM
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Looking good Bruce! I'm hoping to have mine on the gear next week and engine hung before the New Year.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:35 AM
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Yep, it definitely is an airplane! Press on, Bruce, i looks great.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:23 AM
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Default Saddle up those Ponies!

The big day has come, for another major milestone. My engine is now hung!



I contacted my good friend Mike Rhodes (rv9av8tr here on VAF). Mike lives not far from here, and he has a fabulous finished RV-9A hangered at Troutdale. He has offered me hints and help on several occasions. He's a great guy. I used his hints along with the "Illustrated Guide to Engine Hanging" I got from right here on VAF. It allowed me to get prepared as well as I think it's possible for one to prepare. Anyway, Mike offered to stop by after work and lend me a hand.

I didn't want too many helpers, but my Dad came by, along with my brother Larry, and my nephew Philip. Thanks to Mike's experience and expertise, it all went smoothly and we had it finished in less than an hour! Thanks, Mike!!

I have a more detailed description in my log on my website, but I just wanted to say THIS REALLY FEELS GREAT!!
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:51 AM
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Default Congrats Bruce

Been following your web site while I am about a month or so ahead of you on my 9A. I had a bit of initial trouble with my engine hang but then took Vlad's advise and dismissed my helpers. Got it hung by myself in about an hour or so without the helpfull distractions. Too many cooks in the kitchen complex!

There is no way the last two bolts on my O320E3D would have gone on without the bullet set I got from Avery. They are worth every penny, especially on the lower right side where there is only a inch or so room in front of the mounting tang.
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