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by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 13407

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

PS, if you looked at the webpage that I linked to, you may be wondering about the plugged bung that's welded to the back of the aft stack, just down from where it bolts to the head. That's the port where my smoke system injects the oil (not connected at the moment), and I think I followed the direct...
by taildrags
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 13407

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Yes sir... those are off the shelf Aeronca stacks. Aircraft Spruce has them, but you're not going to like the price. I had some just like that on the A65 until they rusted through. Had a guy weld them here and there, then I blasted them and applied VHT and baked it, and they lasted a little longer b...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 13407

Re: PIetenpol Air Camper for sale

Hey Tools- Either there's a technical glitch with the website posting or else your Piet For Sale is the most-viewed thread ever seen on this list. It currently shows 13,016 views ;o) I know that the pictures you posted show your Air Camper topless and all (uncovered cockpits), but that's a lot of vi...
by taildrags
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 426

Re: New here, with question

Probably the best place to start in Utah would be with Steve Eldredge, who owned and flew one of the iconic Air Campers of our era (the one shown as the Piet list icon on Matronics, dark green with silver wings and a big silver "E" on the tail). I believe he and his brother were both in the Salt Lak...
by taildrags
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New here, with question
Replies: 10
Views: 426

Re: New here, with question

It won't be the first Piet to fly behind a Pinto engine, if I remember correctly. I just don't recall whether they used a redrive on it or not. There are many variants of that engine too... a low compression and a higher compression, different carburetion, a turbocharged version, and other variants....
by taildrags
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

Brian, if I'm not mistaken, Popular Woodworking or Woodworker or one of those magazines ran a head-to-head series of tests on a half-dozen different types of wood glues. Titebond, T88, Gorilla, several others, hide glue. A good comparison test was Mark Schofield's review in the July/August 2007 issu...
by taildrags
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Brodhead Reunion Forums
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: Brodhead Reunion Forums

One question that I see quite frequently from people who are just learning about the Air Camper, who are building one but have never flown one, or who are going to be transitioning into one is "what's it like to fly one?". With as many onboard video cameras as there are these days, and with as many ...
by taildrags
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Corvair Campers with wood props

Excellent information, thanks to all who replied! Our friend Down Under is looking into getting a prop made for his PietenVair and now has some very solid data points.

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: GN1/Pietenpol project $1100

Looks like it's ready for a Corvair... engine mount and graphics on the side of the fuselage are both Corvair.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Corvair Campers with wood props
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Corvair Campers with wood props

Here's a question for those of you who are flying a Corvair-powered Air Camper with a wood prop. What diameter and pitch prop are you flying? I've gone through the photos such as on the Westcoastpiet site and Flycorvair, but there isn't much prop information given. I'm fairly certain that people lik...
by taildrags
Thu May 23, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Looking for a prop
Replies: 0
Views: 93

Looking for a prop

Anybody happen to have a 70x40 or 70x42 prop for a Continental flanged hub? It's something I'd like to try on my A75. Post reply here or direct to me at taildrags@hotmail.com .

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC
by taildrags
Sun May 12, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; I'm not that far behind you in the rear-view mirror... I'll be 68 this July. I have an older sister, but she's only a year older than I am. Her name is Patti and she's definitely not a pilot! Besides moving my Air Camper on the flatbed trailer, I've also moved it in a Penske/Ryder van. I was m...
by taildrags
Mon May 06, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; put the wings on the bottom and build a simple framework over them so you can roll the fuselage up onto the trailer with the wings underneath.
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by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Wooden Prop??
Replies: 3
Views: 382

Re: Wooden Prop??

Riley; contact me off-list at taildrags@hotmail.com . See top picture here: http://www.flysquirrel.net/corvair/corvair.html . This Tennessee Props propeller is sized as per their recommendations and has not yet flown.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun May 05, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Air Camper For Sale
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: Air Camper For Sale

Alan; it doesn't have an engine.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Flying Air Camper Wanted
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: Flying Air Camper Wanted

Sam; please state for the record whether you are looking for a *donation* of an airplane to the non-profit (presumably in exchange for a tax writeoff for the value of the donated airplane), or if you're looking to *purchase* a flying airplane.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 1761

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Oops... yeah, what Terry said ;o)

-Oscar
by taildrags
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 1761

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Mike; my other website is http://www.flysquirrel.net . I'm doing a lot of work on VA facilities all over the West coast lately so I've been out more than usual the last few months, but with summer approaching, I hope to get back into my routine of at least spending Saturday afternoons at the hangar ...
by taildrags
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: A new French builder?
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: A new French builder?

35 kts = 40 MPH, I'm pretty sure my Air Camper can do this. Maximum weight 650-700 lbs: my Air Camper is right in that range, and that's including a few things it doesn't need, like a venturi vacuum, vertical speed indicator, and turn/bank indicator. Maximum gross weight of 992 pounds can be met by ...
by taildrags
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: Pietenpol 90th Anniversary Poster

Ordered mine! It will get framed and hung in my hangar. Definitely a keepsake.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

What I like about rigidly linking the front and back controls is that it helps keep the rudder horn from getting loaded too heavily if the pilot presses with both feet at the same time. I've found myself in many a demanding landing when on rollout I noticed that my legs were very tense on the rudder...
by taildrags
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Steel Fuselage Progress
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Steel Fuselage Progress

ArthurD; very interesting to see that you're using a rudder bar in front and pedals in back. Do you intend to link them together using cables, or using rods/tubes?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Instrument Panel

Ken, I like your method of navigating! Simple and foolproof. No sir... they'll never call you Ken "Wrong Way" Bickers ;o)
by taildrags
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Instrument Panel

Hey Ron- Help! I've tried turning my mag compass every which way but can't find 12 o'clock on it! ;o) I've had a couple of vehicles that seemed like they were designed to have the gauge needles more or less centered when the readings were normal, and I know a lot of race cars are set up that way so ...
by taildrags
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Instrument Panel
Replies: 10
Views: 756

Re: Instrument Panel

I like where you have the magnetic compass. Mine is roughly "top dead center" in my panel, where you show your ASI, and it's apparently close enough to the steel control stick that when I move the stick towards or away from the compass- the heading readout changes. Oscar Zuniga Medford, OR Air Campe...
by taildrags
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: offset vertical fin
Replies: 10
Views: 959

Re: offset vertical fin

Mine is offset 1/2" to port but the offset would be in the opposite direction if you have a Corvair or other engine that turns in a direction opposite to Continentals and Lycomings. I honestly don't know which way a Ford (or a Jeep) turns. I have no need or desire for in-flight adjustment of rudder ...
by taildrags
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: offset vertical fin
Replies: 10
Views: 959

Re: offset vertical fin

Mine is offset 1/2" to port but the offset would be in the opposite direction if you have a Corvair or other engine that turns in a direction opposite to Continentals and Lycomings. I honestly don't know which way a Ford (or a Jeep) turns. I have no need or desire for in-flight adjustment of rudder ...
by taildrags
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Tail Wheel weight consideration?
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

Wow... you polished up those hinges to a real shine!

-Oscar
by taildrags
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Bill Rewey

Surely there must be-??!! Bill gave so many rides to so many people! Bill must have been in the big formation flight of Piets from what, the 75th anniversary? The 80th-?
by taildrags
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Tail Wheel weight consideration?
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Tail Wheel weight consideration?

My only experience is with the Scott 2000 and the Matco T6. I have flown both of them on my Piet and the Matco is 0.4 lb lighter than the Scott, using the same 2-leaf steel spring on both setups. On my scales, both the Scott 2000 and the Matco T6 came in at between 4.5 and 5 lbs., but from previous ...
by taildrags
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Vi Kapler style hinges
Replies: 14
Views: 1761

Re: Vi Kapler style hinges

Rick; email me at taildrags@hotmail.com for more info. They are $35 for a set of nine pairs of hinges, as-cast, ready for the builder to finish.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Elevator Covering Time Lapse Video
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Elevator Covering Time Lapse Video

He said EkoFill, which means he's using the Stewart Systems (water-based) covering system. Everything I've seen about it has been favorable, but I've never used it myself.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Prop hub snap ring

If I may wander off to the side just a little bit here, if I recall the situation with my old A65, it was not possible to remove the prop bolts from the hub with it installed on the engine... the back of the hub was just too close to the engine cases for the bolts to be able to back out. What this m...
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Prop hub snap ring

You may find that the safety bolt should be the last part to go in, otherwise you may have trouble slipping the snap over the nut past the safety bolt.
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Prop hub snap ring

Well, as near as I can tell from the prop hub removal/installation procedure (which, by the way, was also published in the Spring 2014 issue of the BPA Newsletter), the snap ring would be the last thing to go back into the hub after the propeller hub nut is installed and torqued. There is a snap rin...
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Prop hub snap ring

OK, now I've got it... you're referring to the tapered shaft prop hub on Continentals. The article on how to deal with this hub, by Bob Gehring and Steve Krog, is on the Flybaby site. I'll have to see what it says about the snap ring... my old A65 had the tapered shaft hub but I never had to remove ...
by taildrags
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop hub snap ring
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: Prop hub snap ring

Tbopper: need more information! What engine does your airplane have? Corvair? Ford? Continental? Each of those uses different prop hubs, and of those three, the only one that I've heard of that might use a snap ring is the Corvair. Not too many people used the snap ring on the Corvair safety shaft/h...
by taildrags
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Bill Rewey
Replies: 8
Views: 953

Re: Bill Rewey

I'm sure this is very premature, but has anyone talked with the family about the possibility of continuing to make Bill's packet of "idea drawings" that he used to sell? They are great. I've misplaced the set that I've had for a number of years and wish I could get another. Oscar Zuniga Medford, OR ...
by taildrags
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: A call for photos
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: A call for photos

Brian; oh, there are some Ford-powered beauties among the Air Campers out there! We featured one example, Dan Helsper's airplane, on the cover of Contact! Magazine some time back but I believe those photos were copyrighted. I can check with Dan to see if they can be shared with other publications, b...
by taildrags
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop Question
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Prop Question

Since no one else has replied, I'll throw in my opinion: connect with one of the prop manufacturers and get their recommendation. My prop is a Tennessee Props (now Culver) 72x36 and my engine is a Cont A75. This engine develops its 75 HP at 2575 RPM, which is quite close to where the 2600 that the C...
by taildrags
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Prop Question
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Prop Question

Pat; when we post replies to this type of inquiry, how do we know that the person who raised the question gets the replies? If they are not subscribed to the list, surely you don't have to forward them back and forth?

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC, A75 power
by taildrags
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: forming control horns
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: forming control horns

Brian; by fabricating the horns in the cupped-sandwich style, you get the torsional rigidity and bending stiffness of a tube without the weight of a solid billet of the same dimensions. There are several control horns back on the tail where weight needs to be kept to a minimum. I'm not a welder and ...
by taildrags
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: New member, rookie question
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: New member, rookie question

See, I learn things almost every time somebody posts to this list! Lownslow, that's a very interesting setup you have, with a removable center section of the pilot's seat that gives you access to the control elements that pass beneath the seat. On my airplane, the entire plywood seat piece is loose,...
by taildrags
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Old Information for New Pietenpol Pilots
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

Re: Old Information for New Pietenpol Pilots

If you know of someone who has a sailboat, or if there is a sailboat shop in your area, they use a cable tensioning gauge to set up the standing rigging on the boat and you should be able to either borrow it to check your cables, or perhaps give them a tour of your shop if they'll bring the tensioni...
by taildrags
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Photo Section
Topic: Does everyone's shop look like this?
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Does everyone's shop look like this?

Umm, Brian- you may want to rephrase that last comment. "I think it looks like a train wreck. So does my wife." She may not like the way that sounds :lol: :D
by taildrags
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Stromberg richness
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Stromberg richness

...and of course, numbered drills go in the opposite direction of what you'd expect. That is, a #45 makes a bigger hole than a #50. Tom, I had not thought about the solder trick but that sounds like a reasonable way to start leaning the mixture. Back when I used to do a lot of deer hunting, we would...
by taildrags
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Stromberg richness
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Stromberg richness

Paul; if you're going to open up the carb, that would be a good time to look at the main jet. Take a look at the comparison table below that shows the jet sizes for the different engine displacements. The A65 takes a #49 jet (the number should correspond to the same numbered drill size, 0.0730") and...
by taildrags
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: Stromberg carburetor
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Stromberg carburetor

Don; I just wanted to mention that I received the carb a while back. I had been out of town when it came in, then was down with a cold and crud for a week since then and I just realized that I failed to acknowledge receipt. Thank you. By the way, we discussed venturi sizes when we spoke on the phone...
by taildrags
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Stromberg richness
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Stromberg richness

Paul; the Stromberg is a relatively simple carb as far as number of parts, but it's a very clever design. Looking at the fuel and air passages and how each of them comes into play in various stages of the engine's operation, I'm not quite sure how adjusting the float level will change the mixture th...
by taildrags
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Pietenpol Builders Forum
Topic: Stromberg richness
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Stromberg richness

Paul; I'm assuming that your Stromberg doesn't have a functioning mixture control? The NA-S3A1 carb was designed with a mixture control; the -S3B was blanked off. Some of them have the mixture control 'guts' removed and a blank-off plate over the place where the mechanism goes, while others simply h...