Allen Sutphin

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About Allen Sutphin

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  • Birthday 09/10/1955

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Webster Springs, WVa
  • Interests A&P, flyer, builder,

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  1. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic New Fox 2   

    You are correct, TJay. Had a storm move thru this evening like the two that wiped out my hangars and I thought "man, I am glad its here in the barn".  That realization made me reconsider giving up a folding wing Kitfox for a non-folding aircraft. And as you stated, I went thru every inch of this plane to make it new again so I trust the airframe completely. And if it has to set in the dry till I come across an engine, then so be it. Engines are easier to find than good Kitfox airframes. And I have a good solid airframe. Not a bad looking one, either.
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  2. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic New Fox 2   

    The HKS is no longer in production. Parts might be hard to come by. Plus everyone I have talked to stated that it was comparable to a 503.  A true 60 HP would be plenty if it didn't drop off at anything below WOT.  He won't share the power/torque chart yet. And till I can see that, its pretty much useless to me. I look at new engines with both eyes wide open till I see real numbers. Too bad the gross weight won't allow a 912 or similar engine. Not fond of 912's but they do work good. A Jab 2200 is still questionable till the Gen 4 gets some hrs on it in real world flying. Very few options available in the 4 stroke world.
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  3. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic New Fox 2   

    Hopefully find an engine first. Found a possible candidate that I was not aware of. Check out aeromarinelsa.com and look at their V-twin. preliminary spec's are around 120 lbs flying weight, less fuel burn than a 582, 60 hp four stroke. Being flight tested currently. Based on a Can-Am side by side engine which has been hammered to death by a thousand redneck hillbillies around the world. Initial info looks good, but he won't release much info till flight testing is done. Meanwhile I'll keep plugging along flying the Champ and get my tail wheel skills honed razor sharp.
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  4. Allen Sutphin added a topic in Kitfox II   

    New Fox 2
    Made some big changes this weekend. Sold the Hirth off the nose of the Fox. Now on the hunt for a 4 stroke replacement. In the meantime, going to list the Fox on barnstormers and either I find an engine or it sells, which ever happens first.  Everything new, w/panel, new brake system, new tires, new covering, new paint, new hardware, new wiring, etc. Including trailer.




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  5. Allen Sutphin added a topic in Kitfox II   

    Kitfox 2
    Well, the other kitfox in WVa went to its new home in NC.  yesterday. Wish the new owner the best. Guess I am back to being the lone fox, again.
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  6. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Poly fuel tank repair   

    A friend of mine tried one of those on his challenger tank and he didn't have much luck with it. But the challenger tank might have been a different material and it was the one that uses hot air to melt the poly material. Hope it works for you.
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  7. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Poly fuel tank repair   

    It all depends on where the leak it. And how big the crack or hole is. Sometimes easy to do and sometimes impossible.
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  8. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Wanted: Tuned exhaust for 582   

    In that case it would make sense!
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  9. Allen Sutphin added a topic in 4-strokes   

    Jab 2200
    New Jab on barnstormers for 10K.
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  10. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Black Max Brakes   

    Will do if monsoon season ends!  With the winds lately, I think they moved tornado alley to WVa.
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  11. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Wanted: Tuned exhaust for 582   

    None of my business but you can't turn a pig's ear into a silk purse. A 582 at 6500-6800 rpm is about the best it can do. About all one can do with a tuned exhaust is move the peak torque range up or down. But one will lose it thru out the cruise range and move it to the upper range. Which might work if that's what you want to do. About the perfect setting is when the torque peak and HP peak match at a certain range. Hard to do with a 582 without sacrificing something else. But hey! If its what you need, go for it. Snow machine drag races, chain saw contest, jet ski's, yes, aircraft, not so much.
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  12. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Black Max Brakes   

    I haven't used the Matco system in 25 years so I don't have a clue.  The BX-1000 is 1000lbs gross, BX-1200 is 1200 lbs gross and mine is the BX-1500's. They recommend the double pucks for extra large tires. The 6" rims are split rims and 8" are one piece. Tube or tubeless, the split rim has a sealing "0" ring between the halves. I wouldn't change brake systems for 2-3 lbs if that was the only reason. I needed a whole new system anyhow and Black Max was the least amount of effort to convert. Weight wasn't the deciding factor. Though, it helps to drop a few pounds.
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  13. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Black Max Brakes   

    No, the wheels came with the kit. Same size as the Douglas wheels but smaller bolt pattern. The new hub bolts to the wheel and the disc is slid over 3 anchor pins and is free floating. The caliper is keyed to the axel so no modification is needed except to change to the new  axels that are provided. One can also get the 6" wheels if they desire which mount the same way, just smaller wheels. One can also get double puck calipers if they feel they are needed. On a 800-900 lb empty weight bird they might be needed but on a standard bird, probably not. My system is rated for 1500 lb gross so at 950 gross they are more than enough stopping power. 3/4" axel size is the biggest they sell so if one has the 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" axel, the need to go to Matco or other system.
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  14. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Black Max Brakes   

    Just an easy way to check brake fluid  without straining to remove filler plugs. I was too cheap to buy a remote reservoir kit.  Black Max uses standard automatic transmission fluid instead of 5606.
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  15. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Black Max Brakes   

    The calipers look small compared to braking strength. I guess size doesn't matter.
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