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  1. 109jb added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    WTB Rotax 582 Ignition coil
    EDIT:  Never mind. I found one an hour away from me.
    Went to fly and the ignition check showed one side dead. I switched the 2 coils around and the problem followed the coil, eliminating the stator, pickup and ignition switch. So, my Kitfox is in need of an ignition coil. If anyone has a good used ignition coil for a Rotax 582 they would be willing to sell, let me know. Would like to get it quick because I go in for a surgery on July 11th and would like to get some flights in before I am laid up.  Alternately if someone would loan me one until I can get one elsewhere I'd go for that too.
    John Brannen
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  2. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    This airplane has a 10 gallon header tank behind the instrument panel that the gauge is hooked to. It only has a 6 gallon wing tank in the right wing. That one has a sight gauge.
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  3. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    Some pictures while flying today.

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  4. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    Got some pictures of the airplane in the sunshine yesterday.

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  5. 109jb added a post in a topic Ridgerunner for sale on barnstormers   

    No n-number anywhere on it. With the 582 I doubt it is under the 254 lb for ultralight. Would either have to fly illegal, or would probably be hell to try to get an airworthiness and registration for it.
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  6. 109jb added a post in a topic mark1VHH wing ribs   

    Aircraft spruce has 12 ply 6mm birch plywood
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  7. 109jb added a post in a topic 582 thoughts   

    If it was kept inside a heated building I would not have problem with it as it isn't likely that it got a bunch of condensation and corrosion in it.  I just got my 582 on the kitfox I rebuilt running again. Not sure exactly how long the 582 gray head sat but it was at least 7 or 8 years. Has 200 TT on it. Sat in an unheated shed in northern Illinois so much worse than you describe.  It has been running fine for about 10 flight hours now. What I had to do on this one was replace the end crankshaft seals as it would leak from them.  For any unknown 2- stroke I would do the following:
    Do a pressure test of the engine. This involves removing and plugging the exhaust, removing and plugging the carbs, Plugging the pulse port, and then using a low pressure gauge, pressurize the engine to about 5 or 6 psi. It should not leak more that about 1 psi in 5 minutes. If it does there is a leak that needs to be fixed. 
    Mine leaked at the end crank seals so I had to split the case and replace the seals.  While it was apart, I decarboned the pistons, checked the crank and bearings, and put it back together. It really depends on how handy you are if this is within your abilities.  I have been messing with engines of all types about 45 years so wasn't concerned.  I also had a snowmobile that had a Rotax 580 in it (1993 Ski-doo grand touring 2-up). The sled engine is pretty much identical to the airplane 582 with a few minor exceptions. That sled engine had 7,000 miles on it and was 20 years old when I sold it and was still running strong.  
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  8. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    The airplane is running great now and I got a chance to make a short flight today and made a couple videos. Both are actually the same portion of today's flight but one is the 360 degree version that you can pan around in. The 360 video is still processing in youtube but should pop up soon.
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  9. 109jb added a post in a topic Evaporated fuel residue   

    Definitely not as fast as denatured alcohol, if really at all.  In the old days I used to use auto gas as cleaning solvent for carb parts and it never did very good at removing varnish from carb bowls and such. Denatured alcohol on the other hand dissolves old gas and varnish almost immediately. Since I discovered this I always have some on hand and use it for cleaning carb parts where I used to use stuff like berrymans dip tank, mineral spirits, etc.
    That said, On the kitfox I recently rebuilt there is a 6 gallon fiberglass wing tank that had/has a bunch of gunk in it from evaporated car gas. Not knowing if the denatured alcohol would harm the fiberglass, I decided to cap the outlet line and put in 3 gallons of 100LL with hopes that flying around and letting that 100LL slosh around in there will dissolve that junk. For now I am flying it only on the 10 gallon polyethylene tank between the instrument panel and firewall until I can get the wing tank clean enough to flow uncontaminated 100LL from it. I unfortunately have no place I can get ethanol free car gas, so that tank will only see 100LL for now.
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  10. 109jb added a post in a topic WTB 8" wheels   

    A pair just popped up on TeamKitfox.
    Douglas 8" wheels (teamkitfox.com)
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  11. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    The floats from my spare 912 carbs worked great. Was still seeing high EGT n the old Westach dual EGT gauge, but everything else said I should be OK. I decided to buy a new digital dual EGT from GlowShift. Got it installed today and was able to fly for about 1.5 hours. The EGTs were fine. Pretty much any level or climb RPM and I was seeing about 1100 deg F, about 1150 in a slight descent.  I was seeing 1300 at times with the old gauge.
    Brings up a question though. With my DIY hacman, I can get about 50 deg F rise on EGT. Seems like that is a little weak.  I can change my orifice for one with a smaller hole but before I did that I wanted to see what others get.
    John B
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  12. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    Well, the 912 carb floats worked fine in the 582. I got a chance to fly it a little yesterday and it ran fantastic. Only up about 45 minutes because of weather but it was enough that I think a little more prop pitch and all will be dialed in.
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  13. 109jb added a post in a topic little wing porn   

    Very Nice!!!!
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  14. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    Yeah. Fortunately I have a second set of carbs for my 912 and the Bing 64 floats and Bing 54 floats are the same according to the parts list.
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  15. 109jb added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    So I've been trying to get the engine running right and stupid me it is going to be near impossible getting it to run correctly with this situation.

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