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About rlmankins

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  • Birthday 11/15/1952

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Pahrump, Nevada nw Las Vegas
  • Interests Outdoors family avaition

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  1. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

    Ok, so I guess I coat my current tank with the VER and use av gas only in it, and put a 100ll only sticker on it. The new tank I am making out of the last a foam I will use the auto gas in. I really don't care about the difference in price. It is 90 miles to the nearest av gas and that is in the Las Vegas tca, not the most experimental friendly place on the planet. I always keep a drum of av gas in the hangar for the Cherokee when I am low but don't want to use it unless I have to. Burn half a day to fill the drum up so try to keep to a minimum. My engine builder asked me to keep my av gas burn to a minimum, said it increased maintenance schedule significantly.
    Just can't seem to catch a break. Oh well every shortcut I take has always been a mistake.
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  2. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

    Should I make a liner out of the last a foam for the tank? It would not be difficult.
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  3. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

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  4. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

    Chris, I was informed by the tech people that the VER was completely impervious to alchohol. Might be wrong, I frequently am. Because of how I have to close the tank I pretty much have to go in from the top. My tank is all fiberglass
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  5. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

    Some problem with carbon fiber wicking petroleum if not sealed properly, that said it is being done. I don't feel that confident in my abilities. I loked over a carbon cub and it seemed everything was carbon fiber. Guess that is how you get $180,000 in one, nice but a few pay grades above me.
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  6. rlmankins added a post in a topic Gas tank   

    My friend did roll 2 coats of VER over the the inside of the last a foam after building the tank. I am going to coat the VER with the novalk epoxy after it dries. Kind of nervous about the epoxy by it self, the VER bonds to the glass well. The epoxy will have a fresh surface to bond to that way. The VER grabs the last a foam unbelievably well. We made some floor boards for my 180 and they were light tough and completely resistant to everything.
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  7. rlmankins added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    Gas tank
    I have finally figured out a course of action for my gas tank. Looked inside it is very clean. I am going to cut the top of the tank out, within 3 inches of the edge. Will be covering entire tank with vinyl ester resin. I will then put top back in place after covering with same compound. Manufacturer guarantees it is completely alchohol resistant. The prep is ver important to the success of the job. Not complicated, just takes time. We are all used to that.

    I only have 1 tank. This is what i am proposing for other wing. Removed stitts for recovering and am looking at wing. There is bracing in the bays that I would install a tank in. Can that be safely removed if after installation of tank I cover top and bottom of gas tank bay with .040 aluminum, riveted and epoxied in place. Will have to remove Rib to match other side. I would think the shear strength would be far greater than the bracing. If this will work will make new tank.

    New tank will be made with last a foam and vinyl ester resin. Very straight forward to work with and completely alcohol resistant. One of my friends just made one. Very light, stiff as hell and easy to fab in complex shapes. Wall thickness is 1/4 inch so will cut down on volume some but finished product is great.

    Comments and suggestions, please
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  8. rlmankins added a post in a topic F7-a update   

    I will definitely try them. He is in Oshkosh, lucky dog. I would like to make alternate plans if I run into the supply situation I have read so much about. Hopefully not an issue.
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  9. rlmankins added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    F7-a update
    I am late to the game on this. Where can I get the f7a bell cranks. Can I modify my bell cranks to f7a's if so what are the measurements. I saw the install instructions but without the parts kind of difficult to understand. I think that you cut out the old mixer when you install the morse cables. Could someone take some pics of the morse cable mounts and what replaces the mixer. I looked at the pics posted but did not see this info. Is there a comprehensive install guide somewhere.

    Sorry for all the question but I get more confused every time I look at this.

    I have a mk4

    Thanks. Roy
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  10. rlmankins added a post in a topic Width of gear   

    Am specifically looking for footprint, inside of tire to inside of tire.

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  11. rlmankins added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    Width of gear
    How wide is your bush gear and how much does it raise the front of your plane. How much does it shorten your take off roll.

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  12. rlmankins added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    Cord line
    What angle is your cord line and how long is your average takeoff roll. Will be building new gear and am looking to do it right first time. Since all our planes are the same but different I thought pooling the info might give me some direction in the construction of the gear. Thanks for all your advice, it has clarified and simplified my rebuild.
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  13. rlmankins added a post in a topic New tailwheel   

    I actually thought that I ordered the double fork. The perils of on line ordering. I think it will be ok, eventually I hope to go to the 25 inch tires and the taller gear.
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  14. rlmankins added a post in a topic New tailwheel   

    What would be a recommended distance for the tailwheel. I am going to put the 21" tall tires on. Currently have the 8:00x6 waffles on it. I think that should raise front by about 3 inches. I am a little worried about it.
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  15. rlmankins added a topic in Avid Flyer General Hangar   

    New tailwheel
    New tail wheel. Looks twice as big as old one. Hopefully will make life easier.
    Edit...fixed your post

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