Just putting a thought out there.
Just putting a thought out there.
Last edited by 12notes; January 10th, 2017 at 01:19 PM.
Lot to consider about the Ford engine.I do want authenticity but I also want to stay flying for a longer period of time.What other engines would be good but still have the overall look of something from the era?
Over the history of Pietenpols I'd say people have ran just about all the engines you can think of.
If I'm not mistaken the plans are a bit different for the Corvair or other engines, I think there's a supplement package you order. I have the original set of plans and that's only for the 1 piece wing and Ford powered. If you want a center section three piece wing it think you need that supplement as well.
Bernie Pietenpol's Corvair Pietenpol. Bernie wasn't obsessed with the past, he wanted light, fast and efficient like others want in our modern time. I like it.
I myself love the past, even if it's childish and impractical I still hang on to the past. I love this Pietenpol with a modern engine. the cowl and paint is everything if you want it to look nostalgic.
I'd build a Ford powered Piet but only as a back burner project. I'd need something to fly while undertaking that kind of project or I'd lose interest. No time constraints would allow me to do all my own work. machine axles and hubs for spoke wheels, do my own engine work, pour and machine babbitt just because there is a certain satisfaction in those tasks. Just about need 2 engines so once flying could alternate between rebuild and in service. I can't imagine the engine overhaul intervals are more than 100 hrs.
Actually, the Scout is my preferred model of the Pietenpol and it should do fairly well with a corvair engine as Bernard figured that out a long time ago.
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I just looked over a Piet. at the Lakeland museum (sun and fun) a couple of weeks ago during Christmas vacation, It is such a cool airplane. It had an A-65 continental on it and I think the visibility was much improved over the radiator in front of the forehead model. I wish you much success with your endeavor.
Thanks for all the further advice.I'm quite into the 1920's homebuilts as it was a time of great ingenuity for aviation after the First World War.I've been wanting to make it look so as best as possible.The one Scrapper posted of G-ECVB is a good example of what alternative could be made.As much as I want the Ford engine I from what I've read so far here can't imagine doing longer flights with one.
You're not going to see ground over the nose from the back seat, radiator or not. You fly looking out the side of planes like these anyway. Look at how much flying you are going to do over 10 years and pick your best choice. A lot of times people overestimate how much flying they are going to do. A piet is a great plane for four 15 minute flights on a Saturday afternoon. You fly it for cycles of takeoffs and landings not as a time builder. 150 hours but 600 flights is a lot of flying doing the important stuff. 600 hrs in a Piet is lots of flight time for the average.
Years ago I saw a Piet that was sporting a Kinner radial. I really liked the looks of it.
I've never met an airplane or helicopter that I didn't like