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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    BTW, my old Saturn was over 200,000 miles before it was opened up, and then only because of a busted timing chain guide. At the end, somewhere over 260,000 miles, the odometer was broken. People I've spoken with said these cars kept going for a very long time; mine certainly did.

    My car had the SOHC engine. Wikipedia says it weighed 197 lbs or something like that. I think it was supposed to have 85hp. A later SOHC engine made 100, and the The DOHC makes 125 horsepower, but is slightly heavier. However, I don't know if those had the same reputation for reliability. I think that figure was with all the junk on it! Swag Automotive sold an aero conversion with a PSRU, but, given how the owner died, it might not be a good idea. He was flying a Varieze with a converted and apparently hopped up Metro engine in it. Never got enough power to climb over trees at the end of the runway. Verdict was severe preignition. Or at least that's the rumor.

    From looking at a torque curve, it appears my engine (or possibly the 100 hp version??) would get 50 hp at 2500 rpm. The DOHC would get a bit more. So maybe on a Piet you could get away without the PSRU?? What happens to engines like this if you run them at high throttle settings and 2500 rpm?

    A further consideration for this and other more recent auto engines is that, from what I've read, lead kills oxygen sensors.

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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    From Facebook. Earlier we were talking about making wheels.

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    Screen shot edited of the builders post from Facebook.

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    Perky has been making those like that for about 30 years. Strangely enough he doesn't run them on his ship. I heard Perky is not well. He has been a pillar in the Piet community forever. I will investigate on my trip to Kansas City.

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    Perky? Who's that?

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    Ken Perkins. His model A powered piet is all over youtube. red with 850x6 tires with no brakes. Very meticulous machinist from the Kansas City area. He makes ford conversion parts too. His airplane is in a lot of the Broadhead videos.

    Edit: I don't know how to embed the youtube here but his airplane is in the opening of youtube title "broadhead 2009 part 2" Shows his airplane taking off.

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    I know the man, I just never heard him called Perky or at least didn't put two and two together. Broadhead is local to me. He has a nice Piet.

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    It says Perky right on the side of his Piet. One of these days I will learn how to spell Brodhead. I keep putting a "A" in there.

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    Actually, it says "PERKS" on the side.

    I always spell it like a broadhead on a arrow, lol, you'd think I'd learn by now.

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    We try to visit there about once a month or so....It is perfect place for a nice quiet Saturday morning trip.

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    My daughter Emily at the EAA museum next to a Pietenpol.
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    Re: THE PIETENPOL AREA

    Quote Originally Posted by Turd Ferguson View Post
    The advantage of making your own hubs is they can be designed to fit a standard aircraft axle.

    A milling machine with a DRO will drill the flange holes with no dividing head
    A dividing head or Rotary Table can be had for $169.00 for six inch or $245.00 for eight inch either would suffice for drilling a hub but it may be easier and less expensive to fixture to the eight inch. http://www.cdcotools.com/ under the milling tools section, Rotary Tables (Horizontal & Vertical).
    And he also sells DRO's for those that prefer.

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