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  1. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    I think it will help the discussion if we establish a parameter that will generally be expected to be used by most homebuilders. It is difficult to make accurate comparisons if we all talk about different applications and the resultant forces that may occur. In Toobuilders case he wants to...
  2. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Well said! Here's a suggestion from another cranky old (but at least "honest" ) guy. Tony Bingelis books
  3. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Unlike you and Too, I don't claim to have done anything, but don't deny having done things either. As I have said numerous times in the past, any time you find I have posted something that is incorrect, feel free to jump on board and expose me for being wrong. As best as I can remember you have...
  4. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Knock it off.. This whole post really pushes the boundaries of the rules.
  5. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    You have to expect that there is going to be some machining to build a direct drive. As for the base housing (bell housing), there are a lot of different versions available. The late 90s Corvettes have one with a nice look that's fairly strong and used ones can be bought rather cheaply. Some...
  6. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Yep, and that applies to used Lycomings too.
  7. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    I didn't mind trying to help you with some information specific to conversions. I never mind helping anyone and don't consider it a waste of time. That's one reason I invest so much time in HBA, because I hope some people will benefit from it...even the ones that disagree. In your particular...
  8. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    . You have pretty much summed up the situation. Aircraft Spruce sells copies of Steve Wittman direct drive for about $35. It does not take years to build a direct drive or install an auto engine.
  9. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    QUOTE=gtae07;336504] Eki, properly engineering an engine conversion is going to be an expensive and time-consuming process. You're kidding yourself if you think that average Joe Builder can slap some junkyard engine on his airplane and get a successful, reliable conversion by just "hooking up...
  10. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    You are not looking at the big picture. You don't have to put one in a P85.....a Bearhawk will do just fine. Also a lot of airplanes were built with V6engines using reduction drives. A direct drive LS weighs no more than the V6. It can be used in a lot of airplanes that are cheap to build. It...
  11. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Excellent......a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. You hit the nail right on the head. While many want to sit back and complain that it's tooooo, difficult, you have shown and stated that it isn't. All engines require basically the same systems to operate, but for some reason...
  12. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Yes, that certainly would be something to have for a conversion. I had never heard of one before. If nothing else it would be interesting to see some of the engineering notes and data ......and pictures . Anybody got any inside contacts ?
  13. ekimneirbo

    Buying welding tanks......What to look for

    I found this video and thought it would be helpful to some builders. There has been a lot of controversy about buying used tanks and then having the welding supply places refuse to refill them because you don't have a receipt from the company whose name is embossed on the tank. Doesn't matter...
  14. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    At the risk of being self promoting, that's exactly what I have been saying. The ancillary components are what most often fail, and the engine assembly is not at fault. However, the engine usually gets the bad publicity as another conversion thats unreliable. The cooling system should be...
  15. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Good story Ron. I don't understand why it would take someone 10 years to adapt an engine. Sounds as though he wasn't putting a consistent effort into the project since he already had a proven airplane. You did mention some damage to the airplane, so I guess that may have added to the build...
  16. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    Any ideas on how many small certified airplanes are inactive? I would expect it to be less as many of them are owned/used by businesses and schools. I think one of the reasons for a difference is virtually all homebuilt are owned by individuals and not used in a manner that provides some income...
  17. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    I sold my Geschwender reduction drive to a Canadian pilot who wanted to replace his turbocharged Lycoming with a big block Chevy because the engine was breaking his piggy bank. I think many Lycoming owners suffer buyers remorse about every two thousand hours, or less. For several years after I...
  18. ekimneirbo

    Why aren't more auto engines being used

    . Good post Ron. I wanted to clarify one thing I said. My understanding is that Australia has a large number of Subaru powered gyros too. I believe Ross put that out on another thread if memory serves me correctly.
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