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blainepga

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I am Blaine Anderson and I live in the Phoenix, AZ area (Queen Creek). Attached are pictures of the jig I designed for the center section and wings. This allows me to adjust my work area as needed. The adjusters on the engine stands allow me to properly level my work. I have started building a Mustang II with folding wings. I will be using an auto conversion. This is a GM Ecotec LSJ 2.0L supercharged engine with 205 hp and 200 ft lbs of torque all in between 3000 - 4000 rpm. With a PSRU at 1.6 reduction, this will give a prop rpm of 1875 to 2500. In about 6 weeks I will have performance figures for another configuration similar to mine. I am not at liberty to release them yet, but they are outstanding. I can tell you that fuel gph are at least a 30% improvement over an O-360 with fuel injection. Anyone can contact me at [email protected] or 480-463-7365.​


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The Mustang II is designed with a bench seat. I wanted to install individual seats. The first thing I found is airplane seats are really expensive. I have a background in drag racing so I started thinking about various types of racing seats. They have to meet extensive requirements for crash worthiness and fire requirements. I found a number of combinations that would work and I settled on a fixed back seat from JAZ Products. The most improtant factor being, it fits. The seats are 19" wide for a 40" wide cockpit. They weigh 12 lbs with covers with 1" of foam. Now that I had the seat, I began to design the internal seat structure in the center section. I went for over kill in my choice of material, 1.5" x 3/16" 6061 aluminum angle. Once I skin the center section, I don't want anything to be able to come loose. As it turned out the completed structure weighs right 9 lbs. Because I am using a fixed back seat, getting to the baggage area was a consideration. I looked at any number of options (hinges, etc.) but I decided on a slot method that locks the seat into place but makes removal of the seats from the plane about a three second operation.

The pictures I have included show the final mockup of my structure:

1. The first four pictures show the seat rails attached to the seat. I could have used sliders but they add another inch to the seat height. For adjustments there will be three sets of slots 1" apart. When I measured, I should have 2" of headroom with the canopy in the stock position.

2. The next two pictures show the seat belt attachments.

3. The remaining pictures show various angles of the structure and the completed structure.

There are some minor modification that will be made to the seats for stick clearance and I will include more pictures when they are finished. If anyone has questions you can contact me via email [email protected] or phone 480-463-7365 or by responding through this blog.
 

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I am going to use the GM Ecotec LSJ supercharged 4 cylindar engine. The Ecotec line of engines are bullet proof. They have a forged crank and piston rods. They use a main girdle instead of main caps. With an aluminum block, this supplies additional stability. It has a 7 qt oil pan and comes stock with an oil cooler. It has 205 HP and 200 ft lbs. of torque. All of the torque is in between 3000 and 4000 rpm. This is ideal with a PSRU. This is a prop rpm between 1875 and 2500 rpm with a 1.6 reduction. The engine also comes with an intercooler for the supercharger. I like the supercharger because of the additional heat issues with turbochargers. The ECU either has to be modified or you can replace it with the MEFI5(Marine Electronic Fuel Injection) ECU. It does away all of the car sensor points that are not needed with a boat or airplane. It does need slight modification but not a big deal. This engine comes in many flavors from 142 hp to 260 hp. Firwall forward with the supercharger, it weighs right at the same weight as an o-360. I am intending to use a Geared Drives PSRU. I have to wait and see the direction of the company with the death of Bud Waren.

A brand new crate engine can be purchased from just under $2000 - $4000. Low mileage motors (5000 - 10000 miles) can be found for a very reasonable amount. I got a LSJ supercharged motor with everything including the ECM and harness for $3800. The harness and ECM from a dealer would cost about $1700. My motor has 391 actual miles. A young man bought a new Cobalt SS and promptly rolled it. The car was totaled but the motor doesn't have a scratch. Me 1, youth 0.

I am building a jig so that I can build the engine mount. I will be using 3/4" chromemoly tubing with an .080 wall thickness. I will include pictures of the jig and mount as I go.
 
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Hello All,

I was off to a good start but I have had to backoff for awhile during my treatment for T1C (stage 1) prostate cancer. I have just 13 raditation treatments left. Needless to say I have had more specific issues ot address. I am very fortunate to have found my cancer very, very early. Don't believe the BS about not needing those unnecessary PSA tests (as stated by the current administration). I went in for a totally different reason that led to saving my life.

Blaine Anderson
 

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I have had my 6 month blood work. Normal PSA is .50 and I was .43. I guess I am now sub human. I have ordered my PSRU and I will post photos soon.Blaine
 

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I am getting my PSRU from Air Boat Gear Drives. It can be used with any Chevy big/small block v8 or 90 degree v6. It has 2.0 reduction ratio and has had no failures in twenty five years of use on airboats. They get more use than any airplane. It is a very stout unit with a reverse rotation. No different than using a low time certified reverse companion from a twin. They're only $2195 and you supply the flex plate for attachment to the engine. They will attach their resonance absorbing coupler to the flex plate. I am using the Ecotec 2.0L supercharged engine and am fabricating and adaptor plate for this combination. My PSRU is on the way. I'll have pictures of my adaptor plate and the PSRU attached to my engine in the cradle I am building with a mockup of my firewall so that I can build my engine mount. Blaine Anderson
 
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I am finally getting back to working on my project. I acquired an engine hoist and am in the process of finishing my engine cradle so that I can begin welding my engine mount together. I will post more picture in the near future.

Blaine
 
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I have been away this site for awhile. In the past year I have had four major operations on my neck and back. I should be good to go in six months. Any updates I have will be posted after that.

Blaine
 
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