Quicksilver MX Sprint II Project

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Chris In Marshfield

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So I picked up a Sprint II project from the estate of one of our UL chapter members recently. For the uninitiated, it's a 2-seater SBS with a Rotax 582 and wire-braced single-surface wings. It also came with a composite 5-blade prop - Kiev, I believe. The wings were re-covered and have been in storage since then, still wrapped in plastic from the shop that did the work. It also came with a bubble canopy of some sort, but not sure I'll use it. Time will tell.

I also purchased a set of Full Lotus floats with it sight unseen, but have been told by others familiar with them that they're in good shape but missing a couple of landing gear parts. Looking forward to picking them up soon.

Quicksilver Aircraft was quick to turn around an assembly manual for me which will be invaluable as I learn what I have (or don't). Thankfully the airplane was N-numbered, so I just submitted the registration paperwork to Oklahoma City for processing.

Not sure how much work I'll get done on it over the winter since it's in an unheated hangar. But we'll see how far I get. Since it's been assembled in a past life, much of it is already together. It's just a matter of making sure the hardware is up to snuff and current. The plane was registered in 2010, but beyond that I have no idea what its history is. Log books are empty. But it has an airworthiness certificate, so that makes my job a little easier.

I foresee fun flying ahead!

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After a long winter and a springtime of other projects, I was bound and determined to figure out how many hours are on this airframe and engine. Knowing it hasn’t flown since 2010, there are many unknowns. The wiring is a mess, so I couldn’t power it up on the airframe. So I took the EIS home, fabbed a test cable for it, and powered it up with a power tool battery (EIS supports 12V and 24V electrics). She lives! And now I know how many hours it has.

Now to clean up the electrical before doing anything else. This would be 1000% more difficult with the wings on.

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With a friend, we checked all the wires in the harness from the panel and EIS. All checked good and were temporarily labeled with some blue painter’s tape. I ordered a heat shrink tubing labeler from Amazon and will get them properly labeled shortly after arrival. I’ll probably replace those white plastic terminal connectors with something that will accept ring terminals. Heat shrink ring terminals with inner wall melt are super easy to find now. No reason not to make the extra effort.

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Got my overhaul order back from LEAF for the 582. They said it was odd because it looks to have been overhauled at one point but there was a fair amount of corrosion internally. That jives with it having sat for over ten years, but it also means that the previous overhaul is going to get overhauled. Expensive work, but it will be as good as new when I get it back and ready for another 300 hours of adventure.
 
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