Its the only unit they sell. Airboat use is $3k, E/AB use is $5500. For the exact same part.How about a little more info? For what engine on what aircraft, for starters.
But they also have a unit specifically for aircraft. So its either a better unit, or simply a money grab. I'm not going to lie to get a cheaper price. I have other options. I hope they have enough airboat sales to keep them running.Both have options $3000 and under.
I read a few reviews and the mount will work for standard chevy/ford bellhousings.I still didn't see a clear answer to what engine and what airframe he's talking about... this is a redrive for a Tee Dee. 049 on the Cox PT-19... right?
I understand it's the only redrive they sell, and I understand that they have two different prices for the same unit. Their insurance cost on the ones they sell for airboats is probably five times what their insurance cost is for the same one sold for E-AB airplanes.
EDIT: 10 minutes later... this is absolutely amazing. I went to the Stinger Drives website, and THEY don't say what engines or airframes this product is for. There's nothing that mentions any type of aircraft either. So besides pfarber above, even the company itself doesn't want anyone to know what their product is for, what it fits, or what the value proposition is.
I am 100% into the 'do my own thing' and 'hobbyist' mentality. I have restored antique vehicles and also made parts unique to a specific truck that sold worldwide.I think you are lucky you are having a reality check.
If you have ever been around airboats, there are some nice professional boats that are out there. Most are home conversions, that shall we say, are farmer engineering at its best, with as much rusty angle iron to make a junk dealer jealous.
Those guys whine about the price, but they don’t whine about installing.
The only real reason to go auto conversion is because you want to be different.
The only people that an auto conversion is cheaper are the ones who can machine their own redrive ,but find it cheaper to buy someone else’s time than do it themselves. Someone who can build their own EFI but want to use that talent on their ham radio. People who just want to hot rod an engine or just want to experience the process of an auto engine plane. Even at buying everything at $10k probably has another $5k of learning curve. They are not consumer engines; they are hobbyist engines. It’s like owning a race car. One week you make all the laps, but some times down the road you will not have to change the oil because there is a big hole in the side.
It’s not the place for someone who wants to just fly. Hobbyists want to play with their toys. A conservative pilot wants to forget there is any mechanical necessity associated with them flying. They are just diametrically opposed positions.
You are correct, there is a need.The E/AB desperately needs a 180-200hp FWF kit that doesn't cost $50k.
Same here. Unfortunately, the E-AB world is full of people who are ready to tell others what they should be doing, who expect of others what they are unwilling or unable to do themselves, and who believe that something complicated should be easy.And if I learned anything from this forum (well, I learned many things) is that I wouldn't want to deal with 'the public' as even a group of people who actually want to convert auto's are more trouble than they are worth.
I have hippopotamus thick skin. I was in the Navy (Submarines), a Corrections officer, and owned an ISP dealing with 1000's of customers. But even on this forum I've been emailed and warned about dealing with 'old heads' who I properly called out for their BS. But hey, this is a kid safe zone lol.You are correct, there is a need.
Same here. Unfortunately, the E-AB world is full of people who are ready to tell others what they should be doing, who expect of others what they are unwilling or unable to do themselves, and who believe that something complicated should be easy.
The fact that it doesn't exist would indicate that it's not an easy thing to do.The E/AB desperately needs a 180-200hp FWF kit that doesn't cost $50k. Look at the Corvair folks, strong community and a solution to a problem. But sadly not in the HP range for a 4 place high speed XC machine.
Yes, there is (was) a BD-4 flying with a V8.. but it was more of a custom race engine than an off the shelf motor. This was done to get an all aluminum motor installed. Ran well, had the typical cooling problems. This example was well over $15k.Is this engine/redrive combo intended for the BD-4 that is in your signature file??? I've heard of BD-4's with auto conversions. Don't know about a BD-4 with anything the size of what is shown on those websites in the posts above though.
The price point is the issue. As soon as you look for FWF packages they all seem to want $20k+. When you can get a certified motor for less.. why mess with a conversion?The fact that it doesn't exist would indicate that it's not an easy thing to do.