The stitching along the cockpit edges reminds me of the cleated stitching on a WWI airplane like the SE5a and a few others. I assume there will be leather there, though? Whereabouts in Oklahoma is that (general area, no need to be specific)?
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Our chapter, EAA 461, has been given a partially finished Pietenpol. It’s covered, good workmanship, but we have sooooo many questions.
First question - wheels and brakes
Axles are 1 1/2” and tires are 6x6.00. We are trying to source wheels and brakes. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
A couple of photos attached We removed the old Goodyear brakes after these photos were taken.
It will be powered by a 65 HP Continental. Not too much brake required, but 1C5 (Clow) is hard surface with a flight school. Brakes are essential.
next up - axle location
The project was built for a Corvair, and we are *hoping* to use a Donated C-65-8. We do have a Corvair if it comes to that. It apparently has the longer fuselage - First thing we did this was measure things. After reading the weight and balance manual, I was fairly shocked to find the center of the axles on this project are between 7” and 7 1/2” behind the leading edge of the wing as currently set. This was aircraft level, and a plumb hung from the L.E.
I read the weight and balance manual. It clearly states the axles are intended to be 0.5” behind the leading edge.
Before I start thinking about how we can completely re-do the gear....am I missing something? I have photos and data, but no experience and I’m the first to admit it.
If I interpret the weight and balance guide properly, we have a challenge on our hands with the location of the gear.
Our question is on a long fuselage Pietenpol (built for a Corvair) is the axle still supposed to be 0.5” behind the wing leading edge?
Any ideas are welcome. Thanks