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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 08:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,815
Posted By F1Boss
Has any of you tried a scavenger tube?

A larger tube - maybe 1.5x diameter of the standard exhaust pipe - wrapped around the smaller hot exhaust pipe would seem to help get the hot gasses out of the cowling? You see the same thing every...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,197
Posted By F1Boss
oil filters...ugh..

You can use a WIX 51085 if you want to. Been using those for 10 years/700 flight hours since new (550-N) - no worries. Heck - I also use the automotive 3/4 turn and stop method.

If you want, WIX has...
Forum: Rocket 06-16-2022, 05:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,799
Posted By F1Boss
Lessee here…

I started TeamRocket in 2000 to use the help from the CZ boys building the wings and fuselages and parts to finish the build. I sold 175 kits - some still waiting for assembly! 2008 came along and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 11:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,859
Posted By F1Boss
special oil?

AMSOIL was developed for aircraft - ashless dispersent, with a very good set of other stuff that I cannot understand. I use this stuff - compressions on my 550 yesterday were all 78/80 except one...
Forum: Rocket 04-21-2022, 02:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,404
Posted By F1Boss
INOP?

Are the gages both INOP? The floats will read full until the fuel drops to ~16 gal or so - due to the long tanks.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,631
Posted By F1Boss
Been there; Done that - it ain’t cheap

Fellas:
The testing on the F1 elevator mod has been approved by other fellas that have plenty of the alphabet behind their names. The testing has gone thru more than one engineering group, and plenty...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 09-30-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,990
Posted By F1Boss
Bennair; Dunnatt

I had a rotary mechanical pump reset for 50PSI and 50GPH at one of the shops that repairs such devices along with others (vac pumps, hyd pumps etc). The new pump fit exactly where the other pump was...
Forum: Rocket 08-23-2021, 05:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,237
Posted By F1Boss
Git ‘er done

Yes you can lift the plane by the mount - but not the engine. You might balance the lift by using the top bar on the front seat...

If you are only changing tires, I’m confident the engine mount will...
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,790
Posted By F1Boss
This MIGHT work?

I ran a search on heat vs fiberglass. Seems the car guys use various spray/roll/brush methods to put down various products that reduce noise and heat. I ordered enough of one product that will cover...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-12-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 23,391
Posted By F1Boss
Twin row radials/ Devil Dog B25

I get to fly behind 2 ea Wright R-2600’s regularly. Magnificent noise from those babies!! Cruise sounds like cannons beside your head; descending into the pattern is more like .50cal going off beside...
Forum: Rocket 07-20-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,892
Posted By F1Boss
Pilot cooling/heating

I tried those ‘gun ports’ hoping they would work - I guess your eyeball engineering is better than mine! I had to close those off and go with some small bluff body scoops, as seen on some WW2 big...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-05-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,583
Posted By F1Boss
1st easy thing:

You can check to see if one of the grease zerks is loose or has no ball in it. Just put a new zerk in it if that is the problem. If the blade shank is spitting out grease, you will need a new seal....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-28-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,476
Posted By F1Boss
Sure have

I know I did a test on that oil too - no problems - but I recall that one might have a particular smell when pulling to idle when landing. I do not know if that oil is ashless...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,476
Posted By F1Boss
Geez....

So have any of you fellas switched to AMSOIL yet? In case you don't know, it is an ashless/dispersent oil - same as all other aviation oil. So yes - it does keep the lead in suspension.

As for...
Forum: Rocket 02-17-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,588
Posted By F1Boss
Maule 540 numbers

The parts used in the Maule 540 are good parts - could be one of those that Mark mentioned? If I could recall the right number, I would tell you...
Forum: Rocket 01-04-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,807
Posted By F1Boss
It's not that easy!

1st look thru the leg cover (large end) to make sure the airfoil is straight - not twisted. Sand the aft edge so it is straight. Your eyeball will tell the tale there.

Tape the aft edge so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-26-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,975
Posted By F1Boss
I am confused!

Could be simply I am stubborn. Let's talk about alternator regulator setting as is available in the B&C regulator vs those pesky Odyssey PC680 batteries. I would prefer that my battery does it's job,...
Forum: Safety 12-26-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 14,389
Posted By F1Boss
One more input:

As far as I can discern, the AGM batteries need to charge at 14.7volts. This is quite a bit higher than a std battery would use - and most regulators are set for this type of battery; thus your...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-21-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By F1Boss
No problems!

How do you arrange for constant fuel supply? A floppy in the wingtank? That would work in any constant attitude, but what happens when fuel is thrown around in the tank?

You can make a floppy tube...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,946
Posted By F1Boss
Air in the brake system

The glycol and mineral fluids are NOT compatible. Sorry to say, you will need to tweak your bleeding system to make sure no air is introduced, and any air in the system is expelled.

Dot 4 will last...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,833
Posted By F1Boss
Well...

You should probably pull the engine thru before you open the hangar door. You might want to add a Reiff heater to your engine, and a heavy blanket - to keep the heat in the night before flying...keep...
Forum: RV-10 12-04-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,253
Posted By F1Boss
Another option?

Check the real weights on the 550-N vs the 540 - keep in mind the 550-N is 315HP min/325HP max right off the production line, while the 540 is 260HP. I think the final weights are within 7LBS last I...
Forum: Rocket 12-03-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 297,923
Posted By F1Boss
try this:

It seems the Evo with it's larger and more efficient flaps wants to keep flying. I have come to raising the flaps as soon as the tires are on the pavement - the tail comes down immediately when the...
Forum: Rocket 12-02-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 297,923
Posted By F1Boss
Familiar!!

I know that particular unit - nice to see it's still a working bird!
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,428
Posted By F1Boss
OK - so who makes the right parts?

I have not seen another piece of equipment that will punch the PC680 with 14.7V as it requires. B&C said turn it up, and the Odyssey chart said the same thing. Please tell me what I should replace...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,428
Posted By F1Boss
Another plan that worked for me

I always thought that the internal regulated alternators I used did not smack the PC680 with enough volts - at least the voltage wasn’t quite what the battery needed for a full charge (14.7V for...
Forum: Rocket 11-23-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,611
Posted By F1Boss
HR2 vs F1 spin results

Hey Fellas:

Some of you might recall the silver/black HR2 I had - we swapped out fin/rudder setups to test the F1 design. Some interesting results came out...

The HR2 would not spin more than about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2020, 04:29 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,325
Posted By F1Boss
Builder?

That plane was built in my shop. That part of the story is not well known. It was a genuine back-of-the-napkin design. It sure didn’t use much runway - no matter which engine was in it.

Willie...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,325
Posted By F1Boss
.5 MACH TAS

Well, Bruce Bohannon claims 283KTAS at 40,000 -70F in the Flyin’ Tiger. I recall the .5 number but the 284KTAS seems slow? Can anyone confirm the number at that altitude and temperature?

Who said...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,325
Posted By F1Boss
uh-oh!

LOL you found out that the Evo wing is made for higher altitudes, which means the Sport wing is faster down low! D'OH! I think the break-over point is around 7500MSL...so you gonna have to catch me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,325
Posted By F1Boss
This might work?

June 2014 17.5 @ 214KTAS resized

Checking the pic I uploaded. I swear I have seen 1KTAS faster, but danged if I can find that one. Headed home from Reno this trip...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-04-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,446
Posted By F1Boss
Bendix

IO-550 so those use Bendix. Not sure if there is room on a 540?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,446
Posted By F1Boss
Not so fast, Amigo

The adapters are reused each removal. Plug prices are closer to $7 now (Denso) and they come gapped. My mag-check dropped to 10RPM after changing the wires, plugs, and adapters.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2020, 03:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,121
Posted By F1Boss
Not so fast!

Hang on to your hat - it’s an RG bird...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,675
Posted By F1Boss
Ahem...

"felt like a rocket with its performance."

I'll let you say (and I agree) it is a quick machine - sure LOOKS the part too! Very nice job indeed.

I will also suggest that you never get in a REAL...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,121
Posted By F1Boss
Not much difference

I have the Cerminil cyls on my Rocket - TCM 550-N. Ran 'em 1st with mineral, then Phillips 25W-60 as I had a lot of that around from a previous round motor aircraft. Oil use early was more or less...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-19-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 21,882
Posted By F1Boss
The right tool

I can’t recall what those big ol’ heavy things are called, but I have one that holds a door open here. Yours if you want it - built several sets of spars using a big mallet and this machine.

Heading...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,296
Posted By F1Boss
Good plan!

I have seen production aircraft with std a/c fabric glued in place, shrunk, and painted the same color as the rest of the ship. My take on this is it helps keep the bugs etc out - tho it might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2020, 05:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,917
Posted By F1Boss
Lindbergh did this 1st

Lindberg went to the Pacific area during WW2 to help the pilots in their P-38s get more range - that is how they got Yamamoto. He also helped the Corsair pilots with the same setup. Extra range for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-12-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 23,638
Posted By F1Boss
A bit of luck is involved!

I have been using those batteries for 'a while' now. Some have done admirable service; some are kaput in a very short time. I have cranked up my B&C regulator to 14.7V (matching the Odyssey charger...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-12-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,350
Posted By F1Boss
Close!

Please call him Dr. Anders - he was a practicing dentist - could still be? A good fella to have in your corner for sure.

Yes - you can use the wool as baffling in tight spaces where the rubber does...
Forum: Rocket 08-11-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,013
Posted By F1Boss
I PROMISE!! Well, maybe...

The Speed Slope windshield adds at minimum..uh...better (small) bird strike protection. I was gonna add 5KT too, but that is not so. If you want to do it better, ask Jeff to make you one that is...
Forum: Rocket 08-10-2020, 05:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,066
Posted By F1Boss
Different design points

[QUOTE=Toobuilder;1453114]I did a bit of impromptu comparison testing with my buddy and his MT 3 blade F1. In a side by side test at WOT, my airplane and it's Hartzel 2 blade would outrun him at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-08-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 56,595
Posted By F1Boss
Another path:

Cirrus came up with a drive system that attaches to either the two drives on the back of both TCM engines and LYC types to run their A/C units. We made up a few copies when we were still selling kits...
Forum: Rocket 07-31-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,066
Posted By F1Boss
I have one of those:

I have one of those on my ship (550 Continental), and in my case, it works great. The 550 has higher gearing in the accy section, so I can get usable juice at around 800 RPM. The LYC has slower...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-25-2020, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,858
Posted By F1Boss
Well, that depends...

You can see DA at Reno of 7000’ at times, and 4000’ on other days. So, a bit of twizzling with the mag lead would be beneficial on a NA engine. The electronic setup would do that for you.

Of course...
Forum: Rocket 07-17-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,606
Posted By F1Boss
Call the company!

I recall handing Vince a big box of those things - ring him up 1st.

Keep building!!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-16-2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,944
Posted By F1Boss
No sweat: Bennair; Dunnatt

We have been using the oversize hole process on the Rocket canopies since 1994 or so. Many aircraft used that exact process too.

Drill the hole to match 1/4” OD fuel line, and cut the line to match...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-10-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,742
Posted By F1Boss
doides shot?

Changing the diode board is very easy - and not very expensive. Might be that you can change that part and fix the problem without buying a new alternator? In any case, have an alternator shop...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,499
Posted By F1Boss
B&C

I have been flying with the 410H for 10 years. No problems! 550 Continental has a better drive ratio - I can get useful power around 850RPM. The LYC system might need closer to 1000RPM to make useful...
Forum: Reviews 06-26-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,049
Posted By F1Boss
Spring re-shaping

Heat the spring until it is just starting to turn red where you want the bend, then bend. You will not remove the temper. Piece ?o cake!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,449
Posted By F1Boss
WW2 design - not bad

If that one is like the round engine setups, those ports are leak ports if the pump shaft seal goes south in flight — the fuel gets dumped overboard and outside the cowling. Believe it or not, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,463
Posted By F1Boss
Well dang it!

Maybe coulda done this mod if we knew about it at the time. Aarrghhh. I know the std cowl will not fit around the angle valve engines - best thing I can think of is to make molds of a properly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,463
Posted By F1Boss
hang in there

Vince will soon have a round inlet cowl that already has the round inlets - sized the same size and shape as DanH is using. Might be a bit large, but all you have to do is close off the outlet.

The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-20-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,416
Posted By F1Boss
AMSOIL

Developed for aircraft engines at the outset - is ashless/dispersent, but you won't find that written anywhere except in a very old TAP publication - which is now only electronic. Too slippery for...
Forum: Traditional vs. Alternative Powerplants 05-05-2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 26,092
Posted By F1Boss
550G/N specs

Using the std TQ/HP formulas, the 550N has 603lbs/ft of torque at 2700/30” where the Lyc 540 has 505lbs/ft at the same power setting. That is a substantial differrence.

I am pretty sure that the TCM...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,090
Posted By F1Boss
Rotors

Grove Aircraft can sell you the rotors - but remember that you will need a shim for the caliper when installing the thicker rotors.

https://groveaircraft.com/wbproducts.html

The F1 uses the 56-1...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,090
Posted By F1Boss
Am I wrong?

As far as I know, Dot 5 does not burn - tho it can get very hot. Am I wrong about this? If I am right, seems the nose draggers should be using this product...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-12-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,944
Posted By F1Boss
APPROVED!!

Yep - if that is all it takes to get his signature. You can take it off now..:eek: BTW that will allow any others who think the wire is magical to use the less expensive filters too! As another time...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By F1Boss
Non-serviceable OK?

I still have a 550 case - and someone else has my 360 case - both non-serviceable. Both were free - just pay shipping. You should be able to get the same deal, as the parts are of no use in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-12-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,944
Posted By F1Boss
Exactly!!

The filters I have used for 15+ years do not require a torque setting - only +3/4 turn after the o ring touches the pad. I put silicon goo on the o ring just in case. Never had a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-03-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,438
Posted By F1Boss
Easy install; better starting; LOP OPS better too

Hey Danny:

I have one of the development units on my engine - just got the final version today, so no more quick change of developmental units. I can feel the timing change at LOP, and the dang...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-31-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,697
Posted By F1Boss
Very quiet

The Airflow unit is dead quiet.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,063
Posted By F1Boss
All parts are available

Contacted Robin directly - turns out all the required parts are available. Robin will answer all these questions directly - all I would do is mess it up.

The flanges that contour to the wing are...
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