Zenith 650-2700cc Dave Gardea

Friends,

Dave saw his plane on the List of Flying Zeniths and sent us this letter and photos:

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Above, Dave and his 650

Dave Gardea              CH-650          N631DG           2,700            First Flight – 5/4/11

“N631DG now has 81 hours on the hobbs and would have a lot more except I was down for a few weeks last summer while waiting for my new heads from Falcon. My project Web site is at http://n631dg.t15.org/home.html
My YouTube video channel of the first and other flights is at http://www.youtube.com/user/dgardea11/videos

(Dave started flying on a set of heads that just had a simple valve job done on them.  After one of them had a valve guide slip he got to learn first hand that Corvairs fly just fine on 5 out of 6 cylinders.  At that point he went to a set of heads rebuilt by Mark Petz at Falcon machine.-ww)

“The engine I built includes Falcon heads, all your high quality parts, Niagara cooler, a Dan 5th bearing, nitrided crank, Marvel Schebler 10-4894 (Model MA3-SPA) carb, front starter, John Deere alternator, and a Warp Drive prop. I have never had the opportunity to attend a Corvair College. Larry Hudson in the Indianapolis area was a great resource during the build as well in addition to your detailed manuals.
I have also attached a few pics. Please keep up the great posts on the new flycorvair.net! “

Regards,
Dave Gardea
Indianapolis

Above,  the 2,700 Dave built. The engine is straight out of our Conversion and Installation Manuals

 
 

Above, the rear view of Dave’s engine. Gold Oil Filter Housing and optional Sandwich Adapter feeding a heavy duty oil cooler. These components and the Baffle Kit from J.S. Weseman make a very clean professional look in the engine compartment.

About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at www.FlyCorvair.com and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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