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