E/P and E/P-X Distributors, #3301

Builders,

I drove up to the SPA/Panther shop today, to drop off four E/P-X distributors that I had assembled and test run yesterday.  These are among our most popular conversion parts ever, in the last 10 years I have made hundreds of them. E/P series distributors I have built are in 90% of the flying Corvair powered planes in the world.  These are proven parts, they are the standard of what works, and for these reasons they are enduringly popular.

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George Carlin pointed out that the terms Rainforest and Wetlands had to be invented because no one was particularly interested in saving what was formerly known as Jungles and Swamps. “Enduringly popular” is a pleasant euphemism for “back ordered.”  However, today was a magic day, because when I drop off the latest four, Lisa, the inventory manager at SPA told me ……I was actually slightly ahead. I had not been in this position for the last 2 years.  I have another 12 distributors in the works right now, so I have finally reached the point were they should be ‘on the shelf’ from here forward.  This is progress, largely made possible because we now use SPA to distribute and support our product line: Outlook 2016, New order page and distribution method.

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Above, an E/P-X running in my distributor machine. For 20 years I used a 1950 Allen distributor machine. The one above is actually older, it is a 1947 Sun. ( Notice the volt meter only goes to 6 volts, 12 volt cars were yet to be sold in 1947 ) The orange arrows are projected onto the degree wheel by a spinning strobe under the center green disc. There are actually six arrows projected, the camera just didn’t catch the top three. I actually inherited this machine from a Florida gentleman who passed last year. He was a very competitive guy in offshore boat racing in the 1970s and 80s. I didn’t know him well, but was one of the few people who toured his machine shop who knew what the distributor machine was. His facility was sold to friends who told me to take the machine and put it to good use. Next year it will be 70 years old and still in fine shape.  As you go through your day today, ask yourself which mechanical device you see for sale that will still be useful in 2086. People can talk all they want about “green” things and “recyclable”, but there is a good argument that making things that last and don’t need to be endlessly replaced is actually less stress on the environment than disposable appliances, even if they are allegedly “green” and “recyclable”.

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To learn more about E/P-X distributors:

http://shop.flycorvair.com/product/3301-epx-distributor/

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 To learn more about E/P distributors:

http://shop.flycorvair.com/product/3301-ep-distributor/

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-ww.