OK CONTEST IS OVER!
The correct answer is Kitfox 5, 6, and 7, tricycle gear. Three guys guessed this, and I will send each of them a tee shirt, as soon as they write back with their size and address. Mike Maury was the first guy to mention this, because he has been waiting for this for a long time, and he is the “Outlaw Kitfox” guy mention in previous stories. He was say it in about an hour and mentioned this, but I didn’t say he was wrong, I just left it alone. Later, 2 other guys Bob Krause and Ken Paxton, followed Mike, and notice, I didn’t say they were wrong either. Don’t be mad, it was a great brainstorming session of classic homebuilts.
Dan and Rachel built several of these mounts, Mike’s is just the first one pictured. If you are a Kitfox guy, you can call Rachel direct at SPA/Panther for pricing and delivery. 904 626 7777 ext #1. These were several years in development, and now they are an on the shelf item. Progress. -ww.
Here is todays contest: Use the comments section to identify this motor mount. Bonus points for knowing which models of the aircraft it fits, and the landing gear configuration. First builder with the right answer gets a tee shirt, and the first smart aleck who guesses Cessna 162 will get a sack of rubber dog poop flown in from Hong Kong:
Above, the mount on a rotating stand. Picture was taken today in the SPA/Panther factory. Mount design and layout is by Dan Weseman, fabrication by Mr. Travis, aka “Retro Black“.
Above, right side up. Notice it has it’s own custom MA-3SPA intake and Custom exhaust.
Could be some hints here: Mounts at Oshkosh and Colleges.
May the most eagle eyed builder win. Start typing, if it takes two tries to guess right, we will send your tee shirt with the sleeves torn off, Larry the Cable guy style.
The dummy motor pictured has actually made about six trips to Oshkosh as my display motor, when it was cosmetically more youthful. We dressed it out with accessories to look real, but it spared risking a real engine getting damaged by weather or in transit It has no valuable parts inside. Every year, after the last day of the show, I would unbolt it from the stand, and leave it right out by the road overnight to see if anyone would heist it. Inside it was a note saying “I hope you had fun carrying this boat anchor all the way to the parking lot.” A potentially fun joke, but no one ever took it.
106 Replies to “Today’s contest: Identity this Corvair motor mount.”
Panther Tri gear motor mount
Brent, good guess. but not correct. Keep gong for the sleeveless option. -ww.
Sorry, no dice.
wow, and you even gave a hint with the clip from Top Gun. It’s obvious! It’s for an F-14. There are plenty in moth balls for the taking.
So close, and yet still wrong Maverick.
I hope like heck that will hang my 3 litre on the front of my kifox series7 nose dragger. Mike maury
Zenith 750. If I’m correct I’d prefer to have a t-shirt with sleeves
Sorry Robin, zenith 750s so have five points, but the center mount point is at the top, not the bottom like the pictured mount
Engine mount for a Zodiac 601XL
Zenith 601/650 mounts have 4 mounting points and the exhaust goes through the mount. , sorry!
I meant to say Zenith not Zodiac
For the 601, 650 and 750
Hi, I can only guess by the hint from the topgun movie, Maverick homebuilt, I Think it is from patterson AeroSales, and that it was a Murphy design from the start…. but I could be wrong.
We have built Murphy mounts, but this isn’t one
It is for a scaled down WWII replica of a P-39 (but with the engine in the wrong place). No?
How about a mount for a BD-18.
I like the idea on a Corvair-cobra
…Hi again… forgot to write that it looks like a nose gear configuration… or perhaps floats…
Yes it is nosegear
I’m am going with the B-KOO “Inspiration” first Chinese homebuilt aircraft. Due to the reference in Top Gun.
Sorry, it isn’t going to China, even if it would help the trade imbalance
The engine mounts upper attachment points are wide, which leads me to believe it is side by side 2 seater. The central power mount perhaps denotes a co-locating with a nose gear. I thought I might be for a Pusher install ( Breezy? ), but the exhaust stacks are at the wrong angle. I think it might be something with a firewall on an angle as well… Or, is it another motor mount of the Twin RV-6?….
It is side by side, and a trigear, but not a pudher
Savanna S mount
There is one of those pictured in last month’s custom mount story, but this is different, sorry Early.
Gemini CH 620
Early, your zero for two. On your third bad guess, you have to mail in your shirt, after a few more, your going to be down to your boxers
OK but it has a Greg Norman ‘The Shark’ logo on it and I know you will use it to clean an oil spill rather than wear it.
We’re still talking about your shirt I hope? Because I’m definitely not interested in wearing your boxers
crap, you already said its not a pusher…
crap, you said trigear
one of the s-models
crap, I think he got it…talk to me cougar
Kr2s trigear I think unless Im disqualified for my Bruce Dern Comments.
I liked Dern in The Cowboys. But it isn’t a KR mount, their nose gear is a socket
Hmm… Carb moved up which denotes sleek cowl. The circular pad to me denotes a place for Ercoupe type rubber donuts to snub a Bede type nose strut, mounted on the firewall. Europa is wide enough, but the cowl is deep. Pulsar variant?, maybe, but they are not particularly wide. Murphy Rebel LSA, that might be a fit. In my wildest dreams? it’s for a side by side Bearhawk Patrol ( No, it won’t happen, I asked, “Bob” said no, build a Wagabond ! 😉 Buttercup? that is a long shot as well, it is wide, but I don’t think their has been a tri-gear variant… Yet.
Anthony, you are all over the map, but the part about little rubber donuts is correct. Same cowl as our other birds, I built pulsar mounts, but this isn’t one
Doh! I got the side by side and I got the rubber donut, dang I am close! 🙂 It has got to be something that is more “old school” that old schooler EAA-er’s can build if they choose…
It is one of the most popular homebuilts of all time
Alex, what is a Flybaby?
Robin, it is a classic home built from 1962, we have made mounts for them, but this isn’t one
Daphne? That would be nice in a Tri-Gear, it could be LSA if reg < 1320…
“It is one of the most popular homebuilts of all time”…. Ah Tailwind?
Another Long shot, popular because it was unique, but not in total numbers built. The Dyke Delta guys are talking about an LSA variant, It was in the 1962 timeframe. The rubber donut would fit, as an LSA variant would now go fixed gear. Come to think of it, I think the LSA variant they are discussing maybe side-by-side….
Thorpe t-18 trigear
Sonerai tri gear
Sorry, it is too wife for that, and it doesn’t fit a DC – 8 super 60 either
Forgot…side by side
Quickie Q200 or dragonfly trigear?
Nice plane, but wrong
I’m eating lunch with Dan, I just read him your guess, and he said to tell you the threw up in his mouth
I thought for sure it was a PL-2!
Ok this is my final guess Stits SA-11 playmate
I built 2 mounts for SA-7 Stits skycoupes , but this isn’t for a 7 or an 11
I’m late to the party, but, my guess is a Kitfox 5, 6, or 7
Byron Engle has a Corvair in one, but this isn’t the mount
I’m gonna guess the Wittman Tailwind.
Richard, Tailwind Buttercup and RV tailwheel planes all have the gear legs built into the mount.
I’m gonna guess its for the Wittman Tailwind.
Rick, see my previous reply
I got it! Its for the UnicornVair
are you sure its not for a Cougar?
Not a cougar
Yes! Er ah no.
BD-4 tri gear
A pox upon your house and all who enter
MFI-9HB – Bolkow Junior Ok ive exceeded my chances. If I’m wrong I’ll send a special gift.
You are still wong
T-40 it is not, neither a nor b
Several flying on Corvairs, but this is a different design.
Tri gear emeralds? Nausea!
crap, not a trigear
Yeah that would be bad
Your down to your boxers
is it a Europa?
its a tri gear volksplane??????
Good guess, but no.
its my WAG I have no idea
It’s soooo common……
Common but not that common
its for a c152 experimental
Wrong kind of nose gear
I don’t suppose it could be for a design that was typically VW powered and is being adapted to Corvair so it needs a sleek mounting? You can flog me if I am way off base.
Not bad, but not correct
OK call it a cheat but I just scanned through the 2006 Kitplanes Plans Built Buyer’s guide and could not find a two-seat, side-by-side, nosegear aircraft that uses an engine in the 100 hp range that has not already been mentioned. Either it is one that was nosegear optional or the plans were long out of print by then (or I just looked too fast).
Already mentioned but maybe not yet denied?
i think you are fishing for clues Sarah?
She knows how to ask the right questions
I think when he finally says what it is we are all going to hit our self’s in the head and say I should have thought of that?
Cygnet maybe ?
Sarah, contest over, it was a Kitfox. Cignet is a fair guess, but I have not heard of a trigear one.
that was fun you should have these more often, confrats to shirt winners
glad I didnt misspell shirts
William, This is great news for all of us who want to put a Corvair on our Kitfox. All of the work that you and Dan and Travis do is appreciated! Thank you.