One Part at a time….

Builders,

Below is a photo of the custom Pietenpol mount which was in the fixture on Friday.

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Monday morning, its off to the powder coater, in a week it will be in Lou’s shop in NJ, one more part closer to the day his plane takes to the air.

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Most people don’t look at it this way, but here is what always catches my attention about a motor mount: This particular one weighs under six pounds. Yet it is strong enough to support a 240 pound fully dressed engine / propeller combination, while the plane pulls 6 G’s and makes the engine weigh 1,440 pounds, and it has the torsional strength to resist 180 foot pounds of torque at the same time.  These are not guesses, we have load tested mount designs far in excess of these numbers, and flight tested them also.  The mount has no life span nor fatigue limit. With moderate care it could be airworthy on the 200th anniversary of powered flight.

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Since 1989, I have sold more than 500 motor mounts for Corvairs. Over the years I was assisted by a few friends in making them; Ed Fisher welded about 25,  2007-09, Vern Stevenson welded about 45 working in my shop with me 2007-2015, and Travis Young working at SPA did about 25 when I was traveling and taking care of family in 2016-17. Even though the mount pictured is comfortably above number 400 that I have personally welded,  the feeling of completing one never gets old. I always spend a minute to look at it and wonder how many years it will be until I see it again in person, at a College or Oshkosh or an open house. It is the satisfaction of playing a small, positive role in the personal goal of another human.

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By consumer society standards, I don’t have a financially lucrative career. However, I have something that an ever dwindling number of people do: I get to make lasting things with my own hands. This makes a big difference in my life, and practicing my craft has tided me through many tough times in my life, a blessing that many people don’t derive from their job.  If you are a homebuilder, you likely understand that feeling, because it doesn’t matter if it is how you earn your living, what matters is having access to the same feeling when you are in your shop. You understood exactly what I meant when I wrote:

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“Hours in the shop working with your own hands cleanses the part of your sanity which modern life soils”

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Make some part for your plane this week, the magic of it never fails to change the outlook on life.

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-wewjr