Corvair Core engine needed in St. Louis area.

Builders,

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I have been speaking with Dan Noble for the last few weeks as he had been looking for a core to rebuild for he upcoming Zenith project.  He is really Gung-ho on this, but somehow the ironic sense of humor in the universe keeps showing him guys who live 6 hours away who want $500 for seized motors missing heads. I told him if something better didn’t turn up, I would put the word out here, and I predicted positive results, so lets see if a builder out there can get Dan a lead on a core in his area and prevent me from looking bad.

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Dan Noble  314-398-8110

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If you know anyone who has a spare core within a few hours of St. Louis which meets the standard of 1964-69, 95 or 110, and rotates 360 degrees, please do me a favor and give Dan a quick call or text. He is a good guy, someone we want in our builder community. I really like his attitude, because he told me that he is going to build either a 650 or a Cruiser, which ever appealed to his wife, all he specified is that it is going to be Corvair powered.

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PS, if the guy who provides the intel which get Dan a core shows up at my Oshkosh display, I will buy that builder dinner as a thank you for showing community support on this. -ww.

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Judging a book by it’s cover story: When engine shopping, I don’t care if the engine is clean, only if it rotates. Counterintuitive Grease Monkey Experience: an engine that is covered in goo on the outside constantly leaked oil, and thus had a continuous oil change going on. This motor invariably looks better inside than one which drove the last 3 or 4 years without an oil change. Besides, an oil leak core motor began the “self cocooning” anti-exterior corrosion process before hibernating a few decades waiting for you to need a flight engine core.

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3,000cc Corvair for 750 STOL, David Koshinski.

Builders,

Here is a look at the 3rd engine that ran at the joint Flycorvair/SPA Panther workshop open house. It belongs to David Koshinski, and he is installing this on his Zenith 750 STOL.

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Ok, get a good look at his smiling mug. This is the face of a very happy man. What produces this expression? The satisfaction of having an engine that you built with your own hands, an engine you really understand,  lay down a perfect break in run. This is what the very core of traditional homebuilding is all about. The fact that David had this accomplishment in the company of other like minded builders, and with the direct support of the two companies that guided him through the process makes it all that much sweeter…..

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Contrast the image above with this story: A week before this event, I received an email from a guy up north, someone who has met me in person, which basically said he had looked on Google earth and seen the address of the Panther factory was in an industrial park, not directly on an airport, and from this, he come to the conclusion that the event wasn’t real, and he canceled his plans to attend.

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I sent him a few replies, pointing out that this was the same location where we held several events like this: Corvair Finishing School #1, Video report.. I pointed out that SPA/Panther sells kits, not finished planes, so they are located in an industrial park with 3 phase power in the down town area of our town, not at our residential, non commercial airport out in the woods. When nothing I said could dissuade him from thinking he stumbled on to some sort of devious plot, I finally sent him a message ‘confessing’ that he got it right, there was no college, neither of our companies had ever existed, all the pictures and stories were fake, That were were all actually Russians and located in Kiev………

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When the same individual now looks at all the finished engines and happy builders, he has to wonder how we get southern Russia to look so much like Florida in the pictures, and how we get the KGB agent above to pose for the pictures with that faked look on his face. Insidious really, but in the words of General Jack Ripper, “Thats how your hard core commies work*”

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* If you don’t recognize the quote above, go to Youtube and search  “Dr. Strangelove – Precious Bodily Fluids” for a glance at one of the greatest Aviation movies ever made.

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Wewjr.

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