Info page, Corvair College #43, Barnwell SC.

Builders,

This is the general information page for Corvair College #43. It is being posted on 6/12/18. The on line sign up link is attached below. 

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Background:

Corvair College #43 will be held at Barnwell SC, 10-12 November 2018:  This is our flagship College.

For a look at the 2015 Barnwell College, check this out: Corvair College #35 Barnwell builders video.

For a look at the EAA film about the 2013 Barnwell College, click here: New EAA video on Corvair College#27, Barnwell 2013.

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Barnwell has been the home of nine previous Corvair Colleges. P.F. Beck and crew have the logistics down so well that we have no difficulty having a productive event for 90 builders. If you are planning on going, do not delay in signing up, it is an excellent setting and they are very gracious hosts.  The Technical expertise at the College will be provided by myself and Dan Weseman from SPA/Panther.

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Ken Pavlou holds the Cherry Grove trophy at CC#31 Barnwell 2014. His aircraft is named “The Blue Speedo.” Read more: Ken “Adonis” Pavlou advises aviators: “Life is short, Live Large”

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Late tech questions. This is about 1 am on Sunday, nearing the end of a 19 hour day. If you want to pack a lot into a College, good, that is how we do it. However, the free form of the lesson plans allow each person to take in and digest at their own rate and pace. Read a 2013 story here: Who is William Wynne?

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A prankster Bill Reynolds testing the ragged limits of the No Politics  rule we have a Corvair Colleges. Read about Bill’s son Jack building his Corvair here: Video of rebuild and run of Corvair, from a 13 year old.

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Above, The Weseman/SPA Panther and a ’66 Corvair Corsa on the flight line at Barnwell #31 . Read this to understand how SPA distributing  our parts for the last 20 months has greatly improved customer service: Outlook 2016, New order page and distribution method.

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Above, Bob Lester’s Corvair powered Pietenpol sits on the ramp at Barnwell at sunset on Saturday night, CC #31. Read more here: Bob Lester’s Corvair/ Pietenpol nears 800 hours.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

Yes, this is it: https://eventregistration2017.wufoo.com/forms/cc43/

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Is there a fee for this College? 

Yes, Signing up on line for College #43 is required, and the fee is $99. 100% of this money goes to the local hosts and the Barnwell airport, they provide food an drinks while we are there for three days. The technical support we offer at the College is provided without cost to builders.

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 Will there be a chance to build an ‘Engine in a Box’ at this College?

We are looking for two builders who would like to buy, assemble and test run a 3.3L “engine in a box kit” For an overview of the 3.3 engine read this story: Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house. If you are interested in one of these motors, Contact SPA/Panther at 904-626-7777.

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OK, my project needs progress, what do I do? 

First, sign up for the on line registration. Second, SPA by calling 904-626-7777, or call my number 904-806-8143. We will be glad to speak with you about making sure you are prepared for the event. Making plans early is the key to making progress at the event. At the last hour of a College, prepared builders often say some version of ‘I can’t believe how much I learned and accomplished.’ No one has ever followed that statement by saying ‘I regret being smarter and advancing my goals.’

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Keep in mind:

 We will also be glad to transport for parts like cases cranks and heads back to Florida.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running the motors?

Yes. We will have my test stand with us, and perhaps run as many as 10 of the engines being worked on.  The goal is positive exposure and progress, but above all else, learning.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have had 6-10 every year for the last 10 years.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes, the Barnwell airport has good camping, but no hook us. The town is a mile from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up.

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 For more general information and Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

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Info Page,Corvair College #42, at Zenith Aircraft.

Builders,

This is the general information page for Corvair College #42. It was originally posted on 6/5/18. The on line sign up link will is attached below.

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Background:

Corvair College #42 is the “Zenith Invitational” college.   This event will be held in September 21 and 22  in Mexico MO, during the 26th annual Zenith open house. We have previously held 4 colleges at the Zenith Factory, it is an excellent setting and they are very gracious hosts.  The Technical expertise at the College will be provided by myself and Dan Weseman from SPA/Panther.

 Here is what is different: Everyone is welcome to observe, but due to space limitations, the actual wrenching on engines will be limited to 12 builders who we want to ‘approve’ long before the event, and work with in advance to insure their project is educational for observers. That is the ‘invitational’ part. We are selecting the builders based on the degree of prep work they are willing to do, and we are looking for a cross section of engines to represent the wide range of options in building a Corvair.

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The Zenith open house is open to all experimental builders, not just people currently working on a Zenith ( The Heintz’s are here for the long run, they figure you will eventually be a Zenith builder. ) It draws several hundred serious builders every year, and it also is a major gathering point for component suppliers and industry people. Both of the last 2 EAA presidents have been guest speakers at the event. It is a very pro-homebuilding event in an excellent setting. Surprising things happen there like this: EAA Major Achievement Award.

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Previous Corvair Colleges at Zenith were held just before the Open House, but in the case we are going to ‘imbed’ College #42 in the Open House so the maximum number of aircraft builders can get a good look at building Corvairs.

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Would you like a visual on how long we have been working with Zenith Aircraft and holding events at their location? This is a picture from a 2005 Corvair event at the factory…..notice neither Sebastien nor myself had any gray hair then. We have a long history of productive and cooperative relations with Zenith. Read: 14 Years of Corvair Powered Zeniths.

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How do I find out more information about the Open House? 

You can look at their webpage http://www.zenithair.net and read all about it, including dates, location, maps, accommodations and the schedule for the event.

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Is there an on line sign up for this College?

Yes, this is it: https://eventregistration2017.wufoo.com/forms/cc42/

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Is there a fee for this College? 

No, Signing up on line for College #42 is free,  but there will a modest logistics fee for the 12 selected builders who’s projects will be worked on at the College. This Fee will be done directly through SPA/Panther.

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If there is no fee, and everyone is welcome at the open house, what is the sign up about? 

We would like everyone thinking of attending to use it. First, to be considered as one of the 12  demonstration engines, you have to sign up.  Second, for observers, we are going to send out a number of briefs before the college, including descriptions of the 12 motors and their builders. We will also send out study material so that you can get the most out of elements like setting the valves, installing the distributor and conducting a test run. If we know you are coming and a bit about your project, we can tailor your experience there. Signing up gives access to this information so you arrive at the College informed.

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If I sign up on line, do I have to show up?

There is no commitment, we are not limited in the number of observers we can have. Even if you don’t have plans to attend at this point, I still suggest signing up, it is a good way to gather information on the content of colleges and the material covered. The information will serve you at future colleges also.

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What are you looking for in the 12 engines?

We are looking for: 2 Engines in the core stage where they will be torn down and inspected; 2 engines where the builders are ready to close the case; 2 engines with the case closed, and ready for cylinders, one 2,700 motor, one 3,000cc motor; 2 engines ready for heads and valve train; 2 engines ready for starters and distributors, 2 engines ready for the stand.  We are also looking for a builder who would like to buy, assemble and test run a 3.3L “engine in a box kit” For an overview of the 3.3 engine read this story: Build a 3.3L Corvair at the May 18-20 Workshop/Open house.

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OK, my project sounds like one of those 12, what do I do? 

First, sign up for the on line registration. Second, Contact Rachel Weseman at SPA by calling 904-626-7777. We will be glad to speak with you about making sure you are prepared for the event. Again, only the 12 builders with engines being worked on will have a modest event fee. This assists us in defraying the logistics cost of traveling 1,075 miles, bringing all the equipment and renting the very large commercial tent we will use.

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I wanted to know if you guys an get a look at my core engine while you are out in the midwest?

Yes, we will be glad to, and this is part of the reason to sign up on line, because we will have specific instructions about this. (We generally refer to these as ‘parking lot tours’ )  We will also be glad to transport for parts like cases cranks and heads back to Florida.  Even if you are just planning on having these worked on a few months later, sending them back with us gets them in the system and gets the ball rolling.

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Will you be test running the motors?

Yes. We will have my test stand with us, and perhaps run as many as 6 of the engines being worked on.  The goal is positive exposure and progress, and letting people who are yet to select an engine get a good look at all phases of Corvairs.

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Will there be flying Corvair Powered planes there?

Yes, we have ad 3-5 every year for the last 10 years.

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Is there on site Camping? are their Motels? 

Yes, the Mexico MO airport has good camping, but no hook us. The town is a few miles from the airport, and it has a number of hotels and motels. Do not wait too long to plan, they fill up with several hundred people coming to town.

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Do you have links to previous colleges there?

Get a look at this story: Photos from Corvair College #34 at Zenith A/C

and: Corvair College #30 Running Engines,

and: Corvair College #30 Good Times

and for more general information:

Corvair College Links:

Corvair College reference page

Corvair College History….in photos

College engine build options for closing the case

Basic Corvair College Skills, examples of learning

College Tech

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #2

Running an Engine at a College, required items. #1

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Upcoming Events: Brodhead, Oshkosh, Corvair Colleges #42 and #43.

Builders,

Here is a quick overview of the next four events on deck.  We are just over six weeks from Oshkosh and Brodhed, and we will have continuous updates about there events, but the next detailed notices will be about the individual Corvair Colleges.

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In the next 48 hours each of the colleges will have its own introduction page, describing what will go on at the event, and how different builders will be served by it. Following these introductions, I will have an update with the on line links to sign up for them. These links will be up by Wednesday or Thursday this week. This may sound a little protracted, but there is a reason, I want to have everyone ready both descriptive pages before signing up for a College, these two events will both be Colleges, but they will have different approaches.

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Corvairs at Oshkosh 2018, Every year for the last decade, my booth at Oshkosh has been #616 in the north aircraft display area, right across from Zenith. 2018 will be at the same spot (You rent them a year in advance). We always have a row of parking for Corvair powered planes right behind the tent. Our place and the SPA/Panther booth right next door are an Oasis of traditional homebuilding camaraderie and a gathering point for builders both during the show and after hours. We will also be holding a drawing for a core engine just like last year; Oshkosh 2017 core engine winner.

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Brodhead 2018: This is the Pietenpol gathering in southern WI, the weekend before Oshkosh. I have only missed a few of them in the last 20 years, but I will be there for 2018. Kevin Purtee and Shad Bell are planning on flying in with their Corvair powered Piets, and many other ‘Piet-vair’ builders will be on hand. It is a great grass roots event. 

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Above, A 2014 picture of the five Corvair powered Zeniths that flew into Corvair College #30, all parked for a photo in front of the Zenith Factory. We have had 15 years of cooperative and productive relations with Zenith, all for the benefit of builders.

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Corvair College #42 The Zenith ‘Invitational” college.  This event will be held in September in Mexico MO, during the 26th annual Zenith open house. We have previously held 4 colleges at Zenith.  Here is what is different: Everyone is welcome to observe, but due to space limitations, the actual wrenching on engines will be limited to 12 builders who we want to ‘approve’ long before the event, and work with in advance to insure their project is educational for observers. We are selecting the builders based on the degree of prep work they are willing to do, and we are looking for a cross section of engines to represent the wide range of options in building a Corvair. More detailed info on this shortly.

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Corvair College #43, Barnwell SC will be the tenth College there. Barnwell is our flagship College, always held on Nov. 11th weekend, which this year will be the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. This will be a large, Full service College with space for 90 builders. We will open the registration up following the detailed description of the event. Over the years, well over 100 Corvair builders have heard their engine come to life at the Barnwell Colleges. If you are determined to join them, follow the detailed story and then the sign up page.

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Speculation vs Experience Pt #2, Actual issue identified.

Builders,

The previous story, Internet speculation vs First hand experience….. . , covered how people on the internet were quick to post the most ominous predictions about Alan Laudani’s 3,000cc Corvair, which none of them had seen, nor bothered to understand had been given a full break-in run on my test stand at Corvair College #38, and had previously run perfectly. I dislike our national obsession with offering dire, ominous diagnosis’s on things people have no first hand knowledge of. In Corvairs, I find this annoying because it is commonly done on the internet in a forum where the posters know I have been blocked from directly responding. It is their version of a “Safe Space” where the person with the first hand experience can’t show up and interrupt their cyber-reality commentary.

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Here is how the ‘problem’ is actually solved: Two people, Alan and myself, decided that resolving the issue was more important than being offended or pushing a pet internet theory. From the first story, it is obvious that I was ticked off, and I used language than anyone with a sensitive ego could use as a justification for permanently putting on an attitude of being ‘offended’ (which of course today leads to a ‘demand for an apology and a call for them to be fired ) I had met and worked with Alan at Corvair College #23 here in Florida, and at #38 in California, and he isn’t that kind of person. He picked up the phone because priority one to him was finding out what was causing the substandard operation on his installed engine, when it had run fine on my test stand. Likewise, I knew that none of the comments offered on the net were correct, so I had an interest in resolving this directly. Although I have a sharp tongue at times, I actually have pretty thick skin and get over things that tick me off at a moment. If I have a redeeming feature it is being aware that a person with my social failings looks stupid being critical of anyone driven by good intentions.

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Above, in my hand I hold my own MA3-SPA carb. In my previous story I referenced this warning Safety Alert: Excessively Rich MA3-SPA Jetting. I had to issue this alert because two people quietly acting on their own and without my knowledge, convinced the primary supplier of rebuilt carbs to Corvair builders, to rebuild them to run ridiculously rich. All anyone with a Corvair needs to know about these carbs is that Dan Weseman and Myself, long ago proved in several hundred test runs, on professional professional dyno runs and in our own aircraft over the last 15 years, every Corvair from 2,700 – 3,300cc should be run with completely stock jetting, the same as an O-200.

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Several years ago, the rebuilder sent out more than 30 carbs where were radically rich. We have the serial numbers in the Safety Alert, but not all of the carbs have yet been returned for correction. Guess what, when Alan and I spent an hour on the phone, we discovered by checking the list of affected carbs, he has one of them on his plane.  Smoking gun identified. My test stand has a completely stock MA3-SPA on it, and with it Alan’s engine ran perfectly. On his plane he installed the super rich carb and it ran poorly and actually fouled the plugs. In checking the installation he found his timing slightly retarded, but that is a non-issue compared to the carb being 30% too rich.

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To originally discover the altered carbs in the field, it took Dan Weseman and I several months of speaking with builders on the phone to piece together that something was foul. When this was tracked down, the two individuals responsible, who remain unapologetic, should have become Persona non Grata in Corvairs, for the grief and damage to the reputation of Corvairs they caused. But in cyberville what they did was A-OK, and they are both regulars on the Corvaircraft discussion group, the location where Alan received the incorrect speculation on his issue. However having first hand experience with several hundred Corvairs is a crime in cyberville, and for it I am banned from writing to, or reading the archives of the same discussion group. Consider that when contemplating sources of information.  And the final irony? One of the people on the net who offered speculation to Alan is one of the two culprits on the carb issue.

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Would you like to learn more about MA3-SPA carbs? Read this linked story, the quote below is an excerpt from it: MA3-spa carb pictures, Wagabond notes.

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“It is a free world, and  you can use any carb you like on your Corvair.  Physics, Chemistry and Gravity also think it is a free world, and they fully support your right to make a poor choice, even one that will harm you if it doesn’t work within their system of laws.  If you wanted to run a German motorcycle carb, don’t be mad at me if it doesn’t work. I didn’t make up the laws of the physical world. I am just the messenger here to remind people that Physics, Chemistry and Gravity are great allies if you play by their rules. They are also absolutely remorseless in dealing with people who feel like the rules don’t apply to them. Be advised, if they find you guilty, the penalty phase of the system moves much faster than our criminal courts, and does not have an appeals system.”

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