Jim Zuege’s 3.0L Corvair – w/CMP

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Here is another engine that ran flawlessly on the stand at the Zenith Open House, just two days ago. Jim did a very nice job putting together his 3,000 cc Corvair. It too only 2 seconds of cranking to go from collection of parts which had never run, to a living breathing motor on my test stand. I have seen this more than 500 times, but it never gets old. Witnessing another person’s personal moment of victory never does.

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Jim is not a natural ham. I took about 15 tries to get this really good CMP. Most readers might think these moments should be more focused on careful engine monitoring, but truth be told, the engines do their break in with boring regularity and little supervision. The CMP is just a ritual used to pass the time on a break in run.

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Bob Clarke’s Zenith run, w/requisite CMP.

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Below is a picture of Bob Clarke’s 3,000 cc Corvair, destined for his Zenith 750, running on my test stand at the 25th Zenith Aircraft Factory Open House three days ago. It was a flawless break in run, it started after 2 seconds of cranking.

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Above three pictures of the required CMP “The Captain Morgan Pose” , which all Corvair engine builders do when their engine runs. Its something fun which has become a tradition over the years.  To see a previous CMP photo contest, get a look here: “Captain Morgan” Contest at #39 –  read the comments, they are pretty funny.

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This all may sound pretty silly, but when your moment of triumph arrives, you also will give in to tradition and silly fun as your peers cheer you on.

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Please you the comments section to vote for the ‘peoples choice’ CMP in these pictures.

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3.0 Corvair, Bob Clarke

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The second engine to run at CC #42 / 2018 Zenith open house was built by Bob Clark for his 750.

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Above , Bob turns the prop while e pre-oil his engine. When we buttoned it up it took less than 2 seconds of cranking to light and run perfectly. A very memorable mile stone in project.

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Zenith open house 2018

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Below is a look at our set up crew for Corvair College #42 , held at the Zenith Aircraft Factory 2018 open house.

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Your humble narrator, Craig and Val Wested ( who flew their Corvair/650 in ), Jason Ready from Canada and Dan Weseman in the back. We unpacked the trailer and had everything set up in record time.

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Industry Friends at Zenith Aircraft open house.

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This year is my 12th consecutive visit to the Zenith Aircraft factory open house. The event starts tomorrow, but late tonight, with all the prep work done, a number of industry people who will display products and services gathered at the Mexican restaurant and watering hole in town. It is a chance to catch up at dinner before the builders arrive

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Above, some of the people who will display at the open house. A number of us have been in the game more than 20 years.

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Although some of us offer competitive products, the truth is most of get along pretty well, We are not ‘ green’, and we respect each other, acknowledging determination, creativity and accomplishments.

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Ford Man and ‘Old Hairy Guy’ deploy to Zenith Aircraft

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Dan Weseman (Ford Man) and Your humble narrator (Dan’s kids code name for me is ‘old hairy guy’) are on our way to the Zenith Aircraft open house and Corvair College #42.

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Yes, we are using Ford Man’s choice of land vehicles, but both our planes have Chevy engines.

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Something Tasteful about ‘Bigfoot’

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I stopped by our local NAPA today, (the setting of this story Feminism in Rural Florida, Pt. 2) to pick up some filters and carb cleaner, and was invited to dine with the staff in the employee break room. When I asked what was on the menu from Mother Nature’s supermarket, the response was ‘Bigfoot’.

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Above, ‘Bigfoot’ the nickname for a particular 160 lb. wild hog with unusually large feet. It ceased being a member of the invasive species club when it met the NAPA store owners brother just north of I-10. A local establishment recycled Bigfoot into the sausage seen in the tray. Tasty, and free of the questionable chemicals which are pervasive in nearly all supermarket products. The tool was an AR chambered in 6.8SPC.  Other than the last one or two seconds, Bigfoot’s life was a paradise of freedom in a natural setting compared to the very unpleasant to contemplate existence of the animals who’s last destination was the local supermarket.

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