Oil Pressure Regulator Video

Builders:

Here is a video in oil pressure regulators. This is a sub component of HV-2000 Rear Oil Cases

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cd_jwZRz3A&t=7s

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If you would like to read a lighthearted story about oil cases, check this out: Jack-o-lantern parts cleaner for HV-2000 rear cases., it contains the quote:

For all of you childhood pyromaniacs and unrepentant troglodytes trapped in repressive gated communities, those in apartments with pleasant neighbors and  builders exiled to places with property owners associations run by yuppies, gaze upon the Jack-o-lantern cleaner and imagine horrifying all of those that would repress your most fundamental pyro-mechanical instincts.  It isn’t just a cleaning tool. When surrounded by fun people drinking beer it is a down right declaration of motorhead independence and freedom.”

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Oil cooler Bypass Video

Builders,

Here is todays video, a look at the oil cooler bypass in your Corvair motor.

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https://youtu.be/mTNYzs4WBv8

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A Thought:  You can decide how effective the combination of both video, and my previously written information is by reading this story as a natural companion piece to the video above:Thoughts on cold weather operation, minimum oil temps, etc.

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For a link to a lot of stories on understanding your oil system, check this out: Notes on Group 2800 Heavy Duty Gold Oil Systems.

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Looking for subscriber 500; I just checked a minute ago, and we have 499 subscribers to the YouTube channel. You could be 500.

(Edit: Paul Normandin, thanks you are #500)

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When we get to 1,000, which I would really like to do before Oshkosh, Links to stories like the ones above can be placed directly in the descriptions of the videos on Youtube. This will make studying and understanding the material easier, as it will all be linked together in one spot. Thank you for assisting on this.

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High Volume Oil Pump video

Builders,

Here is a link to a new video on HV-2000 oil pump housings. It was just filmed  yesterday by the ‘World’s worst Buddhist’ * and edited by Kamal Mustafa this morning.

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We are about 1/2 way to the goal of 1,000 subscribers. If you have not yet, please do, it will allow us to have active hyperlinks right on the videos to previously written stories, giving both a quick look and later close study, originating from one location.

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https://youtu.be/pbGcM0TqDEE

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Thanks for watching. If you have any questions or ideas, put them in the comments section here. We keep the comments on Youtube turned off because with the level of moronic comments from the general population I would have to be on some really serious blood pressure stuff.

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* About 15 years ago I wanted to get out of attending a long religious ceremony my mother in law insisted I cheerfully go to. That morning I announced that I had converted to Buddhism, and it was disrespectful to expect me to attend. Later that same day, I lost my temper over something, and Grace shot back “You are the Worlds worst Buddhist”.

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Speaking of Bob Woolley

Builders:

Several hundred people from our area put on nice clothes yesterday morning, and drove over to Russell road. We were there to try to say goodbye to Bob Woolley.  I say try, because he was so full of life, it seems completely impossible he is gone.

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He was killed in a midair collision 14 days ago. None of the circumstances matter, it was just two very good friends, supremely skilled aviators, out having fun, in a matched set of RV-4s. They were the two most respected men at our airpark, both Vietnam combat aviators, and we came damn close to losing them both.

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Do you think of yourself as emotionally tough? Do you have a personal picture of how an aviator comports himself? Try this: Dave, the other pilot, got out of the hospital in a wheelchair so that he could have his son push him to the table bearing Bobs flag, where he carefully spoke to everyone present about what an outstanding human being Bob had been. You could spend a lifetime in aviation, and never see 10 minutes like that, and quite frankly, I hope you never have to.

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If you are from far away, but Bob’s name sounds familiar, here is the connection; Bob was Panther customer builder #1, He was the first person Dan let fly the prototype, he did the first flights in many of them, and he did the test flying In Paul Salters, 3.0L Panther. Several years ago, Rachel Weseman shared this short biography of Bob on the Panther website: https://flywithspa.com/meet-panther-beta-builder-robert-bob-woolley/.  Read it carefully, the thoughts Rachel shares tell a story of just how attached to Bob Rachel and Dan have always been.

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Above, Bob Woolley and one of the many Glasairs he built.

https://flywithspa.com/videogallery/panther-sport-flight-review-by-bob-woolley/

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When people get killed, there is always an emotional expression from people they were special to. It is hard to explain this with sensitivity, so maybe I just say it; Bob really was a titanic character, he was a really special human being to a huge number of very diverse people.  At his service I began to see the magnitude of his life, by watching five neighbors standing in a row, people who don’t have much in common, all stunned because they each just realized they lost the best friend they likely will ever have.

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Bobs hangar is about 1,500′ from mine. Most people at our airport work elsewhere, but Bob and I worked solo in our hangars. Sounds like fun, and it is when times are good. But in a bad year, it can be savagely lonely. 2017 was a lot like that. I’d get on my dirt bike and ride up to Bob’s. Its hard to express how thankful I was on some bad days find him working out in the hangar. We rarely needed to talk about much. Bob had passed through his own tough spots in life, and many times it was enough to have him as living proof that you can choose to live beyond what threatens to consume you.

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The last two weeks have been really busy, and not much of this sunk in until yesterday. All the immediately required tasks stopped at sundown tonight, and I found myself alone in the house, with a light steady rain falling outside. I thought about calling some friends, but didn’t. I sat down with a beer and thought about Bob. I’d like to share something really moving that could capture a glimpse of his spirit, but half a dozen beers later, everything that comes to me is diminished by putting it in words. Last month, cancer got my mentor in flying, Chuck Nelson. It was hard, but it came with some warning, Bob is a very different story. I’ve lost a number of really close friends in accidents over the years, but this loss has some really sharp teeth I have not felt in a decade.

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When you lose some people, you wonder if you will ever meet anyone like them again.  There is none of this with Bob. I’m 56, and I won’t live long enough to meet anyone like him again.  That may come across as somber, but it’s realistic.  I’m going to get one last beer and sit on the front porch and stare into the dark, even though I understand there will be no answers.  Before anyone writes to say ‘I’m sorry for your loss’, let me just say in advance, if you didn’t have a chance to know Bob, I’m the one who is sorry for your loss.

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Piet Project video, Earl Brown

Builders,

We have a new youtube video up, it is Earl Brown leading a tour of his Pietenpol project.

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https://youtu.be/nhRV7qBdfL4

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Please remember to subscribe to the youtube channel while you are there.

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Thanks,

William.

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Trip to the machine Shop, a continuity of American products.

Builders,

As we get closer to Oshkosh, we stock up for the orders that come the month before. Kitty Politi and I made a run down to Volusia County to pick up CNC machined parts today.

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I have operated out of North Florida for nearly 15 years, but got started 30 years ago in the Daytona Beach area 100 miles south. I still use many of the same parts suppliers as I did decades ago, particularly the CNC aerospace shop which has made my prop hubs since the mid 1990s. It is located on the New Smyrna Beach airport.  There is a measure of your stability in this kind of long term buisness relationships. It also tells you our stuff isn’t from China, it is made here, the core of this story: Why “Made in America” matters to me..

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Across the ramp from our machine shop is the American Aero hangar. Kitty and I stopped in for a look. Get a close look, That is a P-38 and a P-51B in the hangar amongst the other warbirds. The Allison engines on these planes were 100% designed and built by General Motors, just like your Corvair. In the 1940s, GM even owned the majority of North American Aviation.

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Thirty years ago,  I hung around the same hangar when it was owned by a very Illustrious character named Harry Doan. It was filled with a wild collection of warbirds, including several AD-1’s and a F-9F.  He owned a number of bars in Daytona, notably “Dirty Harry’s”.  If you like Cold War history, try this: “Doan Helicopter Inc,”  owned N4410F, the C-123K provider shot down while suppling the Contras in 1986, starting the Iran Contra Affair. Doan was killed in a Skyraider mishap at the Tico warbird show 25 years ago, but I can still remember what it was like to be an Embry-Riddle student and visit this same hangar as if it was last month.

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At Oshkosh, there will be plenty of people wandering among displays trying to decide on what to buy. Many of them will buy an imported engine from a short lived company or an airframe of dubious origin without ever googling the name to see what they are getting into. The Corvair engine in your workshop, and your efforts to be its creator and master are just the opposite of this. It is an American made product, which will serve your personal goals and allow you to have your place in the long arc of American aviation. When you look back 30 years, you will have a solid undeniable achievement. For reasons I’m yet to understand, others will settle for much, much  less.

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3.3 Liter Corvair Kit engine, Available for 6/28-29 Finishing School.

Builders,

SPA and Flycorvair are holding a finishing school, June 28-29th at the Panther factory here in north Florida. We already have a nearly full house of builders who will build and run their own engines here.  At this moment, we have one slot open, and it is going to the builder who takes advantage of the following offer:

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SPA has one complete 3.3 liter Corvair “Engine in a Box” kit.  This is the absolute highest quality Corvair engine you can possibly assemble, All built around the SPA Billet Corvair Crank. This is not ‘the affordable Corvair’ the 3.3 EIB kit is an exercise in how high quality and powerful a Corvair can be made.  We have different packages and approaches for builders on different timelines and budgets, The 3.3 EIB kits are not for everyone, but they are an excellent value, particular for those who also want the training and support to become the master of their engine, not just it mere owner. 

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If you have specific questions about this engine, call Rachel at SPA, the direct line is 904-626-7777.  She has all the pricing, and as host of the finishing school, Rachel will be able to answer questions about the event.

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We are working on a time line to have day visitors on the 29th to see the engine runs as observers. I will have an update on this shortly. We are trying to arrange things so people new to Corvairs can get some exposure and have questions covered, but Finishing Schools are focused on the builders attending, so we are making sure the logistics of this are fully covered before we open an invitation to observers.  More news on this next week.

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 Above, Dan and Rachel stand on either side of their 3.3 engine at Oshkosh 2015. In the years since, the 3.3 has become the premium ‘Engine in a Box’ kit, which as been assembled and flown by a number of builders.

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A story about 3.3 liter Corvairs:

3.3 Liter Corvair, a Smooth Power House

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Link to a video of the first 3.3 Running:

SPA / Weseman 3.3 Liter Corvair now running

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A story about a 2,000 mile 3.3 flight.

Ken Pavlou 601XL / 3.3 Corvair; Then there was two…

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A story about vibration testing at Sensenich props on the 3.3:

Testing at Sensenich Propellers

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Story about a 601XL flying on a 3.3L:

Ken Pavlou, Zenith 601XL / Corvair, 620 hours.

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A story about the billet cranks which are the heart of all the 3.3Ls and many 3.0L Corvairs

SPA Billet Corvair Cranks

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A short discussion of the value of a large displacement Corvair

3,300cc Corvair 601XL, Oshkosh 2017

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A look at how the standard baffling kits also clean;u fit the 3.3:

Baffling on 3.3 Liter Corvair 

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A funny story about a test run on a 3.3:  3.3 Liter Corvair of Kamal Mustafa

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