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For Sale/Wanted / Light Speed Engineering Gear Leg Fairings
« on: December 14, 2007, 02:22:53 PM »
I am selling a  set of Klaus Savier main gear leg fairings for a Varieze equipped with a NACA scoop and Longeze gear. I conveniently over looked the NACA scoop part and therefore can't use them.

They are brand new. No cuts, trims or anything.

LSE sells these for $695 plus shipping. In order to return them, I would have to pay a restocking fee plus shipping. I can sell them for $575 plus shipping and not lose any more money and you would come out way ahead.

Picture is available and installation instruction on the LSE website.

Mike Williams
Franklin, TN

Hangar Flying / Stuff for sale
« on: March 26, 2007, 04:54:34 PM »
Pardon me for posting this here, but since the classfieds are still down I thought you might not mind.

I have posted on ebay a Great American 58X70 prop and the associated Brock Spinner. Neither has ever flown. It is a lovely prop.

Also, I have not posted but have for sale an engine mount for a Lycoming O-235 - Dynafocal- I don't know if it would fit any other engine.  It has never flown either.

All are old, but well cared for and in great shape.

Mike Williams

Hangar Flying / curious about weight reduction
« on: October 10, 2006, 10:31:05 AM »
The project that I am finishing is 30 years old so a lot of the stuff that I have is the original type.

Just out of curiosity, what new or updated stuff (wheels? brakes? etc.) could I change out and save a few pounds? I know it all costs money, but who knows, some of it I may be able to afford.
One example, I am getting rid of my original spinner for a smaller composite one and saving considerable weight where it counts.

Mike Williams
(soon to be) Varieze N689MW

Hangar Flying / VEZE on Ebay
« on: July 18, 2006, 11:43:18 AM »
There is a Varieze on ebay with corrosion in a wing attach plate. the seller says he has new attach plates that can be installed.

I thought this was impossible.  Am I mistaken?

Mike Williams

Hangar Flying / here's a stupid question on fuel systems
« on: June 20, 2006, 11:54:28 AM »
Is it ok to use soft aluminum 3/8 od fuel line from a bulkhead fitting to a gascolator or boost pump on the engine side of the firewall?

Electricity, I can do... fuel is giving me problems.

Mike Williams

Hangar Flying / a partiularly horrible flying season
« on: September 08, 2005, 03:34:42 PM »
Is it just my imagination or am I too new to the canard community to know the difference?  Hasn't there been a very high accident rate this summer?

Mike Williams
Franklin, TN
probably going to start an engine in a week or two.

Hangar Flying / really stupid question about nose gear
« on: June 28, 2005, 11:35:32 AM »
Once again, sorry for wasting your time but I had rather admit up front that I am a newbie than die later on by pretending to be something that i am not.

Yesterday, I removed the spring strut from my VEZe projects nose gear for cleaning and replacment of the O ring.

On the AN bolt attaching the strut to the retract mechanism there was one spacer on one side of the bearing and only washers on the other side. I have looked in my plans and it appears that there is only washers called for there (on both sides).

Can't find anything in Canard Pushers.

Is this right? Am I missing something? And by the way. Is there an easy way to re-compress the spring?

Mike Williams
Franklin, TN

Hangar Flying / canopy cleaning
« on: June 21, 2005, 05:05:40 PM »
There was a thread here or on another site a while back about canopy cleaning. I can't find it. So I appoligize but I have to ask this question.

I am trying to clean the canopy of my Varieze project. It has had the "spraylat" (is that right?) on it since 1976 or 77. Also, there is some duct tape stuck directly on the canopy right along the edge. That has been there for nearly 30 years as well. When it comes off it leaves most of the dried out adhesive.

As you can imagine, it is quite a mess.

I have been told to get another spraylat kit and it may bond to the first.  Any other suggestions? Also, what do I  clean the canopy with normally? I don't want to craze it.

Hangar Flying / electric pitch trim in Varieze
« on: May 12, 2005, 09:14:46 AM »
Has anyone installed in a VE? Anyone got pictures of the installation?

Hangar Flying / gear leg fairings
« on: April 28, 2005, 01:28:26 PM »
Ok, stay calm. Don't flame me. I am just asking a question.

Has anyone looked at the glass gear fairings that Van's aircraft sells for RV's? Could these be adapted for a VE/LE? Same principal!

I am probably going to make my own. Lightspeeds are far to expensive I think. But I ran across these and just thought I would ask. They are only $95 per pair.

Other than that does anyone know of others that are available?


Hangar Flying / alternator on vacum pump pad
« on: April 14, 2005, 08:32:07 AM »
Is B&C my only option for an alternator that will mount on my unused vacum pump pad? (O-235 L2C)

Surely someone else out there makes one. I am certain that B&C is quality merchandise and I will probably go that direction but I want to look at any other options.

Mike Williams
Franklin, TN

Hangar Flying / help on sumps...
« on: April 01, 2005, 02:57:01 PM »
Once again, pardon this stupid question.

When I purchased my project (VE) the strakes were closed. There is a small hole left where the drain plugs should go. It is about 1/8th inch diameter.

The original builder is no longer available for questions.

According to the relevent CP there should be a 1.5 inch diamater 1/8 inch aluminum plate riveted in there. Or it can be installed later without the rivets. I have no way of knowing if it is already installed.

So here is what I am planning to do.

1) Cut a 1.5 inch diameter hole in the outer skin with the hole at the center. I guess with a hole saw on a drill.
2) remove the foam down to the inner skin
3) flox in an aluminum plate as mentioned above,  provided I don't find one riveted and floxed in.
4)Cover with 1 or 2 plys of bid. This will leave a 1.5 inch diameter recess that will have (from outside in) ---bid-flox-aluminum-inner skin.
5)Let it all cure and then drill and tap a hole through the whole thing into the wing tank at the recess
6) Install the drains with flox,  being careful not to plug them.

Ok, is that right? Any other suggestions? I am a little nervous about cutting holes in the front of the strake. And I think it would be quite embarrassing to have a drain pop out at 9000 feet.

I read somewhere that someone would have built theirs without drains if they had it to do over again. Is that now recommended and if so how do I plug these little holes?

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate all the help that you guys are. I hope to see you at Osh Kosh or at least at Rough River in N689MW.

Mike Williams
Franklin, TN

Hangar Flying / Varieze aileron addendum
« on: March 04, 2005, 11:38:51 AM »
does anyone have the VE aileron addendum? I will pay a resonable fee for a copy of it. I have a licensed set of plans. I only need it for recordkeeping purposes, to make sure there isn't anything I have missed, and to balance the aileron's.

Also, I am looking for an alternator that will fit on the vacum pump pad of an O-235. I would rather buy a used one than pay for a new one.

N689MW (reserved)
making lots of dust

Hangar Flying / weight
« on: February 16, 2005, 03:39:58 PM »
How much should a Varieze wing weigh. filled, contoured, sanded with Winglet, rudder, and aileron. Any standard? Any rule of thumb?

Thanks again.

Hangar Flying / Varieze cowling fitting
« on: February 15, 2005, 09:26:32 AM »
I am fitting the cowling to my Varieze. My question involve the P-51 scoop. How should I seal the the point where the to edge of the scoop meets the fuselage?  It looks like there is going to be leakage into the cowling unless I can come up with a suitable seal. Am I missing something?

The flanges come down the sides of the fuselage and the scoop is just held against the bottom.

Thanks in advance. Tell me if I am not being clear,  I will try to explain better.

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