Day 1 of my Zodiac CH650 Build

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  1. Strutwipe

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    Hi All,

    This is a new to me Zodiac build. A coworker of mine, recently retired, gave me the Zodiac kit to take over. He has already constructed the rudder, horizontal stab, and ailerons. The skin was exposed to outside Arizona environment so I am going have to do a bit of cleaning. Everything else was stored inside. He did take pictures of the the sections he built for the DAR. Day one, inventory, damage inspection, and cleaning parts.

    All comments and suggestions welcome.

    So off we go!
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  2. Stan Cooper

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    Congratulations, Mark; you'll love the CH650! What engine do you plan on installing?
     
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    Thanks Stan, been busy cleaning up the skins. I'm going to look at a Corvair tomorrow. The owner, a friend of mine, says it's ready to go except the fuel, electrical, and accessories. He gave me a list of parts and the speed shop invoice for nitriding the crank and balancing the rods and pistons. I'm really considering installing an electrical ignition and fuel injection if I go that route.
     
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    So THAT'S what you were doing over there in the hangar. Ryan and I went out to troubleshoot a 172 on the ramp by the restaurant and saw you putzing around in the heat. I thought we were the only ones stupid enough to still be out in it. ;)
     
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    Good luck on your project.
     
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    Good luck and have fun! I love the 650.

    I built a Corvair... be sure to follow WW's latest guidance to get the most reliable motor possible. Tons of resources out there.

    The skin in that photo above looks a little rough, did it clean up?
     
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    Good advice. Be careful on Corvair engine selection. In my experience my Corvair has been very smooth, robust, & reliable. If you are seriously considering a Corvair conversion I'd recommend attending a Corvair college by William Wynne (Next one in Barnwell - KBNL in November but you have to register):



    There are a few shysters out there selling so called Corvair flight engines (funny look at the truth):



    Lord willing I should be at the Barnwell College with my Sonex along with a twin Corvair powered plane known as JAG:

     
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    Praying for a 99 degree day!
     
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    Some water, Dawn, and elbow grease. I do need to find a better way. Those wing panels are 12 feet long so that is a lot of elbow greasing. Open for suggestions.
     
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    Interesting you mention this. The guy that did the rebuild went to one of WW seminars/class but of course I will follow up. Kept the suggestions and resources coming, I really appreciate them :D
     
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    Scotch Brite pads
     
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    Thanks Crash n' Burn. With the pads I plan to use alodine 1001. I find the alodine serves two purposes. After cleaning with alcohol, the alodine etches and protects at the same time. Seems like a win win situation.