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- Dec 22, 2012
Brandon, the engine is based on a Type 1 VW, but no part of it has ever been automotive. I built it with 92mm jugs and an 86mm stroker crank, for a displacement of 2287cc. Case is line bored and it has a completely different 4th bearing which is very large. Arp lightweight racing rods, and an SU HS4 carb. Heads have been modified for two plugs and it utilizes a magneto and a Dyna 5 electronic ignition for redundancy. Hope to see 85-90hp from it at 3600 RPM. The accessory case caries a 20 amp alternator, the mag, and a starter. Weight is 160 pounds dry. Properly built and maintained, most are going 1500 hours before rebuild.N3480h, you mentioned that you were running a VW type engine. Was your engine a car engine that you stroked and made provisions for two plugs per cylinder? Or, is this a purpose built aircraft engine that is a boxer?
Thanks Tom. It is the best compromise I have found for comfort, safety, utility (speed and short field access), cost (upfront, maint. and fuel), and looks. Plus I no longer get a medical every other year with sport pilot regs.Beautiful Rans, Flip. I hear they are a joy to fly.
What's the saying about helicopters... A series of parts flinging about in an attempt to rip themselves apart? Or something like that.Well, some people call them airplanes...