Carl Orton
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Any hints? Securing RG cable in fuselage

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Hi, All;I was just wondering if anyone has any good ideas for securing cables in the aft fuselage to keep them from flopping around and being abraded.  I have the ELT, the comm right behind the…Continue

Antenna Flex?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Jun 12. 6 Replies

I installed my comm antenna on my Cruzer. Top mount, Comant-121. I mounted it directly behind the rivet line for the upper baggage compartment wall where it joins the upper fuselage skin.I used a…Continue

Oil Cooler or not?

Started this discussion. Last reply by steven ophiuchus Jun 8. 6 Replies

Those of you with flying O-200s....  Did you install an oil cooler or not? Along with your answer it would help to know the state in which you're based.If you didn't install one, do you wish you…Continue

Roller Painting Works....for me, at least....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Apr 23. 7 Replies

A month or so ago, there was a thread about painting your aircraft, and at least one builder (Stephen Aupperle) noted that he used marine polyurethane with foam rollers.I picked his brain enough that…Continue

 

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Carl Orton posted a discussion

Any hints? Securing RG cable in fuselage

Hi, All;I was just wondering if anyone has any good ideas for securing cables in the aft fuselage to keep them from flopping around and being abraded.  I have the ELT, the comm right behind the baggage compartment, and the trim servo cable.I thought I'd try the HBH tip of running them in the troughs in each longeron, but they still flop around with any movement.I have those black self-stick pads through which you snake a zip tie to hold the cable, but even cleaning the surface well, they still…See More
4 hours ago
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Antenna Flex?

I installed my comm antenna on my Cruzer. Top mount, Comant-121. I mounted it directly behind the rivet line for the upper baggage compartment wall where it joins the upper fuselage skin.I used a piece of .060 backer plate that extended behind the antenna by about an inch. To that, I cut and riveted a piece of L angle that extends to the diagonal stiffener for that bay.I have not yet riveted the upper skin aft of the upper forward corner braces to allow access for running cables, etc.  When I…See More
Jun 10
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Oil Cooler or not?

Those of you with flying O-200s....  Did you install an oil cooler or not? Along with your answer it would help to know the state in which you're based.If you didn't install one, do you wish you did?  How close are your temps to the max limit?Thanks!CarlSee More
Apr 25
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Roller Painting Works....for me, at least....

A month or so ago, there was a thread about painting your aircraft, and at least one builder (Stephen Aupperle) noted that he used marine polyurethane with foam rollers.I picked his brain enough that I think I'm persona non grata now, but I made a decent go of the process. The thread containing details on the process can be found at:…See More
Apr 22
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Looking for Lemke Interior kit feedback (mostly fit and options)

Hi, All;For some time now, I've seen a few posts from builders who have used Lemke seats, and y'all appear to love them. I've begun the email exchange with Robert Lemke even though I'm a ways off from being able to install them.So, I'm looking for specific comments on your experience with the seats and side panels.1. How to they feel to the butt & back?1a.  Did you opt for the 3 layer comfort foam?1b.  Any special things added to the seats like lumbar support (foam, not the pump)? Thigh…See More
Apr 21
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Style Question on fuselage mate: No wrong answer

Hi, All;This is on a Cruzer, but is the same for STOL, so I'm on the open forum.OK; I've completed all of the initial fit / disassemble / reassemble / rivet / re-mate steps and am ready to final-rivet the fore and aft fuselage 1/2s.Jon Croke on HbH showed how he overlapped the forward fuselage side skin over the gusset I'm showing below. Stock plans, and my initial-just-to-get-it-stabilized install shown below has the triangular gusset overlapping the forward skin.I noticed during trial fit…See More
Mar 17
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Hole in Upright - doubt it's a mis-drill

When I was assembling my aft fuselage, I found it odd that both L & R uprights where the fuel hose descends have holes in an odd location.  Please see pic. Are these to be used for anything?  They seem awfully low to be used for fuel line routing.....See More
Jan 25
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Sliding Seats: What's the big deal? (or did plans change?)

I just want to make sure I understand this clearly before I start riveting stuff I shouldn't....I've read on here about folks griping about no access to install the seat rails and the seat pan for the sliding seat option. Sliced hands, 1/8" turn of wrenches at a time, etc.Yet, when I look at my plans, I don't see whatzup. Of course, I'll also note that I have a November 2017 kit, and the SSO plan sheets have a 2016 date.From what I see, the seat adjusters are held to the seat base from the top…See More
Dec 26, 2018
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Sliding Seats: Where to drill for SS01-1?

Hi, All, and Merry Christmas Eve!Working on the forward fuselage, I'm at the point where I'm installing all the stuff that goes on top of the fwd fuselage floor.Since I have the sliding seats option, some stuff gets left out, some stuff gets added - specifically the under-seat supports.The plans sheet says to space SS01-1   81mm back from the main front seat support - that's rivet hole center to rivet hole center.  As you can see in my enclosed pic, that line is about theeeeeese much behind the…See More
Dec 24, 2018
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Cylinder Thoughts

I'm still a LONG ways off from assembling my O-200, but I'm always scheming and planning out the various options.My cylinders were (according to their last annual before I obtained the core) all decent. All are newer but unknown variety so that I could run 28 deg of timing instead of being limited to 24.I'm trying to come up with a workable but cost-conscious solution.I'm thinking that my options are: (and note that I have a VERY reputable nationally known cyl shop near me...)1. Send existing…See More
Dec 3, 2018
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Did you powder coat *all* steel parts?

Hi, All;I'm at that point (aft fuselage) where I'm going to start installing some of the steel weldments like the flaperon control tube, flaperon pushrods, etc.  I found a local shop that had some pretty good reviews, so I'm taking the parts to him Monday for an estimate.Separating the steel parts from the rest of the remaining kit parts was somewhat enlightening, so I got to wondering if standard practice was to powder coat EVERY last little part, bracket, angle, etc., or rely on appliance…See More
Nov 17, 2018
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WHEN to mount ELT antenna?

 I’ve seen lots of discussion posts on where to mount the ELT box itself, but really haven’t seen anything about the location of the ELT antenna , or when to mount it. I don’t want to mount the antenna before I paint the aft fuselage but by the same token, if I don’t mount it before I rivet everything together then that messes things up as well. Has as anyone prepped the mount area including running the cable, but didn’t mount the antenna itself until much later? How did you accomplish this?…See More
Nov 14, 2018
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Help ID unidentified part

Hi, All;I'm working on the aft fuselage sides, and I've been skipping forward in the plans just to see if there's anything I can rivet in place at this time.I found some holes on the fuselage sides that don't correlate to anything I'm aware of.Please see the pic below. From what I can see in the C75-FA-x pages, it's never mentioned.Thanks!See More
Nov 1, 2018
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Sweat Corrosion

Sorry; I just have to gripe.It's been so bloody hot here in DFW; our backporch digital thermometer says 112 deg. When it's a bit cooler (AM), the humidity is high.  I hate working on aluminum when it's 110 deg to the touch and your sweat drips onto it, or you lean your sweaty arm on it and then discover 3 days later that it's almost impossible to remove (thank goodness for Scotchbrite...).Along with a home flooring project, I just haven't touched the Cruzer in 2 wks.  I hope the current…See More
Jul 19, 2018
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Source for aerobatic breather vent (or make your own?)

Allegedly the Aerobat oil breather goes a long way to eliminating that oily smear on the belly of the plane.  A standard breather elbow is ~$15, and the Aerobat is anywhere from $190 to $500. The only difference is a 2.75" tube brazed to the std brass fitting.Has anyone found a source for a more inexpensive solution, or have you made your own?  According to things I've found on the web, it can be done by either brazing or silver soldering the tube to the fitting.I just can't see paying more…See More
Jul 7, 2018
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Air/Oil Separator?

While I'm still a long ways off toward building my O-200 let alone installing it, I was wondering if anyone's installed an air / oil separator in the breather line that originates at the right front of the engine?I don't know how much the O-200 spits out over the course of its operation. My AeroVee in a prior project definitely needed one (and had one), but don't know how prevalent they are in our planes.  Cruzer for the record.See More
Jun 30, 2018

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CH 750 Cruzer
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Continental O-200
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http://Mykitlog.com/corton
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Flying Experience
Private Pilot
Building and Flying Info / Your Profession / Other Background Info
Had a 172; sold it and built a Sonex. Test flew that, sold it, and now have purchased Cruzer plans. Will buy the kit after I have the chance to test-fly it!
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At 10:28pm on July 30, 2017, Kenneth Stapleton said…

Hi Carl

Welcome to the Zenith family! I see in your profile that you are planning for the Cruzer. The Cruzer is a fantastic plane! If you get up to the factory, a demo ride will be in order. My wife (Sharlene) and I were there in June for 3 days and we were VERY impressed! We found all the folks at Zenith to be warm, friendly and honest. Not once did we see any kind of sales pitch...their business model is one that relies on the reputation of the product they produce. They were having an Open House while we were there so we had a chance to speak with quite a few of their customers (builders). We were amazed to find that many of them were building their second or more Zenith kits...quite a feat for an industry that sees new companies come and go so frequently!

We are heading back up to the factory in September for their 25th anniversary bash and will be bringing back more of the CH 750 STOL kit. Hopefully, we will see you there!

Ken and Sharlene

 
 
 

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