Carl Orton
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Shaviv Debur Tool

Started Jul 26 0 Replies

Offering for sale a barely used Shaviv Mango II edge deburring tool. $22 which includes first class shipping.Barely used; I just didn't care for it. Perhaps if adjusted better it would do the job.…Continue

Buss Bar

Started Jun 21 0 Replies

I decided I needed more posts, so here's a buss bar for sale. This is new, unused.$10, buyer pays shipping. Send a msg;…Continue

Bungee Shock Cord Ring - SOLD!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Jun 24. 3 Replies

This NOS ring was shipped with my 750 Cruzer kit in November 2017. It's mfg date is Feb 2017.This is new condition. It has been stored in a box in an air conditioned house since new. I purchased the…Continue

Alternator Choice - 12 amps vs 30 amps

Started this discussion. Last reply by christopher fryatt Jun 19. 3 Replies

I'm building my Cruzer with the following electrical loads and their "assumed" amperage draws. I've rounded.Garmin 327 xpndr: 1 amp typical 1.7 maxGRT Sport EX: 1.5 ampGRT EIS: ~1 ampSkyfix /…Continue


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Alternator Choice - 12 amps vs 30 amps

I'm building my Cruzer with the following electrical loads and their "assumed" amperage draws. I've rounded.Garmin 327 xpndr: 1 amp typical 1.7 maxGRT Sport EX: 1.5 ampGRT EIS: ~1 ampSkyfix / uAvionics GRT bundle: unknown; only says 11-33 volts DC; I'll say 1 ampAeroLEDs: 1 amp ea, 2 totaliCom 200 comm:  2.6 ampTotal: about 9 amps total; in reality the AeroLEDs will be off most of the time.Which got me to wondering: Do I *need* a 30 amp alternator? I can get a B&C 12 amp, the 200B, and…See More
Jun 18
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Battery Choice

Hi, All;I'm getting to the point where I'll be needing my battery.  I purchased the FWF from Zenith, and they say it's built for a PowerSonic BT021 battery. Turns out, it's a European battery.  sigh.So I contacted Roger, and he noted that they use an Odyssey PC625 battery and that the supplied strap in the kit is designed for that battery.  Ummm, no. The 625 is 4" deep as opposed to the BT021 (and my strap) which is 3" deep. Searching around, I found a Duracell SLAHR-20NB that is the same size…See More
Jun 13
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GPS antenna location? Two?

I have to locate two small-puck gps antennae. One for GRT Sport SE, and one for the GRT/uAvionix ADSB system. I thought most folks put them in the glareshield, but in recent videos n photos I’m not seeing them. Is there a better spot? Do I need to maintain separation from each other?See More
May 4
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Has anyone added a backup battery to a GRT installation?

Specifically in my case, a Sport EX.The wiring diagram has a secondary power input on pin A15. GRT says to add a switch inline with the battery.They also said that if primary power is "on" it should keep the backup charged.  I asked them twice for specifics and they don't "get" what I'm asking...Did you connect the battery positive to both A14 (primary) AND A15 (secondary) for it to charge, or is 12V available at A15 without a backup battery connected (or connected).Just trying to figure out if…See More
Apr 17
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GRT <-> SafeFly/uAvionix Interface question

Hi, Folks;For those who've already installed a GRT system (in this case Sport EX) with the SafeFly GPS / uAvionix ADS-B solution, how did you wire the interface between the two?The uAvionix instruction shows a GRT implementation, but has the green, yellow, and blue connections from the combiner to the EFIS asterisked - don't connect the green, the yellow is only connected if you want the SafeFly GPS to feed the EFIS, and the blue wire is required for ADS-B & WX.The SafeFly book from GRT has…See More
Mar 23
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Just Wondering - Paint the gascolator?

Hi, All;As the topic indicates, I wasn't thinking about it, but since I mounted mine today in the below-the-floor method suggested by Zenith, and after crawling under there to check the bowl removal (and my fuselage was already painted), it stuck out like a sore thumb.So the question is purely aesthetic: Did you paint your gascolator?  Or at least, just the fuel bowl but not the bails?Thanks!See More
Feb 28
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Looking for suggestions on running lines, wires, etc.....

On my Cruzer, I know the center tunnel is famous for having to be very careful in running anything under the torque tube in order to avoid any interference or abrasion.  I'm thinking that "stuff" that has to go from the baggage area forward to the panel would include:Pitot / Static linesbrake linesfuel linesfuel gauge wirecomm coaxELT control wires to panelflap servo wiretrim servo wireDid you run all of this in the center tunnel, or did you split some out to run along the outer sides of the…See More
Dec 20, 2019
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Any ideas on running the fuek/pitot/electrical lines to the fuse bottom?

Well, it was a frustrating evening.I planned on running the above lines down the fuselage channel, similar to what John Austin (i think) did.I"m not happy with what I've done so far. I thought I'd just run the pitot/static, fuel line, fuel sensor and strobe wires inside a section of 3/4" wife loom. This may still work, but was super awkward to get in position, requiring some enlargement of the oblong hole, etc.1. I'm now thinking running all those things in the wire loom may create problems…See More
Dec 11, 2019
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O-200 & Holes in the Firewall

Hi, All;Please see the enclosed image.Most of the firewall penetrations are clearly obvious, but some....   I've labelled each area for which I'm confused.  They're labelled 1, 2, & 3 for ease in referencing.I have the Zenith complete FWF kit, so have everything that should be identified on the figure.  I just didn't want to drill more holes than I needed for obvious reasons.I'm running a glass panel, so I'll have the EGT/CHT probes passing thru the firewall as well as OT, OP, tach,…See More
Nov 15, 2019
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Cruzer / O-200...How many have added a bypass for facet pump?

I figured enough folks have had problems with facet pumps that this subject would be better in the open discussion area.I'm still building my Cruzer, yet I'm at the point where "systems" are starting to be added. I purchased the Zenith complete FWF kit for the O-200.The plans show the facet pump mounted on the engine side of firewall with only a single line. It seems that popular opinion says I should install a check-valved bypass around the aux facet pump just to provide an unobstructed fuel…See More
Nov 1, 2019
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Tire tube installation

I’m installing the tires and tubes on my matco rims. The tube has a stepped washer between the tube and the second nut. Does the stepped washer go between the tube and rim or between the rim and nut? Lots of posts on installing a tube, but no mention of this washer!See More
Sep 28, 2019
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Avionics Rack Mounting

Hi All;I’m at the early steps of fitting my instrument panel. All seems pretty straightforward except for the radio stack/rack. I'm using a Garmin 327 xpndr and iCom radio, both traditional rack mount products. What did y’all do to provide a structure for the trays attachment point?i believe a common approach is to just use L angle and span the distance between the cabin frame/panel and firewall. How did you fasten it on each end? Any other simple but strong solutions?Thanks!!See More
Aug 31, 2019
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Upper Instrument Panel Cover - Paint?

Arrrgghhh.....I'm at the point where I need to fit my upper panel cover, so I thought I'd paint it.  I've gone thru 3 cans of Rustoleum flat black and it still looks like crap.  I'm sure the get-out-of-bed temps in the low 80's with 70%+ humidity isn't helping here in DFW.So.  What did y'all do to have a flat-non-reflective coating on your upper panel cover?  I don't want a satin-y look from a vinyl cover (or do they have true flat now?), and thought this would be an easy-peasy paint job. …See More
Aug 16, 2019
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Anyone use SPRL Fuel Selector Valve?

I'm coming up on the time when I'll need a fuel selector valve.  I looked up Aircraft Spruce and saw the Andair valves, but right next to them was a brand I've never heard of - Newton SPRL.Has anyone used these valves? Aside from purchasing the fittings for it, any drawbacks?Thanks;See More
Aug 4, 2019
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Disappearing topic on magnetometer?

I'm losing my mind.I am sure that within the past 36 hrs or so, someone posted a new topic on mounting a magnetometer.We were still driving back from Oshkosh, so I thought that I'd just catch up and read it on the forums.Of course, now I cannot find it.  So, if someone knows where that thread went, I'd be appreciative!Thanks;See More
Jul 31, 2019
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Voltage Regulator?

Hi, All;For those of us with an O-200, what voltage regulator did you select?  I've basically found two that might work: B&C and PlanePower. Are there others available for the same general price (180-195)?I'm using the original alternator, not a lightweight.  Since I have put it away for safe keeping, I can't recall if it's an Autolite or Delco, but you get the idea.thanks!See More
Jul 7, 2019

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CH 750 Cruzer
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Continental O-200
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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 10:48pm on August 17, 2020, Oliver Reik said…

Hi Carl, Thank you for getting back to me. I also reached out to Falcon insurance, i will let you know about their response. Oliver

At 7:37pm on August 14, 2020, Brian Thomas said…


Sorry, life took over my build for a while. I think I'll skip on the tool for now.


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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