Carl Orton
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Removing friction lock from throttle cable?

Started Oct 15 0 Replies

Like many others, I have installed dual throttle cables in my Cruzer.I've seen a few comments about removing the friction lock on the right side cable just to ensure that the cable isn't locked when…Continue

Source for carb heat box locking stud and cross pins

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Oct 16. 2 Replies

I'm finishing-up the connection of FWF wires etc to my O-200 Cruzer.I purchased the Zenith FWF kit, which came with everything.I had a heckuva time installing the tiny cross pins into the bottom of…Continue

Any Zenith folks staying in Sleepy Hollow in the next few weeks?

Started Jul 8 0 Replies

Hi, All;I was just curious if any Zenith folks were going to be RV'ing it (4 wheel kind) at Oshkosh this year and staying at the Sleepy Hollow campground.Ulterior motive is to perhaps hitch a ride to…Continue

O-200 Starter Mount Bolts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Carter Jun 23. 6 Replies

Hi, All;Has anyone found a source for the upper starter mount bolts? The 5/16-16 x 3 5/8" bolts?I have the ones that came out of my core, but there's no head stampings, etc., to let me know how good…Continue

 

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Carl Orton posted a discussion

Removing friction lock from throttle cable?

Like many others, I have installed dual throttle cables in my Cruzer.I've seen a few comments about removing the friction lock on the right side cable just to ensure that the cable isn't locked when you need it most.So....HOW do you remove/disable the friction lock? Standard McFarlane cable....Update: duh...called McFarlane; all one does is remove the black knob, then unthread the knurled lock knob and remove the leather packing material jammed in there. Reinstall the lock and plastic knobs and…See More
Oct 15
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Source for carb heat box locking stud and cross pins

I'm finishing-up the connection of FWF wires etc to my O-200 Cruzer.I purchased the Zenith FWF kit, which came with everything.I had a heckuva time installing the tiny cross pins into the bottom of the air filter mount studs.  I'm talking the studs you push thru the filter and gasket and act like a dzus to hold everything onto the sheetmetal carb heat airbox/valve.  These are TCM parts - 28306 and 28308. Spruce has 'em, but they're priced at $60 for ONE stud and $32 for ONE tiny little cross…See More
Oct 13
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Any Zenith folks staying in Sleepy Hollow in the next few weeks?

Hi, All;I was just curious if any Zenith folks were going to be RV'ing it (4 wheel kind) at Oshkosh this year and staying at the Sleepy Hollow campground.Ulterior motive is to perhaps hitch a ride to the Zenith banquet. But, of course, we'd love to just sit and chat over a few cold ones as well!See More
Jul 8
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O-200 Starter Mount Bolts

Hi, All;Has anyone found a source for the upper starter mount bolts? The 5/16-16 x 3 5/8" bolts?I have the ones that came out of my core, but there's no head stampings, etc., to let me know how good they are. A standard AN5-32A bolt is a -24 thread, and the accessory case is a -16.  As in, I don't know if the past rebuild shop just went down to Lowes and got a 5/16" bolt out of the parts bin.....See More
Jun 23
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Exhaust Port Gaskets

Hi, All;I'm close to completing my O-200 rebuild. I noticed in the Superior overhaul gasket set that I received EIGHT exhaust port stamped metal gaskets.Is this something that I should know about? TWO gaskets per cylinder / exhaust port? They were dead-nuts on with everything else, so I'm thinking I'm missing some information.ALSO:  Do you apply sealant to the magneto mounting gaskets? Wouldn't think so, since timing is checked and adjusted at condition inspection, etc.See More
Apr 21
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Looking for "thick" black tape

Sorry, folks; I don't know any other way to describe it.On my previous build 10 years ago, I happened upon a roll of tape that looked just like a roll of electrical tape. The interesting point is, it was about 1/32" thick, about 2-3x the thickness of regular tape.It was GREAT for wrapping around the motor mount where I was going to affix a zip tie to keep the tie from abrading the mount tubes.However, I can't find it now. Is anyone familiar with what I describe and can offer a brand/trade hame?See More
Dec 26, 2020
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How to tell if a 601XL had the "B" mods done?

Hi, All;As some of you know, I'm currently building a Cruzer, so aside from saying "it's a low-wing", I really have no knowledge on the 601 airframe.One of our EAA Chapter members (I'm a Tech Counselor) asked if I knew any way to determine for sure if the "B" mods were done to an airframe or not. One came up for sale and he's interested. He doesn't want to rely on the logs.Is there any VISIBLE checks I can do to tell if it's been modified? Properly?Thanks for any guidance...See More
Dec 11, 2020
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Tips for O-200 Assembly?

Hi, all;I'm getting ready to finally start assembling my O-200 when some final parts come in.First a little background: In a former life, I was a professional wrench for a Chrysler Plymouth dealer in the 70's. The days of Hemi 'Cudas, RoadRunners, GTX, etc. I've overhauled more auto engines than I can recall. I also built an AeroVee (VW) for my Sonex a few years ago.  I'm comfortable with tools.Just looking for tips on some of the O-200/TCM subtleties. Any sequence issues I should watch out…See More
Nov 11, 2020
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Has Anyone Wired a Garmin 327 XPNDR?

I applied power today for the first time; no smoke!  Most stuff worked; that which didn't are relatively simple items.  One is the transponder.It works just fine - as much as I can tell without it being interrogated. However, power application has been messed up. Part of this was because I had to make a judgement call on which power connection did what.I've enclosed a very lousy, unreadable image of the wiring page from the instruction manual. This is more to jog your memory if you *have* done…See More
Oct 29, 2020
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Normal Battery discharge pattern?

Hi, All;I posted this on the Zenith Builders FB page, but the only info offered was that I bought a cheap battery and I should go with Odyssey.I installed a Powersonic battery in my Cruzer, the model number as spec'd in the Zenith plans. Always follow the plans, right?!?   ;-)I'm not yet flying. I have not even connected the battery to the airframe/avionics yet.As I'm getting real close to finishing my wiring and connecting the battery, I thought that it's been a few months since I received the…See More
Oct 19, 2020
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Just curious / informal poll - Alternator mount

For those of us with O-200's in Zenith airframes, I'm just curious: Did you mount your alternator on the vacuum pump pad or on the accessory case?  And you know why I'm asking....(drive gear).See More
Sep 27, 2020
Oliver Reik left a comment for Carl Orton
"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"
Aug 17, 2020
Brian Thomas left a comment for Carl Orton
"Carl- Sorry, life took over my build for a while. I think I'll skip on the tool for now. -Brian"
Aug 14, 2020
Carl Orton posted a discussion

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, 2020
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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, 2020
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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, 2020

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Aircraft Model
CH 750 Cruzer
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Just started
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Engine installed (or plan to install)
Continental O-200
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http://Mykitlog.com/corton
Building Experience
Have already built an airplane
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!
Home Airport (ie. KMYJ)
KFWS or 52F

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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…

Carl-

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

-Brian

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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