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Have my plane flying again after a hard landing which took out nose gear, firewall and cabin floor. Use the rebuild yo make the plane "fit" me better. Moved rudder pedals almost 2" forward, bought a Zenith cowl, upped compression from 7:1 to 9.5:1, replaced mag with P-MAG electronic ignition.
This made it a better looking and flying aircraft. Also changed to a Ed Sturba propeller which I like. I am now seeing cruise of 95 to 100 knots @ 2400 RPM which it great. I was seeing 85 - 90 knots before. Cruiseing at this increased speed makes flying much more comfortable as it it No longer feels like it is walering all over. Pattern work is much easier also. I have to hold less power than before and seems to get a bit more "glide" on final.
I also added a Garmin 235 transponder, Garmin GDL for ADS-B in and a Garmin 660 portable GPS. This makes a big difference in situational awareness with other aircraft. I did the rebate process and got a passing grade first time flying over KORF airspace.
I have to also say that Zenith was great working with me getting parts for my aircraft. My kit was a early kit made before CNC process so was a real challenge getting what I needed. I had to make sure nothing was predrilled as it would never match what I drilled. The photo below is results of my landing incident a few years ago.
Next, ? I have plans for a T(S) 18 Thorp. I recently read that support for this design has faltered. Several flying friends mentioned a Mustang 2 which after some quick research I ordered plans for that, so still deciding what to build next.