Jim B Belcher
  • Alpine, TX
  • United States
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601XL tanks wanted

Started Jun 26, 2016 0 Replies

I'm rebuilding my 601xlb, after a crash last year. I need fuel tanks. I'd prefer long range, but I would consider the normal tanks.Continue

601XL tanks wanted

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim B Belcher Aug 3, 2016. 10 Replies

My little test flight crash last year wiped out both wing tanks. I'm not there yet, but I'll soon be ready for tank installation. Does anyone have a pair of 601XL tanks they'd like to dispose of? I'd…Continue

Another way to cut foam for the seats

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Crew Apr 21, 2012. 7 Replies

I've read what I could find on cutting foam for the Zenith seats (in particular, the XL). Maybe I looked in the wrong places, but I found a lot of good information on the construction detail of the…Continue

Using the Aerocarb carburetor with a conventional throttle control.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim B Belcher Sep 19, 2011. 2 Replies

I noted the posting elsewhere in this forum offering an Aerocarb carburetor, and the device appealed to me. However, it requires a reversing throttle control, which seems to usually be limited to…Continue


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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 9:25am 0 Comments

Merry Christmas, to all the Zenith family everywhere, from the mountains of far west Texas!

Grandson help

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 2:39pm 5 Comments

I moved my 601XLB to the airport a couple of months ago for final assembly. A week or so ago, I took my grandson along while I did some measurements for the seat cushions. He wanted to sit in the cockpit, which was fine by me. When I turned around, I found him making very careful, but of course meaningless measurements, along the top of the pilot side.

I don't think he really understands what we're doing, but I figure the early exposure to airplanes can't hurt anything.…


Continental O200 baffles

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:42pm 5 Comments

I may be repeating what everyone else already knows, but just in case....

I've priced O200 baffles, and even the units built by other than Cessna were pricey, probably due to the FAA paperwork. The cheapest I found were around $800. That's a lot of money for a little aluminum, and a bit of seal.

Whilst browsing through my library, I happened to scan my copy of the late Tony Bingelis' "Firewall Forward." Inside, I found a scalable pattern for O-200…


Nice touch-up to the site format

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:11am 0 Comments

I find things more readable. Good job!

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At 9:39am on June 17, 2015, Roger Lambert said…

I'm so sorry to hear about your incident. I hope you're feeling better. Have you been able to tell what caused the loss of power?

Roger Lambert

At 2:26pm on June 23, 2012, Rolly Hughes said…

Jim, thanks for your comments. I had thought about going along the botttom with the brake lines. I feel better about that now. How far along are you on the plane? Maybe I could take a day trip down to Alpine. It isn't that far.

Contact me directly at rolloman66@yahoo.com


At 8:21am on September 20, 2011, Bill Carter said…

Welcome to the family.

I wish you the all the best with
your project. If you ever get the chance to visit the Zenith factory please
take the time to stop by our builder assist facility too. We are their newest
and nearest builder assist facility and like to have visitors. We are right
here in Mexico, Mo., not far from the factory.

Take care and good luck,

Bill Carter

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