Mark Baenen
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Cleaning Tips & Tricks - from the "School of Hard Knocks"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell Johnson Apr 10. 5 Replies

I probably have tried just about every cleaning trick known to man and I think that I have come to "as good as it gets". When cleaning a 60 year old engine (I have disassembled and cleaned a half…Continue

Rattle can airplane?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ernest Christley Dec 18, 2018. 14 Replies

Is there a name for drilled out rivets / rivet studs / fasteners that end up trapped in inaccessible areas like wings / horizontal stabilizer / control surfaces and rattle around when you taxi?(I…Continue

Pulled Out Corvair Head Stud

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Baenen Oct 16, 2018. 4 Replies

Ever have that horrible sinking feeling in your stomach when you keep torquing a head stud and the torque never goes up? I have! I did a test run last month after I got my engine installed in the…Continue

Engine Test Stand - Southern Wisconsin - Free

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Baenen Jun 2, 2018. 1 Reply

Anybody want to use or have my homemade engine test stand? I built it last fall for the break-in run of my Corvair. Made out of very stout oak 6"x6" timbers and oak 2x4's. Very heavy but fits nicely…Continue

 

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Cleaning Tips & Tricks - from the "School of Hard Knocks"

I probably have tried just about every cleaning trick known to man and I think that I have come to "as good as it gets". When cleaning a 60 year old engine (I have disassembled and cleaned a half dozen Corvairs now) I think I have tried every soap, solvent and cleaner - always trying to find the easiest solution. WW recommends spending a couple hours with a pressure washer and your engine - NO FUN! It ALWAYS takes a little "armstrong" power but this is what I have found is the ultimate help:A…See More
Apr 9
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Corvair powered STOL CH 750

"Todd Davis from the Milwaukee FAA FSDO come to do my airworthiness inspection this AM. Super nice and super helpful! Thank you both FAA and EAA for the great documentation and support. WOW!"Mark Baenen. Airworthiness Inspection Day
Mar 23
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Mar 19
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EAA Amateur Built Certification Kit

For anyone just starting out or almost finished, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the EAA's Amateur Built Certification Kit. It has all the forms, all the steps and all the right language to make getting your paperwork done correctly very easy. It also has good recommendations on the timing to send the various forms in. SUPER helpful!See More
Mar 6
Loren Warner left a comment for Mark Baenen
"Wow, nice looking package.  "
Mar 5
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Cowling done and inspection date set!

My nose bowl finally arrived and I spent the weekend fitting the cowling panels - very nice fitting setup from the Weseman's. After that, I finished up my paperwork and sent it off to the FAA. Got a call last week and set the date for the Airworthiness Inspection! - March 19th!…See More
Mar 5
Mark Baenen posted a blog post

Cowling done and inspection date set!

My nose bowl finally arrived and I spent the weekend fitting the cowling panels - very nice fitting setup from the Weseman's. After that, I finished up my paperwork and sent it off to the FAA. Got a call last week and set the date for the Airworthiness Inspection! - March 19th!…See More
Mar 4
Mark Baenen posted a discussion

Rattle can airplane?

Is there a name for drilled out rivets / rivet studs / fasteners that end up trapped in inaccessible areas like wings / horizontal stabilizer / control surfaces and rattle around when you taxi?(I just started taxiing and discovered some rattles, would like to see the humorous side of this! Mark)See More
Dec 12, 2018
A blog post by Mark Baenen was featured

Set The Wings!!!!

Thank you to the Kratochwill boys! Tom and Tyler from Merrimac came down this last weekend and helped me set my wings. Great help! With everything set, I powdercoated all the steel fittings and my dad and I did the install on Monday. Filled up the gas tanks and taxied that afternoon. A little anticlimactic that afternoon as we were beat. BEAT! The brakes could not hold…See More
Dec 5, 2018
Mark Baenen posted a discussion

Pulled Out Corvair Head Stud

Ever have that horrible sinking feeling in your stomach when you keep torquing a head stud and the torque never goes up? I have! I did a test run last month after I got my engine installed in the fusilage. Then I adjusted my carb, retorqued all the head studs, set the lifters with the engine running, reset the timing and changed the break-in oil / filter. On retorquing the head, the upper left stud on the number one cylinder pulled out - OH CRAP.I looked at an extra case that I have and found…See More
Sep 24, 2018
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2nd Annual Engine Starting Party!

Last year on Labor Day I did the first run of my WW Corvair conversion engine on the engine test stand. We had a big crayfish boil and the engine started and ran beautifully - purred like a cat! This year we had a seafood boil again and started the engine again - this time in the fuselage. If I had the seats and brakes installed I could have driven it around town. It ran beautifully! (After I readjusted the timing and and got the whole procedure down)Thank you to the support of all my friends…See More
Sep 6, 2018
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Sep 6, 2018
Mark Baenen posted a discussion

Engine Test Stand - Southern Wisconsin - Free

Anybody want to use or have my homemade engine test stand? I built it last fall for the break-in run of my Corvair. Made out of very stout oak 6"x6" timbers and oak 2x4's. Very heavy but fits nicely in the back of a small trailer.Plenty of clearance with a 66" warp drive prop. 15 deg. angle for Zenith firewall but could be changed. The same as pictured in my profile pic.See More
Jun 2, 2018
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"BIG NOTE TO SELF: Been using a Zinc Chromate primer on everything, especially inside and contact surfaces. Next time - Cortec and DTM paint!"
Jun 1, 2018
Mark Baenen posted a status
"Had a great time hosting EAA Chapter 1317 last week. I really wanted good critiques of my building and progress. Only positive comments!"
Mar 21, 2018

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STOL CH 750
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Corvair
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At 10:00pm on March 5, 2019, Loren Warner said…

Wow, nice looking package.  

At 12:50pm on November 8, 2017, Richard Kurlinski said…

Good luck on your build!  Let me know if you have interest in seeing what I've done so far.

Rich

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Airworthiness Inspection -COMPLETE!

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:31pm 7 Comments

Had Todd Davis from the Milwaukee FSDO come to do my airworthiness inspection this AM. Super nice and super helpful!Thank you both FAA and EAA for the great documentation and support. WOW! 

Corvair-powered STOL CH 750

Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Todd Davis from the Milwaukee FSDO come to do my airworthiness inspection this AM. Super nice and super helpful! Thank you both FAA and EAA for the great documentation and support. WOW!

EAA Amateur Built Certification Kit

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

For anyone just starting out or almost finished, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the EAA's Amateur Built Certification Kit. It has all the forms, all the steps and all the right language to make getting your paperwork done correctly very easy. It also has good recommendations on the timing to send the various forms in. SUPER helpful!

Cowling done and inspection date set!

Posted on March 4, 2019 at 2:33pm 2 Comments

My nose bowl finally arrived and I spent the weekend fitting the cowling panels - very nice fitting setup from the Weseman's. After that, I finished up my paperwork and sent it off to the FAA. Got a call last week and set the date for the Airworthiness Inspection! - March 19th!…

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