First time poster, had a long road to airworthiness. Just wanted to let those of you with corvair engines know that the engine is very very hearty. This picture is from the first flight after I purchased the aircraft. The 2700 CC engine was overheated to the point where it melted the heads and gaskets. It landed pouring oil and smoking like a chimney. Running way too lean. It landed running though. Even with what is shown, the engine was chugging along. Now I have solved the issue, rebuilt the engine with Bill Clapp, and it's flying like a bird. The engine is a strong one, seemingly built for aviation. Don't put too much stock in William Winn. Follow your instincts.

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Comment by Ken Pavlou on May 13, 2019 at 5:28pm

Did you build the engine or did someone else?

Comment by Roger E Barnes on April 25, 2019 at 6:57pm

Glad to hear your going again pretty aggravating stuff for sure hope it wasn't a big purchase price.

Does Bill do his own head work or hire it out.

Planning to have a set of spare heads built up for my 3 litre i plan to do what i can but at some point will need machine work and welding. Its not a bad idea to have a spare set ready to go.

Wesman's will build up a set of heads for corvair flight engines and so far for me they have been really good to deal with.

Comment by Loren Warner on April 25, 2019 at 2:46pm

Curious, what EGT and CHT temperatures were you seeing?  Looks like a blown head gasket to me.  Any Piston photo's to share?

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