Carl Orton
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  • North Richland Hills, TX
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Carl Orton's Discussions

O-200 & Holes in the Firewall

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton yesterday. 3 Replies

Hi, All;Please see the enclosed image.Most of the firewall penetrations are clearly obvious, but some....   I've labelled each area for which I'm confused.  They're labelled 1, 2, & 3 for ease in…Continue

Cruzer / O-200...How many have added a bypass for facet pump?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton on Sunday. 22 Replies

I figured enough folks have had problems with facet pumps that this subject would be better in the open discussion area.I'm still building my Cruzer, yet I'm at the point where "systems" are starting…Continue

Tire tube installation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Riat Sep 28. 1 Reply

I’m installing the tires and tubes on my matco rims. The tube has a stepped washer between the tube and the second nut. Does the stepped washer go between the tube and rim or between the rim and nut?…Continue

Avionics Rack Mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Clapper Jr. Sep 4. 5 Replies

Hi All;I’m at the early steps of fitting my instrument panel. All seems pretty straightforward except for the radio stack/rack. I'm using a Garmin 327 xpndr and iCom radio, both traditional rack…Continue

 

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Carl Orton posted a discussion

O-200 & Holes in the Firewall

Hi, All;Please see the enclosed image.Most of the firewall penetrations are clearly obvious, but some....   I've labelled each area for which I'm confused.  They're labelled 1, 2, & 3 for ease in referencing.I have the Zenith complete FWF kit, so have everything that should be identified on the figure.  I just didn't want to drill more holes than I needed for obvious reasons.I'm running a glass panel, so I'll have the EGT/CHT probes passing thru the firewall as well as OT, OP, tach,…See More
Friday
Carl Orton posted a discussion

Cruzer / O-200...How many have added a bypass for facet pump?

I figured enough folks have had problems with facet pumps that this subject would be better in the open discussion area.I'm still building my Cruzer, yet I'm at the point where "systems" are starting to be added. I purchased the Zenith complete FWF kit for the O-200.The plans show the facet pump mounted on the engine side of firewall with only a single line. It seems that popular opinion says I should install a check-valved bypass around the aux facet pump just to provide an unobstructed fuel…See More
Nov 1
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Tire tube installation

I’m installing the tires and tubes on my matco rims. The tube has a stepped washer between the tube and the second nut. Does the stepped washer go between the tube and rim or between the rim and nut? Lots of posts on installing a tube, but no mention of this washer!See More
Sep 28
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Avionics Rack Mounting

Hi All;I’m at the early steps of fitting my instrument panel. All seems pretty straightforward except for the radio stack/rack. I'm using a Garmin 327 xpndr and iCom radio, both traditional rack mount products. What did y’all do to provide a structure for the trays attachment point?i believe a common approach is to just use L angle and span the distance between the cabin frame/panel and firewall. How did you fasten it on each end? Any other simple but strong solutions?Thanks!!See More
Aug 31
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Upper Instrument Panel Cover - Paint?

Arrrgghhh.....I'm at the point where I need to fit my upper panel cover, so I thought I'd paint it.  I've gone thru 3 cans of Rustoleum flat black and it still looks like crap.  I'm sure the get-out-of-bed temps in the low 80's with 70%+ humidity isn't helping here in DFW.So.  What did y'all do to have a flat-non-reflective coating on your upper panel cover?  I don't want a satin-y look from a vinyl cover (or do they have true flat now?), and thought this would be an easy-peasy paint job. …See More
Aug 16
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Anyone use SPRL Fuel Selector Valve?

I'm coming up on the time when I'll need a fuel selector valve.  I looked up Aircraft Spruce and saw the Andair valves, but right next to them was a brand I've never heard of - Newton SPRL.Has anyone used these valves? Aside from purchasing the fittings for it, any drawbacks?Thanks;See More
Aug 4
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Disappearing topic on magnetometer?

I'm losing my mind.I am sure that within the past 36 hrs or so, someone posted a new topic on mounting a magnetometer.We were still driving back from Oshkosh, so I thought that I'd just catch up and read it on the forums.Of course, now I cannot find it.  So, if someone knows where that thread went, I'd be appreciative!Thanks;See More
Jul 31
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Voltage Regulator?

Hi, All;For those of us with an O-200, what voltage regulator did you select?  I've basically found two that might work: B&C and PlanePower. Are there others available for the same general price (180-195)?I'm using the original alternator, not a lightweight.  Since I have put it away for safe keeping, I can't recall if it's an Autolite or Delco, but you get the idea.thanks!See More
Jul 7
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Nose Strut Bottom Bearing Issue

Hi, All;I attempted to install the lower bearing,support, block, etc., for my Cruzer. My bearing block is about 2.5mm too wide to fit between the sides of the center firewall stiffener. The specs for the block show it's supposed to be 94mm wide, mine is 96.52mm (3.80" converted to mm).Did you sand-down the block to make it fit? Did you try to do both sides so that the strut remained centered in the bearing? New block?  I have a note in to Roger, but no answer yet. Was just curious if others had…See More
Jun 23
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Any hints? Securing RG cable in fuselage

Hi, All;I was just wondering if anyone has any good ideas for securing cables in the aft fuselage to keep them from flopping around and being abraded.  I have the ELT, the comm right behind the baggage compartment, and the trim servo cable.I thought I'd try the HBH tip of running them in the troughs in each longeron, but they still flop around with any movement.I have those black self-stick pads through which you snake a zip tie to hold the cable, but even cleaning the surface well, they still…See More
Jun 18
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Antenna Flex?

I installed my comm antenna on my Cruzer. Top mount, Comant-121. I mounted it directly behind the rivet line for the upper baggage compartment wall where it joins the upper fuselage skin.I used a piece of .060 backer plate that extended behind the antenna by about an inch. To that, I cut and riveted a piece of L angle that extends to the diagonal stiffener for that bay.I have not yet riveted the upper skin aft of the upper forward corner braces to allow access for running cables, etc.  When I…See More
Jun 10
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Oil Cooler or not?

Those of you with flying O-200s....  Did you install an oil cooler or not? Along with your answer it would help to know the state in which you're based.If you didn't install one, do you wish you did?  How close are your temps to the max limit?Thanks!CarlSee More
Apr 25
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Roller Painting Works....for me, at least....

A month or so ago, there was a thread about painting your aircraft, and at least one builder (Stephen Aupperle) noted that he used marine polyurethane with foam rollers.I picked his brain enough that I think I'm persona non grata now, but I made a decent go of the process. The thread containing details on the process can be found at:…See More
Apr 22
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Looking for Lemke Interior kit feedback (mostly fit and options)

Hi, All;For some time now, I've seen a few posts from builders who have used Lemke seats, and y'all appear to love them. I've begun the email exchange with Robert Lemke even though I'm a ways off from being able to install them.So, I'm looking for specific comments on your experience with the seats and side panels.1. How to they feel to the butt & back?1a.  Did you opt for the 3 layer comfort foam?1b.  Any special things added to the seats like lumbar support (foam, not the pump)? Thigh…See More
Apr 21

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Aircraft Model
CH 750 Cruzer
Project Status
Just started
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Engine installed (or plan to install)
Continental O-200
Your website (about your aircraft...)
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 10:28pm 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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