Ron Lendon
  • Clinton Township, MI
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Corvair Hangar Stuff Sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Lendon Oct 25, 2019. 6 Replies

Tale of two Carbs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Lendon Jul 13, 2014. 6 Replies


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Engine: WW Corvair
Metal Model Maker / GM.
I have worked in the metal trades for 30 years and am looking at this as my retirement gift to self. I will continue to post changes here as I make them.

Corvair Engine Prints

These files are scans of the original Corvair Engine prints and converted to PDF format. The links go to google docs and are downloadable there.  You need to have a gmail account to get to these files, its free.

Description Filename
Gear Crankshaft Dated 7-22-58 6256600
Crankcase Left Half dated 5-3-68 3819615
Gear Crankshaft Dated 5-15-62 3829739
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S1_F1
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S1_F2
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S1_F3
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S1_F4
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S1_F5
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S2_F1
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S2_F2
Head-Cylinder dated 4-23-65 3856743_S2_F3
Head - Cylinder dated 3-9-64 3856759
Gear Crankshaft dated 10-21-64 38733958
Head Machining Assembly-Cylinder dated 4-1-65 3883858
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S1_F1
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S1_F2
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S1_F3
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S1_F4
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S1_F5
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S2_F1
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S2_F2
Head-Cylinder dated 3-17-65 3883862_S2_F3
Head - Cylinder dated 4-1-65 3883863
Engine Machining dated 9-26-58 6255613
Crankshaft Assembly Chart Dated 11-7-65 3890000
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F1
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F2
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F3
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F4
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F5
Crankcase - Right Half Dated 5-3-62 6255616_F6

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N601LT For Sale in Florida _ Sun&Fun

Posted on March 28, 2019 at 9:24am 1 Comment

Zenith 601XLB 2850cc Corviar powered Michigan to Florida in one day.

March 26, 2019 I flew from Michigan to Venice Florida KVNC and parked on the

ramp by Suncoast Air Center. Had good weather and tail winds till I got

in Florida, average speed 117mph or 102kts, not bad for a 601XLB. Stop by

and take a look, I’m trying to find it a new home.

I stopped off at Cook County and said hi…


Progress report

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 7:38am 0 Comments

   So here we are, a journey that began in 2004 with a quest to become a private pilot and in 2005 begin building an airplane. While becoming a pilot I decided on the Zenith CH601XL as the airframe because it flew nice and could be made from plans. Deciding on the Corvair as the engine was also decided around this time. Here I am 1000 pilot hours and 700…


My scratch builders log in a PDF file

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 10:07pm 7 Comments

So the builders log printed out to 737 pages. Here is a link to it as a PDF file. It is electronically searchable.

Here is a link to the PDF file of my builders log.  It was to large for an attach to a email so you will have to download it from this site.


OSH 2012

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:00am 3 Comments

Flew from Brodhead Sunday to OSH. Left C37 in light rain with wet tent, take off roll was a little longer but up she went and we were out of the rain in minutes and clear sailing to OSH.

Landed and parked with 54 flight hours since June 30th. Everything is going to plan. Flew 6500' yesterday from home to Poplar Grove and averaged 4.3 gph burning 93 octane auto fuel.

Flight Report

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 8:16am 1 Comment


Today finished with 26 flight hours since last Saturday mornings first flight.  Everything is going well, I have my own prop on it, much and many thanks to Roy S. for loaning me his so I could keep moving forward.  Expanding the flight envelope now and chasing clouds and following rivers to help determine the airplanes capabilities.

Speeds are improving as I adjust the feathers and reduce the drag.  Having done a little redesign work with the metal nose bowl and a… Continue

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At 9:55am on July 20, 2012, Dan Dempsey said…

Hey Ron, I just noticed your build status says less than half way complete!  Are you planning VTOL mods? :)

At 10:04am on July 1, 2012, William Dominguez said…

Congratulations on your first flight Ron, another ZenVair takes to the skies. Looking forward to see the pictures.

At 6:24am on September 14, 2011, Jesse Hartman said…
That nose bowl looks sweet.  I have been a fan of the shot bag and english wheel myself,  I know how much work and talant you have into this bowl.  Nice job
At 9:19pm on February 25, 2011, Frederick Schutt said…

Ron  Thanks for your reply on gascolator location.  My computer went down so could'nt answer sooner.  I had forgotten that WW had that manual-I have one on order.




At 10:58am on February 16, 2011, Frederick Schutt said…

Ron- Met you at cc#17.  I have a question for you- I'm working on cabin floor and floor  stiffner- did you mount gascolator per Zac plans?  I don't want to cut hole in skins if there is a better way - I'll be using corvair engine- Any other hints on the fuel system?


Fred S.

At 9:24pm on January 26, 2011, Paco Pineiro said…


No, no.  The white was done.  I used the 'rattle cans' for the red and gold and a skateboarder gave me the yellow non-skid.  What is that wooden structure?


At 9:16pm on January 23, 2011, Paco Pineiro said…

Hi Ron:

Thanks.  I'm a bit proud of the paint job, so far, mainly because I opted for man/hours in stead of dollars.  I bought four cans of metal spray paint from Lowe's and several packs of plastic 12 x 20 sheets and a couple of rolls of scotch blue painter's tape and that's it so far.  I still have the rear section and rudder to do but even then it should all cost less than one hundred dollars.  How is your plane coming along?

At 9:41am on August 29, 2010, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Good mornin' Ron. Glad to hear that you are back in black so to speak. One of my flying buddies who lives about 7 miles west of me has two sons doing medical residencies in the Detroit area, and he is there visiting them this past week. The world just keeps getting smaller, don't it?

Stay in touch,

At 9:35pm on August 6, 2010, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Well if you get the wanderlust again, you need to be in touch.

At 8:09am on August 6, 2010, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
I'm about to post the Zenith dinner photos on my page on this site, so you can check them out there. Be sure to keep in touch, particularly if you head down south. I'll probably make back to Osh in 2012. Next year I'm taking a three week driving trip up to Glacier Park so a week at Airventure is not a likely option.


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