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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I have always wanted to fly. I was lucky enough to get some stick time growing up in my uncles Cessna 170 and his Piper Pa-18. He did the take off and landing part... I just got to do flying part. It was enough to get me hooked thoroughly. I don't have a pilots license. Never could afford it. I always figured that was a dream that would never happen. Then I started looking at homebuilt designs and found one that got my interest. The Legal Eagle is, when built to plans, a legal FAR 103 ultralight. Thrust is supplied by a half VW engine. The airborne prospector is coming! The picture I attached is a very crudely photochopped image of a completed LE I'll document the build here in the hobby section( got to spice it up a bit, this section is slooooww.) Hopefully the first week of next month I will have enough money to run over to Corona, California and pick up supplies for the project. I tried to source the 4130 chromoly from Phoenix, but prices were over three times the cost of getting it myself from Aircraft Spruce. Check out a youtube user Joe Spencer, He has some great videos. Les Homan is another youtuber flying a Legal Eagle with some great videos. Enjoy! Feel free to chime in as we go along. It would be awesome to get this thing airborne by next summer.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    The fins already there are pretty thick, close to 1/8". I believe it wouldn't warp, but careful attention to details would be the order of the day. These heads have more mass in the center of the casting vs the stockers...that should assist in keeping it stable. Cutting 16 of those fins sounds like the fun part though
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I have been sitting on the fence about this modification. It would add a very significant amount of cooling, but is a lot of work. I made little templates for a couple of additional fins, but decided against adding them because they would sit in the shadow of the exhaust pipe...probably rendering them ineffective. You can see what I mean in the 3rd and 4th pics. The larger template is for an additional 1" of cooling fin, more than doubling the surface area of the existing cooling fins. Cooler cylinder heads last longer...the internal debate continues.
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    John Boyles

    Well...dang. Please pass my best wishes along to Jane when you talk to her next.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    It will look good when I'm finished with it.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    It only took me about 10 minutes. It looks worse than it is. I put a fresh 24t blade in the hacksaw and chewed right through the head. Like you said though....thank God it was aluminum!
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Like this! Pick your line and make a bazillion saw strokes... Just takes a bit of elbow grease. I tried to split the intake ports without damage and managed to pull it off. There is not much room for error. I don't have to rebuild the intake ports this way. I'll weld some aluminum angle on the side to form the rest of that flange for the intake manifold.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    No big deal. Not ready for it yet I went to cc my new heads yesterday and realized I can't! These CB Performance heads use a different spark plug. 12mm vs 14mm like the originals. Which is great, but until the new plugs arrive, I can't properly measure chamber volume. I may still go ahead and cut the head in half, and weld on the new rocker box sides. That way, they will at least be ready to start massaging chamber volume when the new plugs arrive.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Thanks Homey. I got both elevators done today. They are hanging up waiting for the glue to dry. I'll take a picture tomorrow with all the tail componants. In the meantime, I cleaned off the bench, and cleaned up every speck of sawdust. I then dug the engine stuff out of storage. It's time to shift focus back to engine work.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I started sanding the rudder this morning. I'm pleased with it so far. The elevators are started too! I hope to have both of them framed by this evening...completing the tail section framing.
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    Got the rock crusher finished..

    Nice job Jim! That is a rock eatin' sob.
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    I BRAKE FOR BEDROCK -- T Shirts

    Adam, I'll take 2 xl short sleeves if you still have them. We go to Prescott regularly and could meet you if that's cool.
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    Arctic Dave, Happy Birthday

    Thanks guys! I spent all day making airplane parts, so in the grand scheme of things...that's not too bad
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    Arctic Dave, Happy Birthday

    Outstanding...I'll have one with you! Thank you gentlemen!
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Horizontal stabilizer built and sanded.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I cut it in half, but I can use each half. It all works out when you flip it to the other side. I have a junk head here that I can cut up to build up the rocker box.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    That is exactly what it is! It is the tailfeathers off a Sky Scout I got the plans out of the old EAA reprint of the 1933 SA flying manual. Thanks a bunch Dave! I had a weird case of intuition today. I had to drive into town in order to visit the bank, and on my way there I had a strong feeling I should go to the veedub shop I deal with. I walked in and chatted with Don a bit, and walked out with the perfect cylinder head for... $100!!! Another customer had blown up an engine and this was the good head. It's got new valve guides already installed and a fresh 3 angle valve job...and new valves. I just need to shape the chamber a bit and cut it in half.
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    Vulture Mine area

    Stop by and visit if you get over this far Patrick. I think I still owe you a buggy ride if you're up to it.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I finished cutting stock for the horizontal stabilizer this morning. I have it laid out on the table checking the fit of everything. It all looks good so far. I will pass the spars through the router table to remove the sharp corners and begin the glue up next.
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    I cleaned the fuselage yesterday in preparation for painting. I am will have to hold off on actually doing the painting, as we have rain in the forecast for the next few days. I ripped some stock for the horizontal stabilizer and built a little jig to cut my 1:15 scarf joints in the table saw. Works pretty good! Tomorrow I will start building the stabilizer.
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    Clanton Gang Loot/Hideouts/Skeleton Canyon Treasure

    Lol...you can do it! You're the gold whisperer
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    Happy Birthday Mike Furness

    Happy bday Mike!
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    Clanton Gang Loot/Hideouts/Skeleton Canyon Treasure

    I know! She was the only reason I watched that show. She sure filled a pair of pants just right...
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    Clanton Gang Loot/Hideouts/Skeleton Canyon Treasure

    It looks like everyone around here is either too shy...or they have warrants. It sounds like a fun project, but Momma used to say I had a face made for radio. You should talk Adam and Boulderdash into it. Of course... they would steal the show by finding the treasure within 5 minutes of arrival!
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    ArcticDave's Legal Eagle XL

    Here are some more pics.
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