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W P Dixon
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:11 pm    Post subject: Mini Coupe Reply with quote



Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little plane
and have been considering building one.




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smjmitchell
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote



I haven't built one but I have a set of plans if you have any specific
questions ....


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote

Quote:
Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little
plane
and have been considering building one.





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W P Dixon
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Great! So what is your opinion of the plans? Detailed? Does this project
look do-able for the homebuilder? Does it give any form plans for making
ribs, or is it a "go it alone" type deal? Thanks!
"smjmitchell" <smjmitchellHATESPAM (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote

Quote:
I haven't built one but I have a set of plans if you have any specific
questions ....


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:Z9n1d.4$5A2.7499939 (AT) news (DOT) sisna.com...
Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little
plane
and have been considering building one.







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Bingo
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 11:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

I think this is the same plane that Jerry Springer built in the
'70s...............there is one for sale at McMinnnville, OR.

Jim
"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote

Quote:
Great! So what is your opinion of the plans? Detailed? Does this
project
look do-able for the homebuilder? Does it give any form plans for making
ribs, or is it a "go it alone" type deal? Thanks!
"smjmitchell" <smjmitchellHATESPAM (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:4146c7eb$0$20579$afc38c87 (AT) news (DOT) optusnet.com.au...
I haven't built one but I have a set of plans if you have any specific
questions ....


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:Z9n1d.4$5A2.7499939 (AT) news (DOT) sisna.com...
Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little
plane
and have been considering building one.









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smjmitchell
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2004 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

I should clarify one thing first ... the Plans I have are for the Chris Tena
Mini Coupe. I assume this is the same airplane but I dunno who Ron Dixon is.

The "plans" are probably best described as a kit assembly manual. I am not
sure if you could build the airplane from them (I need to pull them out and
have a look - perhaps my memory is not that good). I think they lack
dimensions of some parts. From memory they are however fairly detailed and
complete. The airplane is sound but fairly crude (many similarities to the
Teenie Two in terms of level of crudiness). It is a cheap and easy to build
airplane - definitely homebuildable. Easier than any model of Zenith. The
construction of the ribs is detailed via offsets and a description of the
methods to be used for making them. It really is a neat little airplane if
you are looking for a simple single seat metal airplane - much better
airplane than the Tennie Two I would say.

Give me a day or two and I will have a look at the plans. Let me know if you
have any more specific questions.


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote

Quote:
Great! So what is your opinion of the plans? Detailed? Does this
project
look do-able for the homebuilder? Does it give any form plans for making
ribs, or is it a "go it alone" type deal? Thanks!
"smjmitchell" <smjmitchellHATESPAM (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:4146c7eb$0$20579$afc38c87 (AT) news (DOT) optusnet.com.au...
I haven't built one but I have a set of plans if you have any specific
questions ....


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:Z9n1d.4$5A2.7499939 (AT) news (DOT) sisna.com...
Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little
plane
and have been considering building one.









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Jerry Springer
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

smjmitchell wrote:
Quote:
I should clarify one thing first ... the Plans I have are for the Chris Tena
Mini Coupe. I assume this is the same airplane but I dunno who Ron Dixon is.

The "plans" are probably best described as a kit assembly manual. I am not
sure if you could build the airplane from them (I need to pull them out and
have a look - perhaps my memory is not that good). I think they lack
dimensions of some parts. From memory they are however fairly detailed and
complete. The airplane is sound but fairly crude (many similarities to the
Teenie Two in terms of level of crudiness). It is a cheap and easy to build
airplane - definitely homebuildable. Easier than any model of Zenith. The
construction of the ribs is detailed via offsets and a description of the
methods to be used for making them. It really is a neat little airplane if
you are looking for a simple single seat metal airplane - much better
airplane than the Tennie Two I would say.

Give me a day or two and I will have a look at the plans. Let me know if you
have any more specific questions.


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:_UD1d.16$ik1.30594157 (AT) news (DOT) sisna.com...

Great! So what is your opinion of the plans? Detailed? Does this

project

look do-able for the homebuilder? Does it give any form plans for making
ribs, or is it a "go it alone" type deal? Thanks!
"smjmitchell" <smjmitchellHATESPAM (AT) yahoo (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:4146c7eb$0$20579$afc38c87 (AT) news (DOT) optusnet.com.au...

I haven't built one but I have a set of plans if you have any specific
questions ....


"W P Dixon" <paddydix (AT) bridgenettn (DOT) com> wrote in message
news:Z9n1d.4$5A2.7499939 (AT) news (DOT) sisna.com...

Hi,
Has anyone built Ron Dixon's Mini-Coupe? I like the look of the little

plane

and have been considering building one.







Yup I built one, here is a picture of the one I built. fantastic flying airplane

the only down side is it,"mine" was powered by volkswagen which is not fit for
aircraft in my opinion after flying it for 500 hours. I know that threre are a
couple VW gerus here but IMO It is not an aircraft engine.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/%7Ejsflyrv/minicoup.jpg

Jerry Springer




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Rob Schneider
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2004 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Jerry Springer <jsflyrv (AT) earthlink (DOT) net> wrote in message
Quote:
Yup I built one, here is a picture of the one I built. fantastic flying airplane
the only down side is it,"mine" was powered by volkswagen which is not fit for
aircraft in my opinion after flying it for 500 hours. I know that threre are a
couple VW gerus here but IMO It is not an aircraft engine.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/%7Ejsflyrv/minicoup.jpg

Jerry Springer

There are those that would questions whether it is a legitimate
automobile engine, too. ;-)

(this from somebody contemplating building an airplane around such an
engine...)

The Mini Coupe looks like an interesting design - are the plans still
available?

Rob

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Saubergelder
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 5:14 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Yes, they are available. I bought a set a month ago to stury up on them. They
cost $70.00.
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Ted Azito
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 10:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

The Germans and French have used the VW in production aircraft, but I
wouldn't use one today (and I drive a Meyers Manx). I wouldn't
consider any conversion that doesn't isolate the crank from the prop
loads and provide for inertia decoupling.

Dave Blanton used to be called crazy, but his V6 Fords never had any
torsional resonance problems and in fact you could start and run the
engine without the prop attached. The boat outdrive guys figured it
out a long time ago and no one questions the use of autoderivative
engines in boats today. Other than turbines there are no
aeroderivative engines in boats and to me that says a whole bunch.
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Jerry Springer
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Ted Azito wrote:
Quote:
The Germans and French have used the VW in production aircraft, but I
wouldn't use one today (and I drive a Meyers Manx). I wouldn't
consider any conversion that doesn't isolate the crank from the prop
loads and provide for inertia decoupling.

Dave Blanton used to be called crazy, but his V6 Fords never had any
torsional resonance problems and in fact you could start and run the
engine without the prop attached. The boat outdrive guys figured it
out a long time ago and no one questions the use of autoderivative
engines in boats today. Other than turbines there are no
aeroderivative engines in boats and to me that says a whole bunch.

I would bet it has to do with cooling. It is a pretty simple matter to water
cool an engine in a boat.


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Darrel Toepfer
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:54 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Ted Azito wrote:

Quote:
Other than turbines there are no aeroderivative engines in boats
and to me that says a whole bunch.

Saw an "airboat" going down the road today. They use lots of different
flavors of engines, including "aero" ones. Aircooled is an easier setup
than having radiators and such. One thing they all have in common is the
pusher prop. Lots of Unlimited hydroplane raceboats still run Allison /
Rolls Royce aircraft engines in them. Some event tractors (pulls) as
well. Parts are getting scarce though...

My grandfather had an air-sea-rescue boat with 3 6-71 diesels. A
competitor shipbuilder had the same boat with dual Allisons. He could
throw spray completely across the old intercoastal canal. My
grandfathers was alot more thrifty, but there was no comparision in
speed between the two...

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Dan Thomas
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Jerry Springer <jsflyrv (AT) earthlink (DOT) net> wrote

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I would bet it has to do with cooling. It is a pretty simple matter to water
cool an engine in a boat.

Even that's not that easy. I installed a 283 in a 13' crackerbox
racer years ago, and had trouble regulating the cooling flow. You
can't use a standard thermostat, as small bits of weeds can be picked
up and they'll plug it real quick. And the stone-cold water can't be
dumped straight into the engine block; it need preheating via the oil
cooler and exhaust manifold jackets, if installed. I used a gate valve
and ended up with it wide open most of the time to keep head
temperatures in line, but the lower block temps were poor. It used too
much fuel as a result of not operating in an optimum range.
Outboards and outdrives have better means of picking up the
water, with screened crossflow inlets and so on. They use thermostats.
They were, after all, designed for marine use. Straight inboards get
their water off the bottom of the boat, and fine screens get smashed
up on the beach of plugged with sand.
Auto engines adapted to aero purposes face a whole range of
pitfalls, from cooling (radiators often too small for the max-hp
demands, and no serious thought to airflow to and from the rad), to
redrive resonance issues(prop inertia vs. crank/flywheel inertia), to
engine mounts (often complicated and prone to cracking by unforeseen
forces). And they're all pretty heavy for the power they produce. It
can take either years of fooling around and learning things the hard
(sometimes fatal) way, or years of education in engineering school, to
design an immediately successful conversion. Can anyone point out ANY
one auto conversion that has been in widely successful use for many
years? Even the VW and Subaru guys have scores of different
conversions. It makes me, after 30 years in and around airplanes and
the homebuilt movement, really skeptical of "new and improved"
conversions. I work on Lycomings every day, and I can change the oil
and plugs and let it go for another 50 hours without worrying whether
it's going to be back with some complaint.

Dan

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Richard Lamb
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

Dan,

Just a dumb question about marine installations...

For a water cooled engine, why _not_ keep the radiator?


Richard
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Morgans
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote


"Richard Lamb" <n6228l (AT) earthlink (DOT) net> wrote

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Dan,

Just a dumb question about marine installations...

For a water cooled engine, why _not_ keep the radiator?


Richard

Some instances I have heard of do keep a "radiator", but it usually is a
water to water heat exchanger. Seems it was a big commercial rig. It has
the advantage of not having salt water running through the engine.
Disadvantages are more complexity, and more to fail. You have to have a
pump to move that seawater to the exchanger, too.
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Rich S.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:29 am    Post subject: Re: Mini Coupe Reply with quote

"Morgans" <essmorgan (AT) charter (DOT) junk.net> wrote

Quote:

Some instances I have heard of do keep a "radiator", but it usually is a
water to water heat exchanger. Seems it was a big commercial rig. It has
the advantage of not having salt water running through the engine.
Disadvantages are more complexity, and more to fail. You have to have a
pump to move that seawater to the exchanger, too.

My 19' skiboat had FWC (Fresh Water Cooling) using a heat exchanger. They
are fairly common on the coasts where salt water operation is a fact of
life. If it's in an inboard/outboard installation, the outboard unit has the
pump. If it's strictly inboard, there'll be an extra pump driven off the
accessory belt, the back of the alternator or some other rotating accessory.
The normal engine water pump circulates the engine coolant.

Rich S.



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