Thursday, June 24, 2010

Glenn's got Mono...

Monosport that is. Manufactured in 1929, this is the fourth Monocoupe Monosport built out of 16 in all. Powered by a Kinner K5 of 100 hp, it has a listed cruise speed of 110 mph. The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum obtained this aircraft from the estate of Bud Dake, who was the 3rd owner.
Glenn is starting work on this airplane while he waits for the carb and fuel pump off the Standard's Hisso to be overhauled.
The aircraft will be painted black with orange wings, at least at this point.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Off Topic: Quick Trip to Des Moines.

Tackle Box 1 of 4.

"Which lure do you want?"

Rod 3 of 8.

Found out Friday that Gina has an interview this afternoon for a new and exciting job. Since my dad had been unable to make the trip down to see Boo's Dance Recital, mom came down alone on the bus. We decided to take her home, get out of the house so Gina could prepare for her interview and also let Sky get his fishing stuff from his grandpa.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Off topic: Little-boo's Dance Recital

Our little girl Lindsay had her first dance recital tonite. All the grandmothers were in attendance for this momentous event. Lindsay had been taking lessons since early this spring building up to this recital.
Lindsay was nervous. When we laid down to take our naps yesterday, she said so. She said she just wanted to sit with grandma and watch the other kids. So we were really surprised tonight when she came out to do her number.
A rose from dad, a stop at Mickey-D's courtesy of mom and a pat on the back from Sky. She made it thru it fine.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Neat picture but still won't start.

I took this as Glenn was priming the Standard's Hisso engine for another start attempt. We had pulled the Standard into the shade from the hangar (door) to make it bearable for us. He had finished working on the carb and the fuel system the day before. Still didn't help.

He worked on the flow dividers for the primer later in the day, but it is storming out now so the next attempt will have to wait.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Takeoff roll-goodbye til next year

Some of the Waco's departed this morning to go back home. Creve Coeur returns to normal.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wacofest '10

Went out to the airport early this morning to try and start the Standard after Glenn worked on the mags. Now we have a carb problem which he'll try to solve Monday.

Rained like the dickens 3 times today.

Glenn stopped working on the Standard and started building an Ark.
I rounded up the Waco's 2 x 2.

The Creve Coure crazies held their annual parade.
I took a shot to the throat with a marshmallow and ate it.
All in good, clean fun.
After that, Al BBQ'd his famous filet.
I can't begin to tell you how good this is to eat.

While dinner cooked, Shannon and Terry and others flew
their electric RC planes. Shannon and Moe had a
midair later, destroying both models.
After supper, Al and John were awarded Certificates of Appreciation
for all the work they've done for the American Waco Club.

Stepping outside after dinner, we were amazed by this glorious sunset.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Waco Fly-In

An UPF-7 and a Cabin Waco grace the flightline.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Glenn thinks it's the mags.

At first, we thought the Hisso was going to start. But it didn't. It would run, but only as long as the prime lasted. Both Glenn and John Cournoyer thought the only way to really tell was to put the mags on a test bench and see if they are firing under compression.
Glenn doesn't have a test bench, so he improvised using his lathe and a homemade spark indicator. The mags, at low (starting) produced 0, no, none spark. Neither one of them. Looks like the booster mag is causing the spark for the start and the mags are not picking up when they are supposed to. At fast idle rpm (bottom) the mags are producing sparks to fire the engine.
Now, how to fix it? Haven't read that chapter yet, I'll keep you informed.

Sunset Departure

Robert Parish departs in his families Beech 18 at sunset from Creve Couer Airport.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Trying to start Waldo.

Photo Courtesy Ken Thomas.
Maybe if y'all push it real fast and then I pop the clutch....

It has fresh gas, the timing is correct (we think) and yet it won't start. Glenn is tearing apart the mags today and the carb today.

Any suggestions? Better yet, anyone have a spare Hisso (Dixie) mag they can lend Al and Glenn?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Trying to start the Standard.

We rolled the Standard out and tried again to start her today, but had no luck. We did get about 5 blades on one attempt, but that was it. We'll try again tomorrow.