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Aircraft For Sale / Re: Culver V x2 eBay
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:41:08 PM »
Are any of the landing gear parts interchangeable?Springs? Was that fuel inj. reliable? Craig

Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver work
« on: May 15, 2014, 10:06:30 PM »
I beefed up the tank brackets with wood .I reglued the small verticals,{they were loose} and then glued a3/4square piece that sit s on top of the stringer and runs to the firewall. Behind the vertical I glued a piece that goes from the vertical to ward the rear, leaving  room for the strap bolt.It's strong.I painted the fuselage one side at a time.Craig

Culver General Discussion / Culver work
« on: May 10, 2014, 11:17:31 PM »
Even though winter has finally given up here in Ct. My Culver project is moving forward.My firewall is reinstalled and I have fitted the wing truss but have removed it so that I have better access when fitting the fuel tank and rudder pedals. I have spent the most time cleaning and painting small parts. I found that the tank strap supports were weak where the straps attach and spent a fair amount of time.fixing and strengthening this area.It holds the weight of the tank and gas.I am sending out this letter in the hopes of hearing that other Culver enthusiasts are enjoying restoring their aircraft. The Forum is quiet.Thanks Craig Hewitt

Maintenance and Repair / Re: Cadet LFA Annual Inspection
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:48:41 PM »
Hi,Well I'm glad to see Harolds Culver is in good hands.The person who probably knows the most about your Culver is Ray Ender.He did annuals and other work on that Culver.You might already know this.The person that can answer your question would be Paul Rule.He owns Culvers and is very knowledgeable.Is Mr Smith still with us ?I talked with him a few times when I was inquiring about his Cadet.I ended up buying #241 from Al Gross in Ma. Where is your Museum?.
Ray Enders #512 396 0765 San Marcos Texas Good Luck with your Culver Craig Hewitt
Paul Rule is a member of the Culver Aircraft Forum

Culver General Discussion / culver cadet
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:22:07 PM »
Well I finally had the chance to fly a Culver.While in Fla. to visit my son we drove over to Oak Hill and visited Vaughn Grasso.He owns a beautiful LFA restored by Jim Jenkins .This aircraft had an Aeomatic prop and it really performed. The Franklin turned 2700rpm on takeoff so it got off well with 2 aboard and 10 gallons of gas.What a responsive airplane.It was raining all around us so the flight was only about 20 minutes but it really enthused me to get my own Cadet in the air. His Culver is for sale but I can't afford another right now. Thanks again Vaughn. Craig

Culver General Discussion / Re: wing attachment backbone
« on: February 09, 2014, 03:32:10 PM »
I'm talking about the steel truss. Two of the inner holes are slightlly elongated,perhaps from working of the bolts or rough handling in its past. Thanks I'll check out the recommended fix. Craig

Culver General Discussion / wing attachment backbone
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:37:08 PM »
Where the wing bolts secure the wing to the main structure I noticed that a couple of the holes are elongated slightly.Has anyone else run into this and what would be considered a proper fix? Any ideas would be welcome.Thanks Craig I'm not sure of the proper name for the main structure.

Culver General Discussion / Re: fuel tank
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:40:18 PM »
Thanks Bill,I hope all is well.

Culver General Discussion / fuel tank
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:05:15 PM »
While my fuselage is on its side I am doing a dry run with my fuel tank.Are people still using the Model a style shutoff or is there something more modern or lighter?Is the o ring for the gauge available ? Has anyone ever used paint remover on the aluminum tank?Did the filler neck have an o ring as well where it goes through the fuselage? Thanks Craig

Culver General Discussion / Re: what to use over old varnish
« on: August 05, 2013, 10:19:06 PM »
I ended up lightly sanding it cleaning it with a rag and putting a light coat of polyurathane and it seems fine with negligable weight  gain.I'm amazed that the engine is mounted with such light bolts! Craig

Culver General Discussion / Re: what to use over old varnish
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:26:20 PM »
Thanks Woody,will modern varnish be ok over what was used then? Craig

Culver General Discussion / what to use over old varnish
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:49:33 PM »
I finally found some time to work on my Culver.The interior cabin area is now ready to apply some kind of finish.Can i put new varnish over the old?What have people been using to clean the old varnish? Thanks Craig

No kidding Paul,That is very encouraging.Do you think the bulk of them are LFA's? As a side are Eisman mag parts available? Glad to join the Culver community. Craig

Hey Joe,I have yet to fly a Culver.I am looking forward to it.I have always had an attraction to the Cadet.Do you take your plane cross country?Craig

I have one .Its apart but is in good shape.Hopefully flying next year.Can we find out how many exist still flying or not? What would be the easiest way? I am new to Culvers but have always liked them. Are there a hundred flying or in restoration? Craig

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