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Parts For Sale / Rebuilt Franklin engine for sale
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:19:54 PM »
Forum member Meighan Chisholm, has a rebuilt 90 hp Franklin advertised for sale on Barnstormers.  Hereís s link to his ad:

Maintenance and Repair / Eisemann mag info
« on: September 01, 2016, 10:40:12 AM »
I found the following on the National Aeronca Association Bulletin Board:

I finally got around to rebuilding a few Eisemann mags after many years not flying. Here's some tips for those folks looking at rebuilding or just getting a used mag installed - I luckily found an A&P willing to advise me after he stopped doing Eisemann rebuilds.

Changing mag rotation: If you have a mag for a C85 or so counter-clockwise that has all the same parts as the clockwise version (H27-709 (C85) and H27-711 (A65) for example), you can change the rotation easily. Here's how: open up the mag (5 screws - 3 in the case, 2 on the top plate where the wiring harness attaches). Take off the next mid-section plate you expose after pulling off the outer case (5 screws I believe). Take off the small pinion gear that attaches to the distributor (larger) gear. Slide off the Woodruff key that holds the cam and pinion / rotor together, and take the oval-shaped cam off. Flip the cam upside down (there will be slots facing toward you now that were hidden in counter-clockwise mode). Now rotate the distributor gear until you have the furthest left timing mark (there are 2 timing marks in the plastic gear about an inch apart, they look something like this -C and another mark is the reverse of that). You have to now align the little drilled (1/8"?) hole on the outside of the pinion gear with this mark. Now just put it back together and you'll be running clockwise (likewise, if you were converting an A65 mag to run on an C85 you just reverse these directions). Can't believe no one has ever posted this...

Winding an impulse spring: okay there are not Eisemann tools for this available anywhere, so you have to be a little creative here. I made a tool using a 6" 1/2" galvanized pipe fitting, a 1/2" T fitting for leverage, and a jigsaw. All you do is screw the 2 pipes together, then on the 6" piece, cut a notch with a metal jigsaw blade about 1/8"-1/4" wide so that the impulse spring center coil can slide in. Once it fits, push the outer part of the spring into the cup spring slot, then take the tool and rotate the inner spring coil until you can squeeze it into the starter cup. The direction to wind is opposite the mag rotation desired (i.e. A65 wind counter-clockwise). If it keeps slipping out, either use your hand to hold the spring end in the starter cup slot or put vice grips over it with a protective piece of copper or lead to avoid damaging the cup - be sure this piece of metal doesn't extend into the cup though otherwise you'll have to wind it even tighter to fit the spring in. Once you get the spring in the starter cup you can just align it with the flange (keep the paws inside) and wiggle it down into place on the rotor shaft. FYI new impulse springs are only $6 at Fresno Airparts.

And to convert an AM4 to an LA4 isn't very hard (i.e. unshielded to shielded mag conversion for radio interference)- you just need a few parts from a used LA4. Just swap the distributor cap, the rear case with cover, the small middle section with ground plug, and finally the "high tension terminal plate" H27-675 and you're good to go. Of course you'll need a shielded wiring harness as well (~$140 from Fresno Airparts built to your specs, unless you have a spare harness you want to convert over).

Another FYI most of the Eisemann parts in the AM4 and LA4 and even LA6 mags are the same... so if you're trying to get a mag working again you can basically buy any of them used and swap parts out. The parts manual I have saved to my computer I have no idea where I found it but if you email me I can send your way. The only thing that really changes between mags is the rotor size, impulse mag coupling assembly, and the distributor cap.

All I can say is that if you have Eisemann mags or want them, you CAN get them operational for not much $$$ knowing the above. I BTW have tons of spare parts for anyone looking to rebuild I can sell them much cheaper than what you'll find online since I don't actually need most of them... yet... -Matt

Parts Wanted / Eisemann mags needed
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:05:54 PM »
I'm looking for a pair of shielded LA4 Eisemann magnetos for a Franklin 4AC199-E3 engine.

Maintenance and Repair / Serial numbers
« on: August 16, 2015, 08:37:54 AM »
Does anyone know if and where the factory would have placed aircraft serial numbers on major components such as the wings and fuselage?  I've see them stamped on the inside corner of windshield frames but, haven't noticed them on wooden parts.

It would be nice to know the history of a component when other documentation is absent.

Parts For Sale / Culver wings and horizontal stab
« on: July 15, 2015, 10:24:51 PM »
I received the following email from a lady in Texas:

Dear Bill,

I found your web page ( via a google search...

My dad had owned a Culver Cadet at one time. He passed away a year
ago, and we have some airplane parts that I don't know what to do

There are wings and the horizontal stabilizers from the tail.

They have been in the garage since I was a kid.

There may be some other parts; I'm not sure I would recognize them.

Do you think they would be useful to anyone?

They are in the Dallas area. I currently live about three hours
driving distance from there. If you know of anyone in the area, I
would be happy to arrange a time to meet. If you know of another
contact I should try, I would appreciate any information.

I'm not trying to "get rich" off of this...just to help people
out if possible (plus I do need to clean out the house).

Thank you,


If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll forward her contact info.

Documentation / Culver Parts Catalog and Maintenance Handbook
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:06:51 AM »
There's an original 1940 publication for sale on eBay.

Aircraft For Sale / Cadet N24R for sale
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:39:00 PM »
Ernie Buenting's Cadet is now listed for sale on the Barnstormers website.

Aircraft For Sale / Flying Cadet and Project For Sale
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:55:02 AM »
Unfortunately the time has arrived for me to switch to flying Light Sport aircraft.  Iíll be selling both my flying Cadet, N34782 and my uncompleted project, N29392.  If anyone has an interest in them, please email me for full details.

Parts For Sale / Landing Gear Doors
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:58:25 AM »
There's a pair of Cadet landing gear fairings for sale on eBay at this time.  Here's a link to the item:

Parts For Sale / Beech Roby prop
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:58:32 PM »
I have a Beech Roby prop that I believe is for a Mooney Mite.  The blade diameter is 66"  It appears to be in good shape.

Documentation / Wooden Swift prototype
« on: March 05, 2013, 02:36:51 PM »
Aviation lore has it that the prototype Globe Swift was created by Texan R.S. "Pop" Johnson after he closely examined and measured a Culver Cadet.  Evidently the original Swift prototype was of all wood costruction, with the next prototype having some metal construction in the fuselage.  I recently acquired a Globe Swift brochure bearing a 1944 printing date.  The aircraft it depicts has wood wings with split flaps.  I've scanned lthe brochure and posted it on the website.  Here's a link to the brochure as well as a link to a Swift website page which covers the subject.

Documentation / Who owns the Culver Cadet Type Certificate?
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:21:02 AM »
I received the following message from the UK and thought that one of our members may have an answer:

Hi Bill,

I am based in the UK and have recently been looking at importing a Culver Cadet project from the states and restoring it over here.

However I have recently come up against a bit of a showstopper in that the aircraft cannot be given a permit to fly on our Light Aircraft Association (UK equivalent of the EAA) as the type is shown as being a certified type under the FAA and under new European legislation a certified type imported from outside of the EU must also be certified within the EU. Unfortunately as the cadet is not certified in the UK already it would cost a huge amount of money to do so relative to the cost of the airplane.

The oddity here is that the holder of the TCDS for the Cadet is listed by the FAA as Superior Aircraft but as far as I am aware this company went bust many years ago. My question to you is, who now holds the TCDS for the Cadet? If we could prove to our authorities that the type is effectively orphaned we may be able to register it under the LAA.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mark Huxtable

Culver General Discussion / PQ-14 article
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:29:28 PM »
Here's a link to an article on a the PQ-14 at the 2012 EAA Fly-In:

Aircraft For Sale / Cadet project for sale
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:59:09 AM »
Bill Johnson's Cadet LCA project, N29393, is now on Barnstormers.  This is the Cadet project in the slideshow on the Culver Cadet website.  The workmanship looks great.  It doesn't have an engine, but a new Sensenich prop is included.  That's about a $2K item, if you haven't priced one lately.  Here's a link to the ad:

Documentation / Culver V with square wing tips
« on: September 25, 2012, 04:17:34 PM »
I ran across this photo of a Culver V with squared off wingtips.  Does anyone know anything about this?

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