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Parts For Sale / Cleveland Wheels and Brakes
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:38:49 AM »

Modifications / Stinger tailcone
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:34:47 PM »
Does anyone know about the stinger-type tailcones that some Cadets have?  Mine had one when I bought the plane.  I removed it and installed a stock tail cap.  The Stinger mine had looks as though it's a modified Ercoupe item.

Documentation / Maintaining Aging Airplanes
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:05:51 PM »
I've just posted the Best Practices Guide For Maintaining Aging General Aviation Airplanes in the Manuals and Documents section of the website.

There's also a maintenance checklist that can be customized for Culvers.

Documentation / Stations diagram
« on: January 31, 2012, 02:50:08 PM »
Here's a stations diagram from Paul Rule's collection

Maintenance and Repair / Leveling the Cadet
« on: January 31, 2012, 12:03:35 PM »
Has anyone ever seen a Cadet that still had the mark on the bottom of the fuselage for leveling?  I'm wondering about the best way to locate that spot and place a new mark there.  I guess the factory could have leveled the plane by other means and then found the location for the mark with a plumb-bob.  I think that the PQ's used the forward face of the spar for leveling.   

Aircraft For Sale / Dart for sale
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:47:58 PM »
I received a note from Tony Morozowsky of Zanesville, OH.  He has a Dart project for sale and is looking for $7800.00 for it.  His phone is 740 455-9900 and his email is:

Documentation / Interesting item from newsletter
« on: January 26, 2012, 10:34:08 PM »
Here's an interesting letter from George Cottrill of Airpath Instrument Company published in a 1982 issue of Culver News.

Parts For Sale / Culver Cadet fuel cap
« on: January 24, 2012, 12:40:22 PM »
If anyone is looking for a new Cadet fuel cap, Culver actually used a cap from the Ford Model T, model years 1924-1927.  I just bought one and it's an exact match.  Here's where I got mine:

This one has the correct inner baffle as well as the vent hole.  Remember that you have to have the vented model.  I think there are some available on the Model T aftermarket that aren't vented.

Modifications / Lark 95 stab mount and belly hatch
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:19:14 PM »
Does anyone have drawings for the beefed-up Helton stab mount and for the large opening in the belly.  I would like to incorporate those features into my project.

Aircraft For Sale / Cadet for sale
« on: January 21, 2012, 03:26:22 PM »
I just noticed that Cadet serial number 330 is advertised on Barnstormers.

Culver General Discussion / What about rotten wood?
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:41:13 PM »
The guys who are rebuilding or who have rebuilt their Cadets have probably found some rotten wood during the process.  What do you think are the most likely locations for wood rot on the Cadet airframe? 

Have you ever considered treating the wood with some sort of fungicide or algaecide product?

Culver General Discussion / Culver Photos Wanted
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:50:58 AM »
I would like to start rotating photos of members planes on the home page of the website.  If you have any high resolution photos of your Culver or Dart, please email them to me.  It doesn't have to be a flying plane.  Good quality project photos would also work.  Also, tell us what you know of the history of the plane.  Old photos of the Culver factory would also be interesting.

Culver General Discussion / Antenna Installations
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:10:42 AM »
I believe it would be useful to discuss the type of VHF antenna we are using and how it performs relative to where it's located on the airframe.  Because of the fact that I earn my living in the two-way radio industry, I'm pretty attuned to how my aircraft radio is performing. 

For esthetic reasons, I think that most people would prefer to not have an antenna mounted on the outside of their vintage aircraft.  The antenna that was installed on my plane when I purchased it was located inside the fuselage, behind the baggage compartment.  It worked fairly well, unless I was flying directly toward the station I was communicating with.  In those instances, the range was very limited; 2-3 miles.  That made it pretty difficult to enter class D airspace without hacking off the tower personnel.  That antenna was a straight whip mounted on an aluminum ground plane in the floor of the fuselage.

I'm interested in learning what other Cadet owners have experienced with their setup. 

I'll be glad to share the results of my other antenna configuration experiments.  I've finally settled on one that seems to work quite well.

Culver General Discussion / Radio Installations
« on: January 10, 2012, 10:47:59 PM »
I've seen Cadets with their VHF radios mounted in a variety of bad locations.  This is largely due to the very limited distance between the instrument panel and the fuel tank.  It's only about 6" and almost all radios are deeper than that.  The radio in my Cadet is hung under the panel on the starboard side.  I've never liked this setup from the day that I installed it. 

I was looking at a radio made by MGL Avionics that will mount in a 3 1/8" hole and has a depth of only 2.2" plus the connectors.  It also includes a built-in intercom.  It only weighs 1/2 pound.  This radio is not TSO approved; however it appears that that really isn't an FAA requirement for all applications.  Lot's of aircraft radios aren't TSO approved, including the King KX-170B.  Here's a link to the MGL website:  What do you think?

Culver General Discussion / Cadet Brakes
« on: January 05, 2012, 04:34:05 PM »
What kind of experiences have you had with your Cadet's brakes?

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