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Modifications / Re: Locking Tail Wheel
« on: January 27, 2013, 10:15:16 PM »
Hi Phil,
I really can't answer your question about a fully castering wheel as I have a steerable on my Culver.  I can tell you that the ground handling is excellent with the steerable wheel and it unlocks nicely when needed.
Best Regards,

Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Photos Wanted
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:11:35 PM »
Thanks for posting the photos Bill!
We are having a great time flying this Cadet!

Culver General Discussion / Re: Fun flight today
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:33:37 PM »
This should work better then:

Parts Wanted / Re: Franklin engine mount
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:18:17 PM »
Hi Woody,
I may have one for you, my neighbor just stopped by the hangar today saying that he has what he believes to be a Culver/Franklin mount!
I'll take a look as soon as possible and let you know.

Culver General Discussion / Fun flight today
« on: October 15, 2012, 07:17:47 PM »
Check this out, at one of our stops on the flight today:

Probably be a really long time before you ever see a Beech Starship and a Culver Cadet side by side!

Hi Mark,
Your report sounds accurate, and a lot of fun!
Keep us updated with your progress, hope to see you flying your project soon.

Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Cadet videos
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:29:25 PM »
Well that is a bit more exciting than my phone videos!
If the movie has an airplane in it, it must be worth watching!

Culver General Discussion / Culver Cadet videos
« on: August 17, 2012, 06:19:24 PM »
Not the best quality (video or flying!), but I posted some videos of my home field from a couple months ago.
These were recorded using an iPhone4 and a simply suction cup mount.

Culver General Discussion / Re: NC41620 progress.
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:04:26 PM »
Wow, That is really nice work.  Keep the progress reports coming!

Culver General Discussion / Cross Country Trip Ideas
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:35:52 PM »
Since picking up the Culver on Feb 17th I have enjoyed 49.9 hours with it.  The big trip was obviously bringing it home from Idaho (~24hrs), Sun-N-Fun was another 11 or 12hrs, and the rest just local flying.
I'm looking at my calendar and trying to find another decent trip for this year.  Oshkosh is on the list, if I do I'll probably stay for the week. Other than that, does anyone have a local fly-in they would recommend (and why)?
Love to see some other Culver owners out there!

Documentation / Re: Franklin Service/Parts Manual
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:00:11 PM »
Thank you for sharing this, I just ordered and received a paper copy in the mail but it is really nice having a pdf to look at as well!

Modifications / Re: Franklin vs Continental
« on: April 06, 2012, 05:58:57 PM »
I bought new plugs (set of 10) for $ 55 so I was happy with that.

Those were not the Champion REJ-38's, were they?  If so, please share your source!!!

Modifications / Re: Franklin vs Continental
« on: April 06, 2012, 02:13:26 PM »
I would go with the best example Culver Cadet you find for sale and not be concerned about the engine choice as much. 
My Cadet has the 4AC-199 and I was a bit worried about parts availability before making the purchase (I learned a lesson after trying to find parts for a Lycoming 0-290D on my Pacer, it now has a 0-320).
The Franklin engine hasn't skipped a beat in 44.4 hours of operation since Feb 16th.  The fuel burn is low, 3.5-4.0gph.  The engine is balanced and smooth.  Oil consumption is minimal.  Only parts purchased so far were spark plugs,which I was warned before hand are pricey, at $44 each. 
The Franklin engine owners are a pretty tight family and seem to be willing to help with tools and parts.  There are 3 or so suppliers here in the USA and the Franklin Engine company (out of Poland) has started producing new parts, camshafts, crankshafts, pistons, etc.
Southern Aero is a rebuilder and supplier of Franklin engines, located in Thomasville, NC.  The A&P IA, Robert Stills, did a Franklin engine forum at Sun n Fun this year and it was quite encouraging.
Hopefully someone with Franklin and Continental experience in the Culver Cadet can give comparison feedback, should be interesting!
Happy Easter to you as well!
Best regards,

Culver General Discussion / Re: Sun n Fun
« on: March 28, 2012, 05:15:49 PM »
The Cadet is getting quite a bit of attention at Sun-n-Fun.  Lots of interest and some great stories from people passing by.
The trip down from Atlanta was great, took 5.1 hrs due to unfavorable winds and multiple fuel stops. With my brother riding along we had to stop for some fuel every 1-1.5hrs

Anyone else here, if so I'd love to meet up!

Culver General Discussion / Re: Cadet Brakes
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:03:11 PM »
Got some Cleveland 10-20's master cylinders coming.  Now I need a reservoir, hoses, and some free time.

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