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09 Oct 2015 15:40 #151 by Randy Spoo
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Re interiors: Airtex; Skyport (they'll probably send you to Airtex); Univair

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08 Oct 2015 22:10 #150 by Bud Bornemann
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thanks for the help. today found in the prop log that the prop has been re-pitched to 48.
the rest of the checking is to be done by mechanic hopefully soon. will pass along what he comes up with.
on another note, my instrument panel has been modified over the years with various radios and an intercom
some things working and some not working hung beneath the panel ,and various replacement instruments some
not working in odd places and switches scattered about.
I'm seriously thinking about a new panel rearranging some instruments and some replaced with new , including radios.
with switches centrally located panel.
If I can get advice on how to go about this what not to do and perhaps what to do and even were to purchase
things I would appreciate it.
Also the interior is comprised of left over carpet samples and would like to replace that.

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05 Oct 2015 17:56 #148 by Cathy Boyko
Cathy Boyko replied the topic: ercoupe performance
This is off topic a bit, but I took digital photos of my logs pre purchase, and it has been super handy to have them in this form. Maybe you can access them and do likewise. Ercoupes are great little planes, so once you get the climb issue solved, you'll be fine.

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05 Oct 2015 09:25 - 05 Oct 2015 09:30 #146 by Bud Bornemann
Bud Bornemann replied the topic: ercoupe performance
Thanks two both answers. I believe I saw in log books something about the prop being repitched. Unfortunately the log books are being held in FBO
in PT Clinton Ohio and I will not be able to get there until the middle of the week. I will try to talk to mechanic at this time and hopefully check
the static rpm. I intend to keep my plane closer to home at Lorain County Ohio but the transponder needs some work before I can move it there.
Hopefully I can get this resolved as I really wanted an Ercoupe but can't help be disappointed.
My Ercoupe will be flown as a light sport and the engine is 85hp. The weight is still 1260lbs, was supposed to have paperwork to upgrade to 1320lbs
but haven't found it yet.
Last Edit: 05 Oct 2015 09:30 by Bud Bornemann. Reason: added sentence

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04 Oct 2015 19:14 #145 by Cathy Boyko
Cathy Boyko replied the topic: ercoupe performance
I've flown mine at Port Clinton, fully laden to 1400 lbs (me, camping gear, full fuel) and I still saw 500fpm easily. Mine does have a climb prop and 100hp, but yours should still manage more than what it does, so I'd have your mechanic give the engine a going over to see what's up. I'll see 1000fpm with just me and fuel.

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03 Oct 2015 17:28 #140 by Larry Snyder
Larry Snyder replied the topic: ercoupe performance
Check your static RPM - how fast does the engine spin at full throttle with the plane standing still? I can't remember the exact allowable range (it's in TCDS A-718) but it's around 2100 rpm. Also, check your prop pitch. If it's more than 50" you have a cruise prop and climb performance will suffer. I have a 71-49 and it climbs well and I can still cruise at 105-110.
As for your 1320 STC, get a copy of the data CD for your aircraft from the FAA web site. If it's no there, then it never got filed. I think it costs $10 to get the CD, but it's worth it to what paperwork the FAA has on your plane.

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