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Thread: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

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    Default Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    While far from complete I ran the engine of the colt for the first time since I had obtained the project. This engine was installed years ago from another plane and had been pickled then sitting. Made good Static RPM. Started at 2300 and when warmed up a bit went to 2375. The mighty O-235 was raring to go. Couple issues to iron out though. Charging and vacuum systems didn't seem to be working worth a darn.

    I have a video but can't seem to upload it.

    https://www.facebook.com/rodney.hall...21436261214403

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    Default Re: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    Such a great moment for you!
    The engine sure sounds healthy, which I'm sure is a relief. Also it looks as though you had quite a bit of interest from the local flying/ maintenance guys.

    I really need to get back to my plane, haven't even been out to it in seven months....
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    Default Re: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    Get working on it. I can't do much as I get about half a day most weekends to work on it.
    It was great to finally make sure the engine was in good shape. Made good static RPM although it did uncover a few other issues. I don't think the charging system is working and while moving it around the tailwheel wouldn't unlock so it will be disassembled and looked at.

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    Default Re: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    If the tailwheel is a Scott, Steve P has some good videos about it on YouTube. While you are at it check the arch of your tailwheel spring.
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    Default Re: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hann View Post
    If the tailwheel is a Scott, Steve P has some good videos about it on YouTube. While you are at it check the arch of your tailwheel spring.
    I removed the Tailwheel last night and took it apart after watching the videos. It is a Scott 3200. No significant problems except it has 5 springs installed and probably 30 year old grease congealed everywhere. Works a lot better now. Not sure how tight to make the nut so I turned it down hard and backed it off until I could line up a hole for the cotter pin. How loose should it be?

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    Default Re: Engine first run since I got the Colt Project

    I tighten till it turns smoothly and the fork doesn't rock head.

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