>What is the highest TBO of any Revmaster 2300
flying, that you have found in your research? How many have you found, that
are really flying?
I have only found a few and, as I wrote, there have
been no complaints or quirks with the 2300 unlike all other auto conversions.
TBO is TBD.
======> That's what happens when you just have a few,
really flying them. Till you see someone( I would like to see at least a 100
engines), really making some high hours on one, I would save my money,
and wait, unless you like being these Companies Test Pilot. All of these
Companies/Engine Builders can Test there own engines to prove them. Even on a
Test Stand, you can simulate flying rpms. What's it cost to run a R-2300 GPH
for just a 500hr test to really prove it? Let's just say 5 GPH at criuse rpms,
500hrs x 5GPH = 2500gals. 2500gals x $3.75 for 91octane = $9375. A torture
test could be run 24/7 till done. 500/24= 20.8 days. These
People/Manufactures, want YOU, to be there Test Pilot. Like I told one 2
Stroke builder, get some hrs on your engine, to really prove it makes 450hrs,
600hrs, etc. Even if you have to donate your time, and do a rebuild for free
for someone local, who may volinteer to fly it. Find a farmer/business who
runs a water/air pump/generator continiously for many hrs, who can document
the hrs run. But if you like being someones Test Pilot, by all means, jump
right in. A Military 10kw generator use's a 084 small Continetal that turns I
believe 3400rpms countinious, hooked direct drive. In a plane it's rated
around 45-46hp. Many people have gotten well over a 1000hrs on them flying.
Any of these People/Companies could hook a VW/Subaru/Corvair/Mazda, etc., to
do some testing on there own. They could use the generator to power something
to recoupe some of there Investment. But most don't, they want You, to be
>For $8000, I would rebuild a used O-200 core engine, and have a
That's another option, with the upside that running
Q200s have higher resale value than "those unreliable auto conversions".
=======> Sadly, most Qs/Dragonflys, and other
Kitplanes, don't have a High Resale value. You could probably buy a
Q200/Dragonfly with a O-200 for $10,000 to $18,000 and be flying. I believe a
Q2 kit cost around $9000 new, before they went out of business. Many years
ago, I passed on a TriQ200 for $8000 asking price, mainly because it had sat
for 5 years without being started, or even turned over. I didn't know much
about the O-200 back then, but that it was expensive to rebuild. Like you, I
was figuring I might have to spend another $12,000 to get the
engine rebuilt, and another $3000 to get the plane the way I wanted it.
So $8000+$12,000+$3000 = $23,000. For $23,000 back then, I could have bought a
nice used Cessna.
The Revmaster 2300 just about cannot be called an auto conversion at
this point. There are hardly any parts left from an actual VW in it with all
its purpose-built proprietary parts. I don't see at all why it shouldn't be a
consideration for new Q2 builds. Isn't the point of the Quickie to be
affordable and approachable? Oh yeah, and safe.
No, we call it an Experimental HD Engine, till it has proven to make at
least a 1000+ Flying hrs. The point of any Kitplane, is to make it more
affordable to the people who can't afford a new $180,000 Cessna 172. In todays
$$$, a $9000 kit plane in 1980 would cost $28,000+ today. You still have to
buy the engine, Instruments, etc.
>Building any of these engines, isn't Rocket Science! There are
books, videos, etc., to learn how, and what to do.
True. A Long-EZ
flyer made an impression on me when talking about his Lycoming. He asked, "Did
you ever rebuild a lawnmower engine?" "Yes", I replied. "Well then you can
handle these engines."
=====> Thats True, but you probably had the tools to work
on the lawn mower engine, the O-200, Rotax's, etc. do require some special
tools to work on them, and the parts are 3-5 times as much for just a
>(Regarding whether you would trust that C90 CAD
>Yes, I would, he is a Russian Engineering Student. That
model was for his finals. But before spending any $$$ making anything, I would
always double check the part to be made.
My point was how much "double
checking" this student did. I assume he had a C90 in-hand and measured each
and every single part with a micrometer. You also have to assume that the C90
he used was unmodified and up to factory tolerances (perfect overhaul). Making
that leap of faith and then machining something requires knowing what metal
formulations are needed (certainly possible, but much more work). After
machining you'll have a part that is 0.5mm larger/smaller than the one you're
comparing with -- all parts will NOT be the same size as the factory castings
(whatever those sizes officially are). Make another leap of faith, put the
whole thing together, and fly. Now that would be an absolute remarkable
achievement that I would love to read about. The model is impressive in its
=======> I assumed, you would be CNC/Machining it, for
yourself, and compare the 3D Model to new parts. He has done the hard part, 3D
Modeling it. You, can tweak it, to your own Spec's if you want. You can use
different Bores, Strokes, Fuel Injection, Change Cams, or you can even
retrofit it, with HD RACING parts from other engines, but that takes a lot of
time. Just like you can change over from Black Rubber O-rings that melt at 200
degrees if you put them in a fry pan, or use the new High Temp ones that won't
melt till 500 degrees. Any Engine, can be improved upon. Even the O-200.
Contenetal can't do it much without having to go through recertification, but
you can. You wouldn't be making every part, just the big ticket items, if you
can. Building these engines isn't rocket science, and neither is making the
parts. You have kids/adults CNC machining AR15 Recievers, Turbine Blades,
etc., on Youtube, on small hobby cnc mills. Used Industrial CNC mills, and
lathes are cheap, $2000 to $8000. A Billet Skidoo/Polaris/Yamaha/Arctic Cat,
Race head, cost $400 on ebay. A Rotax 582UL cast head cost $820. A block
of 6061 AL, 7" x 11" x 2", on ebay sells for about $25-$30 on ebay. Granted,
for a one off, it would be cheaper/faster to just buy the NOS/Used parts. But
if, your a machinist, with connections to the right CNC stuff, or even bought
used stuff, and know enough about CAD, you could make some of your own parts.
You can always resell the tools. I was at a Car show 2 years ago, and a
big Manufacture of RACE Car parts had all of them laid out on his table to
view. I picked up a CAM, and asked him what the cost was, well a standard Hyd
Cam starts out around $50, a Solid Cam is about $90, and a
roller cam is around $300. I asked him, what if he could get $1800 for it, he
laughed, what are you talking about. I said, something your not even thinking
about, that's what I had heard a O-200 Cam cost. Now, do you really think that
$300 HD Roller Cam going into a Hemi/Chevy SB/BB turning maybe 12,000rpms, is
made any less, than a O-200 Cam turning 2750rpms? With the 3D model, you might
find a CAM from another 4/6/8 cylinder that might work, or could be adpated.
Take just that C90 CAM from the 3D model, and send it to one of the
Big Race Car CAM makers, and get a quote to have one made. They make CAMs
Special order, just like any Piston maker does. Then get a current O-200 Cam
>Just My Opinion
Same. I am not looking
to build and fly a proven airframe-engine combination without excessive
re-engineering. I consider these the options for ME at this point (no
discredit whatsoever to anyone who's suggested or favored anything else -- go
1) Q200 with rebuilt Continental O-200 <-----
The Best choice. Research that parts lists, you might be surprized what you
could build for $8000 or less, even making some updates.
2) Q2 with a
new Revmaster 2300
3) Q2 with updated Revmaster 2100 (done by
Many other engines are appealing and viable, but I don't
want to afford them and/or do the one-off work required.
everyone for all your feedback and patience from this "newbie". Off to do