Q1 Powerplant Change [5 Attachments]


Do you remember

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From: 'mattughes@...' mattughes@... [Q-LIST]
Sent: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:11 am
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Thanks for the heads up. I will keep that in mind for test flight.  I have a sonerai with a VW so I have been through the trials of balancing cooling a drag.  
Do you remember any specs of configuration and prop with the 1/2vw?

On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM, JMasal@... [Q-LIST]
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I flew some test hours behind a 1/2 VW. I think you'll like it. Cooling was a problem and 
it looks like you might not have enuff so WATCHIT.


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Sent: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 9:44 pm
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I am in the process of installing a 1/2vw on my q1.  The biggest job was creating the cowling.  The 1/2vw engine mounts were easy.  This is where I left off this spring.  I will return to the project this winter.  I finished my sonerai this summer.  I have split lines created in my mold so I can layup top and bottom cowling plus checks individually in the mold to create fitted parts with flanges.  I flew this airplane with the Onan last summer and fall.  

On Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 4:12 PM, JMasal@... [Q-LIST]
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A lotta this Q-1 alternative engine stuff was covered in Quicktalk 15-20 years ago.

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Sent: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 9:54 pm
Subject: [Q-LIST] Q1 Powerplant Change

Howdy everyone,

I bought N4WH back in September 2015. It has sat in a garage collecting dust for the last two years. The reports I have read from previous owners of the planes suggest that the engine (Kawasaki 340 upgraded by Advance Engine Design) was a good one. However, I could not find a manual, logs, or anyone besides a friend who works on motorcycles (no aircraft experience) who could or would touch the engine. It has compression and seems to be in pretty good shape, but I never felt comfortable trusting my life to it. I also didn't like the limitation caused by needing ethanol-free automotive fuel.

After two years of searching, I finally found a mechanic who would work on experimental aircraft in the Houston area. He said "Don't fly the kawasaki quickie" with strong conviction. I never really did feel comfortable about the mystery engine, so I'm going to go with his advice on this one.

The kawasaki 340 engine is for sale. It has a prince prop. Make an offer. I was thinking about designing a utility drone around it, but if someone has a better use for it, I'd rather see it go to a good home.

I am also looking for an engine that would be suitable to repower the quickie. I'm looking more for ideas and information from people who have flown the Q1 with different engines. I could be interested in buying something, but my airplane budget is kind of low at the moment.

My biggest priority would be cross country capability. I would like something that burns 100LL, is reliable, and doesn't burn too much.

I was thinking about converting a VW engine... I'm looking at different options, but haven't decided on the best one yet. What do you all think?