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Maintenance and Repair / Re: carburator
« Last post by Bill Geipel on September 28, 2017, 09:38:57 AM »
sorry it took so long to reply. Out of the country. I will try to get a number in the next day or two.
Thank you for the reply.
Aircraft For Sale / 1941 culver for sale
« Last post by craighewitt on September 14, 2017, 12:03:12 AM »
My 1941 Culver  Cadet LFA is for sale.I have stalled on this and am open to fair offers.0 time Franklin 90 assembled by Southern Aero.New wooden prop.Excellent wood.Wings were recovered 25 years ago and plane never reassembled.This is a complete aircraft that needs reassembly and some effort. Landing gear needs struts gone through. Craig Hewitt CT. 860 824 1421 06031
Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Photos Wanted
« Last post by Keith U. on September 03, 2017, 09:49:09 PM »
cowling roughed out...
Culver General Discussion / Re: Culver Photos Wanted
« Last post by Keith U. on September 03, 2017, 09:28:25 PM »
Progress update, elt, cowling and wing root fairings to go, should be at Blakesburg, or other fly ins, but home working on the machine...first flight since '72 maybe in October  this year...
Maintenance and Repair / Re: Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« Last post by AndreasKonzelmann on August 03, 2017, 04:29:16 AM »
I just hunk down under the main spar and lift one side with my shoulders and back. Another person places the stands under the main spar. I do this twice  alternating on  both sides. Maybe you can also use a hydraulic jack to rise the stands (I never tried).
Before i put the tailwheel on a heavy block and strap it down.
Maintenance and Repair / Re: Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« Last post by Lark17 on August 01, 2017, 09:55:08 AM »
Thanks Andreas,

Those axel stands look like a neat solution (6 tonnes!!!).  But how (where) do you jack-up the airframe in order to rest on the stands?   (one local engineer did suggest just getting 3 people to lift by hand (or rather by back!).
Maintenance and Repair / Re: Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« Last post by AndreasKonzelmann on July 26, 2017, 07:27:28 AM »
I use higher than normal car jacks and wooden padded beams under the main spar. Jacks are "Draper AS6000". They are from UK.
Maintenance and Repair / Lifting a Lark (Jacking etc)
« Last post by Lark17 on July 25, 2017, 09:27:45 AM »

(warned you the questions would be coming soon!)  I need to get the weight off the wheels to inspect the oleos and wheel alignment.

Thanks to this site, I've found the quaint and excellent rigging manual for the PQ8, so I know that 'Station 91' is a good starting point.  However, the text implies there should be jacking points 'attached' to the wing.  On my Lark, there is no break in the canvas/wood to attach a tool, nor markings to confirm where station 91 is. Can a jack just be placed under the wings without any attachment?  I'd be very worried about slipping...

A friend (non-aviation engineer) has suggested knocking up something to attach to the metalwork around the main gear mounting points.

I'd also like to get the aircraft stable on saw horses or similar, but again, there are no clear details of where they can be safely placed (just a very small illustration of the wing rigging process, with the weight of only the fuselage+engine on the stands).

Can anyone provide any more ideas/solutions for jacking the Lark? 
Culver General Discussion / Re: Hello from the other side
« Last post by AndreasKonzelmann on July 24, 2017, 02:24:26 PM »
Hello to UK!

Welcome! There are two Culver Cadet flying in Germany, N25U (that's me) and N24R. As I know, there is another one in UK, but not flying at the moment.
Another Question: Is anywhere visiting Oskosh 17 this week? I will be there Friday and Saturday.

Culver General Discussion / Hello from the other side
« Last post by Lark17 on July 22, 2017, 02:39:25 PM »
Hello folks,

I'm new here, thought I'd better introduce myself before I start asking too many questions!

My name is Ben and I've just become the proud owner of Lark No.17, G-LARK, based in Wales, UK.  This is the first aircraft I've owned outright (I've had shares in a Jodel and two RVs over the last 15 years), and the first that has had the steering wheel at the wrong end.  But I couldn't resist the shape of the wings and fell in love at first sight.

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