ZS-WPX Project

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ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:51 pm

Ok boys!

I fetched WPX today with the help from my good friend Ivan from Volkspares. She is safely tucked away at volkspares and I will take her to Tedderfield tomororw.

I have managed to source a new turtle deck, canopy , top and bottom cowl and will fetch that stuff next week monday. Flykr (carlton) is being very kind to let me store her in his hanger at tedderfield and I will draw much info and advice from him. He is an extremely competant KR pilot and has built a few including a KR1.

I have also spoken ton Ferdi and Jaco and they too have an imense amount of knowledge regarding KR's and VW engines and I will also try and sponge as much inform from them aswell.

This is going to be a great project and I hope to create a beautiful machine that both Andre and I would be proud of.

Here is a picture of us tying her down on the trailer

Much more to come

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by oldtimer » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:00 pm

Craig,

Congratulations, she looks stunning! =D> =D> =D>

I'll give you a ring a bit later to arrange a "first hand inspection", he, he, he. 8) 8)

I like the canopy it's got on now, why change?

Wish mine were completed as far as that one. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:00 pm

oldtimer wrote:Craig,

Congratulations, she looks stunning! =D> =D> =D>

I'll give you a ring a bit later to arrange a "first hand inspection", he, he, he. 8) 8)

I like the canopy it's got on now, why change?

Wish mine were completed as far as that one. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Thanks Johan

looking forward to seeing your baby aswell.

The canopy is not that great from the side it looks too upright. Carlton and I will delibirate on this on Friday.

Come round to tedderfield soon and we can go for a spin in the cubby in the mean time.

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:05 pm

23 June

Took the engine off at Volkspares and left it there as I will start some work on it asap. Change oil etc and get the carb working and get the timing lekker. Once I have the engine working nicely I will take it back to Tedder and refit. The plan is to get the current aerie flying with very little changes. Once I have done a few hours in her and learnt some of her quirks, the changes will start happening.

namely:

* fixed undecarriage with spats
* new canopy ,turtle deck and front cowl.
* new paint scheme and stripes
* new 2.4 vw turbo motor and prop
*new instrument panel and layout
*simplified interior
* general cleanup and rewiring.

anyways here is a picture of us offloading her at Tedderfield less the engine. Took a picture of my 2 babies Cubby CYB and KR2 WPX

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by Shaunus » Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:08 am

Awesome boykes! WPX will be in great hands if ol Cubby is anything to go by, looking forward to the WPX project reading!
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:52 pm

3 July 2010

Ok started some work on the KR. Pulled out the current instrument panel. Two words to say here " Spaghetti Junction". The wiring and fuel connections are absolute mess. No problem as I was planning on redoing anyways. also the instrument panel will need to be redesigned as I am putting on a new canopy and turtle deck, front deck and tank. The engine is currently getting a fuel injection system and a new 4 in 1 exhaust. Also a general cleanup on the engine with electronic ignition.

watch this space =D> =D> =D>

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by Ploughman » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:47 pm

I was lead to believe the engine is a dead loss that is why I had to drop the price by so much. [-X [-X [-X [-X Nice one. [-(
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by FlyKR » Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:13 pm

Ploughman,
I’m not taking sides :) but having seen the plane and knowing the amount of work that needs to be done, I think it was a good deal both ways. :P The engine has no compression so there may some surprises in store when it’s opened. :shock: With all the body work, engine rebuild and repaint I think Giarc64 is in for a good R30K. Let’s see.... 8-[ :wink:
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:25 pm

11July Update

Lots of work today. Cut off the old canopy,forward fuel tank cover and parts of the existing turtle deck. I have placed the new canopy to position it. I will cut most of the existing turtle deck off and fit the new one piece and blend it into the canopy. It really look so much better with this bubble canopy as apposed to the old box style canopy.

Very happy with my days work. :D
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:27 pm

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Unread post by giarc64 » Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:29 pm

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Unread post by JvTonder » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:40 am

Looking good, can't wait to see it finished.
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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by giarc64 » Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:47 pm

18 July Update

After a fantastic flight in the Cubby to share a hamburger or two with the guys at bara (thank you) I came back to Tedder and cut off the existing turtle deck. I have now prefitted the Peter Eich one piece turtle deck which matches the bubble canopy and the front header tank cover and cowl.
Hopefully I will be taking WPX home where I can work on her more often , instead of just sundays.

This baby must be flying by early Jan =D> =D> =D>

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by Hansgiant » Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:19 pm

Eish Boet, she's gonna be a beaut... I will come to Tedder's and drool soon.

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Re: ZS-WPX Project

Unread post by GlennW » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:59 pm

Hey Craig, not sure if you've seen this, but I found a site with some info on WPX.

http://home.intekom.com/kobusdw/page2.htm

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