Corvair engine for Pietenpol

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Corvair engine for Pietenpol

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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by MARTIENS » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:58 pm

When I was a little boy, my dad owned a green Corvair ! Can stil remember the sound of the engine 45 Year's ago. It had instant heating in the Cold Highveld.( Like a VW) ! My Dad Complained that it did not have roadholding at high speed. It apparantly wandered due to most of the weight in the back
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by oldtimer » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:48 pm

Phillip of Bundu Aviation ordered four Corvair's from the USA and should arrive "hopefully" by December.

All four motors already have owners and two of them will be at Kitty Hawk. We will do the overhaul and mod's together.

I cannot wait for the arrival.
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:24 pm

Just to continue the thread thrue to the next one.

After a search of nearly two years, some problems arised and were overcome and Voilla, I have just found the CORVAIR engine I was looking for here, in the good old RSA, nearly on my doorstep.

I have spoken to the owner who confirmed that it is still available and I will collect it today or tomorrow, depending when I can get away from Site early enough for the drive.

This engine will feature in the Aviatika 890-u and not the Pietenpol as originally planned.

I'll start another thread to keep everybody updated on the conversion process from Auto to Aviation
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:07 am

My son has a Corvair motor in his Sandrail (dune buggy) - GM did at least one thing correctly in "designing" that engine!
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by FLYGUYS » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:50 am

Hi Guys,
Is anyone here in SA using a Corvair engine in their Pietenpol ??
If so, please contact me as I'd like to find out more about them.
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Sailor » Thu Mar 24, 2016 7:22 pm

Hi Jeff,
As far as I know the Pietenpol's in SA are running with either Conti's or Lyco's and there are 2 Pietenpol's with Diesel engines
somewhere in the Cape province.

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Unread post by FLYGUYS » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:25 pm

Hi Louwtjie,
Thanks for your input.
I'll be in touch soon to meet with you.
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Lodewijk » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:50 pm

Hi guys,

I'm a first time poster here on Avcom. Based in Pretoria and very interested in aviation.
I'm especially interested in everything Pietenpol and would really like to fly one of my own in the not too distant future. I spoke to Andre today, who advertised his Piet on here recently, but unfortunately for me, he's already sold his. I guess I'll keep an eye out for any Piets that come on the market, but I'm also starting to do some research regarding building a Piet.

The most difficult (or maybe confusing) part for me at the moment is the engine. The corvair engine seems to be a good and popular option, but doesn't seem to be easily available in S.A. Also parts seem to be hard to get. What I'm wondering is what other engine options are there? Also, how big a job is it to convert an auto engine to aviation, and is it very expensive? Is it not better to try and find an aircraft engine from the start?

Another question I have is regarding the timber used for airframe construction. I've read that people build 4130 tubing frames, but from the photos I've seen there are still lots of wooden parts. Are there any locally available timber types that are suitable substitutes for aircraft grade stika spruce?

Actually it seems I have lots of questions, so maybe I should try and make contact with any aircraft builders, willing to help out a newby to this field. I do have good machining, woodworking, welding and mechanical skills, so at least I'm not scared to get my hands dirty.
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:39 pm

Hey guys,

What ever came of the Corvair engines? Were they ever built, completed, or used? Any leads? Photos?
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:29 am

I have two if anyone is looking!
I’m putting a O-200 in my Piet.
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Jayson v Schalkwyk » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:31 pm

Mike, are the Corvairs in SA or the sates? Are they complete?
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Re: Corvair engine for Pietenpol

Unread post by Mike Wissing » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:16 pm

In the US and complete units.
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