Skybolt Flop Tube & Engine Failure

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  1. Jul 8, 2018 #41

    CapnWolfe

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    I ordered the 16" flop tube instead of the original 17"... there are a couple of adaptors on the end that put it closer to 17.75", and I don't want it to hang up. I tend to be pretty conservative on fuel reserves, so I'm hoping that will work. Comes in on the 9th and hope to install/test fly on the 11th... Fingers crossed! I'll also try and keep an eye on the fuel pressure gauge.
     
  2. Jul 11, 2018 at 1:28 AM #42

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    So I got the new flop tube today and it came with an O-Ring that fits on the end of the brass flop tube... I wouldn't want the o-ring to come off, but the other brass was worn a bit on the end...

    Any advice to keep/toss the O-ring? Any thoughts?
     

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  3. Jul 11, 2018 at 2:14 AM #43

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    I glued mine on with proseal........ I also have a filter just before my electric fuel pump.......
     
  4. Jul 11, 2018 at 3:45 PM #44

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    I'd keep it. Keeps the pick up from wearing the bottom of your tank.
     
  5. Jul 13, 2018 at 5:52 PM #45

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    Test flight went okay... In fact everything seemed "better" ... had the wife along so didn't do any long-term negative-g but everything seemed good so far. Next time I'm upside down for more than a second I'll keep an eye on the fuel pressure and let everyone know how it goes...
     
  6. Jul 13, 2018 at 7:17 PM #46

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    With due respect, A test flight with a passenger ?Not in my play book. Any flight after repair especially the fuel system is a true "test" flight in my honest opinion. This includes anytime a fuel line is even loosened. Too many cases of a mechanic not putting proper torque on a fuel line. YMM

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