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WANTED Pitts rod type spring and locking tailwheel

brooksmershon

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Hi all,

I'm iterating on N262PD. The plane originally had a rod spring and Haigh on it when built by Peter Groves in Canada. Then it was converted to a J3 leaf spring that didn't quite fit the way I'd like it to on the build in flat weldment.

I'd like to go to a locking tailwheel again. I'm currently borrowing Doug Jardine's steerable tailwheel and rod type spring off a project Pitts in his garage.

At the very least, I'd like a steerable double fork and rod spring that is not a "loaner" to use for the foreseeable future. I'll need to match my fuselage weldment AN4 bolt holes, as they are not drilled to any standard. The front to rear attach point distance, however, is S1S standard.

Current setup just uses aluminum machined block to hold the rod spring. Two halves. Not perfect, but hopefully good enough for now until I can machine a better one.

Does anyone have parts that might help my tailwheel situation?

I admittedly only have one landing so far in moving the plane to a hangar to do more work (new prop spec'd by Nick Cain!!!, ADSB, alternator work, electrical gremlins). But the rod spring gets the tail lower and the three point speed lower. That seems nice.

Mr. Murray (neighbor) has Milk Run with a unique locking and steerable tailwheel. I'd love to have one of those, but I've never seen another Pitts with one on it. It looks like a Haigh with chains to it and a cable to release the locking mechanism.

Brooks

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I have a new rod type spring that is set up for a API tailwheel. It was originally purchased for a Thorp T18. If interested let me know.

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Brooks,
I've got a Haigh tailwheel with stinger that I won't need to use anytime soon. It's pretty beat up so you'll have to go through it but it's complete. I paid $100 plus shipping so I'd pass it along for the same amount. Can post pics later today.
 

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I was wondering what happened to Pete's Pitts. This was the first Pitts I got to sit in. I believe it was black and blue when Pete had it. The Black and Red caught me off guard. I believe Pete still frequents this forum.
 

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This one caught my eye . Looks like a Haigh that is lockable and horns and chains to tell it where to go when unlocked . Full swivel gets left behind . Looks like Bart has one that could be refurbished and set up that way .
 

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And this is the mount that I fabbed for my Smith . I made it this way to have the option to go back to leaf spring type if I find that I don't like lockable or at least let me get used to ground handling and all other characteristics before changing .
 

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Appreciate all the replies folks. Where would you guys be sourcing the tailwheel itself if I were to get Barchiola's, that way I could repair his to be ready to fly with it.
 

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This one caught my eye . Looks like a Haigh that is lockable and horns and chains to tell it where to go when unlocked . Full swivel gets left behind . Looks like Bart has one that could be refurbished and set up that way .
This would be the ultimate solution in my mind. Seems a custom solution I've only seen so far on your pics and Milk Run, both Reno racers.
 

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a couple of links for replacement wheels
I'll take up the offer to fix this Haigh and learn a thing or two in the process of still available. Thanks!
 
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I have a new rod type spring that is set up for a API tailwheel. It was originally purchased for a Thorp T18. If interested let me know.

Phil
I'm going to keep flying the loaner while working on getting a Haigh fixed and perfectly aligned. Thanks though.
 

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I may have one of those locking steerable tailwheels in my hangar. I'll have to go look around. I pulled it off a Pitts and put an API on it because the angle was all wrong. It was built for a rod at a much steeper angle than was on the plane so it took a lot of force to get it to steer since it was lifting the tail as it steered away from pointing straight ahead.
 

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I may have one of those locking steerable tailwheels in my hangar. I'll have to go look around. I pulled it off a Pitts and put an API on it because the angle was all wrong. It was built for a rod at a much steeper angle than was on the plane so it took a lot of force to get it to steer since it was lifting the tail as it steered away from pointing straight ahead.
Thanks!

In the meantime I'll hopefully be refurbing and rocking Bart's after retrofitting a cable in a flying plane. Probably going to be a PITA.

And yes I think I very well might look into taking the plane to rookie pylon school as you encouraged, but not in the next year that's for sure.
 

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Please educate me…If you want a steerable tail wheel why not go with a Maul or Scott for which the Pitts was originally designed. What advantages does a Haigh have over a Maul or Scott other than weight and forward locking?
 

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The small Scott tailwheel, I don't believe is manufactured anymore and the cost was close to $1,000 last time I saw new one available. I don't know if the Maul is available for the rod type spring (don't know if the Scott was either) so if one wanted to use the rod type tail spring your opinions are limited. If someone is looking for a Scott 2000 series tailwheel assembly, I have a used one available.
Phil
 
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