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Someone here today mentioned that they liked the sound of radial engines. When I say I grew up on a farm, I really mean I grew up on a farm with airplanes AND tractors. My father was a machinist, welder, engineer, A&P mechanic, farmer, flight instructor AND a crop duster. He couldn't cook to save his life though:laugh:
Here are a couple pictures of one of our Stearmans. He operated the same two airplanes for 50 years...So we had them apart a few times:laugh:. One of the pictures is the radial after a fresh rebuild. That is how we spent the cold Minnesota winters...wrenching on those things. It is a 9 cyl, 680 ci, 300hp lycoming. We had enough brand new spare parts to operate another 50 years,all bought after WWII surplus for pennies on the dollar.

That's my brother performing a very common task...adding oil.
 

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Wow, your Father sounds like quite a guy!







So, what happened to you:laugh:

Just kidding of course, I love those pictures! Is the plane still in the family? Do you fly?
 

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Wow, your Father sounds like quite a guy!







So, what happened to you:laugh:

Just kidding of course, I love those pictures! Is the plane still in the family? Do you fly?
At least I can cook:dance: I may have picked up a few other skills:bash:After my father's passing 15 years ago, we sold the planes. Without my father's skill set and administrative duties :nunu:,and the fact that there were 7 siblings...most of which had long left the area, they became rich mans toys.
 

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Brings back some memories....

I cut my teeth early in my A&P career working on round motors. R2000s, R2800s, and my favorite, the R3350. Heck even the occasional R980 thrown in for fun.

Nothing sound like a round engine with a single 8" tail pipe on start up. :thumbup1gif:

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Brings back some memories....

I cut my teeth early in my A&P career working on round motors. R2000s, R2800s, and my favorite, the R3350. Heck even the occasional R980 thrown in for fun.

Nothing sound like a round engine with a single 8" tail pipe on start up. :thumbup1gif:
HA HA...You worked on the big ones:thumbup1gif: People on this forum think their tractors are "cold blooded" :laugh:
 

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HA HA...You worked on the big ones:thumbup1gif: People on this forum think their tractors are "cold blooded" :laugh:
You ain't kidding. Ha! Used to take a few hours with blankets and heaters to get the oil warm enough so you could walk the props through. :lol: Only then could you attempt to start one.

I did put my hands on a couple of R4360s. AKA the "corncob." 4 rows of 7 cylinders, 28 in all, 56 spark plugs and a massive turbo that you couldn't wrap your arms around. Ridiculously over complicated working piece of artwork that was very labor intensive to work on. All for 3500 HP. The 3350 was smaller and produced the same HP with only 18 cylinders! (2 rows of 9)
 

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4 rows of 7 cylinders, 28 in all, 56 spark plugs and a massive turbo that you couldn't wrap your arms around. Ridiculously over complicated working piece of artwork that was very labor intensive to work on.
Small wonder you're moderately competent on a 3 cylinder diesel.
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Arlen, those pics are just too cool.:thumbup1gif: Thanks for sharing them.:hi:
 

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You ain't kidding. Ha! Used to take a few hours with blankets and heaters to get the oil warm enough so you could walk the props through. :lol: Only then could you attempt to start one.

I did put my hands on a couple of R4360s. AKA the "corncob." 4 rows of 7 cylinders, 28 in all, 56 spark plugs and a massive turbo that you couldn't wrap your arms around. Ridiculously over complicated working piece of artwork that was very labor intensive to work on. All for 3500 HP. The 3350 was smaller and produced the same HP with only 18 cylinders! (2 rows of 9)
And those were the days prior to the computer age! The engineers that developed these engines must have been close to geniuses in operating their slide rules to perfection! Just trying to get the firing timing sequences right, must have been a hard to believe work of art!

I had never anything to do with those type of things, but I could tell your local doc how to take your kidney stones out without getting you a deadly infection! Does that count? :flag_of_truce:
 

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I guess this is as good a thread as any to show these pics off. They are pics of my friends RV7 plane he is building. Its got a Lycoming engine too.....but thats all I know about it.
 

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Guys! You've made my day! I used to fly a Stearman, and am typed on the DC-3 and used to fly it too! I LOVE a radial engine. In fact, when I hang around airports, the guys think it is funny to fire up a radial engine, becasue they know what it does for me! (If they could bottle puppy breath, horse sweat, or radial engine sound, it would be the perfect turn on in a cologne!) I owned a Cessna 140A, and took a J-3 Cub from Fort Worth, Texas to Oshkosh, one year, for the annual Fly-in. That was a really long trip, and was truly flying by the seat of your pants. Wouldn't take a million dollars for the memories though! I'll still fly most anyhting I can strap to my backside!

I now have access to 2 RV-6. A couple of friends built them. At least it keeps me from missing the flying days. If it didn't cost so much to operate, I'd love to own a DC-3, but reality says, not now. If gas and oil prices continue climbing, I'm sure not ever. :cray: It was fun flying them for work. Awesome to get paid to live a dream.

My life isn't as exciting now, but still rewarding.

Thanks for all sharing pics. This is just FABULOUS!
 

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My neighbor has a Stearman. They are beautiful planes! I was admiring some of the aluminum engine duct-work and asked what kind of welder was used. He said it was all welded with gas and a torch 80-90 years ago! I wish I could weld like that.
 

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My neighbor has a Stearman. They are beautiful planes! I was admiring some of the aluminum engine duct-work and asked what kind of welder was used. He said it was all welded with gas and a torch 80-90 years ago! I wish I could weld like that.
That is right, all welding on the stearman aluminum or steel was done with oxy-accetelyne. The FAA is funny about using the processes that the aircraft was originally approved with.
I learned how to weld with a torch when I was pretty young. I wasn't as good as my father with aluminum though. It was tempting to break out the TIG, but my father said if it failed, and caused a crash... the FAA would figure it out....they weren't any too fond of crop dusters.
 

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OK, since this thread has info about those of you that cut your teeth on the round engines, as well as everyone liking pictures, I thought I'd share a few, including one from the inside of the machine. Sorry, I could not get the blasted computer to get me into the only program that I know how to resize with, so apologies to those of you like me, with rural internet.

And yes, it is yours truly as PIC in these pics!
 

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Do you have/keep that at your farm and fly it off the back pasture? I am so jealous. I often see Everts Air Cargo flying their DC-6's out to the bush delivering fuel and wish I could just hop on for a trip. Nostalgia is such thing with old planes. I always do a neck snap when I hear a radial overhead.
 

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Furu; That is not my bird. I was flying it for someone else, at the time of the pics. I wish I owned a DC-3, and could afford to operate it too. I have to be happy with memories and the pics on my walls, at this time.

The area those pics were taken is north of Dallas. The airport is still there, but everything has grown up around it. Some call it progress, but I don't call it that.
 

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Man, I want to live in a country where everyone drives tractors and flies radial-engine airplanes around! The world would be a better place. :laugh:

Cool pics farmgirl!
 
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