Ed Moran's Storch Project
started with the following email on the 28th of October 2003...
Sirs, I have a Slepcev Storch and I would like put your engine in
it. Do you make an engine mount for this plane? Please e-mail me
with any related information including price, Thanks Ed Moran
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has been rapid in constructing a collector ring ...
building the oil lubrication system the pics show the parts including
oil-air separator ....
the engine... and running it ...
is what Ed Writes on 7th May 2004: Paul,got the engine running
today,prop turned maybe 20 degrees before firing up,oil pressure
came almost instantly. I then shut it down to make sure all cylinders
were firing, by feeling the cyl. heads and the exhaust headers.
Also checked oil circulation. Wow ! what a sweet sound it makes.
Also engine is mechanically quiet, I am happy as a pig in poop.
Will get back to you soon. Ed
must say we never get tired of hearing customers first impressions
of the engine just after they fire her up for the first time! Gives
us all a good feeling. Well done Ed! From all of us at Rotec.
June 2004: Just about ready to take to the skies...
November 2004 Ed Writes: Jim,
I haven't reported lately but have been busy as usual.
am satisfied that my oil tank and that the lubricating system is
OK. I can run the engine,taxi,etc., and when I shut the engine down
the oil level in the oil tank is where it should be.
made an auxillary return pump by using the rotors from a 350 Chevy,
making the housing from 2024 aluminum to bolt in-line with a 12volt
3inch motor. I turn the pump on while I am taxiing, in doing it
that way there is no excessive oil buildup in the engine. I suppose
I am being a bit odd about this, but, I've had many unpleasant experiences
with wet-sumping in BSA motorcycles in the mid 60's during which
time I was a factory rider and lost three very important national
races. The oil buildup caused the engine to lose so much power as
to make it no longer competitive; not to mention the dangers associated
with oil spilled over the track!
that is no longer a problem with the mods I have made.
also put two drain valves in the inlet tubes [I have met and talked
with the guy with the autogyro at Oshkosh]. I will keep you posted
on anything new. Ed
up the good work and we'll be looking for progress reports...