Now on to the exciting news for the day. I have come to agreement on an engine purchase. This is a very new engine with a new top end. I spoke to the guy who is selling it on the phone tonight and oddly enough I was quite comfortable chatting with him and making the decision to buy the engine. The engine is a Lycoming IO-360 which for those of you who don't know that means 4 cylinders and fuel injection. There are a number of upgrades to this engine which is why I am excited about the purchase. The engine produces about 200 horsepower which should ensure I have more than enough power to climb over those pesky Rocky Mountains. This particular engine is an angle valve which means it is newer but a little heavier than the parallel valve engine. With the RV-9 I think that will actually help me since the CG is so far aft in this airplane. Neither Amy nor I are big people so gross weight was never really an issue.
The thing about this engine that really interests me is that I get to put it together. The case is sealed with a new technology (rubber o-ring) but I get to do the rest. Jim, if you read this you wanna come over and help? :-)
Now I need to order my new prop! Catto tri-blade, here I come!
Sheesh, this is getting expensive!
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