Thursday, July 24, 2014
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VW Powered Quickie

I built and flew N54JF for about 500 hours. Initially she flew with a Rotax 503 (about 250 hours). I then swapped to an 1835cc HAPI VW and loved it. I flew with the VW about couple hundred hours (maybe 250 - working from memory).  From memory, she cruised at 150 mph, climbed 1000'/min, and burned 3 gallons/hour.

Jon Finley's Quickie 54JF

I sold her a couple of years ago to make more time (and money) for my Q2.

Flying at Ottawa 95

Older photo with small wheels, first cowl, and blue trim.

What a fab cockpit!!

54JF Cockpit

The key concept to my conversion was to spend as little money as possible and eliminate weight when possible.  I moved the firewall aft 4 inches to help with CG.  I wish I could do this project over again now as I would have a reasonable budget and know how to better save weight.

I used a HAPI 1835cc engine that a friend removed from his Dragonfly for a larger engine.  I installed a single points system ignition and Zenith carb - very simple.

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The cowling cheeks did not present any problems for me. I used them for hot air outlets.  The distributor forced a bump on the top of the cowl.  Not pretty or efficient but it worked.

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That Interstate 15 sticker was awarded due to my safe Interstate landing with the previous Rotax 503 engine!!

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Near Gates of the Mountains north of Helena, Montana.  Sometime around 1994.

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