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cgifly2
 Post subject: Rattray
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:48 am 
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Am doing a rebuild on 7077J it had 160TT and I could not live with it any more. Has a 0320 a2d which I love cause I can run street gas in it (cheap) and is not IFR equipped (dont need that) so it is light and performs well on 150HP. But my question is seeing a few comments against Ratray cowlings I was wondering why? And dont just say there crap! Cause you cant verify that by me. I did fly with mine for 160 hours and found no problems with it. I could get the bottom off with out pulling the prop, and I actually like the looks. But I am open to discussion about pros and cons as I am doing a complete rebuild. So lets here it. Please be objective no bias on just what you THINK is best. And thanks for considering.
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fytrplt
 Post subject: Ratray
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:43 am 
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Skeet,

Welcome back! The main argument against the Ratray cowl is that they were said to be heavy. My Herb Shable (sp?) fiberglas cowl weighs about 17 lbs., while my aluminum one weighs about 16 lbs. Also, some object to the glass on aluminum fairings on the boot cowl. As many of us know, Geogre Ratray was a boat buider and did much to introduce fiberglas to the world of aircraft.

Being experimental, run what YOU like. Keep us posted on the progress.

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 Post subject: Re: Rattray
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:33 am 
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The blue color is where I cut the lower cowl and hinged it to the top half and added a small aluminum angle stiffener near the bottom.

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cgifly2
 Post subject: Re: Rattray
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:43 am 
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Cool what did you use for a latch?


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Victor Thompson
 Post subject: Re: Rattray
PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:58 pm 
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Hurant: What is your engine access like with the lower hinges?

I like the access that I have with the cheek style.

Just curious.

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