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Offline Trostle

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A Special Rat Racer
« on: August 04, 2022, 11:59:57 AM »
I remember a picture from a magazine long ago.  It had the single wheel landing gear bolted onto the head of the engine.  I wonder how that worked out.

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Re: A Special Rat Racer
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2022, 12:50:33 PM »
I remember a picture from a magazine long ago.  It had the single wheel landing gear bolted onto the head of the engine.  I wonder how that worked out.

Keith
That was used by Jack Garcia on his inverted engine rat powered by Johnson 35 (of course, since Jack worked for Hi Johnson at the time) I believe Barr and Narsican (sp) used it on some of the early Firebird Rats also (Veco powered). The fins were milled off and the aluminum sheet metal gear was bolted on using the head bolts. Made for a lightweight, short, aerodynamic, landing gear. I flew Rat with them regularly back in the early 60's at Sepulveda Basin.
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Re: A Special Rat Racer
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2022, 05:26:25 PM »
Dave Dawson and I ran an inverted Johnson .35 with an aluminum dual gear mounted to the head in one of our Orange Crate racing events. The gear worked ok, but the piston/liner were a bit tired making it hard(er) to start....  I don't remember if it had a special head or how that was accomplished. It was the first one I had seen.


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