Airbike First Flight
I found this old video on my computer. It's the first flight in my Airbike
after building it in my basement.
I had finished up the paperwork with the FAA earlier that week and received
my tailwheel endorsement that afternoon. The weather was perfect and there
was nothing left to do but go fly. The monthly EAA chapter meeting happened
to be that night, so I ended up with a few extra helpers and a bit of a
The flight went well, even though my nerves were tested a bit.The guy
pulling the starter rope is Wally. He was my SEL power instructor in
C-150s. The man shaking my hand at the end is Laird, who was one of the two
glider instructors that first taught me to fly.
Except for my first solo in a glider, few have been as memorable as this
first flight in an airplane I built myself. It was an excellent day all
A few folks have asked why its called an Airbike. It has nothing to do with
bicycles, exercise machines or anime vehicles. It simply because your feet
are on the outside similar to a motorcycle. The seat is also narrow like a
motorcycle. The company that sold the kits picked the name almost 20 years
ago. That's all there is to it. Sorry if you were expecting something else.
1972 Mercury Capri V6 2600 startup ......and it's for sale !
This was my first car purchased in 1978. I drove it stock for a few years
then in 1981 I did a restoration (body work, paint, suspension, engine,
trans.) . I took off the stock rally wheels and bias tires and put on some
aluminum slot mag wheels with radials.
I installed an ANSA dual sport Exhaust
system with twin Ferrari resonator tips which improved the performance and
it sounded great!
Put air shocks in the back so I could lower the rear a bit to improve
I installed a high power stereo (hey it was 1981!) and this thing was
powerful at that time. I made a custom speaker enclosure to fit on the
I installed a set of aluminum rear window louvers and that set off the
styling nicely...at least I liked them !
The car handled great, the V6 and 4 speed made for a really quick and
nimble sports car. Plus it was very reliable for a 70's import. The only
issues I had was loosing a sync gear in the trans and it liked to go
through front end bushings..
The interior is in great shape but the dash is cracked. Actually I think
they all cracked after 4-5 years unless the car never saw the sunshine!
The body has some spots coming through but it's not in terrible shape. The
entire underside was undercoated.
Normal maintenance was performed over the years but along with belts,
hoses, etc... etc will need the front calipers rebuilt as the are sticking.
Otherwise it runs and drives good.
This is for sale if anyone is interested.
Ford Capri Barn Find....
Helping my neighbour Les,drag a 1977 Ford Capri out of a dark and dank
barn...last driven in 1981, been parked in the barn since then.
Ford Capri 2l pinto cold start after rebuild
Cold start of the rebuilt 2.0l pinto engine in the capri.
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Wreck Rescue - Ford Capri (Part 1)
Buy @ http://www.markevans.co.uk/acatalog/Wreck_Rescue_DVD.html
Part 2: http://youtu.be/tdzXDdp2vuY
Wreck Rescue [Episode 3] - 1972 Mk1 Ford Capri
Test Drive the 1974 Ford Capri V8!
Hi! This is Agent 8771's 1974 Ford Capri, featuring a high-output 302 V8
and Borg-Warner T5 transmission hooked to a Ford 9 inch positraction rear.
This car originally had the wheezy Pinto 2000 cc engine and 4 speed trans,
so it is much better now. A nice, original, rust-free unit brought up from
the States to save it from the recyclers yard. Sweet vintage aluminum slot
mags, nerf bars, and diamond-tuft package tray finish this Capri off in
classic 70's style! Hope you like it as much as I do!