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Douglas Air-Cooled Ford Model "A" Conversion

 
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cwesterman



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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 15:30    Post subject: Douglas Air-Cooled Ford Model "A" Conversion Reply with quote

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Looking for copies of the blueprints advertised in the following ad, along with any information, parts, converted engines and the location of engines in private collections and museums.

Also looking for additional magazine articles and any coverage of this conversion in any books.

Thanks CL
www.ktfiles.com




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wallan



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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 03:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.steenaero.com/articles_detail.cfm?ArticleID=61

Popular Aviation December 1934 has Corben's article about modifying the engine; not sure if it is the Douglas one.

This is from October 1935

http://www.antiqueairfield.com/types/Corben/feature.html

Is it mentioned in Caunter's Light Aero Engines?
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 23:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

wallan wrote:
Popular Aviation December 1934 has Corben's article about modifying the engine; not sure if it is the Douglas one.

This is from October 1935

http://www.antiqueairfield.com/types/Corben/feature.html


Thanks Wallan

That is just a conversion for aircraft use. Similar to the Pietenpol conversion. Both retain the water cooling system and require a radiator. Both are much heavier.

The Douglas is air-cooled and lightened. Much more is involved in doing this conversion.

I've seen the conversion being called the "Douglas Bearcat" in several articles on the Knight Twister KTD-2, registration number 13661, but haven't found an article on the engine itself under that name yet.

Finding the blueprints mentioned in the ad will answer most questions. Finding an engine in a private collection or museum would also be helpful.

Thanks CL
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wallan



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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 04:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but some also reference them using the Douglas conversion.

By the way, it's Bill.

In some articles it mentions it's Bear-Cat.

As I say, my copy of Caunter isn't available to me at the moment.
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