Corvair/Colt builder Dave “The Bear” Vargesko installs the wing tiedown, above. Many of you who have been to an East Coast Corvair College or Sun ’N Fun have met Dave or seen his engine in person.
The mount is on the plane for the last time, but the case in the photo above is just there to mock up the installation. Our firewall was originally built as a tri-gear, but the brackets have been trimmed to match the Zenair taildragger supplemental drawings. We are keeping in mind that most 601 builders are going with tri-gear, so all the parts we’re making are kept out of the area occupied by the nose gear. This will make it much easier for other 601/Corvair builders to follow in our path.
We are hard at work on the plane and are looking forward to wrapping it up in a few weeks. I owe a huge debt of thanks to my crew of friends: Gus, Dave, Steve and Kevin. And my always supportive better half, Grace Ellen.