The Gold Hub
The Gold Hub is a significant advancement on our Black Hub system. The Black Hub dominated Corvair engine building for the past 10 years.
We sold hundreds of them, and they'll be in service for as long as there's homebuilding. But now, the Gold Hubs are flight tested and
available. It features three distinct advancements:
Simplicity: It integrates the Black Hub, Puck and Front Alternator Pulley into a single unit. Assembly now is simply bolting on the
Ring Gear and installing the Hub.
It slows the speed of the alternator. Even the highest RPM Corvair engines will be able to use the John Deere alternator without
modifications. The Gold Hub's pulley groove allows perfect belt alignment with our Front Starter Alternator Brackets.
The Gold Hub system weighs 1 1/4 pounds less than the Black Hub system.
All this and it looks really cool too.
The $579 price includes specialized hardware, instructions (reprinted below) and shipping in the U.S.
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At first glance, this may seem substantially more than the $319 price for the Black Hub. In reality, it's only slightly more than the
Black Hub system, which requires a $189 Puck and a $59 Front Alternator Pulley as well. Hubs are on the shelf now, ready for
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Prop Hub Installation Instructions
Thank you for buying a Gold Prop Hub. Your purchase makes possible my further research and development on the Corvair. In this way, you’re investing in the future development and perfection of your chosen motor.
These notes are supplementary to my most current Conversion Manual. This Gold Prop Hub is developed as part of the system that we use to convert aircraft motors. This system is outlined in the Conversion Manual. The parts alone, without the information contained in the Manual, will not allow you to develop as reliable an aircraft conversion. When I develop and market a part, it is fully flight tested, and designed to work in concert with the other parts in the conversion. I take into account the way that most people are capable of installing and operating the part. There’s a great deal of consideration that goes into these issues, and I urge you to utilize all the information in the Manual and the parts in the way that they are intended to be used. Of course, contact me at any time with any question you may have.
To be fair, everyone needs to understand that these are not certified parts, and it's not a certified motor. Experimental is not a misnomer; everything we do in this field is of increased risk. If anyone even suspects that they have a problem, E-MAIL or CALL ME. If you have never worked with torque wrenches and precision fasteners, get help from an A&P. Let's all remember to use our heads and not take unnecessary risks. I have gone to great lengths to make these components as reliable and easy to install as possible within the bounds of affordability. I have personally flown all of these parts, because I have a low opinion of people who market aircraft parts without flying the parts themselves. I believe that each and every part I sell is the best solution to its respective aspect of converting a Corvair engine. Take your time and do good work. The system is proven and will reward you with the same type of reliable flight performance we have always had.
Gold Prop Hub
The Gold Hub is a highly refined version of our earlier work. The Gold Hub takes the place of three prior parts: The Black Hub, Puck and
Front Alternator Pulley. The Gold Hub uses the same Hybrid Studs, Safety Shaft and Ring Gear as the Black Hub. The Hybrid Stud nuts, which are included,
are MS21042-6. Even though they’re smaller, these MS nuts are stronger
than traditional AN nuts. They’re torqued with a 7/16” socket instead of the usual 9/16”. Use the washers supplied with the Hybrid Studs.
The Gold Hubs are also supplied with the AN3-10A
bolts that hold the Ring Gear to the Gold Hub. These bolts must be installed with the heads close to the engine and the supplied nuts close
to the propeller. The NAS679-A3 stamped steel nuts have a particular shape that fits the radius on the Gold Hub. Torque these to 7 to 10 foot pounds.
We inspected a Hybrid Stud/Prop Hub installation where excessive Loctite had been used and was preventing the Prop Hub from seating
completely flush with the flange. Make sure that you clean off the excess Loctite very carefully after installing the Hybrid Studs. When
installing the Prop Hub, I torque the stud nuts to 25 foot pounds, then torque the Safety Shaft nut to 150 on steel Safety Shafts, 100 foot
pounds on aluminum Safety Shafts. I then go back and do the Stud nuts at 25 again. The best way to restrain the engine when torquing the
Safety Shaft nut is a carefully placed wooden block between the crank throw and the case near cylinders 5 or 6. This is why I put the
Top Cover on the engine only after the Prop Hub is installed.
After it’s installed, you must check the Hub to ensure it’s running true. This can be done with a cheap dial indicator measuring the
run-out on the end of the Hub. The Hub itself is CNC-manufactured so accurately that tools available to typical homebuilders could never
detect a flaw in it. What you’re looking for is confirmation that your crank flange did not have a burr on it or excess Loctite from Hybrid
Studs. The prototype installation showed less than 1/1,000” run-out measured at the edge of the prop flange.
Gold Hubs all have the SAE-1 propeller flange pattern. The correct prop bolt diameter is 3/8”. The length of these bolts will be sized
to the thickness of your individual propeller. The appropriate nut for these bolts is an AN363-624. When installed on our Nosebowl, this nut
can easily be accessed by reaching through the pilot’s side air inlet.
This installation should be checked for torque frequently during the test phases of the engine. Again, I have never found a properly
installed Prop Hub to ever lose its torque. But vigilance pays, and that's what flight test periods are all about. If you have any doubt
at all or questions about the installation, call me. I’ll be glad to spend the time to get your questions thoroughly answered. Remember,
safety is paramount. By choosing a Gold Hub, you’re taking advantage of our years of flight experience which went into the design of this
highly evolved part. Thank you for your purchase and congratulations on your good judgment.