This page brings a list of places where you can get parts. There are certainly other places. Let us know when you know of any.
In Roger's newsletter from July 1985 (#12) there is another list of sources. He also explains briefly, where Bede got some of the parts from.
|Book with BD-4 building instructions||
|TVAP, Huntsville, AL||
Attn. Scott DeGaynor
188 Wealthy S.W. Suite 12
Grand Rapides, Mi 49501
|Scott participates in the mailing list (latest update: 09/2001)|
||Curved windshield||This windshield was designed by Roger Mellema. It increases the cruise
speed considerably and lowers the wind noise. Roger had sent the plans
for the windshield two weeks before his fatal accident to Glen.
Glen still produces them, they are of 3/16" Solar Gray tinted Plexiglas. The price (Oct 2002) is $388, shipping crate $75.
Glen also offers the side windows for $125.
Glen accepts personal check, VISA, Mastercard. He ships via Motorfreight with freight collect. (latest update: 10/2002)
Attn. Robby Grove
|Landing gear||They have the original BD-4 gear leg design at hand and can deliver
a custom made landing gear for the BD-4 out of AL 7075. Price = $800.
As an option one can also have a hole drilled to replace the external
brake line. Price of this option: $100.
If you consider a Grove gear you may want to talk to Bryan Cass. He researched this topic and talked to Grove about making a one-piece gear.
(latest update: 11/2002)
These prices are prepaid. (latest update: 05/2002)
|Tardiff Sheet Metal, Santa Ana, CA
Ask for Mike.
phone: (714) 547-7135
|Fuselage angles||They're an air conditioning fab shop.
Craig Evans let his angles bent by there. He paid $550 plus $200 in
tooling fee. He asked Tardiff to keep the dies for other BD-4 builders.
This means they will now bend without charging for the tooling. Click
here for a picture of a set
817 Lakeside Dr.
Downers Grove, IL 60516-4947
|Another BD-4 book: "How to Maintain"|
|Stephan Pelgar||Flush fuel drains for the sumpless wing tanks of the BD-4.||It is not easy to find flush fuel drains for the sump less wing tanks of the BD-4. Ken Strite built them in.|
|NW Sheet Metal, Portland, OR
Mr. John Blaser (owner)
phone: (503) 620-4513
|Bending fuselage angles||Lance Schlichter and I bent a number of angles in this shop. John Blaser
is very friendly and helpful. He charges $35/hour for labor.
[Ed:] If you don't find any place to bend the angles I can get this bent for you at NW Sheet Metal which is not far from my home. Note however, shipping of parts longer than 6 ft is not cheap. UPS will not do it I heard. Also check out the pages about how to build a bending brake or a press brake (press brake, bending brake). Angles up to 4 ft I bend on the bending brake I built (i.e. the landing bear box).
Check Roger Mellema's Newsletter #12 page 10 (in the print copy), July 1985
for some sources and ideas about some of the parts. The section title is "Sources
For Some BD-4 Parts" (for the html version)
|Information about a fuselage modification|
1) Ray Ward compiled a set of information. Included are drawings and a discussion of center of gravity considerations, seat size, alignment and full size patterns for stronger gussets he used in critical areas. For a copy of this information, send a check for $20.00 to Ray. (latest update: 03/2004)
2) Lloyd Brekke used to sell another set of plans for a fuselage modification. He no longer distributes them. However, he released them from under copyright. I took a bunch of JPG pictures of his plans. You can download them here (13.3MB). (latest update: 09/2002)
|Information about using a bigger power plant|
Ray Ward published and sells the book "Fun and Forced Landings with V/8 Power". The price is $48. Please send a check to Ray. (latest update: 03/2004)
|Hardware (bolts, nutplates, ...)|
Jerry and Richard Haire
9409 Freeman Rd.
Sanger TX 76266-5908
Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30am - 4:30pm (Central) (a recommendation from Mark Napier, sent in on: 12/2002)
Less expensive at Aircraftspruce (P/N 09-38560, 09-38565 ), but you can buy directly from DeSoto
If you're near Van's Aircraft in Oregon, they have it, too. (latest update: 08/2001)
|Autoconversion Engines Suppliers|
- Belted Air Power
- Rotary engines
- Northwest-Aero Products
- Delta Hawk
- Alternate AirPower (Gschwender reduction units)
|Glassfiber composite materials|
|Probes and sensors|
|Metal raw material||
|NMEA to CDI coupler|
|Gears, pulleys, actuator motors, etc.|
|Seat belts and should harnesses|
|Aluminum (header) tanks|
|Wig-Wag flashers, LED position light kits, Schottky diodes, solid state relays, MAC8 controller|
|LED position lights|
1) Generally, you need 22 ribs for the short wings, 26 for the long wings