Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my existing cowlings?
A: Our conversion uses standard Seabee cowlings. It is a matter of personal choice. You could also use the GO - 480 style if you wanted to.

Q: What propeller do I use?
A: You have several choices. The most cost effective is to use you're existing Seabee propeller. Our Franklin powered Seabee was equipped with a 3 blade Hartzell hydro selective propeller. We simply transferred this unit to the V 8 powered conversion, complete with reversing cylinder & valve. We have also flown it with the standard 2-blade propeller. We removed a GO-480 from a Seabee & replaced it with a V 8. We reused the 3-blade constant speed/reversible propeller in this installation. If you need to buy a propeller we recommend a three blade unit. Call & we will be happy to discuss the options with you.

Q: Can I supercharge or turbo charge the engine?
A: We use stock, factory new LS-1 & LS - 6 engines. There are several after market bolt on units available for these engines. We have not produce any boosted engines to date.

Q: How high have you flown the V 8 Seabee.
A: We did a direct climb to 11,000 foot density altitude (10,300 indicated altitude) and cruised around for an hour. The engine ran beautifully at all times. The mass airflow system automatically compensates for altitude.

Q: What temperatures have you flown the aircraft in.
A: We have operated the aircraft from -20 F to +95 F. The engine operating temperatures were normal. The heating system starts producing measurable heat very quickly. The air conditioning system works well even while taxiing on a hot day.

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