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The first modification was to remove the rubber bungee, strengthen the nose gear structure and install the Viking steel bungee. The original shelf that held the top of the nose stut was cracked from the strut bottoming out. Maybe that is why the original owner donated it? The nose gear structure seems to be quite flimsy compared to the main gear structure. There is a lot of money supported by the nose gear.
The dimensions of the 801 are different than the 701, so I had to fabricate new straps. The original straps are at the bottom. I used grade 8 bolts and grade 8 couplings, rated at 7000 lbs each. I also had to grind a little from the inside of the tube and reduce the diameter of the lower spring mount so it would go all the way to the bottom.
This is my Zenith 801 when I bought it. It was already built and flown more than 800 hours. The original engine was one of Jan's Subaru conversions. The owner/builder flew it for a number of years, then donated to a charity who sold the engine separately and put the airframe on eBay. I was thinking of getting the 750 Cruizer, but this came up on eBay for the right price.
My wife and I drove to North Carolina, loaded it up and hauled it home to Minnesota. A long drive at 50 mph, didn't want to go too fast and have something fly off.
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