First time builder here contemplating starting a Pietenpol project this fall. I'm a little concerned about useful load. Me and full fuel doesn't leave much for pax, and I'm wondering about any relatively easy and affordable ways to shave weight and thereby boost useful load.
I only need to pick up about 80 lbs. over standard useful load (450 lbs), which is normally specified with 65HP. I'm going with a 100HP Corvair. Will HP alone get me where I need to be?
My specs so far are: 100 HP Corvair, long fuse, brakes, starter, basic instrumentation w/radio and preferably an intercom.