That was not their only trouble. The airplane was out of rig, its transponder intermittent, the heading indication grossly inaccurate, the autopilot inoperable (because the builder had not realized that he needed to connect it to the pitot-static system) and the displays of engine parameters, including manifold pressure and rpm, incorrect. The airplane was also considerably slower than expected. The airframe and engine were sound, however, and, navigating with a handheld GPS, they reached Florida safely. After several days during which they made some hasty modifications to the cowling and removed two of the propeller’s four blades, they proceeded to Oshkosh, where they displayed the airplane without its now somewhat ragged cowling, and the engine builder wooed potential customers.