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May 17, 2021.  Issue #5,342.
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My RV Weekend ...many


What is this black stuff around my tank access cover?

I'm desloshing my '91 RV-4 tanks and the access covers had cork gaskets. I plan to seal the cover plate with proseal only.

I'm wondering what the black stuff is on the outside edge of the doubler for the cover plate? It is soft. Is it old proseal that broke down or something else? Should I try and remove it and put a ring of proseal around the outside edge of the doubler ring?


David Paule RV-3B Status Updatre ...many pics

""...A neighbor has an RV-3. He dropped by to show his friend my project. She's trying out the Confor foam I got because I was tired of sitting on hard pink construction foam. There's still no lumbar support; the back cushion is still pink construction foam."


Unexpected break from building

I haven't posted any updates for a while because after riveting on the rear fuselage skins I was diagnosed with cancer and advised to have surgery within 3 months. Following surgery there is a six week recovery period with NO LIFTING, which is almost impossible on a farm, so the RV project had to go on hold to allow some other heavy jobs to get done while still able. I covered over the fuselage and put away the tools... frustrating.

Now in the later stages of recovery I've found some light jobs that don't require any lifting, though somebody needs to open the shop door for me!

A few of the steel parts, including the roll bar and canopy frame, came from the factory with powder coating. Altough the parts were stored inside the workshop, there was corrosion coming through and spreading under the coating, particularly where any dust had settled. I've been removing the powder coating with paint stripper and sanding off the corrosion. I intend to thorougly clean the metal and apply an appropriate primer and topcoat to protect it properly.


What would you do....?

Okay, an engine found its way into my hangar (all legal!)

What i know:
-O-470 with all accessories
-not run in 15 years
-not pickeled for long time storage
-lay in the corner of the hangar (not climatized) 100 miles from the coast
-came of Cessna 182 crash landing, engine quit during decent after para-drop.
-engine turns easily by hand
-cylinder walls are corroded

What i don't know:
-whether the engine was running or not on impact (shockloading?)
-exact engine designation
-history prior incident

-is there a market for this engine?

I don't have the paperwork.

What i plan on doing:
-check whether the crankshaft ist straight or not
-decide from result if rebuild is worth it or sell parts individually.


Slider assist

I think my slider fits too good. It takes quite a bit of pulling and cussing to get it started sliding away from fully closed. There's very little leverage yanking on the top handle. I have to lift on the edge of the skirt. That's not a good long term solution. Ive seen one or two with a little clip near the aft end to lift. I need something to lift and pull aft. A car door handle shape is ideal.
I am thinking about adding a piece of angle aluminum as a lifting tab in the area circled in red. I can back drill through the C791 Canopy Skirt Brace and rivet the handle to it, using three or four holes, so it has some structure. One each side, powder coated to match.
I don't want to drill the top bow. There's no holes in my canopy. Well there's one for the latch.
Does anyone have better ideas?


Mounting and Wiring LSE Coils

I am big fan of the Lightspeed Plasma III system. This is the third aircraft I've installed these on, and flown 1000+ hours without issue (...jinx...)

However, there are certain parts of the system installation that I found to be sub-par:

1. Soldered on D-sub connectors.
2. Old systems - weird non-milspec wire from the flywheel sensor.
3. Cute but not useful mounts for the coils
4. #@!&* RG-400 for the primary wire leads.


#1 is easy to solve - cut off and use crimped-machined D-sub contacts
#2 replace wire with MIL-STD 27500, 20 ~ 22 Ga wire.
See attached for #3 & 4.

...and yes, adapting 2+Shield wire to a BNC connector isn't approved, but you can make it work and it's solid as heck.


Doing a thing...

Weird to me that CO is "Midwest" - but OK.. ;-)

It's still in the early stages, but I'm excited...

7200 MSL. 1750 x 50. Western Slope, Colorado

Stay tuned...


Panel Porn

This my new -10 panel built and installed by Avionics Systems. David Buckwalter and his team worked with me to do another beautiful panel (they also did my -9 panel a few years ago. With the latest and greatest from Garmin, finished in double stitched leather and carbon fiber, it is just what I was looking for, really happy with it. I expect to be finish building and first flight by late this fall.


VAF Calendar

Upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)
05-15-2021: Bakersfield Bunch EAA Fly In L45
06-19-2021: Boone Iowa RV Day


Mothership Jobs Open listing (CNC Programmer)


----->>>>> How to Minimize the Chance You <<<<<-----
----->>>>> Could be Dealing with a Scammer <<<<<-----
...when using the classifieds.


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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.


Would You Build an "RV STOL Super Cub"?

If yes, let me know and I'll add your name in the folder.  I've created a 63-page sales pitch
[ed. 8/2020 update....I have
100+ names saying they will order it NOW and continue to get emails saying the same that I'm just filing away.  We've established demand <g>.]

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