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rvbuilder2002 03-11-2016 10:50 PM

When the airplane was originally advertised for sale I looked at the photos and posted video and considered buying it. The photos showed that the airframe was very much repairable. In fact less damage than my RV-6A and that I had flying again in about 7 months

Kent has posted photos of skins being carefully removed as if planning to replace them, and even mentioned pulling out dents, so it sounds to me like repair vs replace is being done wherever possible.
I have not met Kent (though I would be happy too... it sounds like he is located near me and we have something in common.... extensive rebuild of a wrecked RV) and have nothing against him. My comment was only in response to Bills suggestion that it could be certified as a new airplane.

Now if the airplane had been purchased just for the major components like the control system, landing gear weldments / legs, etc., and an entirely new airframe was built using those parts; then I agree it might be doable depending on what was used.

That is my opinion, with my level of understanding of the rules.
Anything beyond that I defer to Mel or Gary. As active DAR's, they likely have an opinion of what level of reuse for a new build they would allow, and what process would be used to determine eligibility.

bret 03-13-2016 04:43 PM

Did you take all critical measurements before disassembly? wing sweep, tail to wingtips ect, might give an incite to what is bent, stretched longeron, twisted center section....post pics, very interested in your project!

kentlik 06-04-2016 04:19 PM

Upon much investigation, I will be building the entire center section new. One entire wing. Reskin 2nd wing and check dent in tank, possible new tank.

All the electrical, panel, and FWF.

Plus of course the sliding canopy and firewall and the balance of the reinforcement pieces. All in all, I am building a new aircraft, but why not!

kentlik 06-28-2016 03:25 PM

bucking rivets
 
Moving forward...thanks for the help Darrell of Aurora/Hubbard, OR.


kentlik 07-18-2016 11:15 AM

Bulkheads
 







Blain 07-22-2016 09:30 PM

Drill bits
 
How many number 40 bits have you gone through?

kentlik 07-28-2016 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blain (Post 1097530)
How many number 40 bits have you gone through?

About four. I am using cobalt, much longer lasting...lol

kentlik 08-10-2016 10:34 AM

Drilling rivets to remove center section
 





Snowflake 08-10-2016 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbDC9 (Post 1061192)
This thread from 2 months ago should explain the background on this project...

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=133682

Unfortunately that link no longer goes to a valid thread...

kentlik 08-15-2016 06:31 PM

Some bent stuff being repaired and some straight stuff
 
Made some good headway last couple days. Slow but this is going to be rewarding as it is difficult.











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