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kentlik 05-06-2022 11:33 AM

[IMG]lwingcomp by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]portrtank by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20220426_125655 by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

A few photos. Have finished the Emp. fairing work just neglected to take some photos.
The right wing is resealed and the fuel return port installed and sealed. These pic's are mid-process and the access received a slathering of proseal over the rivets.
Installed AP servo, no tweaking done yet.

jcarne 05-07-2022 10:16 AM

Looking good bro, keep cranking!

kentlik 05-07-2022 10:42 AM

Thanks, Jereme! Slow but sure these days...

kentlik 05-08-2022 08:37 AM

[IMG]rwingcomp by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Not sure I put this one up but finished the right-wing top skin

kentlik 06-07-2022 08:11 PM

So I have been getting some stuff done on the plane. Not a lot of explanation just some photos.

[IMG]wheel by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]
I have a small jewelers type lathe but gave this to a former employee to cut for the new radial bearings. He has a big boy lathe.

[IMG]brake linings by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]
Dug out an old arbor press and relined the brake pads

[IMG]aileron by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]
Aileron is giving me fits, might be the toughest repair to date.

[IMG]injector relays by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]
Injector relays getting the "juice strings" attached

[IMG]fuel and wires by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

I was stuck on fixing the aileron until I made a custom bucking bar so began some wiring work. Dang, one crisis at a time as my buddy always says.
Tougher work as the top skin is on and I get wadded up under the panel for hours it seems.
I took out the rudder pedals to get easier access, HUGE help

kentlik 06-27-2022 12:41 PM

Wing stuff
 
Been working daily but not long hours at all...

[IMG]Aileron by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

To finish the repair on this aileron I had to make...

[IMG]7 B Bar by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Custom bucking bar

[IMG]Tip right by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Right wing-tip going on. Had #8 screws holding on the original. Bottom skin is original so some 8's and the rest #6's

[IMG]Tip R by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Top skin new has 6's going in.

[IMG]Panel by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Going to re-cut a new panel. I put the switches too close together for easy access and maintenance

kentlik 07-13-2022 12:13 PM

One tip mounted but not complete

[IMG]tip nuts by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]tipss by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]tiponwing by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]tip agp by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

Not sure how this gap is supposed to look so let it as is for now.

kentlik 07-22-2022 01:05 PM

I was sure I put up some new photos but I must have been dreaming...

[IMG]boards afixxd by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]side tip by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]side tip2 by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]done tip2 by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]done tip by Kent Luttrell, on Flickr[/IMG]

The process was straightforward but did take more time than expected. Still have the let wing to do. I changed out the pan head screws to truss head type stainless, they looked way better.

jcarne 07-23-2022 09:49 AM

Nice job man, you will love those FlyLEDs. I remember those lens covers taking for ever to trim and sand!

kentlik 07-23-2022 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jcarne (Post 1622048)
Nice job man, you will love those FlyLEDs. I remember those lens covers taking for ever to trim and sand!

Thanks, Jereme!
A very iterative process to get those to fit well.
Moving on to the left wing now...
Booked another show so Tuesday I will be off the plane again for a couple of months. But it does keep the coffers full haha


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