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Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By RViator60
I'm doing mine now...it takes time but doable...

I'm doing mine now...it takes time but doable with a new die and good bench vise, liberal amounts of cutting oil and removing the metal shavings with compressed air frequently. Overall probably took...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,244
Posted By RViator60
There are two adel clamps for the breather tube...

There are two adel clamps for the breather tube that are easier to install before the engine goes in.
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,813
Posted By RViator60
Thanks Bill for starting this great thread! I'm...

Thanks Bill for starting this great thread! I'm just about to install my exhaust system and didn't know about the head muff issue. Just ordered replacement end plates from Rick.
Forum: RV-14 01-21-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,468
Posted By RViator60
I can't advise on QB since I built the entire kit...

I can't advise on QB since I built the entire kit one rivet at a time, a process that I really enjoyed. I know Van's is having some CCP virus related delays, and with many new builders. My...
Forum: RV-14 01-07-2021, 03:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,557
Posted By RViator60
Jeremiah at Classic Aero told me they are...

Jeremiah at Classic Aero told me they are planning to produce their RV-7/9 Glareshield liner for the RV-14, but it's not available yet. Abby at Flightline Interiors told me she has their version...
Forum: RV-14 12-31-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 958
Posted By RViator60
That's disheartening. I used Dowsil 737 and let...

That's disheartening. I used Dowsil 737 and let it set up several days before touching it. I put quite some force on the vent to access the nut and it seemed pretty well bonded, but we'll see. ...
Forum: RV-14 12-31-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 958
Posted By RViator60
SV-6 Eyeball Vent Frustration

I didn't notice until after glueing my SV-10 NACA vent with the SV-6 eyeball and bracket that it's close to impossible to access the top outboard nut once installed on the fuse, which I needed to do...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,163
Posted By RViator60
Dennis, that's a great suggestion. I ordered a...

Dennis, that's a great suggestion. I ordered a length of 3/32" Trim-Lok, some 0.05" PU faux leather, and a couple of fan covers from Amazon. I imagine I'll need to glue the edge of the faux leather...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 04:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,469
Posted By RViator60
Thanks everyone for the excellent comments to my...

Thanks everyone for the excellent comments to my post, that's what makes the VAF great. I'm going to go with the halon extinguisher H3R Model A344T and mount it behind the flap motor panel in the...
Forum: RV-14 12-26-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,469
Posted By RViator60
Fire Extinguisher Location

I couldn't find any posts in the RV-14 forum on ideas for locating a fire extinguisher. Has anyone installed one and where did they decide to install it? I was thinking a good place might be on the...
Forum: RV-14 12-26-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,163
Posted By RViator60
Glareshield Covering

Has any RV-14 builder installed a cover to fit over the Glareshield? I was thinking about my Piper with the imitation leather and eyebrow. I've come across a few companies making them for certified...
Forum: RV-14 12-17-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,260
Posted By RViator60
Thanks all for you input. I finally got them in...

Thanks all for you input. I finally got them in after filing down and polishing the gear leg where it meets the lower gear support. Everything was a very tight fit and I doubt I could easily remove...
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2020, 06:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,260
Posted By RViator60
Main Gear Install

I'm having trouble installing my main landing gear leg into the lower gear brace. The tolerances are very small where the pieces mate together. I can't move it the final inch and haven't resorted...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,446
Posted By RViator60
I chose short engine mounts to keep the CG low so...

I chose short engine mounts to keep the CG low so it's pretty stable. That was the trade-off for not being able to rotate it 360 degrees which would have alleviated a lot of back strain.
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,446
Posted By RViator60
A benefit I found from my two engine mount...

A benefit I found from my two engine mount approach was the ability to easily move the fuselage around in/out of my garage. Due to the height of the mounts, I'm able to tilt the fuse to about a 45...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,446
Posted By RViator60
I suspended the fuselage on each end using engine...

I suspended the fuselage on each end using engine stands purchased from Harbor Freight and mounted it from parts from my local hardware store. I can supply more detail if requested.
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,751
Posted By RViator60
It's starting to look like an airplane! I see...

It's starting to look like an airplane! I see you're bringing some nice woodworking skills to the project - your fuselage cradle is first-rate.
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2020, 05:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,715
Posted By RViator60
Hi Kevin, Which ones did you install?

Hi Kevin,
Which ones did you install?
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2020, 04:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,715
Posted By RViator60
RV-14 Rudder Pedals

Does anyone have experience with either the Control Approach or Risse Racing rudder pedal replacement for Van's stock pedals installed on the RV-14?
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,567
Posted By RViator60
Thanks for your comment so far. I think I will...

Thanks for your comment so far. I think I will use this post to document my journey to designing, installing, and testing A/C in my RV-14A under way to learn from the experience and knowledge of...
Forum: RV-14 10-06-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,567
Posted By RViator60
It's for ground operations primarily in hot and...

It's for ground operations primarily in hot and humid North Carolina summers. I didn't come across a lot of VAF post related to A/C, so not sure what you mean by general consensus...although I think...
Forum: RV-14 10-06-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,567
Posted By RViator60
RV-14 Air Conditioning

Has anyone installed the Airflow System A/C unit in their RV-14 yet? I heard there were a few out there. I'd like to run the coolant lines along the lower left longeron and wanted to hear what...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,448
Posted By RViator60
Thanks Scott for the lead...I'll look into this. ...

Thanks Scott for the lead...I'll look into this. We plan to 'store' our yellow lab back there on trips and I know she would be more comfortable with greater air circulation.
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,448
Posted By RViator60
Baggage Area Fresh Air Vents

Has anyone seen a fresh air vent installed in the baggage area?
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2020, 04:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,530
Posted By RViator60
Oliver, I'm at nearing 1000 hours and anticipate...

Oliver, I'm at nearing 1000 hours and anticipate another 200 to 300 hours to be complete. I built this entirely on my own, no Quickbuild, with occasional riveting help from my wife. I should be in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-27-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By RViator60
BryanG, will need a little more info on what...

BryanG, will need a little more info on what tools/technique used to make dimples and rivets...it's not clear to me from your pictures.
Forum: Autopilots 08-28-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,416
Posted By RViator60
Here's what the mounting kit looks like installed...

Here's what the mounting kit looks like installed with the roll servo on my 14A. The upper two attachment points will deform to fit flush with the servo when initially tightened. I had to open-up...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,212
Posted By RViator60
Most replies mention under-dimpling and I agree...

Most replies mention under-dimpling and I agree this could be your major issue. You don't mention what method you're using and this would be helpful to better diagnose your issue and offer a...
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,652
Posted By RViator60
I built a movable cradle for the wings which made...

I built a movable cradle for the wings which made it fairly easy to set the fuel tank on the frame and then gradually raise it with wooden shims until it fit in place. I was able to do this without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2020, 03:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,263
Posted By RViator60
I highly recommend getting the 3/32 and 1/8...

I highly recommend getting the 3/32 and 1/8 Burraways. A little pricey, but well worth it. https://cogsdill.com/products/deburring-tools/burraway
Their website has nice videos showing how they...
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,477
Posted By RViator60
DUH....I just realized that, when both wing are...

DUH....I just realized that, when both wing are installed and aileron actuation connected through the stick, the primary stops at the inboard hinges should limit travel in both up and down...
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,477
Posted By RViator60
I was able to install the stop bracket to the...

I was able to install the stop bracket to the roll servo mounted to the servo bracket. The soft aluminum of the stop bracket does conform to the gap created by the servo mount bracket when secured...
Forum: RV-14 05-23-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,477
Posted By RViator60
Garmin roll servo stop bracket install question

I've run into an issue installing the GSA 28 roll servo stop bracket and was wondering if anyone had come up with a solution. The stop bracket doesn't rest flush against the servo base due to...
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2020, 04:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,508
Posted By RViator60
Hi Michael, I had this issue as well once and...

Hi Michael, I had this issue as well once and just went ahead and used my tool on the dimpled edge and it came out just fine. However, I'm not convinced that breaking the skins is really necessary...
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2020, 04:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,119
Posted By RViator60
Panel lead times

For those planning to have Steinair fabricate their panel I thought I'd share that Stein informed me yesterday that his lead time is now 8-10 months due to Covid.
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2020, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 995
Posted By RViator60
I didn't crimp the skins of the flap trailing...

I didn't crimp the skins of the flap trailing edge and they came out looking pretty good although I did crimp the nose skins as called out in the plans. I think due to the lack of curvature at the...
Forum: RV-14 05-04-2020, 03:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,326
Posted By RViator60
I don't have too much to add to what's already...

I don't have too much to add to what's already been posted. I've had very good success with using the 3M tape. After drilling and countersinking using a jig made from an inverted piece of scrap...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2020, 06:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,439
Posted By RViator60
Looking ahead to page 11-08, Fig. 1, you'll see...

Looking ahead to page 11-08, Fig. 1, you'll see where the VS attaches to the aft fuse and your extra trimming shouldn't cause an attachment issue. Given that this is a critical attachment point I...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,283
Posted By RViator60
That's odd. I didn't have any issues using the...

That's odd. I didn't have any issues using the values listed on page 18-10 to get full float travel to the 1/16" gap spec.
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,283
Posted By RViator60
It was a very easy thing to miss - can't tell you...

It was a very easy thing to miss - can't tell you how long I stared at the drawings. All the flush rivets are countersunk on the same, outboard, side.
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,283
Posted By RViator60
My revision of the SB 16-03-28 dated May 6, 2016...

My revision of the SB 16-03-28 dated May 6, 2016 specifically replaces the AN470AD4-11 with AN426AS4-11 rivets. I completely agree the AN470 rivet would interfere with the aileron.
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,736
Posted By RViator60
I had been wondering what the small hole was on...

I had been wondering what the small hole was on the bottom my left wing and it certainly appears to be where the GAP59 OAT sensor could be mounted. I'm surprised the build instructions don't mention...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,688
Posted By RViator60
I can't say that I've had any major...

I can't say that I've had any major injuries...yet, other than scratches and small cuts. However, I can share a story I heard about a guy getting his finger pinched by a pneumatic squeezer,...
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,498
Posted By RViator60
Sorry, I opted for the non-regulated heated...

Sorry, I opted for the non-regulated heated pitot, so no need for the blue discrete wire. Regulated pitot heat is a nice option but I just worried about magnetometer interference issues that I read...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2020, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,102
Posted By RViator60
I also saw a very small leak only at the fuel cap...

I also saw a very small leak only at the fuel cap when balloon testing my first tank with soap solution. I'm not too worried about that and consider my tank leak test successful.
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,292
Posted By RViator60
Matt, you'll have a blast! It's amazingly...

Matt, you'll have a blast! It's amazingly gratifying to see this machine come together and to realize that you are a member of a select group. I'm almost regretting the day the build is over, but...
Forum: RV-14 03-03-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,059
Posted By RViator60
Main fuselage order options

I'm halfway through the wing kit and planning to pull the trigger soon on the main fuselage kit. I'm interested in opinions on useful options/alternatives to consider in the standard build kit. ...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-03-2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,176
Posted By RViator60
I read this post with interest since I had the...

I read this post with interest since I had the same question, but hadn't decided to tackle the fiberglass-to-alum transition yet. I'm not surprised from this group that there isn't one approach! ...
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,662
Posted By RViator60
I installed the stall warning switch and the AoA...

I installed the stall warning switch and the AoA for the added redundancy. Have the stall warning vane in my 73 Cherokee 180 and never had an issue.
Forum: RV-14 02-29-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,490
Posted By RViator60
Hi Todd, sorry can't offer any thoughts since I...

Hi Todd, sorry can't offer any thoughts since I installed my heated pitot on the left wing per Van's instructions.
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,255
Posted By RViator60
Pitot and AOA routing

I'm installing a GAP26 heated pitot/AOA and can't find any description in Van's plans on how they are ultimately routed from the left wing through the fuselage. I'm running red and blue 1/4" plastic...
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,614
Posted By RViator60
Are you able to attach a picture of the oil...

Are you able to attach a picture of the oil canning? I recently completed my left wing top skin attachment and didn't notice any oil canning. I assume the oil canning is the result of some...
Forum: RV-14 01-28-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 15,042
Posted By RViator60
Mark, why are you considering selling your prop? ...

Mark, why are you considering selling your prop? Which one are you installing? I'm expecting my prop to arrive next week but the power plant not until mid-year, probably right after...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,211
Posted By RViator60
I just completed my empennage and can confirm...

I just completed my empennage and can confirm that Van's cleco estimates are reasonable.
Forum: RV-14 01-07-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,365
Posted By RViator60
Hi jdog, You're right to be strive for high...

Hi jdog, You're right to be strive for high quality in your work. Those pieces should fit snugly with little to no gap. The deburring technique Troy Grover taught me at his RV build class at Front...
Forum: RV-14 01-01-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 15,042
Posted By RViator60
I ordered my IO390 Thunderbolt in mid-Nov 2019...

I ordered my IO390 Thunderbolt in mid-Nov 2019 and was told by Jeff at that time that I should plan for delivery in a year. I'm assuming 10-11 months is a reasonable lead time estimate which should...
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,975
Posted By RViator60
Hi Rick, you're going to have a blast and learn...

Hi Rick, you're going to have a blast and learn so much. If you haven't taken an RV build class, I highly recommend it, since you'll learn what it takes to build a fine airplane. Keep in mind that...
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,450
Posted By RViator60
Aileron Trim kit

Does anyone have an opinion/experience with the aileron trim option for the RV-14?
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By RViator60
OK...is the servo ordered with the fuselage kit...

OK...is the servo ordered with the fuselage kit from Vans?
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By RViator60
Pitch servo installation

Can anyone tell me when and where the pitch servos are installed on the RV-14? There's no mention of it in the aft fuselage instructions.
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,338
Posted By RViator60
The max width of the aft fuselage with the h....

The max width of the aft fuselage with the h. stab and v. stab removed is 42" and height is 37". You may be able to compress the open end to fit through a 36" door opening.
Forum: RV-14 12-05-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,926
Posted By RViator60
Looking at the 3M data sheet, if you have a cold...

Looking at the 3M data sheet, if you have a cold shop that's difficult to heat, you may be able to achieve full strength in a relatively short time if you have access to a heat gun and a way to...
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,714
Posted By RViator60
Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question....I...

Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question....I just ordered my YIO-390 from Lycoming for delivery next Sept. Doesn't it come with the alternator? Is the B&C a replacement for what came standard?
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,926
Posted By RViator60
How did you prep the surfaces prior to applying...

How did you prep the surfaces prior to applying the tape? I roughen each surface with medium grit sandpaper and then clean thoroughly with acetone. I found this leads to a very strong bond,...
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