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Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 507
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Also available from Aircraft...

Also available from Aircraft Spruce.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/safaircav110.php?clickkey=12830

O-rings listed on same page.
Forum: Southeast 05-05-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Sam Buchanan
First Saturday of every month, gets started about...

First Saturday of every month, gets started about 7:30, turns into a swarm by 8:00, and tapers off around 9:00-ish.

Do some checking in case regular schedule hasn't resumed, but Moontown (3M5) is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin...

No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin paint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you, neighbor! :D

Thank you, neighbor! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A quote from your link: "Since cold shrinking is...

A quote from your link:

"Since cold shrinking is almost impossible on tempered aluminum....."

Nope, I'm done but thank you for trying to help. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is an interesting technique. However, the...

That is an interesting technique. However, the link describes removing dents in brass and aluminum cans. The 2024 wing skin is tough stuff and once creased and stretched is very reluctant to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Back in the Air

Massaged the skin some more by applying pressure with hand and digits and got it to the point I'm ok with returning the RV-6 to service. If I decide to take the repair to 10/10ths the remaining...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Bill, I am definitely not a tinsmith! Here is...

Bill, I am definitely not a tinsmith!

Here is what I've done thus far. A buck was built up from 3/4" laminations.

This was inserted into the leading edge along with some all-thread so the buck...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That has certainly been my experience in our...

That has certainly been my experience in our heavily waterfowl populated area. I've dodged many birds by flying around them, been close enough a few times to see them tuck and dive.

Never fly under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Update; Repair Begun

After pulling the tank, I was able to significantly reduce the size of the dent by pushing out on the dent with just my fingers. I'm going to make a buck that fits in the leading edge to hopefully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Dan, that is an intriguing idea, may have real...

Dan, that is an intriguing idea, may have real possibilities. It would be less obvious than a patch and far less involved than replacing the entire skin.

I'm a bit concerned about retaining wing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Good point, Kyle. I don't have any issues with a...

Good point, Kyle. I don't have any issues with a flush patch, that may be the route forward. The rib on the inboard side of the dent is deformed a little but could probably be addressed once the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't feel a bit older than 104.

I don't feel a bit older than 104.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Jeff, you have really dated yourself...... ...

Jeff, you have really dated yourself...... :D

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/emp-3.JPG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Theoretically....maybe so. But the holes at the...

Theoretically....maybe so.

But the holes at the spar have to line up perfectly to hit the plate nuts in the spar. I don't know if I could prevent enough tolerances from stacking up to make this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'll take some photos, Paul. :)

I'll take some photos, Paul. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wink ;) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

;)

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you Jeff and others for the encouragement....

Thank you Jeff and others for the encouragement. Replacing the skin is definitely the last resort, (I can't imagine what a hassle that would be) I can deal with less than perfect esthetics as long as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Paul, our airport is a mile or so from a wildlife...

Paul, our airport is a mile or so from a wildlife refuge and we have numerous waterfoul in our airspace. I suspect it was a small duck or something similar, that is a significant dent.

I'll try...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mike, on the older RVs a tank is MUCH easier to...

Mike, on the older RVs a tank is MUCH easier to repair than a leading edge. No pre-punched skins.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Joined the Bird Strike Club Today

After coexisting uneventfully with our feathered aviators for thirty years my luck ran out today. If this can't be pulled out enough for "body repair" this will be a long, involved repair. No telling...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,113
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Been using the PC680's and various clones since...

Been using the PC680's and various clones since 2003.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,769
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In case you missed it, here is a recent thread...

In case you missed it, here is a recent thread about insurance wherein there is a discussion about the pros and cons of self-insuring the hull (liability only) in order to drastically lower...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,345
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No.......that line of thinking has to be settled...

No.......that line of thinking has to be settled prior to making the decision to self-insure the hull. Once made, it doesn’t come back to impact decisions while flying.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,345
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent post and you covered most of my...

Excellent post and you covered most of my rationale for the path I chose.

I've been flying my RV-6 for 21 years so the savings in premiums (which have been invested in good performing funds) would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,345
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not insuring the hull (liability-only coverage)...

Not insuring the hull (liability-only coverage) is a strategy that has seen common usage for a very long time. For a pilot who has the resources to cover the cost of the hull this is a viable...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-31-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My Stratux (RV-6, you didn't state which RV you...

My Stratux (RV-6, you didn't state which RV you have) is mounted to the baggage compartment side wall. I have a transponder antenna on the belly near the tail which feeds both receivers via a coax...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The gussets are only applicable to the RV-6...

The gussets are only applicable to the RV-6 taildragger. I don’t recall seeing where the 6A has any problems with gear cracks.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By Sam Buchanan
May need to be more aggressive than a heat gun....

May need to be more aggressive than a heat gun. Break out a torch and get the gear socket hot.

Best wishes!
Forum: Autopilots 03-30-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 394
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Give the Trio guys a call, they are very...

Give the Trio guys a call, they are very responsive with tech support.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,917
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Now that was clever. :D

Now that was clever. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,917
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just make sure the corn popper has a good coat of...

Just make sure the corn popper has a good coat of primer!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,917
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I love popcorn. :D

I love popcorn. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,486
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I guess RVers who aren't running at least 45 in...

I guess RVers who aren't running at least 45 in their tires just aren't living in the real world..... ;)

Yep, the RV-8 is fortunate not to have shimmy issues due to the slab gear...I won't disagree...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,486
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Walt, you have strongly stated your opinion about...

Walt, you have strongly stated your opinion about tire pressure in several threads over the years.

Please be advised that not everyone agrees with your opinion. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,486
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yeah, but did you prime your wheels? I knew this...

Yeah, but did you prime your wheels?

I knew this thread would prompt all sorts of blanket statements and dire predictions, these tire pressure threads are very predictable. But maybe the original...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,486
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This will be a process of finding the optimum...

This will be a process of finding the optimum pressure for your particular RV-7. You will see RVers using pressure as high as 45 and as low as high-20's. Much of this depends on whether or not your...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-24-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, that was my oversight. I was using the...

Yep, that was my oversight. I was using the search box at the top of the website instead of the one in the store.

I'll do better next time.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-24-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To close the loop on this thread... I tried...

To close the loop on this thread...

I tried several combinations of the part numbers including how they are shown on "The List" and nothing ever showed up on Vans web search. So you can't create a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you! However, I can't find a path on the...

Thank you!

However, I can't find a path on the Vans website where I can create a cart with these items in it. I use their search engine in the store and these parts aren't found.

When I tried...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Was; Part numbers needed---RV-6 engine mount gussets. Now; How do I Order?

Vans hasn't replied to my request for these numbers so am wondering if anyone knows the part numbers I need so I can order these repair gussets. These are the gussets that are used to reinforce the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-18-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,264
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/el/alternator...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/el/alternators_bc/sd20_alternator.php

https://d29y7fsthxbb26.cloudfront.net/cache/218-200-/catalog/graphics/7/07-06771-2015.jpg
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-17-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,184
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Two leg tests don't have much validity. If there...

Two leg tests don't have much validity. If there is a cross wind you will lose ground speed in both directions.

Use a GPS TAS calculator such as this one (there are others,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,199
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Totally different scenario, the elevator had a...

Totally different scenario, the elevator had a cracked trailing edge.

The small (<1/2") cracks under discussion in this thread are at the end of stiffeners adjacent to the spar. The well-documented...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Entire engine painted with Rustoleum, everything...

Entire engine painted with Rustoleum, everything holding up fine after five flying seasons except some flaking on the valve covers that get hit by stuff in the propwash. (my Fokker biplane...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-04-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Rubber fuel hose that has been slit and slipped...

Rubber fuel hose that has been slit and slipped over the strut rods will accomplish the same thing and won't scratch paint.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By Sam Buchanan
White probably has more pigment per weight than...

White probably has more pigment per weight than any other color.

The leading edges of the tanks on my 1999 RV-6 are black, never had a problem with vapor lock due to tank temp.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,267
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I suppose you could use professionals to convert...

I suppose you could use professionals to convert the gear but the expense would far exceed what it would cost to buy a tri-gear RV in the first place. Converting the gear is not a trivial undertaking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,267
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is possible to change the gear config but for...

It is possible to change the gear config but for someone who doesn't "have the time, space or patience to try to build one myself" it is not a practical endeavor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,233
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna"...

Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna" towbar to it:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,233
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV...

Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV splendidly on the turf strip. Will also cost far less and faster than the dedicated tugs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,517
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since...

Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since 1999 for my RV-6. There are more robust bars but this one works fine for my paved, gently sloped ramp. I now use it to hook up my "tractor tug":
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-12-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 981
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.tsflightlines.com/

https://www.tsflightlines.com/
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,648
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able...

The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able to make it stop leaking until you replace that line.

In regard to your service question, my 1999 Facet pump is still working. I've wondered if it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,388
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them...

Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them installed in a couple of hours and they look fantastic, my old wig-wag flasher even drives them.

Unfortunately.....they create a huge amount of noise...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,208
Posted By Sam Buchanan
They also skipped punching most of the holes in...

They also skipped punching most of the holes in my RV-6 "kit"........Can I get a refund 22 years after the fact?? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,294
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to...

Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to me........ ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed...

Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed (converted to TAS), fuel flow, OAT (so we know DA), and tach we are just chopping with a dull hoe......

Congratulations on your new ride but until you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,388
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your...

Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your radio? This looks like an interesting option for replacing the old-school (1999) DW lights.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-01-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 54,144
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have toggle mag switches and have never seen...

I have toggle mag switches and have never seen the "backfire or stumble" issue during run-up or inflight mag tests. Either the mag or SureFly is firing at all times. My SureFly is static timed at 0*...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,742
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What's an altimeter??

What's an altimeter??
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-...

https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-12-volt-22-ah-battery.html

https://www.apexbattery.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/thumbnail/600x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/a/p/apx12220_fro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,391
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.steinair.com/ Economical? Depends on...

https://www.steinair.com/

Economical? Depends on one's perspective. Good value? Yes.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,284
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is discussed every few months, here is a...

This is discussed every few months, here is a recent thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=189809&highlight=pin
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