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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,280
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Half dozen years ago my son and I were talking...

Half dozen years ago my son and I were talking about me buying a new $50,000.00 high cube van for working out of.
I'm since retired.
I was balking at the cost and spending the money.
He goes:::...
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2022, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,502
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Now, that Cadillac comment takes me back a few...

Now, that Cadillac comment takes me back a few years
What a story to tell.
Back in 1969, I was a new mechanic (apprentice) at a Cadillac dealership.
I was given the task of pre-purchase checkout...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-22-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 667
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
It partially depends on how much money you want...

It partially depends on how much money you want to spend.
I've seen some super cool auto paint in the $1,000.00 per gallon range.
Speak as to the model and color you want to cover.
You going to do...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Looking at the quadrant another way. Have you...

Looking at the quadrant another way.
Have you ever wanted to stretch our leg?? That quadrant isn't going to allow much of that.
I'm 6' 3" and enjoy being able to push the blue button (auto pilot)...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,506
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I already popped the corn. But, I will spend my...

I already popped the corn.
But, I will spend my money on new oil. Cause I'm 71 years old and been pushing wrenches since I was 13. Seen all the hype and jive of additives, quick fixes, etc.
My...
Forum: Primers 09-22-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,170
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Well I for one will say that 4 miles from an...

Well I for one will say that 4 miles from an active ocean is no way far enough Maybe if you were close to the Puget sound and it being salt water yo might be ok. But not for me.

Maybe 50 miles,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
foam

OH ya another don't do is put that instant foam in a can from Home Depot.
We install all the doors in the houses we build.
10 years or so ago we installed a pair of French doors on the north side...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I for one will say that anybody that builds the...

I for one will say that anybody that builds the (any) aircraft and doesn't put in the canopy release hardware is missing something somewhere.
I bought an RV-6A without the release and I can tell you...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-16-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,712
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
paint booth

Yo David
What is that semi clear reinforced material you used on your booth. I have a similar design idea, But the fabric was going to be Visqueen. And I didn't like the idea of it.

Thanks Art
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,449
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I would leave it in there and if you have the...

I would leave it in there and if you have the paint, just dab some in the hole/bump and move on. If you get a run/bump from to much paint, just plane it off with a razor blade.
Fly not cry.
Unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,646
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I'm in complete agreement with the need to rework...

I'm in complete agreement with the need to rework the area.
Drill a small hole in one and then examine the wood/filler with a magnifying glass to see what it is.
I'm in agreement that it is...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2022, 09:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,580
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Wow!!!!! I feel spoiled. My wife encourages me...

Wow!!!!! I feel spoiled.
My wife encourages me to go to the hangar/airport.
When I bought my first RV-6 kit back in 1991, she said sounds like fun building.
You need something to do during a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,554
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
The first time I heard of using this Mouse Milk...

The first time I heard of using this Mouse Milk on the exhaust, I couldn't have laughed more.
I told the guy he was crazy as a Loon. He says he was taught that way.
Ain't no way it is going to...
Forum: Tools 09-08-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,404
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Pawn shops have all gone out of business in my...

Pawn shops have all gone out of business in my area because of Craigslist and Marketplace.
Art
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 638
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
One of my brother in laws used to work In Iraq on...

One of my brother in laws used to work In Iraq on machinery during that little war over there.
They had to drag/drive the tanks or trucks into an airconditioned shop the day before to get them to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-07-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,649
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Destroying an airplane

My thinking is if one is nervous about the liability issue and have 10 million or more assets in the bank/market, what is destroying a $60-90,000.00 airplane a problem.
It may let them sleep better...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-06-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,649
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
A real question is that most people including me,...

A real question is that most people including me, will want to know is where on the planet is this RV-6A at?
Thanks Art
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-06-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
tire cracks

My theory is either trash a cracked tire or trash your plane on a landing. Your choice.
Ya I'd replace it
Kinda funny. I had a Cessna 206 that I removed the checked/cracked looking mains from....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 831
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Head rests or not

I have an RV-6A and actually cut the seat backs down to the top of the "Almost -14" bar. I couldn't reach behind the seat when flying cause it was to high. And I'm 6'3" tall.
As for head rests they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
XPO shipping

I for one can tell you the guys a XPO are HORRIBLE about calling you the hour or the day before delivery.
I used to build houses for a living and bought our cabinets through Lowes and shipped out of...
Forum: Tools 09-06-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,404
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I had Sears stock and it is no more as we used to...

I had Sears stock and it is no more as we used to know it. Yes the old stores all closed I believe.
No lifetime warranty, no support, Made in China. Might as well be Harbor Freight.
I've been...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-06-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,483
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Propane power

Well there ya go.
I guess I won't be experimenting with Propane in my next plane project.
Ha Ha Ha!!!
I knew something was amiss with the totally trashed valves. I was/am and always will be a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-05-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,279
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Dynon HDX

RV-6A I0-360 VFR only
Single Dynon 10" HDX, dual coms, two axis auto pilot, ADSB in and out, with
Garmin A245 audio panel, Dual bose A-20 Lemo. SDS Ignition and fuel injection. Dual batteries and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,483
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
To add on to Blaplante's comment of old...

To add on to Blaplante's comment of old valves/heads.
I had an older chev van in the late 80's that we ran on propane. (dumb idea)
We tore the engine down at about 150,000 for overhaul cause of oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Well I will jump in here and say I am very please...

Well I will jump in here and say I am very please with them also.
I didn't like the backs of my seats as the factory standard, so I cut down the backs as far as I could and they reworked the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,760
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Oh ya by the way. Do not feel bad that you don't...

Oh ya by the way. Do not feel bad that you don't have an insurance company to cover the cost.
I do not either.
If I wreck, bend, burn ETC my little bird. I will and can have to fix it myself.
...
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,713
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Good luck with Pacific Coast Avionics work. I...

Good luck with Pacific Coast Avionics work.
I had them do a $36,000.00 panel install and got Screwed.
Art
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-31-2022, 02:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,324
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Poor workmanship

This is so the reason that I want to and can do most of my work myself on my RV-6A.
In another lifetime I had a C-206 and it seems like every time I HAD work done on it the job was shoddy.
You name...
Forum: RV-10 08-28-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 948
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
The bucket or ramp is great if you don't have to...

The bucket or ramp is great if you don't have to move it very far. Be a bit of trouble if it fell off the bucket. Kinda like kicking the bucket.
But the bags of concrete, sand, rocks, old...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,399
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Yes on the easy-exit bar. BUT, As far as I can...

Yes on the easy-exit bar.
BUT, As far as I can tell it is only for the RV-6A not the tail dragger.
No place to mount it on the tail dragger as far as I know.
I have it in my RV-6A and really like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 03:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
This is a golly Gee Wiz situation for me. I...

This is a golly Gee Wiz situation for me.
I have an RV-6A that I built new tanks for (I've built tanks before)
Tested them with balloons for a week and no leakers, no soap bubbles, Looked good.
...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,991
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I used to have the best Oximeter and it would...

I used to have the best Oximeter and it would talk to you.
My 10 year old sons lips would start to turn blue about the time we were going through 7,500-8,000
Problem is he is now 40 years old and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,617
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
oil filter woes

Or you can go to the parts store and buy these. put a hose clamp on and wire till your heart is content.
They have a higher burst, more filtration and work on my I0-360
I've driven more than a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-23-2022, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,364
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Standard procedure to finding leaks is to get it...

Standard procedure to finding leaks is to get it clean enough to eat off of. Clean clean clean. I use brake cleaner or other such stuff to get all the oil off everywhere. Fire it up, run for a bit...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-22-2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
You are lucky you have the room to make the...

You are lucky you have the room to make the aluminum lines.
I have an RV-6A and installed SDS fuel and ignition a year or so ago. I tried to bend lines from the valve to the back of the firewall and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-22-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Short answer is never. They need to be removable...

Short answer is never.
They need to be removable to fix leaks and problems.
Unless you mean to attach them for the last time before flying.
I seen pictures of a guy who pop riveted his tanks on....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
You forgot the most important tool. either Cash...

You forgot the most important tool. either Cash or a valid credit card. and a sense of humor.
Art
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-21-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
flop tube

That's an easy one. The flop tube goes in the back of the second bay not in the end bay. Need to follow Van's instructions for the bending of the wire. Just did one on my new tanks a year ago. Mine...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 310
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
You can pickup one of the construction type twin...

You can pickup one of the construction type twin tank compressors off of Craigslist or Market place where I'm at in Washington for $50-100.00
Or you can do like I did and put an 80 gallon outside my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
The fix is only temporary, But, a good one. ...

The fix is only temporary, But, a good one.
Remove motor. disassemble, Clean the grease out of the brush area, and it will probably work if you get it back together. Them little brushes are a bit of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,617
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Buy a new skin. If that sucker ever leaked with...

Buy a new skin.
If that sucker ever leaked with all the solutions that 'will' fix it you would never get over it.
Your luck may vary. Art
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-20-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 874
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I'd like to say that: My first action if on fire...

I'd like to say that: My first action if on fire is to shut of the pumps PERIOD Then anything else that would contribute to fire.
Been blown up a couple times in my past life by fire and explosions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,877
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Cowl protection

Just take half an old T-shirt and pull it behind the spinner and tape it to the spinner after you wrap it around. Same with the bottom. Same rag just move it to the bottom. I have an RV-6A and do the...
Forum: Safety 08-19-2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,648
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Ha if I want to go fast I get in my 2017 Nissan...

Ha if I want to go fast I get in my 2017 Nissan 370Z. I really hauls &##&.
We did custom exhaust and an Inteck tune on it, 6 speeds of gears and good tires etc. This little car is one tough ride....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,991
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Yes, I use oxygen from an Inogen G-5 that works...

Yes, I use oxygen from an Inogen G-5 that works great.
I have four of these little devices (all different manufactures) and none of them are worth the plastic they are made of. Can't read any of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2022, 01:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,212
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I really don't think Mike Busch has scared us...

I really don't think Mike Busch has scared us into not tearing an engine apart. It's done everyday. But a much greater expense. And Oh just remember the hassle. What a pain in the elevators.
But...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Of course you should only use the stick method...

Of course you should only use the stick method when on the ground.
Just a thought. He He He
Art
Forum: Safety 08-17-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 25
Sticky: RV Survival Kit
Views: 5,871
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Survival gear

Was in the Army dental corps in the past. I have carried Dental floss with me into the wild any and all the time.
It is very light, strong, and useful. I once used it to tie a deer to a pole to drag...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 773
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
My bought built RV-6A got a flat on the front...

My bought built RV-6A got a flat on the front after 4 weeks sitting at the avionics shop.
I wanted to blame their parking lot to start with. Why not it sat there for 4 plus weeks and was fine....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2022, 05:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,109
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Hey don't forget the free ink pens and junk bags...

Hey don't forget the free ink pens and junk bags my wife collects.
fun fun fun
Art
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,212
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Ain't this a lovely can of worms We've opened...

Ain't this a lovely can of worms We've opened up??? Tasty and enlightening.
See both ways as a solution and pollution of the situation.
Your luck will surely vary Art
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2022, 05:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,109
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
My wife an I stayed in Appleton for this years...

My wife an I stayed in Appleton for this years show. Stayed 5 nights and went to show 3 days.
Easy drive to show. BUT, motel was $279.00 a night.
Now to schedule 2023. My wife already reserve a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-14-2022, 02:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,212
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
lapping valves

Pulling a jug is asking for trouble. lapping in place is the solution.
Just suck it up and go for it. Of course watch Savy's aviation video 44 times before you jump in.
Not really, maybe twice...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-13-2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,253
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Most people will agree it's the luck of the draw...

Most people will agree it's the luck of the draw and you got the short straw.
It would help to get a better answer if people knew engine, hours, systems and flown per year. Etc Etc.
Never had one...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-13-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 858
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
All I can say is find a Competent transition...

All I can say is find a Competent transition trainer and get some hours in.
I fly an RV-6A and needed my daughter to get transition training for the insurance reason to fly my plane.
She got...
Forum: RV-10 08-13-2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,542
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I am in squarely in Dan's court. If I owned...

I am in squarely in Dan's court.
If I owned Van's aircraft I would not allow any changes to the kit so's to keep the lawyers at bay.
They can twist and distort facts so much it will make you sick.
...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,522
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I usually stay away form Harbour Freight to buy...

I usually stay away form Harbour Freight to buy tools. BUT I caved in and bought the $149.00 puller.
Love it. works great and fast.
I didn't buy the $49.00 one just because the cheaper one seemed...
Forum: Safety 08-11-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Seems like a person ought to buy the Krytox,...

Seems like a person ought to buy the Krytox, Before they wish they had used it.
Little tube, expensive, But goes a long way and It WORKS GREAT.
Art
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 08:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,104
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
You will be laughing and kicking yourself at the...

You will be laughing and kicking yourself at the same time once you get one.
It is so cool to just push your foot down and get a perfect rivet every time.
I even got a 6" yoke from some guy on...
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,430
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
creepers

Been a mechanic for 55 years and have gone through a number of creepers and most of them give me the creeps.
I did buy the Aerocreeper a few years ago and like it for the sturdiness of it. Oh ya it...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-10-2022, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
I have a couple during some work that will give...

I have a couple during some work that will give you the idea. Yes the stripes go top and bottom back to the flaps. They are 8" wide and 8" apart I believe. Not at hangar so guessing from...
Forum: Safety 08-10-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Carry a roll of clear packing tape with you if...

Carry a roll of clear packing tape with you if you've had leaks in the past. Just tape over the caps with a tab for removing it if it's going to sit outside in the rain.
Saves having to dig your...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-10-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
Invasion stripes

I put invasion stripes on my white RV-6A and they are 8" wide vinyl in a sort of matte finish. Two each wing. Checkers on the flaps top and bottom.
I did not do the fuselage.
I bought a 50' roll...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,599
Posted By abwaldal@gmail.com
In reference to the heat molding/changes. I...

In reference to the heat molding/changes.
I agree.
I have an RV-6A 550 hours. I noticed the cooling ramps were delaminating from the the underside of the top cowl and they never had the outboard...
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