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Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Thanks! I have some neoprene (wet suit material)...

Thanks! I have some neoprene (wet suit material) I will use, tough and very flexible, this is what James recommends. A buddy has used neoprene on his "7" with a James cowl with good results. I was...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
After fighting with designing a mold (and...

After fighting with designing a mold (and tweaking it) and fabricating my custom plenum to fit my James cowl for over a month it's finally at state I will call done for now other than a slight...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-02-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,235
Posted By motodave
+1, I returned the Plenum and built own... cowl...

+1, I returned the Plenum and built own... cowl installed with piano hinges for me with custom plenum.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-30-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Same as std James aluminum inlets, dia is 4.8" I...

Same as std James aluminum inlets, dia is 4.8"

I will say while pleasing to make on my own from scratch this is a bunch of work and not inexpensive to do. The plenum is a good solution but the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
After a TON of work of making and re-making the...

After a TON of work of making and re-making the plug for my Plenum I glassed it with the initial 2 layers of 8oz & Soric (more around intakes) and was able to remove (and save my hard earned plug)...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-10-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
My mold is taking shape (since this photo I've...

My mold is taking shape (since this photo I've done some additional blending) and I plan on doing the fiberglass layup this weekend once I coat the plug with epoxy so I can remove it later! Plan is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Thanks for all the great replies. Given what I...

Thanks for all the great replies. Given what I have and what I want (good cooling / low drag) and with inspiration from Dan and Rockwood... I think I will build my own plenum to match my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Thanks for the pics! So you sanded to shape and...

Thanks for the pics! So you sanded to shape and then epoxy/fiberglassed over the top then hollowed out the insides I assume and glassed the inside to smooth it out? How many layers of glass were...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Yours looks same as mine, way to low in back if...

Yours looks same as mine, way to low in back if the inlets are correct... conversely if you raise the back up the center hits the cowl and inlets do not line up.... I posted pics earlier but ours...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Smile James is sending me a new plenum, seems I got the...

James is sending me a new plenum, seems I got the wrong one.

Ive cut my baffles to Vans spec, 3/8 - 1/2 to cowl, hopefully enough room to shake and be able to mount the plenum. Will update as I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Rockwood's photos are very helpful. Here's the...

Rockwood's photos are very helpful.

Here's the plenum I have from James:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51387118079_720f552bd2_w.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mhUpUt)Untitled...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
PM sent... The opening for the oil cooler is...

PM sent...

The opening for the oil cooler is left to the builder.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Will post pictures to my Flickr page as I make...

Will post pictures to my Flickr page as I make progress...

After I get the plenum done I will move to the induction, filter and alt air bypass. After all that I will prime everything, seal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Thanks for the note Bob. I wasn't sure if more...

Thanks for the note Bob.

I wasn't sure if more volume above the engine is desirable or not and as you know the instructions are lacking... I'd like to avoid cooking my engine on the early flights. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,879
Posted By motodave
Plenum help

VAF,
I'm installing a Sam James plenum on my 7 with a I(O)360, James cowl and using the standard Vans baffles (I know that I need to modify these to adapt) to mount the plenum with screws/nut plates...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 02:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By motodave
Not knowing I ran mine the full length of the...

Not knowing I ran mine the full length of the sides for 3 reasons, 1.) extra strength for the FW to fuselage skin and 2.) I like the support for the upper cowl the extra length provides and 3.)...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Looks great and bet it feels good! I just did my...

Looks great and bet it feels good! I just did my a month or so ago and working on my cowling now.... I wish I had the forward top skin on like you do but waiting to finish the avionics and wiring.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-30-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By motodave
I'm in the same boat... just got the cowl lined...

I'm in the same boat... just got the cowl lined up and finished trimming last night. I pulled the instructions from the web site and plan on using those to start with once I get the hinges riveted...
Forum: Builder Website Links 07-27-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 856
Posted By motodave
MotoDave's RV7 Flickr Page

Photos and some comments on "7" slow build... Tail is complete as is fuselage working on FW FWD then avionics and then wings this winter... possible QB wings (if avail) as I want to FLY... or slow...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-20-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 936
Posted By motodave
Very nice! That's going to haul... Question,...

Very nice! That's going to haul...

Question, what is the sound insulation you are using on the interior?
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Thanks Gene, appreciate the comments. Fiberglass...

Thanks Gene, appreciate the comments. Fiberglass fun about to start with cowl and plenum.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-13-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Prop on...at least for awhile while I work on the...

Prop on...at least for awhile while I work on the cowl (James) and baffles then likely off for transport to airport next year. Interesting that the new prop bolts have no provision for safety wire,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,435
Posted By motodave
I deleted all the Van's lines from the FW FWD kit...

I deleted all the Van's lines from the FW FWD kit and ordered lines from Tom at TS, great stuff. I also ordered his Red Cube mount so I have single line from pump to throttle body then a line from...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,149
Posted By motodave
Simple fix, I just flipped the standard Van's...

Simple fix, I just flipped the standard Van's bracket over to other side (with a little bending to clear the pan) and put the bolt and spacers on on the throttle arm on the other side...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-16-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,149
Posted By motodave
Thanks for the tip Steve

Thanks for the tip Steve
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-16-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,149
Posted By motodave
Looks like I get to move my throttle cable mount...

Looks like I get to move my throttle cable mount over... installed per Van's with stock exhaust on I(O)360-M1B...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51250245887_5250de1e52_c.jpg...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Jeff Schans at Lycoming/Thunderbolt was great to...

Jeff Schans at Lycoming/Thunderbolt was great to work with ++. I think I got hit with COVID19 delays and then they had a parts shortage in 1Q, then a delay getting it preserved before shipping......
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-09-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,377
Posted By motodave
Now at least I have documentation, thank you! ...

Now at least I have documentation, thank you! Also reached out to Don Rivera at AFP, very helpful answering my questions on the Avstar unit.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-09-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Big day finally...

Big day finally arrived!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51236014326_cbf1db47b0_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2m4xY2m)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/2m4xY2m) by Dave Hock...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-05-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,621
Posted By motodave
If understand correct standard ignition timing is...

If understand correct standard ignition timing is 25 degrees BTDC? I also heard Mike Busch on a webcast saying that reducing by even 2-3 degrees can dramatically reduce temps, anyone tried this?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,877
Posted By motodave
My current plan with G5 on...

My current plan with G5 on left:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51130002769_60f0183d98_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kUbCtT)Panel idea (https://flic.kr/p/2kUbCtT) by Dave Hock...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,149
Posted By motodave
Quick question, I'm also using a VPX will not be...

Quick question, I'm also using a VPX will not be using the Garmin supplied shunt on the B lead... wonder what I want to measure with it? Thinking battery state charge / discharge, ideas? Single B&C...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By motodave
I had planned to take the manifold pressure off...

I had planned to take the manifold pressure off the #3 cylinder with a restrictor then to both PMags and then finally to the Garmin sensor, any issues with that config?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-15-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Nice job Larry... looks like a M1B with dual...

Nice job Larry... looks like a M1B with dual PMags, same as mine. I'm hoping to have my engine by EOM.

I'm trying to decide where to put my two SS pass throughs for wiring. I'm building a slider...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-15-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,699
Posted By motodave
I've been waiting on my James cowl for quite some...

I've been waiting on my James cowl for quite some time. Mona called a couple of days ago, she is very helpful and they may be light at the end of the tunnel for me soon. I was getting very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-30-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Standard Van's pants with RV Bits...

Standard Van's pants with RV Bits (https://www.rvbits.com/) intersection fairings, very nice quality. I will say fitting the wheel pants, leg fairings and intersection fairing is a lot of work, more...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-29-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
I'm happy with test fit result, picture doesn't...

I'm happy with test fit result, picture doesn't show it but some sanding and another coat of primer to come:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51079705973_c0b68ca650_c.jpg...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-28-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Fun with wheel pants and intersection fairings......

Fun with wheel pants and intersection fairings... there's more work there than at first blush. First coat of epoxy primer:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51079930531_b40a8fc53d_c.jpg...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 707
Views: 289,086
Posted By motodave
Every time I see a picture of a engine...

Every time I see a picture of a engine installation (your looks great BTW) my mind explodes with all the tasks and decisions that await me that I don't even have a clue about now....

My engine...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-21-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,355
Posted By motodave
Thumbs up Appreciate the reply's , the canopy is a...

Appreciate the reply's , the canopy is a TON-O-WORK as you all know....

I really would have liked to finish the windshield but want to get the wiring and instruments done first. By the time I get...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-21-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,355
Posted By motodave
I tried for 1/16 as suggested and was flush in a...

I tried for 1/16 as suggested and was flush in a couple spots but worked out well for me. You can also very gently "roll" the skirt width-wise a bit, mine is done and just clears the side skin. Aft...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-17-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,541
Posted By motodave
Update, I riveted on (in my icebox garage) the...

Update, I riveted on (in my icebox garage) the new FF-00098 I fabricated and hinges to the forward edge of my 7 after dropping the mount and landing gear as a whole unit. I dimpled the fuselage...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,541
Posted By motodave
Amazing, I'm just going through riveting the FW...

Amazing, I'm just going through riveting the FW hinges on so I can leave the engine mount on with landing gear (7 TD), this also came up in a conversation with Van's and I'm switching over the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-07-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,771
Posted By motodave
Same as most with the supplied doubler used,...

Same as most with the supplied doubler used, Van's has the best price BTW on the RAMI AV17

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50850296816_7fa0334a5b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ktt4Ds)RAMI antennas...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-29-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,235
Posted By motodave
I'm building a "7" and with James cowl and just...

I'm building a "7" and with James cowl and just received my extended hub Hartzell prop to match my I(O)360-M1B. James is under new ownership and talked to the new owner, really nice guy and pilot...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-29-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Santa was late but...

He just came today with a nice box with my Hartzell in it!
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50775581378_e205dd4f30_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2kmS8mf)

M2YR hub to fit James cowl...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
I do indeed know what it feels like!...

I do indeed know what it feels like! Congratulations they look great! I just finished my 7 canopy a couple of weeks ago and while I Sika bonded the frame bows to the canopy I used aluminum for side...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,859
Posted By motodave
Also in agreement, once you cut the windshield...

Also in agreement, once you cut the windshield off the main canopy conforms to the frame nicely.... I did all my work including the Sika bonding my basement shop at about 68-70 degrees, I did not...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-30-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,069
Posted By motodave
Ugh, I just bonded my canopy to the frame and...

Ugh, I just bonded my canopy to the frame and that is the fear when cutting/drilling the canopy and in the future... I hope the Sika process would reduce potential for cracking as it is more evenly...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-29-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Canopy is bonded!

Boy I think I spent more time thinking and sweating about this than
the actual job. Some great tips from Larry aka wirejock on his process,
THANKS Larry! Some pictures of the initial fit tonight....
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,604
Posted By motodave
We'll you said it "...look and perform great..."....

We'll you said it "...look and perform great...". I'm not a fan of the snorkel setup on the standard cowl and like the idea of a straight shot from intake to throttle body. Hopefully it pans out...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,604
Posted By motodave
Prop extension..

For what it's worth I'm using a James cowl on my "7" with a YIO-360-180-M1B Thunderbolt (horizontal induction) which requires the "long" cowl and a extension. It's really not a extension but rather...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,628
Posted By motodave
Thanks all for the insight on AFP versus AvStar. ...

Thanks all for the insight on AFP versus AvStar. I won't have the snorkel with James cowl, it's a straight shot from intake to throttle body hopefully the idle is fine for either. Was/is concerned...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,628
Posted By motodave
Engine Decisions - FI Choices Airflow vs AvStar

I've done the searches and still not conclusive.

I'm about to order a Thunderbolt engine from Van's (before the annual price increase) and one of the choices is for the FI between Airflow...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-28-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 95,848
Posted By motodave
I'm right behind you

John,
I'm finishing the bending of the canopy frame to the fuselage (my latest pic is on the VAF front page now). I have to get the gap between the roll bar and the canopy frame a bit closer and my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
That was after 6-7 hours of looking, bending,...

That was after 6-7 hours of looking, bending, swearing and then just saying ----it and cutting. I am following your write up on the Sika process and after reading many articles planning a little bit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Now for the canopy

I've avoided the canopy as long as I can, the fuselage is built up as far as I can so it's time to dive in.... Spent quite a few hours on the the initial tweaking of the canopy frame, getting close...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-04-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,628
Posted By motodave
Andair and Loctite

Did some searches with no luck in VAF. Question, Andair recommends Loctite 648 (green) for the screws that attach the 90 degree AN fittings to the valve body. Not sure why 648 versus Blue or even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-20-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,576
Posted By motodave
Coiled tubing to straight? My tip....

How do you make a coiled 12' tube as shipped from Van's straight? Others have probably solved before my post but in case you needed a method, this worked for me and was pretty fast. I tried bending...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-17-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Thanks Larry... running out room however!

Thanks Larry... running out room however!
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-17-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1,950
Views: 1,327,537
Posted By motodave
Making progress, empennage mounted and everything...

Making progress, empennage mounted and everything moving freely! Next up, finishing kit that arrives in a couple of weeks... I'll be looking at Larry's posting on how he did...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,809
Posted By motodave
I'm not at the point of ordering the exhaust yet...

I'm not at the point of ordering the exhaust yet (or engine for that matter) but does the James work with std Van's exhaust? I hear a lot about the Vetterman but don't know enough about it yet. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-26-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,809
Posted By motodave
Pros/Cons Std Cowl versus James

I just ordered the finishing kit for my 7 (Aug delivery) and looking for some advice / comments / experience on the std Vans cowl versus the James cowl. I've seen the James cowl on a local RV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
Posted By motodave
New owner is very happy, loves his new RV. I...

New owner is very happy, loves his new RV. I happened to meet him while visiting another RV7 friend at KCFO this past Sun.
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