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Forum: RV-4 09-13-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By HFS
Been There - Done That

Having done this twice already - my only suggestion would be to locate the main spar to a height that (comfortably) allowed riveting on the bottom skins when closing out the wing, because you have to...
Forum: California 09-06-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,961
Posted By HFS
Is Werner Berry Still In The "Business"?

I still have his card from all those many years ago - meeting him and others at Harris Ranch.

Is he still in the RV business?

I seem to remember him winning an award at OSH the year he took his...
Forum: California 09-06-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,961
Posted By HFS
Glitz - Old Rocket Cafe @ L45

Just saying' - but the restaurant that makes the most sense from a perspective of RV history is the old Rocket Cafe, now Glitz at Bakersfield Muni (L45).

Bakersfield Muni and it's RV pilot group -...
Forum: California 09-05-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,961
Posted By HFS
15% Discount

Harris Ranch used to give a 15% discount to fly in customers - maybe still do.

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-31-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 277
Posted By HFS
Planning for "Test" Instrumentation

It dawned on my as I was building my -3, that at some point down the road I might need to have some auxiliary instrumentation for testing purposes - leading to the big question, how do I attach it to...
Forum: Tools 08-28-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By HFS
All Adjustable Rams Are Not "Equal"

Without clear knowledge of the quality of the Isham adjustable set holder, in relation to others available, it may not be appropriate to compare them.

I just looked up "adjustable set holders" in...
Forum: California 08-25-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,961
Posted By HFS
Can You Say "Labor Day Weekend"?

I don't know how many of you have been around the "Tri Cities" area during any holiday period - but it gets pretty crowded.

Just Sayin'

HFS
Forum: California 08-16-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,961
Posted By HFS
FYI

When it is hot here in the Central Valley (today forecasted to be `108-110*), the coast is usually ovc - like yesterday. I flew over L52 just for something to do - didn't see anything.

Hope for...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,423
Posted By HFS
Typical QC Drill System

Here is a typical layout of the QC Drill System:14699
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,423
Posted By HFS
Faber Surplus - eBay Store

Do a google search for the above and you'll find who sells them now - already re-sharpened and ready to go.

If you don't find what you want on the eBay site, contact Faber directly and he can...
Forum: Tools 08-14-2021, 11:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,423
Posted By HFS
Magnavon

Magnavon is the trade name of the QC (Quick Change) drill chuck that accommodate this type of drill bit - all of which shown, except one, are a "pilot" type.



HFS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By HFS
RVator Search

Check you PM's

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 529
Posted By HFS
DIY Proseal Application System

If this "system" has already been presented here - I apologize in advance, OW:

Attached are two photos of a (cheap) system I developed for the precise & convenient application of type B-formulation...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-22-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,362
Posted By HFS
"Oakie" Clickbond Anchor Nuts - DIY

Adding fuel to this fire, I have been using my own version of the Clickbond product for many years now with good success & quite a bit less pricey.

As you can see, this idea is a simple "marriage"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 590
Posted By HFS
Tarp Clips

Thx - I'll give that a try.

HFS
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-18-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,574
Posted By HFS
Blowing Air Out The Exit

Instead of just evacuating the air under the plenum - I'm trying to "sweep" all heated/stagnated air in the cowling/plenum area after shut down. I want to have the air exit via the lower cowling...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-18-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,574
Posted By HFS
My "Huffer" - Getting Rid of Excess Heat

Here is a picture of my "Huffer" - a blower system designed to evacuate hot stagnating air left in the plenum after shutdown.

I live in a very dry and hot climate, and it is not unusual to have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 590
Posted By HFS
Schreiber Clamps - Can You Help Me?

I am looking for some over center, cushioned faced spring type clamps - the name Schreiber is stamped on the handle.

When I got them some 25 odd years ago, I think I remember they were classified...
Forum: RV-4 07-16-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By HFS
RV4 Gear Leg Intersection Fairings

Fairings-Etc of Santa Rosa, CA make intersection fairings for the RV4 - at least his home page says he does.

The owner is Steve Barnes, who has been a builder (-4) for more than 30 years. His Super...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,003
Posted By HFS
"Travel" tow-bar for my HRII

This is a "knock down" tow-bar I made for my Rocket when traveling. 1lb - 12oz total weight.

YMMV

HFS
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-10-2021, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,772
Posted By HFS
Talk To The Seller?

Out of curiosity, have you discussed this issue with the seller?

It would seem like he (she) might be the most likely to have experienced what you describe, and to have an answer for you.

HFS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 874
Posted By HFS
Heat Treating After Mod

I did not - thinking that where I was doing the welding was far enough away from the shear load so as not to materially effect the pin's performance, and the load undertaken (from a shear standpoint)...
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By HFS
NAS1241 & NAS1242 - "oops" Rivets Baby Brothers

Nobody seems to talk about these - Solid Rivet, Oversize Shank, per MilSpec, as listed in Genuine Aircraft Hardware, Inc catalog, Page 213 (Ref. Book 7).

These are rivets that have a standard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 874
Posted By HFS
DIY For (easier) Taper Pin Removal

Here is a little "mod" I made to the Taper Pin holding the tail wheel spring into its steel receiver.

Just get a slightly longer "grip" length, machine the taper out of the end to allow sliding into...
Forum: Tools 06-27-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By HFS
CP-214

I'm sure someone more qualified than me will "chime" in, but -

Are you sure it won't work (after a liberal application of oil/grease, where appropriate)?

There really isn't much to go wrong with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,106
Posted By HFS
Different Die Angles - Old School

In 1942 the Disney Studios made a manufacturer's training film for the Lockheed Aircraft Company, titled - Four Methods of Flush Riveting (YouTube).

At the 4:39 "mark" you will see the intro for the...
Forum: RV-3 06-24-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By HFS
Photo

A "pic" would be a big help

HFS
RV3 - S/N 11226 Building
Forum: RV-4 06-20-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 665
Posted By HFS
Drawing #30

Drawing 30 shows (but barely) the "location" of the elevator control stops.

Really only aluminum strips attached to bulkheads 411 & 412, that interfere with the movement of the elevator bell cranks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By HFS
DIY Compound Taper Shim - Turning Fixture

Here is a pic of a fixture I made, for making compound taper shims to accommodate camber & toe in/out conditions at the same time.

Four set screws, at the corners, can be adjusted in two planes to...
Forum: RV-4 06-07-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,013
Posted By HFS
Updating Aileron Skin Thickness

I think you will find Van's very reluctant to make "special" skins other than what is called out in the plans. 30 years ago they would (I have a set), but now - not so much. I tried to get them to...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,697
Posted By HFS
FYI - Van's Original Instructions

Page 10-5 of Van's original builder's manual, (mine from 1985) instructs ... The gear leg/dampening block assembly can be covered by an aluminum fairing as shown in SK-64, or can become part of a...
Forum: Tools 05-24-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 693
Posted By HFS
Small Steam Cleaner

Any experience with a small (hobby size) steam cleaner for cleaning of oily engines?

No joy on forum search.

I've found some from a Google search - but don't really know if they will work for what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By HFS
MS20603 - Again

Dave was right on about the chemically enlarged blind rivet, being what is traditionally known as an "explosive" rivet - see attached Mil. Spec.

Good on ya Dave!

HFS

Sorry about the orientation -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,148
Posted By HFS
MS20603

This rivet is listed as being a "chemically expanded" blind rivet,100* flush head.

Anybody know what chemically expanded means?

Thanks

If posting in the wrong section - sorry. I just found this...
Forum: RV-4 05-10-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By HFS
Pre 1989 RV4 Plans

I think I have what you need - my Serial No. was 1136 and the plans (Drwg. 30) came with R1 - Altered Stab Attach 11/83, and R2 (different fastener call out).

Call me (or PM) (559) 816-0433 and...
Forum: RV-4 05-09-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By HFS
Sitting Too High @ The Aft End

If you mean the canopy hits the tubular frame before contacting the turtleneck skin - hence the canopy won't go any lower for the install, that is a problem that is not unusual given the vagaries of...
Forum: Tools 04-20-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,361
Posted By HFS
WEN 4214

Unless you have some burning need for a floor model (I have 4 and have never needed the extra height), the WEN (bench) Model 4214 (less than $300) is about as good as it gets - in that price...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,067
Posted By HFS
SCAT Tubing (cuffed)

Custom Duct

www.fairpoint.net/~kinney/

One of the better kept secrets in the corrugated hose business. At times, over the years, they have been located everywhere from the Northwest to the far...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-01-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By HFS
Punching A "Vent" Hole

Yes - If you'll read the instructions - Line 8: Punch or drill "vent" hole at the top of the filter (along the "ridgeline") to insure complete and rapid draining of trapped oil.

HFS
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-01-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By HFS
EZ-DRAIN Followup

I didn't mean to "plagiarize" the name - it's just what came to me at the time (25+ years ago).

For my particular situation - first a -4 and then an HR II (both with horizontal filter locations),...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-31-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By HFS
EZ-DRAIN - Emptying (horizontal) Oil Filter

Here's a little "gadget" I make to empty horizontal oil filters @ oil change -

YMMV - and probably does!

HFS
Forum: RV-3 03-24-2021, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 699
Posted By HFS
Depends ...

on what you mean by "dimensions"?

There is no dimensioned drawing for the cowling - the only place it is shown is on a couple of scaled side views - if the scaling is accurate, some (near)...
Forum: Tools 03-04-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 715
Posted By HFS
Double Offset Back Rivet Set

MYO and get exactly what you want - I've probably made 25 - 30 "custom" back sets over the years.

Shown are a couple of "Double Offset" versions.

The hidden "trick" with these that make them easy...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
Posted By HFS
Jet Gloss Black HR II

A friend in the Central Valley of CA (much the same climate as yours) has been flying his all black HR II (including interior) since the middle '90's.

Other than the skin surface getting hot enough...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By HFS
Cowl Installation Jig

I think, subject to interest, Blake at FlyBoy Accessories is considering producing them as a less costly alternative to their "professional" model.

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By HFS
DIY Cowl Installation Jig

Here are a couple of pics of a cowl installation jig I made out of PVC 2 1/2"Sch 80 pipe & 1/2 PVC sheet.

The beauty of using the PVC Sch 80 pipe is - the i.d. is ~2.257" which is very close to the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,623
Posted By HFS
Type Borescope

I'm using something called "EndoSnake" - primarily made for gun smithing work.

It is completely self contained and relies on getting an "app" for your smart phone for the interface.

Plenty easy...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-21-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 829
Posted By HFS
Enlarging Bore of Short Tubing Sections - w/o a Lathe

Here is a simple (and fairly accurate) way to enlarge the bore of short sections of tubing - maybe used as a bushing or something similar, without the benefit of the precision of a lathe.

This tip...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,623
Posted By HFS
A Way To Find Valve Stem When Adding Air

There are many ways to "skin" this cat - but this is one that I have used:

Use your borescope, connected to a truncated wooden (cork or ?) cone, with a hole in the middle for your 'scope camera, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 807
Posted By HFS
Wheel Pant Attachment Bolt

Sometimes, this bolt in its original form, can be somewhat inconvenient to get started or safe tied - this is one way to help avoid those issues.

The pic shows a "custom" bolt I made for this job:...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,300
Posted By HFS
DIY Broken Hinge Eye Replacement

Here is a simple way of replacing those hinge eyes, at the end of a segment that seem to break off (with some regularity).

Just turn a new piece of hinge over (doesn't have to be the same material -...
Forum: RV-14 02-11-2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,199
Posted By HFS
Better and Simpler

Enough said.

HFS
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,199
Posted By HFS
DIY Solution for Overfilling Brake Fluid Reservoir

I make this little "gadget" that goes in the BF Reservoir when bleeding the brakes to automatically maintain the correct "head space" when there is fluid overflow during the bleeding process.

Pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 36,937
Posted By HFS
TwinJAG Paint Complete - YouTube Search

I'm sure it's already in some of the earlier posts on this thread - but if you didn't see it, do a YouTube search of the Title.

Twin Corvair powered RV6A (Maybe 7 - don't remember).

Some other...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 522
Posted By HFS
Alligator Squeezer Mod

This is one of the best tool mods I have made since starting to build back in the '80's:

Adjustable ram on tandem alligator squeezer.

HFS

7488
Forum: RV-4 01-22-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,102
Posted By HFS
Two Inspection Holes

I can tell you from experience that trying to get both hands in at the same time to do the elevator bell crank hook up is extremely challenging with only one opening available.

All subsequent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
Posted By HFS
NAS1801 & NAS1802

Listed as:

Screw, Hex Head, Cruciform Recess, Full Thread, 160,000 PSI Tensile Minimum Alloy Steel and A286 Corrosion Resistant Steel.

HFS
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,743
Posted By HFS
Oops!

Been so long ago that I forgot that the front was hinged and the aft section was a slider.

My bad!

HFS
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,743
Posted By HFS
RV4 History

The -4 shown in the poster's pic is not Van's prototype.

The N number of the shown aircraft is 24RV and was registered in 1984, Van's prototype is N14RV and was registered in 1979, and now lives in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,899
Posted By HFS
Explosive Rivets

I've had some for a very long time and use them as a party "favor" when in like minded company.

It's interesting to watch the response when the watchers don't know what's coming.

HFS

I set them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,754
Posted By HFS
EZ - CLAMP

Here’s a little “tool” I made to help with the installation of Adel clamps in those hard to reach places inside the motor mount (and elsewhere)

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-17-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,214
Posted By HFS
I usually use these:

I usually use these:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-17-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,214
Posted By HFS
“Stretching” Shrink Tubing

Here’s a little tip when the shrink tube you are trying to use is just a “smidge” to small, but the next size up is too big.

You can (temporarily) “stretch” the tube with needle nose pliers - you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 561
Posted By HFS
Posting Pics

From time to time I'd like to post a photo, but (generally) am too tech challenged to do so. My question: Without storing them at some other location like SmugMug or Tiny Pic - is there any way to...
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