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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cowl clearance on some models.

On my -4 that wouldn't have worked due to cowl/snorkel clearance. The little trim outs were no big deal to me, but ultimately, I would be really tight on clearance below the snorkel and definitely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 05:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,990
Posted By fixnflyguy
"The baffle" sealing

My tanks aren't leaking, but I have fixed several that are. Putting the rear baffle, which isn't really a baffle in yields the biggest challenge of sealant failure for many, and the leaks along the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-12-2021, 04:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By fixnflyguy
A real build!

I love seeing the slow build pics!..took me 15 years to build my -4 amongst "life happens" challenges. Keep up the work, and the reward will be there when its done. When I look through my build...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 04:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,079
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nooooo!

After 42 years in the heavy jet industry, I have seen about every type of construction..Fokker and Airbus are notorious of bonded structure, but Fokker in particular did a ton of metal skin /stringer...
Forum: The RV Grin 10-11-2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By fixnflyguy
You can do it!

If it helps your worries about flight training, a young man based here at my home airport with only a few hours off PPl training in a Cessna, purchased a -6A that was locally for sale. He has done...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By fixnflyguy
My RV-4 O320 does fine

While mine isn't an IO, I have a carbureted O-320H2AD,fixed Sterba toothpick in my -4 and regularly cruise at 10-11K , although I am not in the big mountains (ours are 5K high hills). I like smooth...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I'm not sure what your current configuration is, but I fabricated a center stack console that houses my fuel gauges, trim indicators and X-ponder. It left me a nice space above the GTX327 to make a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By fixnflyguy
DIY if you can

As others have said, the DIY solution is worth a try. I made mine for my RV-4 using several different densities, 3m spray adhesive between and cut with an electric turkey carving knife (needs used...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-06-2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,622
Posted By fixnflyguy
You missed one recently..

B.stormers just had one sitting one there for 40K OBO, and its now in a friends hands down my way. He is getting ready to have some fun! I have helped/encouraged 5 newbie RV-4 owners over the last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,224
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bad stuff

I deal with IG corrosion often in the heavy jet overhaul business. It is predominant in the 7000 series alloys (7075-T6 is the worst) and most MFGs have switched to 7050 which is less prone. Keel...
Forum: RV-4 10-06-2021, 04:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By fixnflyguy
OEM VANS set-up

I installed the VANs option while building my -4. The kit is complete with all mounts and instructions. The flap control weldment is different than the one used in manual flap set-up, but the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 899
Posted By fixnflyguy
I used Continental colors

I had just finished my A-65 Continental rebuild in my old Taylorcraft which I painted with Engine enamel I bought through AC Spruce I believe. I never liked the old Lyco Grey, and my O320H2AD was...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By fixnflyguy
My cost cuts..

I saved a ton on my engine by using the O320H2AD(not most folks choice) that was nearly "given" to me from a 172 engine swap. I had cylinders overhauled by a shop, all the steel and cases...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By fixnflyguy
My cost..25K

My -4 build was done on a very narrow budget, and not many have done it as cheap I'm sure. I have a lot of experience in the Aviation maintenance business and did everything myself except sew the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By fixnflyguy
Preval Sprayers

I have used a ton of Preval sprayers over the years, and we had them in "free-stock" when I worked for a major airline to use as primer and touch-up guns. I also primed some of my RV-4 parts with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,073
Posted By fixnflyguy
Location?

With these forums, often a location of where you are can yield quick answers . My next hangar down friend has a sign business, but he also wraps planes and has done some really nice stuff on several...
Forum: RV-4 09-28-2021, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By fixnflyguy
Leveling

I leveled the longerons "bubble centered". When building the -4, the fuselage longerons are level from the the rollbar back, but bend downwards at the front slightly. All measurements are taken from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-27-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By fixnflyguy
No oil

I personally do not like oilers..its easy to oil air drills and air tools at the nipple. All it takes is a drop once in a while. You do not want oil in your hoses, blow off nozzles and paint...
Forum: RV-4 09-27-2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

I built my -4 and did the best I could do with strings,plumb bobs ,ect. to make it as close to perfect as I could. While the drawings and construction manual have basic symmetry instructions, no 2...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-23-2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,245
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ramp Pics

While at my hangar last eve, I snapped a couple pics of my ramps with cowl on. Although mine's a -4, the -6 should be similar. When I built my cowls, I bonded the cheesy fiberglass ramps in place,...
Forum: The RV Grin 09-22-2021, 04:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC RV's

Come on over to 8A7(Twin Lakes) south of Winston-Salem some time when your flying around, we have 2 RV-4's, a 6A,8A,14A,9 and a 10 here as well as a couple 12's under construction. What airport are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2021, 04:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,245
Posted By fixnflyguy
my baffles

Mine is an RV-4, but I tried to be very meticulous in closing gaps and angling material to form the seal when the cowling becomes "pressurized". I used black RTV over safety wire stitching in some of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-21-2021, 04:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,476
Posted By fixnflyguy
CB ,Adel,or AVX

Very common screw in the heavy jet industry, most often for Adel clamps , grounding connections or Circuit Breaker terminals. The CB terminal screws are usually shorter # 6 or #8's. My bet is someone...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2021, 04:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 419
Posted By fixnflyguy
Explain the "bump"

I have an MA-4SPA on my O-320 RV-4, which I "overhauled" myself and it was pretty simple relatively speaking. I didn't have any special tools recommended by MS, but most of the stuff can be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 833
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

While I was building my -4, I horse traded for a runout O320 H2AD from a local engine shop that was left over from a 172 engine upgrade. I had logs but never saw it run. I tore it down 100% and sent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,791
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty normal

Looks pretty normal to me. There will always be some leakage, a lttle which will close up with build-up. Mine are similar.
Forum: RV-4 09-13-2021, 04:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I cant actually tell you the height I used, as it was 25 years ago..but here is an old picture of how I did mine that will give you an idea. I tied 4x6 posts to my basement rafters and epoxied them...
Forum: RV-4 09-10-2021, 04:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Kyle said..

I also use the method Kyle mentioned. So happens my Snap On 1/2" breaker bar handle is a perfect fit. Remove the axle nut, slide the bar in, jack it and slide the wheel off ,set on wood block...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,373
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

Enjoy your new endeavor ! Paint shops (good ones)are hard to find, and often the reasons are not something you think about. EPA restrictions and Airport use rules often make it nearly impossible to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 04:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,234
Posted By fixnflyguy
Coleman camp fuel

I use Coleman Camp fuel. It is the best thing out there as far as I have found. I like it better than MEK or Acetone..and I have used ALOT of Proseal in my day. I keep a gallon in my shop at all...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-01-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,241
Posted By fixnflyguy
Look up "Vlad" on here

Take a look at the travels and posts by Vlad on VAF..he and his RV9A have been on some pretty extreme A model adventures. Dont let the ground-loop worry you..that fear can be overcome with a bit of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,253
Posted By fixnflyguy
Feds view vs. experimental flexability.

A few years ago, we had an RV-8 double fatality in our area. During the FAA investigation, the AFT stick was noted to have a different retention than the SB callout, and they seemed to hover over...
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Depending on the vintage of your kit, its likely the white polyester resin/ gelcoat fairing. Mine was a horrible initial fit similar to your experience, however I have done quite a bit of glass work...
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,037
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

I built my RV-4 and therefore do all my condition inspections. I'm also an AP/IA and inspect dozens of certifieds as well as RV's and experimentals. It is not standard inspection practice to "check...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-19-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,803
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had similar experience

A couple years ago I had similar roughness at full throttle and climb on my carburetor O320 RV4. I have old school engine monitoring that does not show separate cylinder conditions. After landing and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-11-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bowden vs Teleflex

Bruno,
The Bowden cable is often a "cheaper" minimalistic push/pull similar to a lawn mower throttle cable. Typical with Carb heat, ect. The factory trim cables are true Teleflex cables that can...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-06-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,190
Posted By fixnflyguy
In another post

I recall seeing a post a few months ago ,of as I recall, a -6A being restored/rebuilt that when the floor skins were removed the entire area under there was insulated and full of corrosion almost...
Forum: RV-4 08-05-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,009
Posted By fixnflyguy
What is your mission?

I'm assuming you have access to a 150hp engine that is capable of CS and a 160hp engine that is not CS capable, or 2 different flying aircraft you are looking to buy. I built my -4 with a 160hp...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mine is same and no issue

I built my -4 and installed the set-up per plans. It is close, but there has been no issues. Between the skin and the floor structure (when installed) there is plenty of rigidity. The weakest link...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 905
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

At my day job, we use Proseal by the truckloads..(USAF re-fueling tankers). I've been playing with it for 40 plus years and working direct with MFG's of all different variants. We have been given...
Forum: RV-4 07-28-2021, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 858
Posted By fixnflyguy
Much different than the Glass fairings..

My -4 is post glass fairings, so I did not have to make such clips. What I do know, is this is one of the most dynamic areas of the airplane and there is a ton of movement there. I know the metal...
Forum: Southeast 07-27-2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cape Fear Regional/Southport

While not a "walk" from the airport, Flying into Cape Fear Regional and Uber/Courtesy car? to Southport, where there are a handful to choose from. great little town, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Provisions and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 49,799
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wing D1

There is a Wing D1 based very near my home field in NC, and the first time I saw it fly in, I was sure it had to be an RV derivative, in fact when it was still aways off I thought it was a flight of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 04:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By fixnflyguy
TS Flightlines and be done

After years of leak chasing and a brake failure leaving OSH a couple years ago I switched out all my nylon for a set of braided #3 with #4 fittings from Tom S. As an A&P in the aviation industry, I...
Forum: RV-4 07-09-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 961
Posted By fixnflyguy
options

There are a simple set of rear pedals from Flyboy Accessories that bolt to the floor and tie into the existing rudder cables. They lay flat when not in use. I would recommend having the rear foot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By fixnflyguy
Sounds interesting!

You will likely get a bunch of stories from this site, as the passion for aviation and friends made in the RV community is phenomenal. I would be glad to share our story with you about my wife and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,299
Posted By fixnflyguy
This VS That

I grew up with my dentist father having a Piper Arrow and a Mooney, and obtained my PPL at a very early age thinking a Cherokee was "The stuff". At 19 I got into ultralights in 1980 and had "New fun...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,758
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had a similar issue

A couple years ago, I had a similar issue but mine was intermittent. After a few lean outs I could get the drop to go away, but then it would return, and a couple times I had a roughness in the...
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,535
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I built my -4, with electric flaps ,aileron and elevator trim. My elevator was already set up for manual, so I made some slight changes to the VANs kit, and it was easy cheesy. I have the MAC stick...
Forum: Tools 06-23-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I ground my bits as shown in the LP Aero catalog. I believe they also sell them, and they know their stuff . Mine worked great, and all enlargements are made with a unibit. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,281
Posted By fixnflyguy
There are exceptions

Myself and many other RVers I know are still non-ADSB and class G junkies, so there is no way to cover that percentage! One of these days I will join the ADSB crowd, but for now I have no tracks. I'm...
Forum: RV-14 06-21-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,514
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do not attempt to heat it!

As others have mentioned, add a stiffener if you need..DO NOT try heating. It wont work and you will change the T3 temper if you get carried away. I'm an aircraft structures specialist by day job,...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-21-2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,033
Posted By fixnflyguy
PPG Desothane

PPG Desothane is their premier aircraft coating. Its single stage and very tough. I painted my RV-4 with Desothane white 12 years ago, and don't even have a scratch. We use it for commercial aircraft...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 989
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

You indicate you are a "novice" which puts you in the same category as MANY RV builders. Do you have any experience with fiberglass? There is little involved with fabricating the upper and lower...
Forum: RV-4 06-15-2021, 05:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By fixnflyguy
My observations..

I built my -4 and have been flying it for 10 years now, and I have flown a couple others. The smaller tail of the -4 and -6 do allow some slight wagging, however nothing that bothers me. I have found...
Forum: RV-4 06-12-2021, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 855
Posted By fixnflyguy
Stock wheel

The standard kit wheel is likely what you have. Simple and effective. You cannot push the plane backward or it will wrap up the chains. Cables are loose , but the link cables and chains are what sets...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,279
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

Lots of ways to skin the cat here, however I would not consider the bonded one piece fairing damper a great idea. The legs do a whole lot of moving within the hollow glass wrap leg fairing, and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-03-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By fixnflyguy
AKA Sabotage paint

Sabotage paint, witness paint ,torque stripe ect..I use it a lot just to detect movement. Means nothing else. Work Military Depot maintenance and its put on every panel, latch and door after last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,508
Posted By fixnflyguy
I am the line boy..period

Me me me ..I am the only one that moves, fuels or touches mine. Period. I have seen way too much stupidity (not all line boys are bad), but the RV's are a different animal than the usual suspects....
Forum: The RV Grin 06-03-2021, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,532
Posted By fixnflyguy
Great Picture!

I love the Chicago corridor going to OSH and wish my wife had been with me on the last trip down the lake but I was solo..she loves flying, and would get the grin for sure. I can imagine the sunset...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,383
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did, but a -4

I built my -4 on a very tight budget and still ended up with a really nice plane that meets all my needs. I didn't outsource anything except the seat covers. I built the airframe per plans, no...
Forum: RV-4 05-31-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

No plans for it, but what I did was mask off the area with mylar tape and lay up a fiberglass one. Trimmed it to look like a metal one and installed with rivets. I'm a metal guy by trade, but I...
Forum: RV-4 05-26-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By fixnflyguy
More pics of my -4

Here are a couple more pics I have on file.
Forum: RV-4 05-26-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

The -4 is a bit of a challenge due to size and various configurations. Certain things must be in proper orientation. First concern is engine control cable routing and pass throughs. For my carbureted...
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