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Forum: Tools Yesterday, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 237
Posted By wirejock
Back rivet plate

Mine came wiith my used tools. Whatever Avery sold. Probably 4"X12"X1/4". It was fune for the limited amount of back riveting. I do recommend some sort of alignmenf lines so you can't pound a rivet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By wirejock
Tool box

Mine was pretty bad but I've helped lots of kids build one since.
One recommendation, countersink the hinge. I seem to remember Vans instructions call for it to be dimpled. Probabiy because most...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By wirejock

I know that guy!:D Sorry. Silly sense of humor.
A couple tips may help.
1. The windshield doesn't meet the canopy at a perfectly flat plane like your car hood meets the fender so don't make yourself...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,499
Posted By wirejock

Second the recommendation to get an eye check up. Even if your 20-15, it's still important.
My doc works with me to get the bifocal mag perfect.
I get my script glasses from Zenni but there are tons...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 452
Posted By wirejock

Probably fine but post a link just to be sure.
You shouldn't need to squeeze any ruvets bigger than 1/8". If so, grab the 3X and pound with a tungsten bar.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By wirejock
Hand vs pneumatic

Same here. I have a manual. Not sure where it's at!
That said, I prefer gun and bar unless it's a string if identical rivets.
Every tool has a use. My manual squeezer prefers to take up space!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,422
Posted By wirejock

Congratulations. That's awesome
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-20-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By wirejock
Shim stock

Vans includes pieces for various uses.
Ask a builder friend for some.
If no one is close, I'm sure I have some.
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 689
Posted By wirejock

I agree but stress proper PPE and collection of chems. I Alodined mine. It wasn't a pleasant process. I plan to vinyl wrap and wanted it protected under the vinyl.
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By wirejock

I put it between the skin and firewall flange then 100% clekos with nuts for extra tension.
Forum: Tools 09-18-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By wirejock
Collar & spring

Remove them. I haven't used the collar or spring since day one. It forces me to locate the die in the hole and hold it while pounding. No double holes. Not that it ever happened.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,623
Posted By wirejock

That's kinda cool. I just have a funnel in a big oil container. Saved oil goes into my 4x4. Oil comes out about as fast as it gies in.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,623
Posted By wirejock

Wow! I'm not that cheap. No problem tossing whatever can and buying another. I use a lot of Plexus. Two 4x4s with convertible tops and plastic windows plus my airplane.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-17-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 997
Posted By wirejock

I installed during the build so I may have had it a bit easier.
I bought materials for the canopy track and fabricated a longer one.
I fit everything first then had it all powder coated including the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-16-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1,941
Views: 1,314,611
Posted By wirejock

That's awesome. Congratulations.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 902
Posted By wirejock

How far is it off? That shouldn't happen if the parts were clekoed during the match drill process. If the holes are #40 and need to be #30 then use #40 clekoes and swap them to #40 after a hole is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,774
Posted By wirejock
Canopy skirt

Sorry. The article was more about how to lay up the skirt and less about how to assemble. Here goes...
Before bonding the canopy, fabricate one C-660 Aluminum skirt. Just the middle row of holes. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,774
Posted By wirejock

Fiberglass windshield trim and canopy skirt. No one will ever see. You should have seen mine before. Lots of after photos on my blog or read my articles in Kitplanes , Oct 2021 (sorry about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,051
Posted By wirejock

Always test on scrap.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-14-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,774
Posted By wirejock
Canopy weldment

If its that close, leave it alone. Fiberglass skirt will hide any misfit.
BTW, don't make the final adjustment cut to the forward bow feet till the canopy is attached and the windshield done. It's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,051
Posted By wirejock

Problem would be the chems to remove it later.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-13-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By wirejock

FNL has Enterprise rental or you can get an Uber
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 14,797
Posted By wirejock

So they still manufacture?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,255
Posted By wirejock

Don't cut it. If it doesn't fit, tap it into shape with a hammer. No lost weight.
Later you can drill holes if necessary but I'll bet it will be pretty close.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By wirejock
Practice kits

Buy one of each. Assemble. Drill apart. Lather, rinse, repeat.
No need for additional practice kits.
Buy some scrap and make your own.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-08-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,015
Posted By wirejock

If the fuse is not assembled, yes. Minor change with the 711, 712 bulkheads.
Biggest change doesn't come along till the gear towers.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-07-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,310
Posted By wirejock

I don't have airplane experience but I've bought and sold a lot of cars. First thing I check is the paint. Inside the doors, hood, etc. Looking for a mismatch. Nice paint is great but it better match...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-05-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 1,141
Views: 1,219,911
Posted By wirejock

Nice panel. Wish I were that far along. Very soon!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,274
Posted By wirejock
Paint school

I think Sherwin Williams has a paint school. Since many aviation painter use SW, I would start there.
Also, look into a job or internship at Glo Aircraft Painting in Roanoke, TX. They are one of the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,181
Posted By wirejock

Check out the available patterns online then order samples of the ones you like.
3M 2080
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 438
Posted By wirejock
Tooling holes

That's what I did. I never figured out why the tooling holes were not symmetric. Could be because I rebuilt the HS with the new post SB parts.
Forum: Midwest 08-31-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,178
Posted By wirejock
Hangar space

Call every airport of interest and get on the waiting list.
I am on four.

Don't call Ft. Collins. At least not until they figure out what they plan to do about the 60 tenets they are trying to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-30-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,481
Posted By wirejock
Snips & nibblers

If I didn't have all the power tools, snips and nibblers would be fine. Nibblers leave some pretty big tooling edges so cut way outside and file to final dimension.
Snips are fine but the band saw is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,156
Posted By wirejock

I'm a retired PM and it never occurred to me to use a Gantt as a builder log. Pretty good idea actually.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Posted By wirejock

I painted parts before assembly but if I were to paint completed, it would be in sections. More work masking but much less overspray.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By wirejock
Wings before empennage

If you're confident in your riveting skills, I see no reason why you can't build the wings.
It's larger parts with lots more rivets but no more complicated.
That said, the parts do cost a lot more...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-22-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By wirejock
Firewall oil cooler

I'm not home but I used the RV10 parts on my 7A IO360M1B.
I can provide a list with part numbers later.
Oil cooler
Also bought a 4" flange and butterfly vlave, 4" scat and a control...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-20-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,095
Posted By wirejock
Rudder cap

Check my blog. Mine fits after surgery. I pop riveted it but easy to build removeable.
Look about 5/11/20 on this page
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 906
Posted By wirejock
Substructure dies

Not likely they are #4 Substructure dies. I suggest trying someone elses #4 flush dies.
It's rare, but possible, the dies were not correctly fabricated.
I hope it wasn't a huge expensive part.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,928
Posted By wirejock

Keep us posted Dave.
I have a RV Bits plenum to install soon.
Any tips would be appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 436
Posted By wirejock

Doesn't look like coorosion to me. Looks like some sort of liquid dried up like rinse water.
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,086
Posted By wirejock

I used .032" as well. Two shelves. Each spans from panel to subpanel. Hinged fore and aft so they can swing either way or be removed quickly as well. It's a 7 slider though.
Forum: Primers 08-14-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 711
Posted By wirejock

What does remedial mean?
I thought the QB kits were sprayed with P60G2 but something happened recently.
I still don't understand exactly what went down and how extensive the problem.
If it was...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-12-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 893
Posted By wirejock

What he said. Also a HAM and spent quite a few years as a radio tech.
I still have my watt meter, VSWR meters and lots of other stuff. Miss my IFR Spectrum Analyzer.
Forum: RV-15 08-12-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,858
Posted By wirejock

Sorry, but I suspect the decisions have been made.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,826
Posted By wirejock

Same here. Works just fine. Im sure some will scream OMG but fewer teeth cut like a hot knife through butter. Less heat buildup. Yes, cut outside the line and dress the cut.
Thinner than .040"...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,378
Posted By wirejock
Edge distance

Depends a little on material but typically 2D from center of hole to any edge. I do suggest practicing on drilling rivets. Ask if you need some best practice advise.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 835
Posted By wirejock

Agree with the previous postings but I would recommend a few changes...
1. The wing inspection should happen before tanks are closed.
2. Each inspection should be by a different TC. No offense, but...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-08-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,164
Posted By wirejock

I've always used Frog painters tape or black electrical tape. Masking is probably 90% of the work.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,099
Posted By wirejock

I'm no expert, but those look pretty clean to me.
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,154
Posted By wirejock
Bench set up

Mine was like Ty above except...
I use EAA benches. Easy to move them around. The platform and C-frame were not permenant so everythjng could be arranged to fit the job.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By wirejock

Not exactly sure what the part looks like but I tend to use the same stuff for pretty much everything except super thin, light parts. Usually it's about .010" per layer.
Aircraft Spruce
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,189
Posted By wirejock

I have a fairly large collection. 350+ CDs and maybe 100 Vinyl. It's a mix of old school rock, blues, jazz and country.
Several years back, I ripped the entire CD collection to lossless FLAC files....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-31-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By wirejock
Drill press

I doubt it hurt anything but why not just drill it on the bench with a hand drill. Holes are prepunched. A reamer will make a perfect hole.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,095
Posted By wirejock
Which RV?

Sorry to sound condescending but the right one is the one you own. It's experimental. Modify to fit. I'm 5'6". Building both sides to fit me so I can fly either side. Sweetie has no interest in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-29-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 708
Posted By wirejock
Cut off wheel

Dremel and cut off wheel. Gonna need it a lot down the road.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-28-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 532
Posted By wirejock
Steel first

Assuming all the holes are prepunched, cleko it and drill one hole at a time from the steel side. Insert a cleko of the correct size. Remove a cleko. Repeat.
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,945
Posted By wirejock

Doh! Sorry. I didn't see that. Nevermind! My vote is still pounded rivets. However, I do see the value in a quick RV12 type back country bird. :D
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,945
Posted By wirejock
Pull or solid

I doubt a poll will change all the engineering Vans has already done. I suspect it's a "Done Deal".
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-26-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 753
Posted By wirejock
Incidence block

Very cool device.
Not to lessen the value, but I used a scrap section of angle. One long piece. One short. Clamp them with a C-Clamp at the correct angle and dimension.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,760
Posted By wirejock

What he ^ said. Pull it unless you plan to polish.
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,467
Posted By wirejock

Advise is correct. If the rivet is proud, too little pressure against the factory side or too much on the bar. Easy to push too hard with a tungsten.
The windshield washer hose tip works well to...
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,178
Posted By wirejock
Torque seal

Same here. It's an indicator. I won't out the stuff on without using a torque wrench first.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-23-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,813
Posted By wirejock
Bad alternator

My money is on a faulty alternator or regulator.
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