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Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,678
Posted By John Tierney
Vixen

A Vixen file is a lot more aggressive than an astard-B. Think wood saw vs. hack saw. The Vixen will shave aluminum down to size/shape in no time.
But I have gotten cut just picking them up. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By John Tierney
C-606

Van's sells a similar, flat metal link. https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1619795090-488-726&action=search
You could twist it up in a vice for your purpose.

But the last time I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-27-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By John Tierney
https://vansairforce.net/poh.htm

https://vansairforce.net/poh.htm
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-23-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By John Tierney
Wag Aero

Here's what I use on a -7A.
https://www.wagaero.com/ground-support/tow-bars/deluxe-tow-bars/rv-a-series-aircraft-deluxe-tow-bar.html
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,166
Posted By John Tierney
AOPA Advocacy

More info available here:
https://www.aopa.org/advocacy/advocacy-briefs/100ll-avgas-replacement
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By John Tierney
Oil Change Checklist

Does anyone have a checklist of "other" items that they check every time they do an oil change?
Like, while the cowls are off, lubricate the exhaust slip and ball joints with mouse milk. Or spark...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By John Tierney
Might also help to look at it by system or wire...

Might also help to look at it by system or wire use. Like power wires, signal wires and antenna wires. Antenna wires need larger holes and larger bend radii when planning routing, they also have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By John Tierney
OSH Workshop

Plan on attending Airventure and attend one of the Sheetmetal 101 workshops. In past years they were offered twice a day, with a familiarization lecture then hands-on practice session to build...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 06:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 222
Posted By John Tierney
My painter used a narrow band of pro-seal at the...

My painter used a narrow band of pro-seal at the paint/windscreen transition.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,466
Posted By John Tierney
This is something I picked up from Harbor Freight...

This is something I picked up from Harbor Freight years ago and modified. They listed it as an engine stand (V-8? May not sell it any more).
The photo is from cowl construction but I still use it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,397
Posted By John Tierney
If you're and EAA member, Dick Koehler did a good...

If you're and EAA member, Dick Koehler did a good Hint for Homebuilders on ducting: https://www.eaa.org/videos/46874087001

If the URL doesn't work, log in to EAA then use their search function on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-12-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,245
Posted By John Tierney
In the first picture, where the flush rivet edge...

In the first picture, where the flush rivet edge is kicked up, it could be a common problem due to the dimple dies stretching the aluminum when the dimple is formed. It is usually most noticeable in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-07-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 253
Posted By John Tierney
I have the Superior IO-360 with a Vetterman...

I have the Superior IO-360 with a Vetterman cross-over exhaust and was able to fit the Saf-Air fitting on one of the drains (I think there are 2 on the bottom and I went with the middle one). The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,706
Posted By John Tierney
The nut in the photo doesn't look correct. Mine...

The nut in the photo doesn't look correct. Mine is a castle nut with cotter pin.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By John Tierney
I borrowed someone else's idea and used a piece...

I borrowed someone else's idea and used a piece of hardware store plexiglass plus foam blocks for initial panel/sub-panel layouts. The ribs are cleco'd to a piece of cardboard simulating the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 297
Posted By John Tierney
I have no experience with them, but you could try...

I have no experience with them, but you could try Wood Lake Refinishing in Sandwich, IL.
http://www.woodlakeaircraft.com/
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,291
Posted By John Tierney
If you think of your wing as a beam carrying a...

If you think of your wing as a beam carrying a load, the bottom of the wing spar is in tension and the top of the wing spar is in compression (zero stress somewhere in the middle). The bottom wing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 131,540
Posted By John Tierney
Been there, done that (few years ago). When I...

Been there, done that (few years ago). When I asked Van's support about it they sent me a set of the RV-14 baffle plans, which are much clearer, as a way of saying sorry.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,344
Posted By John Tierney
You could try a mini-version of Darwin's "Tips...

You could try a mini-version of Darwin's "Tips for Tips" article, maybe glass in some short segments of drinking straws.
https://vansairforce.net/articles/Darwin/PicsTipreinforcementphotos.pdf
Forum: Southeast 03-15-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By John Tierney
Mark, I sent you a PM.

Mark,

I sent you a PM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By John Tierney
Have you tried Brown Tools or the Yard Store.

Have you tried Brown Tools or the Yard Store.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,207
Posted By John Tierney
If you propose to use an engine other than...

If you propose to use an engine other than Lycoming, you will likely need to make your own engine mount, and your own nose gear, as it is integral in the "A" model.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-07-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,176
Posted By John Tierney
If your battery box is not installed, think about...

If your battery box is not installed, think about moving the nutplates to the firewall, so the box can be removed FWF without having to crawl under the instrument panel.
Forum: Southeast 03-04-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By John Tierney
I just had my plane painted at KRUQ. The...

I just had my plane painted at KRUQ. The technicians said the get several NASCAR drivers flying in to Rowan County. Enterprise will leave a car at the FBO. Don't know about hangar space.

They do...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-28-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 766
Posted By John Tierney
You will want to look at the OP drawings for fuel...

You will want to look at the OP drawings for fuel system, oil system and maybe electrical (battery/starter/solenoids). If you didn't get exactly the engine that Van's designed for the drawings, you...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-27-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By John Tierney
Walmart digital kitchen scale in a gallon size...

Walmart digital kitchen scale in a gallon size zip lock bag.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 574
Views: 768,440
Posted By John Tierney
Here's a photo of N777JT fresh out of the paint...

Here's a photo of N777JT fresh out of the paint shop at Boss Aircraft Refinishers in Salisbury, NC. I was trying for a 1970's muscle car look, in a color close to "Hemi Orange".
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-18-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,480
Posted By John Tierney
If there is a boat dealer or supplier nearby,...

If there is a boat dealer or supplier nearby, they are available through West Marine (Blue Sea)....
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 907
Posted By John Tierney
My engine (from Aerosport Power) is that gold...

My engine (from Aerosport Power) is that gold color. I like it. It make finding blue stain fuel leaks easy, and is relatively bright color.
Like others have said, once the cowling is on my RV-7A,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,125
Posted By John Tierney
While your down in that area, think about the...

While your down in that area, think about the starter cable routing. Mine is supported off of the oil pan bolts near the FI top fuel port.
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,215
Posted By John Tierney
I used a PPG Omni brand 2K Urethane rollable high...

I used a PPG Omni brand 2K Urethane rollable high build filler primer (Omni MP 282), sanded that smooth and then sprayed an epoxy primer (Omni MP 170) over that since I was going to fly for about a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-08-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,242
Posted By John Tierney
Check the connections on the back of the key...

Check the connections on the back of the key switch. I had a screw back off of the terminals on the key switch. For me it was the starter. The wiring was tight and I would get intermediate contact...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By John Tierney
In a pinch an old hollow core door clamped or...

In a pinch an old hollow core door clamped or screwed on to saw horses (may be amended with a plywood cover), works as a temporary assembly table, and can be stood out of the way up in a corner when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,379
Posted By John Tierney
FOIA

If the airport is publicly owned by the city or county, then the hangar waiting list should be a public document. Through the Freedom of Information Act, or a state equivalent law, you could...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-07-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,884
Posted By John Tierney
DeltaHawk

The DeltaHawk diesel/Jet A engine has been in development for a couple decades, and they have had a booth at Oshkosh for many years. I don't know if they are still in business. They have been...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-02-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 592
Posted By John Tierney
If I were to do it over again, I would avoid...

If I were to do it over again, I would avoid excess weight behind the baggage bulkhead. Van's sells these neat brackets for the side of the fuselage, and I have my strobe power supply and Skyview...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-31-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,125
Posted By John Tierney
My Avstar came from Aerosport Power with a 90*...

My Avstar came from Aerosport Power with a 90* elbow fuel line fitting on the top for feeding the spider, as shown in the attached photo. I have an IO-360 Superior Cold Air Sump. My mixture linkage...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By John Tierney
I cut and pasted some of the performance charts...

I cut and pasted some of the performance charts from this manual into a checklist/POH.
https://www.lycoming.com/sites/default/files/O-HO-IO-HIO-AIO%20%26%20TIO-360%20Oper%20Manual%2060297-12.pdf
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,047
Posted By John Tierney
Tic Tac

For my master supply of rivets I use the drawer storage noted above, but when bringing a small supply of rivets to the airplane, I now use Tic Tac boxes. You can write on the white tops the size...
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By John Tierney
An "ignition point file" works well in these...

An "ignition point file" works well in these areas, then buff out with small piece of maroon Scotchbrite pad. The files are very thin and narrow. Might find them in auto parts stores.
Forum: Tools 01-25-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 807
Posted By John Tierney
For impact dimpling with the C-Frame, make sure...

For impact dimpling with the C-Frame, make sure the impact point is over a vertical structural member on your work bench, like a table leg. If it is in the middle of the bench, you can get too much...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,770
Posted By John Tierney
I ended up getting a selection of plastic and...

I ended up getting a selection of plastic and brass tees and adapter fittings and playing around with locations and assemblies. Got the fittings from hardware stores, auto parts stores, etc.
I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By John Tierney
Similar ideas on the Experimental Aero page by my...

Similar ideas on the Experimental Aero page by my friend Paul.
http://www.experimentalaero.com/Builders%20Tips.htm
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-20-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By John Tierney
I added Supertraks to my RV-7 with standard...

I added Supertraks to my RV-7 with standard rails. The supertracks S-track fits inside the fuselage from the standard track. I recommend reviewing the installation video at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,176
Posted By John Tierney
Here's where I put mine on an RV-7A, based on...

Here's where I put mine on an RV-7A, based on others examples, and it has worked OK.
The second ANL holder is empty, for a future backup alternator if needed.
I think I got the ANL holders with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,746
Posted By John Tierney
To determine the depth of the corrosion, you...

To determine the depth of the corrosion, you could start with a simple metal polish like Nevr-Dull to remove the surface blemishes. I had rodent-induced corrosion on a few stored parts. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-16-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,729
Posted By John Tierney
On my RV-7A, I ended up bending/curving the...

On my RV-7A, I ended up bending/curving the bottom corners of the aluminum flange a little to allow the fiberglass to sit better.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-14-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,902
Posted By John Tierney
ELT Remote

Most ELT remote switches aren't very deep. I have mine in the area above my radio stack.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,373
Posted By John Tierney
Bring copies of the plan details related to the...

Bring copies of the plan details related to the number of washers/spacers, etc. used for control surface connections.
My paint shop strongly recommended that I disassemble and reassemble the plane...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-08-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Posted By John Tierney
From Cleaveland Tools. This mandrel screws into...

From Cleaveland Tools. This mandrel screws into a 1" cylindrical scotchbrite wheel....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By John Tierney
The tapered steel plug may be inside the tool in...

The tapered steel plug may be inside the tool in your photo, under the rubber end. If it rattles it is in there.
Forum: Flight Testing 12-20-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,794
Posted By John Tierney
Ditto for me, Vy 95, Vx ~85. I tested speeds...

Ditto for me, Vy 95, Vx ~85. I tested speeds from 75 to 110.
IO-360M2S 180 HP
Forum: COMM 12-17-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By John Tierney
This may be a splitter vs. diplexer issue. My...

This may be a splitter vs. diplexer issue. My understanding is that there is less signal loss through a diplexer.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-13-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,169
Posted By John Tierney
Get a narrow, very flexible, metal putty knife...

Get a narrow, very flexible, metal putty knife and grind the end to a knife edge. Warming the area might help soften the proseal a little. A second stiff putty knife helps to pry once you get the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,697
Posted By John Tierney
Try checking the high amperage circuits first. A...

Try checking the high amperage circuits first. A friend of mine had smoke in the cockpit from an incompatible wig-wag box for the landing lights. Check any stand alone relays or dimmers also.
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,047
Posted By John Tierney
Cleaned the screws in MEK and installed them with...

Cleaned the screws in MEK and installed them with a drop of proseal. Also used socked head cap screws (stainless) to make removal easier, if necessary, in the wing root fairing area.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,482
Posted By John Tierney
I had a similar problem. Checked every nut on...

I had a similar problem. Checked every nut on fuel lines in the cockpit (old style Fuel Inj. boost pump). Had a small leak at the firewall pass-through fitting, but fixing that didn't solve the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,146
Posted By John Tierney
Since your in north Georgia, you could try John...

Since your in north Georgia, you could try John Scruggs at KMNV in Monroe, Co. TN. I don't know how he feels about experimentals, but he seems to do a lot of exams in my area.

SCRUGGS, JOHN...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,089
Posted By John Tierney
OP31

Van's refers to the tabs as C-606 Link. Could be made yourself, but pretty cheap from Van's.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,089
Posted By John Tierney
Take a look at the OP31 drawing for the starter...

Take a look at the OP31 drawing for the starter wiring routing. Use metal tabs (sold by Vans) to attach to oil pan bolts.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-19-2020, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 821
Posted By John Tierney
I used #6 socket head cap screws. Check out the...

I used #6 socket head cap screws. Check out the Dynon videos, they use them too.
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,158
Posted By John Tierney
For a while I was hangar'd at an airport (KCSV)...

For a while I was hangar'd at an airport (KCSV) whose self-serve AvGas pavement had a 3 to 5 percent slope. I was glad I installed the parking brake. (The Jet A ramp area was flatter).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,721
Posted By John Tierney
Try using some blue tape to temporarily pull the...

Try using some blue tape to temporarily pull the lower cowl's rubber seal up and forward, taping it to the front side of the lower cowl.
It makes getting my -A model lower cowl on a little easier,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,060
Posted By John Tierney
Here's a picture of mine. If I remember, I had...

Here's a picture of mine. If I remember, I had to grind away some material form one part of the bracket to fit around the hex nut port on the sump. I think I swapped the mixture arm and throttle arm...
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