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Forum: Safety 09-04-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 99,813
Posted By vmirv8bldr
T-Hangar available at Raleigh Executive (Sanford, NC)

I just moved to the Raleigh / Cary area but my plane is still in CA. I have an empty T-Hangar at Raleigh Executive (KTTA) if anyone would like to borrow it for a While. PM me and I'll set it...
Forum: California 10-09-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,738
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Hi Ax-O, I have not spoken to anyone locally. ...

Hi Ax-O, I have not spoken to anyone locally. I'm not "plugged in" to the local RV community (certainly SHOULD be). I met have met a few folks during the airshow, but that's about it. I was living...
Forum: California 10-08-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,738
Posted By vmirv8bldr
A&P help at Chino?

Hi all, I'm currently based at Chino and have been having higher than normal oil temps lately. I've done some basic troubleshooting, but would like to have an A&P take a look. Any...
Forum: California 08-10-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 868
Posted By vmirv8bldr
SoCal Hangars

Just moved to Lake Forest around June, and looking for a place to keep my RV-8. I would like to move it in October/November timeframe. Any specific suggestions? CNO? RAL? Know of any open...
Forum: California 12-26-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,824
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Thanks for the info guys. Sounds like KFUL or...

Thanks for the info guys. Sounds like KFUL or KCNO are the better options here. I should have a go/no-go on the move within the next 2-3 weeks, and timing firmed up by the end of January. I'll...
Forum: California 12-25-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,824
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Hangars in Irvine area?

Possibly relocating for work. Anyone have data points on hangar availability and pricing in the Irvine/Santa Ana area? One flying, but "unfinished" RV-8.

Thanks,
Bart
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,372
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Similar

I have the same setup, -8 with rear mounted battery.

#2 Batt to Master contactor, Master Bus, Starter Solenoid, Starter and two ea #2AWG equivalent flexible braided straps for engine ground.

#6 to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,264
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Good Idea

I wanted to fly in the AF, and I mean BAD!!!!! Got medically screened the second day at Hondo. I was devastated for about two-three weeks, didn't know what to do. Most of the folks in my Hondo...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,663
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Get the updated drawing from Vans

I had the same issue, and called the manufacturer. They said "Oh, yeah, what's your email address, we'll send you the updated drawing." Sure enough, the new drawing shows the open holes plain as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-12-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 26,462
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Phase one area request

When you are completing the forms for your airworthiness inspection, there is a paragraph where you can request a larger than usual phase 1 area, or an odd shaped area. If there is a shop relatively...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-03-2012, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,444
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Awesome!

Congrats!!!! Enjoy your creation!
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,710
Posted By vmirv8bldr
First Flight - N74VB

After 6.5 years of building, I took N74VB on the maiden flight yesterday morning. The hard work, blood and sweat paid off, with interest. Man, what a feeling. The plane flies great; straight and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-24-2012, 11:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,144
Posted By vmirv8bldr
I did the same thing. Twice.

Don't feel bad about it, I did the same thing only I did it twice. I noticed the mistake before riveting though and opted to replace all the affected parts. It was the most expensive mistake on the...
Forum: International 02-16-2012, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,285
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Thailand

My wife is Thai, and my Brother-in-law has an ultralight over there. We go there about every other year. I checked a couple of years back when we were considering relocating there for a few years. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,345
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Leak fixed

My hangar neighbor (Zenith builder - DAR inspection this week!) had some Bakerseal that he used on his plane. He got it from Aircraft Spruce and is enough to last several lifetimes. It looks very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,345
Posted By vmirv8bldr
In the same boat

Like the OP, I used EX-turn. The left master cylinder leaks at the fitting. I have not installed the forward baggage floor and have great access, and I can see the fluid coming out around the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,418
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Vans was cheaper

the last time I checked (which was a few months ago, about October 2011.)

I checked the usual places and for a quart, Vans was very, very hard to beat.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-17-2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,293
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Hang in there

Pete, I may be guilty of flinging several sections of tubing across the shop out of frustration myself. It's amazing how few mistakes it can take to burn through 8' of tubing. Usually this is due...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,164
Posted By vmirv8bldr
TCW Airspeed Switch plumbing

Is there a simple off-the-shelf way to connect the TCW airspeed switch unit into the pitot static system? Or do I need to just piece together a few fittings to make it work?

What have others done? ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-11-2012, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,305
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Aeroelectric

I installed the Bob Nuckoll's in a recessed box adjacent to my battery (rear-mounted.) It is connected to a self-powered contactor that connects to the main battery contactor and incidentally the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2012, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,514
Posted By vmirv8bldr
I have oil pressure, finally!

Got the oil pressure to show up late today.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help, both on and off the thread. Allen Barrett wins the prize and the beer, whenever I see him.

Allen and I spoke...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,514
Posted By vmirv8bldr
OIL!

I called the good folks at Barrett Precision Engines this AM to learn that Allen was already over half way finished reading this thread! He was very comforting and knowledgeable. He agreed I needed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,669
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Sharpie

IIRC, I put them on the wing and then used a sharpie to mark the overlap on both sides. Then you can see exactly how far to bevel.

YMMV,

Bart
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2012, 09:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,514
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Oil in cooler

Well, after a big mess and still no pressure today, I got to thinking about the oil flow and where the pressure hose connects.

(FYI, I have disconnected the oil pressure hose from the transducer and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,514
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Layman's terms?

Rocketbob, I value you're input, but am lost in the terminology. Can you "dumb this down" for me? Pictures?

Today I removed the oil temp sensor which I believe is positioned at the outlet of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,514
Posted By vmirv8bldr
No oil pressure

Today I prepared the plane for first engine start and after topping off ht oil and removing the bottom plugs, hand propped several rotations, probably 20, then engaged the starter (plugs still out)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,251
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Check clearance

Be sure to check your clearance on the left side before using hinges. Mine was actually in contact with Cyl #2 and I had to re-do it. All is well now and I have about 1/4" of clearance there,but it...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-27-2011, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,632
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Life-saver

VAF is a lifesaver. Potentially in the literal sense here. (GULP!)

This makes much more sense.

Ordering it tomorrow.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-27-2011, 08:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,632
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Wire end for AFP Purge arm

What are folks using to terminate the bowden cale that operates the purge valve actuator? The cable ends sold by Vans and ACS has a usable shank of about .025" which is fine if it's actuating a thin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,087
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Checked with A&P

I stopped in a checked with the A&P at the airport today. He said these nuts are kept tight by the internal tooth lockwasher, and all we're shooting for is to get the lock washer to bite a bit, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2011, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,087
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Control cable torque?

According to my chart, the proper torque value for the nuts that secure the mixture/throttle/prop control cables should be torqued in the 500 in-lb range. That value is understandable for a solid...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2011, 12:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Progress

I have been working on a few things, but have gotten the correct fill and fiberglass strips installed on the bottom cowl. I'm pretty pleased with this really. After taking the halves apart, you can...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2011, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,298
Posted By vmirv8bldr
SJ Cowls are vinyl ester

In working out my recent issues, I learned that the SJ cowl are a pre-preg, post-cured vinyl ester composite structure.

I'm no fiberglass guru either, but Will tells me the SJ Vinyl Ester cowl is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2011, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
1/4" should be ok.

From what I've learned, the engine basically rotates a bit on the mounts so the rocker covers mostly just move up and down under the cowl. One of the sources said that 3/8" side clearance is the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2011, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,583
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Dash one Fuse is fine mated with older wings, but...

I started my RV8 in 2005 and was one of the first to receive the Dash One Fuselage. They re-sent a completely new center section. This normally comes with the wings, as they are match drilled as a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Thanks Dan

Correct Dan, Gus said the core material omission in that area was for the "ears" not so much the cover, and I'm relieved to see your cowl that tight on the left side!!! Also, I went with a plenum...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-28-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Action plan

I spoke with Deene this afternoon. His cowl was close, but not in contact and he had a few ideas. (Actually I've spoken with him a few times now this year.)

Other info of use:
Rhonda at Barrett...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-27-2011, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Engine cant

The engine on the 8 is supposed to be canted. The VS is put on perfectly straight and the engine is canted to overcome P-Factor. I originally thought about the mount, but with the firewall holes...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2011, 10:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Pictures

This may help explain what I'm seeing...

I checked my engine mount at the fuselage and it is symmetrical and centered. All bolts are torqued. 2.5" prop extension is installed as required by the SJ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,079
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Need help with SJ cowl!!!

I need some assistance from anyone who has an SJ cowl on their 8. Specifically, Measurements along the cut line from FW to inlet on both sides. If you happen to have a Whirlwind RV200 and a Barrett...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-14-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,349
Posted By vmirv8bldr
VAF is awesome

I literally almost threw up this afternoon when I put my VS on and had this problem, VS front skin contacting fuselage and holes a half diameter off. I clearly remembered leveling, measuring,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2011, 12:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,064
Posted By vmirv8bldr
RV-8 in NC

I believe I know of one in NC that's for sale now. I'll fwd to the owner...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-16-2011, 09:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,798
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Springback

I only used Avery's, but I did get a standard set and then later a springback set. I will say the springbacks made for a nicer finished product. Understand though, this is nit-picking a bit.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-08-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,752
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Much better

Looking good! I say build on!
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2011, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,752
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Dimples

I'm with Jamie here, looks like the spar was not countersunk enough to get a flush fit.

I took a piece of scrap and put different dimples in the corners and used it to check depth of countersinks...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2011, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,150
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Etch & Scuff

I used Alumaprep 33 (Scrub with soaked maroon scotchbrites)
-Wear good gloves, this is just phosphoric acid

Rinse with water, then Alodine 1201
small pieces - dip in a tub diluted
large pieces -...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2011, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,711
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Short on bottom

I originally had (top to bottom)

Audio Panel
GNS-430
SL-40
X-ponder

It would not fit, so I moved the audio panel to the bottom and it barely fits now,....but it fits. And yes, I used the 90-degree...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-15-2011, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,659
Posted By vmirv8bldr
IO-390 with SJ Plenum

Has anyone here installed a Sam James Plenum on an IO-390 and then mounted the large SW oil cooler? Looks like this is going to be a tight fit, and have to get the AFP spider reconfigured. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,099
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Grounding method - why?

Potential noise issue. Bob addresses very briefly in this article, near the end:

http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/MagnetoSwitchOptions.pdf

Bart
Forum: Midwest 03-09-2011, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,537
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Columbia

I moved to Columbia a few months ago, but the RV-8 isn't moving here for a few more months....
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-08-2011, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,099
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Bob, that depends on your mag and whether or not...

Bob, that depends on your mag and whether or not it is impulse coupled. Most people prefer to start on the EI. It fires a hotter spark for a longer duration which will aid in starting. I will...
Forum: Midwest 10-20-2010, 03:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,140
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Anyone in Columbia, MO?

May be moving there for work soon, just trying to see who's out there. I'm coming up this weekend, may have some time Sat evening or Sunday.
Forum: Southeast 10-13-2010, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,496
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Pre-Registration required for door prizes

As of today, 65 folks have registered for this event. Door prizes include a BOSE Headset, >$1000 in shop work, and other cool prizes.

Register on the FAA Wings site to be included in these...
Forum: Southeast 10-01-2010, 05:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,496
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Hickory, NC Fly-In and FAA Wings Day 16 Oct

EAA Ch. 731 Autumn Leaves Fly-In and Wings Day October 16, Hickory , NC

Hickory Regional Airport (KHKY) 8am-4pm

Free Breakfast and Lunch!

All Aircraft and Pilots are welcome for a great day of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-29-2010, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,843
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Latest EIS can do both

I got a note from Sandy indicating the latest version of the EIS can accommodate dual Tach inputs from different type sources. So you would not have to divide by two when switching from reading the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-28-2010, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,843
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Tach from EI and Mag?

I have a Lightspped EI and a single mag setup, and am using a GRT EIS4000 for engine monitoring. Is it possible to get RPM from BOTH sources so that in the event one fails, or is switched off for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2010, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,468
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Cute

Great Pics! I bought the same outfit for my daughter. Her nursery theme is elephants, and when I saw the elephant flying the airplane, I couldn't pass it up. Not the most girly colors, but I'll...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-09-2010, 09:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,965
Posted By vmirv8bldr
I'm a rotary fan!

I very, very nearly went with a rotary engine! High power/weight ratio, loves running in the higher RPM's, dual ignition per combustion chamber, smooth running if a chamber quits, and due to greater...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-09-2010, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,460
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Measured vs Calculated

I don't know the inner workings of either completely, but it seems to me the AFS is measured while the GRT is calculated. In general, measured quantities are usually more accurate than calculated. ...
Forum: Southeast 10-30-2009, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,478
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Bump: On for tomorrow

This is still happening tomorrow. Weather is iffy right now, but come on out if you can. Over $500 in total prizes given out, some in cash. Fewer people = better chance of winning.

KMRN =...
Forum: Southeast 10-22-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,478
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Rain delay - sorta

Forecasting some bad weather for Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, so we've decided to extend the poker run a bit, and move the fly-in to Sat Oct31. (Yes, I know it's Halloween!)

Poker Run...
Forum: Southeast 10-16-2009, 11:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,478
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Leaf-Looker Poker Run and Fly-In Oct 23-24

EAA731 (Hickory, NC) is hosting a Leaf-Looker Poker Run and Fly-in on Friday and Saturday, Oct 23-24. The leaves at higher elevations are peaking now. Lower and mid elevations should be prime for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-30-2009, 10:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,894
Posted By vmirv8bldr
More Battery door ideas

Read this thread too...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=33510
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2009, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,221
Posted By vmirv8bldr
Update?

So, how did this end up? (I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve...)
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