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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-07-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 201
Posted By acam37
Ive shipped 2 RV-4ís to Germany. Very simple. I...

Ive shipped 2 RV-4ís to Germany. Very simple. I set the wings in a cradle and wrapped them in moving blankets. Then strapped up against the walls. I then put the plane in tail first. Remove the tail...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-07-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,251
Posted By acam37
Just make sure you get a BOS from the original...

Just make sure you get a BOS from the original kit purchaser to send into Vans. They now require proof of purchase for all sub kits and a paper trail all the way back to when they left the factory....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2022, 09:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 831
Posted By acam37
Yes and no. This mainly applies to used kits that...

Yes and no. This mainly applies to used kits that are compiled from sub kits that were bought from different people. For example, you purchase a project from a private seller and he has all 4 sub...
Forum: Primers 02-19-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By acam37
After itís cured put some masking tape on it and...

After itís cured put some masking tape on it and let it set for about a week then violently rip it off and see what happens? Use it on small parts and not major paint surfaces.
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,096
Posted By acam37
A few years ago the -4 you just described was...

A few years ago the -4 you just described was worth about $35-40k. Aircraft prices across the board have got seriously ridiculous. Iím not sure how the banks are responding to aircraft loans in this...
Forum: RV-4 01-30-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By acam37
I believe this one is still for sale at a...

I believe this one is still for sale at a reasonable price?
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=202465
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,105
Posted By acam37
Iím not sure how far along you are on your build,...

Iím not sure how far along you are on your build, but get a copy of AC 43.13-2 or download it to your computer. It has tons of information on just about everything thatís related to aircraft repair...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,751
Posted By acam37
These two planes are one in the same. This is the...

These two planes are one in the same. This is the first photo I saw of my old plane when it was in one piece. It was almost destroyed in a hangar collapse.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-31-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,702
Posted By acam37
Iíve typed in a part number exactly how itís...

Iíve typed in a part number exactly how itís printed on the plans and got no results before. In that case I would call vans and they would help me out. Sometimes a part number is superseded by...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,765
Posted By acam37
Iím currently building a set of -9 wings and mine...

Iím currently building a set of -9 wings and mine doesnít have them.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,673
Posted By acam37
Come visit us at Spectre Aeronautics in Jasper,...

Come visit us at Spectre Aeronautics in Jasper, Tx. Weíve painted a lot of RVís.
https://spectreaircraft.com/
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-10-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,997
Posted By acam37
Please have him pull the tanks before anything...

Please have him pull the tanks before anything else. If the spar web is butchered due to bad countersinking or messed up screw holes then the wings are toast. How do I know? I got burned on a RV-4...
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,969
Posted By acam37
After acid etch you should alodine before priming.

After acid etch you should alodine before priming.
Forum: Primers 09-09-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,295
Posted By acam37
Donít prime until you are ready to paint. If you...

Donít prime until you are ready to paint. If you do prime and wait a considerable amount of time then you will have issues with the top coat bonding. Some primers have a window of time that the top...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 792
Posted By acam37
Remove the entire top skins. Work your way from...

Remove the entire top skins. Work your way from wing root to wingtip. Itís best to use two people. The rib flanges should face outboard.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-28-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,115
Posted By acam37
I had a similar experience a few years ago. We...

I had a similar experience a few years ago. We agreed on $500 but this guy took it upon himself to ďfixĒ a bunch of stuff without my approval and tried to charge me $3,000. I always give a client an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-12-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,303
Posted By acam37
When in doubt, ask the people at Vans. You should...

When in doubt, ask the people at Vans. You should see the stuff I deal with on store bought planes. You would be appalled at what quality control lets go the door. Some of the worst riveting Iíve...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-09-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,342
Posted By acam37
The boss actually has a set of W-715's that came...

The boss actually has a set of W-715's that came off a Rocket. I may suggest that he donate them to the cause. I was hoping someone had success in getting fiberglass to go back into shape, but these...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-09-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,342
Posted By acam37
If they are salvageable they will be stripped for...

If they are salvageable they will be stripped for painting so Iím not worried about cracked paint or gelcoat
Forum: Fiberglass 07-09-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,342
Posted By acam37
Deformed wingtips

These wingtips were severely deformed by someone who shrink wrapped a set if wings in a wing rack for transport. Is there a way to restore the shape? I was thinking about using a heat gun or sitting...
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,547
Posted By acam37
Yes, itís fairly easy to convert from manual to...

Yes, itís fairly easy to convert from manual to electric. The hardest part is installing the actuator and hardware. Vans sells the conversion kit, but you can get the plans and fabricate everything...
Forum: RV-4 06-23-2021, 01:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,954
Posted By acam37
Hereís where we installed ours.

Hereís where we installed ours.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-24-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,582
Posted By acam37
I also have a -9 empanage and wings Iíd be...

I also have a -9 empanage and wings Iíd be willing to sell. Iím only 3 hours from Bastrop.
Forum: RV-4 05-11-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,513
Posted By acam37
I bought a -4 kit from a ďmaster builderĒ who...

I bought a -4 kit from a ďmaster builderĒ who claimed to have built several RVís. It had a bunch of flaws that werenít up to my standards and had to be re-done. With that being said, someones work...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-24-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,690
Posted By acam37
Can you move the rudder pedals foreward?

Can you move the rudder pedals foreward?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,564
Posted By acam37
I could have wrote that OP word for word. I got...

I could have wrote that OP word for word. I got laid off after 20 years in the oilfield. While I was unemployed I got my A&P. Now 6 months later I cant find one single A&P job that starts out above...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,684
Posted By acam37
I see you got to use a real paint booth? Itís...

I see you got to use a real paint booth? Itís nearly impossible to get a great finish when youíre trying to paint inside a T hangar or your garage without spending a ton of money on air compressor...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,711
Posted By acam37
I got the slosh out of a set of RV-4 tanks. I had...

I got the slosh out of a set of RV-4 tanks. I had to destroy the rear baffles to get access. Itís a tough job for sure. It would be easier to buy new tanks.
Forum: RV-4 01-04-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,331
Posted By acam37
I built two RV-4ís. I used the full size plans...

I built two RV-4ís. I used the full size plans for all my measurements. The old build manuals are dinosaurs compared to Vans newer models. My advice is to join as many forums as you can and start...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-18-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 20,953
Posted By acam37
I used Vans big pneumatic squeezer twice but I...

I used Vans big pneumatic squeezer twice but I heard it finally wore out and itís no longer available?
Forum: Texas (South) 09-10-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By acam37
My residence is in Lufkin but Iím working in...

My residence is in Lufkin but Iím working in Midland. I drive home on my days off which is a 9 hr drive. Iím currently without wings so the commute is quite lengthy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,142
Posted By acam37
Just use Mel as your DAR. He made the process as...

Just use Mel as your DAR. He made the process as easy as it gets.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By acam37
The yard Iím working out of is about 15 minutes...

The yard Iím working out of is about 15 minutes from KMDD.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,304
Posted By acam37
Permian Basin RVís

I just went to work in Midland and would like to hook up with any RV owners out here. Iím currently on my third build and need to get some good finished product reference photos of a -6A tip up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,892
Posted By acam37
I experienced the same thing. You get all kinds...

I experienced the same thing. You get all kinds of stupid remarks when the neighbors see you building a ďplaneĒ in your garage. After they see the final product it usually shuts them up.
Forum: RV-4 08-01-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,283
Posted By acam37
Looks like they are in the 45-50k range for your...

Looks like they are in the 45-50k range for your basic RV-4. I had low time tailwheel and Falcon insurance was $1800 back in 2016.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,901
Posted By acam37
I like everything you said except for the 30...

I like everything you said except for the 30 minute time limit. It takes me that long just to set up the factory in my garage because when I?m not building it belongs to the wife's car. My current...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,094
Posted By acam37
Get your tailwheel endorsement in anything you...

Get your tailwheel endorsement in anything you like that?s local. I got mine in a cub and the next RV I flew was a -7. Any RV taildragger is very easy to handle, especially the 8. Lots of information...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,390
Posted By acam37
I just got laid off after 15 years in the...

I just got laid off after 15 years in the oilfield. I am ready to to get my 8610-2 application reviewed but the FSDO in Houston is not accepting appointments until this pandemic is over. 30-60 days....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,879
Posted By acam37
Steel and stainless steel JIC fittings can be...

Steel and stainless steel JIC fittings can be purchased locally at just about any hydraulic shop. Most even carry braided SS teflon hose.
Forum: RV-10 12-06-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By acam37
I have a buddy in Lufkin who has a really nice...

I have a buddy in Lufkin who has a really nice RV-10. I work in Longview so maybe we could meet up and arrange to go down and see it? I?m a repeat offender. Just built a RV-4 and about to start a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,635
Posted By acam37
I?m glad to see you finished it. Let me know if...

I?m glad to see you finished it. Let me know if you need some help flying off the phase 1?😁
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-09-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 18,001
Posted By acam37
Just like dieting, there will come a point in the...

Just like dieting, there will come a point in the build where you plateau and it seems like no matter how much you do, nothing is happening. That point in my build came after all the major components...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,309
Posted By acam37
I removed the rear bulkhead on a set of RV-4...

I removed the rear bulkhead on a set of RV-4 tanks to get the slosh out. I destroyed both bulkheads beyond repair and had to order new ones. Just make access panels to fix the leaks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,707
Posted By acam37
That?s what my garage is about to look like. I...

That?s what my garage is about to look like. I sold my RV-4 and going to build my RV-6 at home. Im going to vacate the hangar I?m renting and move everything to the house. My wife is not going to be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,872
Posted By acam37
120-150 inch pounds for...

120-150 inch pounds for shear?
https://www.coastfab.com/uploads/4/1/4/3/41432063/torque.pdf
Forum: Midwest 05-13-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 429
Posted By acam37
Any RV?s in North Dakota

I?m heading back to Williston N. Dakota on 5-17 for work and will be there 10-20 days depending on the rotation schedule. Are there any RV?s around that area? There is absolutely nothing to do in my...
Forum: Midwest 04-17-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,877
Posted By acam37
Will be in the Williston area

Since the the topic is North Dakota flying. I will be in the Williston area 4-18 to 4-25 for work. If anyone needs a co-pilot just give me a shout. I?d love to meet up with some local RV guys
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,052
Posted By acam37
My W&B calculator says with 28 gallons of fuel...

My W&B calculator says with 28 gallons of fuel onboard and no passenger or baggage, you can weigh up to 300lbs and still be under gross and in CG
Forum: RV-4 03-29-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,299
Posted By acam37
Actually, I have an old RV-6A tip up kit that?s...

Actually, I have an old RV-6A tip up kit that?s next on the agenda. The wings were started but the good news is the spars are not messed up this time. The tail is done but the fuselage hasn?t been...
Forum: RV-4 03-29-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,299
Posted By acam37
Many late hours at the hangar and almost every...

Many late hours at the hangar and almost every weekend. We worked every spare moment. The plane was partially built when we bought it, but a lot of the work had to be re-done. I even had to...
Forum: RV-4 03-26-2019, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,299
Posted By acam37
Another successful first flight

N684ML took to the skies today 3-25-19 after 2.5 years of building. She flew great and all systems performed as advertised. I want to thank my build partner Justin for strapping on his parachute and...
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,886
Posted By acam37
Oh, I see what you mean? No, the spar is aluminum...

Oh, I see what you mean? No, the spar is aluminum anodized gold. That?s one way you can tell if it?s a pre built Phlogiston spar? The older RV-4?s required the builder to assemble the spar. Those...
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,886
Posted By acam37
It?s the small Dynon due to real estate. We have...

It?s the small Dynon due to real estate. We have a Garmin 660 for backup. Both can run the autopilot.
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,886
Posted By acam37
Yeah, that?s an iPod that my buddy Justin...

Yeah, that?s an iPod that my buddy Justin integrated into the audio panel. He is really good at figuring stuff like that out and make it work flawlessly. He has the data cable and power wired direct...
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,886
Posted By acam37
Update

It’s been a while since I posted on this thread. All of my Photobucket pictures are no longer available. I’m proud to say that the plane is ready to fly and has passed it’s airworthiness inspection....
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,043
Posted By acam37
I have a Hendricks Latch. I can send you some...

I have a Hendricks Latch. I can send you some pictures if you want?
Forum: RV-4 03-17-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,043
Posted By acam37
Add another RV-4 to the registry

N684ML is now official, thanks Mel for making this a pleasurable experience.
2019 RV-4 fastback
http://i67.tinypic.com/fd6psx.jpg
Forum: Texas (North) 03-12-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,179
Posted By acam37
I wonder what the insurance requirements are to...

I wonder what the insurance requirements are to be an official transition trainer? I have an airline pilot friend who is a CFII and tailwheel trainer and we have thrown the idea around about me...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-25-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 725
Views: 340,959
Posted By acam37
I drilled my mounting holes too close to the...

I drilled my mounting holes too close to the internal circuit board and shorted out several LED?s. Paul at Flyleds responded almost immediately to my email and helped me troubleshoot the issue. He...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 801
Posted By acam37
You should be able to replace the entire cable....

You should be able to replace the entire cable. As long as you have access to all of the bulkheads that it passes through. While you are at it check the snap bushings for wear and replace at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,926
Posted By acam37
Mailed registration application last Friday...

Mailed registration application last Friday 1-11-19. Showed up on website today. Took only one week.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-14-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,287
Posted By acam37
I had good luck using PPG epoxy primer and both...

I had good luck using PPG epoxy primer and both single stage and bc/cc. As far as when to paint the interior, I painted my current project early on. Now that its almost ready to fly I am having to go...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-14-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,287
Posted By acam37
I?m on my third attempt at exactly what Charlie...

I?m on my third attempt at exactly what Charlie described. It was a total failure. No matter what I did, the hangar environment was just too contaminated to get a nice slick finish on my interior...
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