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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 192
Posted By wirejock
Drilling the Stainless Firewall

I'm sure this isn't the proper way but maybe it will help someone a little.

Don't assume you're perfect measurements and punch marks will result in aligned holes when drilling stainless. Stainless...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 295
Posted By wirejock
Lift

That is so cool. I'm tempted to get one for working on the cars.
I don't get it. $25 That's too cheap. What's the catch. Maybe $500 to ship?
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By wirejock
Plans

E-mail forwarded with plans.
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By wirejock
USB

All the drawings are on the USB. Any copy store can print 11x17.
If you want full size, get them from Vans.
Most are OP drawings except DWG19 has all the penetrations. Yiu want a current version if...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By wirejock
Nickel and dime

Love how we nickle and dime on a Firewall Pass Thru then blow $30K on an engine. :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By wirejock
Bowden Cable Firewall Pass Thru

I can't take credit for this. Dan Langhout posted it back in 2011 but I can't find it. Thank goodness I saved a pdf copy.

These are the fittings I found worked best.
Aluminum will certainly work....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 03:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,746
Posted By wirejock
J-stringers

One on each maybe but getting the skin in place with all the J-stiffeners would be tricky. Cleko them on and try it. Maybe it's possible. Always practice something before attempting it on the...
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 355
Posted By wirejock
Mix by weight

Read every thread Dan Horton posted. I wrote as much as I could in a document. Fiberglass. Look in my blog.
Harbor fright has some nice small digital scales as well. I keep epoxy and hardener in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By wirejock
FOT

That's where I was thinking. It's yet another Spruce order in the mail!
Thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By wirejock
Layout

Thanks Greg.
Looks like I got pretty close to your layout.
Still have the FOT to drill and maybe a couple other little things.
Almost there.
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Forum: RV-9/9A 02-26-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Bag 983

BAG 983 HARDWARE ITEMS
AN310-6 NUT,CASTLE 3/8
AN365-624A NUT,STOP 3/8-24
AN6-12A AN BOLT
AN6-14 AN BOLT
AN6-23A AN BOLT
BUSH-ST.375X688X375 STEEL...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-26-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Heater control

It's not on another plate. It has a silicone gasket. Two holes for bolts from the inside and a 2" hole for the heat flange.
I bought the FWF kit but deleted several items like governor, exhaust,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-26-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,002
Posted By wirejock
Ground

I would start with the ground for the lights.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,793
Posted By wirejock
Best build

At your age, sit the family down and have a serious discussion about the mission, budget and time committment. Anything over two is the RV10 and it's going to take quite a bite out of your family...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-25-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Photo

Duncan
Mine is a 7A, IO360M1B with the new mount and gear.
Maybe this photo will help.
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Forum: RV-7/7A 02-25-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,606
Posted By wirejock
Pass through locations

More questions
I searched and looked at every photo I could find.
I even called Vans. They basically said put stuff anywhere you want but watch for stiffeners and engine mount.
I have two pass...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-25-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Firewall Forward

The plans are there. Look carefully at the legends and notes. It's pretty confusing.
Heater control was fine for my IO360M1B. Just under the recess. Scat is angled Starboard. I bought a stainless...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-25-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 225,540
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Congratulations Jereme. That is so awesome.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By wirejock
Fire seal

That's what I did for that exact reason. I added a 4-40 nut to each cleko for extra tension.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,353
Posted By wirejock
Suppliers

Amazon has it. Costs about $40 but free shipping with a Prime account.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,275
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler shroud

Allan

Talk about timing. I just mounted the oil cooler to my firewall. That's exactly what I need.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,014
Posted By wirejock
AN826

The AN826 will supply MP to two P-mags but what about MP to the EMS?
Don't you still need another "T" somewhere?
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Fuel line

Check your plans. On the 7A the fuel pump doubler is not of any use because the electric fuel pump is in the tunnel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By wirejock
Education

Welcome
You're on the right track. Use the time to find a Mentor and learn good technique. Help others. The skills will serve you well when you make the decision. Airventure is a great learning tool....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 641
Posted By wirejock
B&C

Anyone ask B&C Tech Support. They have equipment all over the Expimental and Certified market. Seems like they would know best.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-21-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,695
Posted By wirejock
Canopy skirt

That is some beautiful canopy and skirt work.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By wirejock
Firewall

I'm working FWF on my 7A slider with new gear and mount. There may be similarities so here's what I've found so far specific to the new gear on the 7A.
1. There are a couple revised drawings. Call...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-20-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By wirejock
CherryMax

Agree. Ask Vans first. CherryMax has intermediate sizes so you may not have to go to #5.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,359
Posted By wirejock
Scope

Brilliant! Scope out that stem.
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By wirejock
I feel your pain. 30 years in IT. :D

I feel your pain. 30 years in IT. :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By wirejock
Mentor

Welcome. What he said. I concur. Books and videos are great. No replacement for hands on. A mentor will teach good practices and correct bad ones before they become natural.
I'm so lucky to have...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-17-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,943
Posted By wirejock
Ray How do you plan to connect to the...

Ray
How do you plan to connect to the baffle?
Where did you move the mixture & prop control cables?

I'm doing similar. I am planning to install Vans Oil Cooler Vent on the baffle and a fiberglass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By wirejock
Vans response

Here is Sterling's reply

"I am glad to hear you found all of these parts. As for an answer on what is the best attachment I will leave this argument up to the good people of VAF to hash out. I like...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By wirejock
Apology

I need to apologize. I found the plan on the USB and in my stack. I was looking at the corner and Date Drawn.
Note 3 clearly shows a revision date 04/30/2019
I found the FF-00096, FF-00097A &...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By wirejock
New

I have an e-mail trade going with Sterling. I don't mind a change but I wish Vans would explain and provide the parts and plans. No paper plan and my new USB doesn't have the drawing. Sterling sent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By wirejock
NACA

Sprayed mine with the same Jet Flex as the interior. Don't spray the contact surface if you plan to glue them with proseal. I used proseal and neodymium magnets.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,224
Posted By wirejock
Retrofit Kit

I'm building the same model. 7A SLider, IO-360-M1B, New gear and mount. I'm totally confused. I don't understand Sterling's response. Is the retrofit kit required?
Also, I don't have a DWG45(R3). I...
Forum: Safety 02-14-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,265
Posted By wirejock
Exposure

I wonder about all those ingorant years. Back in th 80s, I remember watching mechanics blast the brakes with compressed air. Never did myself, but watched many a cloud form in the shop. I try to...
Forum: Primers 02-13-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By wirejock
Kirker Epoxy primer

Take a look at Kirker products. Also sold as Eastwood and Summit. Enduro Prime is a DTM 2K Epoxy primer.
Gallon of Kirker Enduro Prime is $72
Catalyst is $52

I'm a fan of SEM and Napa 7220 too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,574
Posted By wirejock
Insurance

Just another thought. I vaguely remember a conversation about my time with Gallagher. Seems like they would reimburse some hourly rate. Might be worth a call. Not that a claim would ever be filed but...
Forum: Tools 02-13-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By wirejock
Cheapo

My puller is a cheapo. Built two RV7s and still going. Not sure the swivel matters. I never swivel unless Sweetie takes me dancin' :D
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By wirejock
Primer

Agree. Leave it bare or pick a good epoxy primer. Choose a color you like and shoot it. Easy to touch up.
Forum: Tools 02-13-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By wirejock
Pulled rivet tool

What Terry said. Buy the swivel unit and grind the nose. I do have the expensive close quarters tool. Got it before the business sold and price quadrupled. Awesome tool when I need it but 99% of the...
Forum: Interiors 02-12-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,928
Posted By wirejock
Name

Name please.
Forum: Painting your RV 02-12-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By wirejock
Devilbiss

Devilbiss FLG. Mine is an older #3 but it works. 3M 200 micron 6oz PPS cups. Cups are displosable and allow painting any orientation. I use a 1.8 for primer and 1.3 for finish paint.
Been wanting to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By wirejock
Heat muff

Did you order the standard or additional length?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,139
Posted By wirejock
Tungsten bar

That's the one. Handy little bar. I usually tape the heavier one as close to the work as possible for extra mass. Helps set the rivet faster. I know I used it for most of the tricky rivets. There's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,139
Posted By wirejock
Thin tungsten bar

I have a thin tungsten bucking bar. Can't remember where I got it. It's about 1/4" thick and maybe 1x4 with one end angled. I sometimes tape the bigger cousin to it for even more mass. That's what I...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By wirejock
Paint shop

If you plan to use a paint shop, don't put anything on the outside. Most likely they will charge you to strip it off. They can't warranty a paint job if they didn't prep the surface.
That said, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By wirejock
RV-10 Oil Cooler plans

Does anyone have pdf plans for the RV10 Niagara 20006A Oil Cooler Firewall mount?
Photos of it installed on a 7A firewall would be even better.
I have these and it looks like it will fit just fine...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-09-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By wirejock
VPX vs ACM

They are similar, as electronic breakers, but very different in other ways. I originally planned for the VPX Pro and even created schematics. Last week, I spent a bunch of time on the phone with ACS....
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 640
Posted By wirejock
SC-15

Not sure what the stock tint is on the 14, but I do have the SC-15 on my 7A Slider. It's UV blocking. 80% I think. Maybe higher. Very little tint.
I have several scraps. Shoot me an e-mail with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,926
Posted By wirejock
Advise

You got some good advise already. I'm particularly fond of making friends of everyone.
After 30 years in government, it's the easiest way to get things done. Make sure everone owes you more favors...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By wirejock
Fuselage kit deletions

I found my e-mail to Barbara from way back when.
DELETE/ADD
1. delete Matco cyls
2. Delete VA-118-1 brake hoses
3. Delete Vanīs fuel valve (Bag 487)
4. Add five point harness crotch strap anchor

I...
Forum: Midwest 02-08-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By wirejock
Colorado Forum

Konstantin, Noel
I manage a Forum of Colorado builder/owners. If you would like to join, send me an e-mail (signature below).
Name
Phone
City
Model
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By wirejock
Fuse kit

It looks like you already have QB wings. Typically builders add two longerons to the wing kit order since they ship in the spar crate. Good time to consider brakes, tires, wheels.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By wirejock
Sanding

Agreed. Temp is the variable. You can sand it earlier, but it gums up the sandpaper. I tried to put parts in our furnace room. Sometimes it works in your favor. Sanding micro for example. If you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-07-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,361
Posted By wirejock
Vacuum leak

A friend tried a clever method on his car recently. He blew smoke into a vacuum line and looked for the smoke exiting. He had a hole in the brake booster hose. He uses a Vape but said cigar smoke...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By wirejock
Practice kits

I thought the were representative of empennage instructions on my 7A. I thought the airfoil was closer to actual than the tool box. I've built several tool boxes with new builders and never dimple...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,361
Posted By wirejock
Carb cleaner

I still do it that way on cars but not sure I would stand that close to a prop!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By wirejock
Truth

That's words of wisdom for sure. You should see mine right now. I keep trying to clean it up but in my mind, I keep hearing, " don't out that away, you need it". :D
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-06-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,087
Posted By wirejock
Engine

Problem is it doubles the cost, doubles the labor hours and typically halves the value. Exaggeration of course.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By wirejock
Bench space

That's plenty. I have two EAA benches. That's 2X10. Most of the time they were in an "L" configuration. The only time the were 4X5 was dimpling skins. Of course, if you have space, by a means.
Forum: Interiors 02-06-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,928
Posted By wirejock
Interior

Beautiful! No need for extra letters.
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