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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2017, 04:25 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,175
Posted By jimbower
This post came at a good time for me. The tread...

This post came at a good time for me. The tread on my mains looks about like that picture. I have been remiss in monitoring tread wear, so I really don't know how many landings were made on bald...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2017, 04:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,194
Posted By jimbower
I did have luck with the judicious application of...

I did have luck with the judicious application of a heat gun. I don't think a hair dryer will get it hot enough. Take your time and bend it farther than you have to, and I think that bit will lay...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2017, 04:56 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 130,054
Posted By jimbower
I used a cylinder honing tool to clean out powder...

I used a cylinder honing tool to clean out powder coat and other debris from the inside of the gear leg mounts, and other places. When the male part fits, coat the inside of the mating part with gun...
Forum: Safety 11-15-2016, 06:20 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 25,578
Posted By jimbower
There are still a few old-school people at my...

There are still a few old-school people at my home airport who fly without using a radio because their aircraft lack electrical systems. This is a pet peeve of mine, because we have two intersecting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2016, 05:29 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 123,658
Posted By jimbower
Angry SB16-03-28 Process

What I DIDN'T see in the SB was an inspection method for the 6/6A. I removed one aileron and attempted to view the forward side of the rear spar with an inspection mirror. That didn't work due to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-04-2016, 04:44 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 52,753
Posted By jimbower
Congratulations! Better teach him how to hold a...

Congratulations! Better teach him how to hold a bucking bar so he can get into all those hard-to-reach places!

Jim Bower - St. Louis, MO
RV-6A N143DJ
Flying since 2011
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-18-2016, 04:07 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 179,055
Posted By jimbower
I think of all the tasks I had to do while...

I think of all the tasks I had to do while building my -6A I hated wing assembly the most. I counted them, and there are 36 bolts PER WING inside the fuselage. Many of them go through the main...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-09-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,551
Posted By jimbower
Great stuff. The month after 9-11, a friend and...

Great stuff. The month after 9-11, a friend and I flew up to OSH with an instrument rated pilot in his C-182. The trip was IMC all the way, but of course we got there with no incidents. After a...
Forum: RV-4 08-06-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 451,124
Posted By jimbower
Awesome! The -4 is nice, but you don't see an...

Awesome! The -4 is nice, but you don't see an Me-262 every day (even a replica). I knew somebody was building them, but they must be very scarce, since I hardly hear about them.

Jim Bower
RV-6A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,708
Posted By jimbower
Is there a choice for "I'm so jealous"? Jim...

Is there a choice for "I'm so jealous"?

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 647,276
Posted By jimbower
Nice RV grin! Congratulations on making it out...

Nice RV grin! Congratulations on making it out of Phase I. Now you can continue giving rides to your family and friends. That's when the fun starts.

Jim Bower
RV-6A flying since 2011
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 1,319,305
Posted By jimbower
You should have said it was for the ejection seat!

You should have said it was for the ejection seat!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,962
Posted By jimbower
If you have time before you go, you might want to...

If you have time before you go, you might want to get in touch with Van Stumpner. He's a good friend of mine who lives in Mustang, OK. If you're interested, contact me at jimbower@hotmail.com and I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-12-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 395,654
Posted By jimbower
Got any more photos? I like what you did with...

Got any more photos? I like what you did with the back windows.

Jim Bower
RV-6A tipup...flying since 2011
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,332
Posted By jimbower
So cute! Where did "Pie's" name come...

So cute! Where did "Pie's" name come from?
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-05-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 179,055
Posted By jimbower
To answer your question, you trust your...

To answer your question, you trust your measurements and then drill holes for assembling the bulkheads, stringers, etc. Do yourself a favor and drill the holes a bit off-center and use small flat...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-30-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,972
Posted By jimbower
So sorry for your loss. We had to put our dog to...

So sorry for your loss. We had to put our dog to sleep on Monday. It never gets easier, does it? I'm sure you will find another supervisor for your project. Our Casey was too dainty to ever spend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,434
Posted By jimbower
Hopefully you have solved your problem by...

Hopefully you have solved your problem by now...sorry for the late reply. I had high oil temps when I started flying my -6A (O-320D1A), oil cooler on the firewall. I tried a bunch of things but...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 07-04-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,306
Posted By jimbower
I forgot to latch my tip-up on the very first...

I forgot to latch my tip-up on the very first flight in my -6A after transition training (flight advisor made the first flight). Flew the pattern, landed, and shut it. I also need to rig up an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,576
Posted By jimbower
I've only flown on a Herc one time (from Rota...

I've only flown on a Herc one time (from Rota Spain to Naples Italy), but it was fun. I like transports in general and -130s in particular.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,048
Posted By jimbower
That would be Mr. Mark Phillips of the...

That would be Mr. Mark Phillips of the Possumworks! Met him at OSH one year and marveled at the step. Lots more fussing than I want to do, but it was fun to watch.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,464,310
Posted By jimbower
Larry, don't sell yourself short on building two...

Larry, don't sell yourself short on building two good tanks! A lot of folks haven't been so fortunate. Keep on squashing rivets.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ (flying)
St. Louis, MO
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-18-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,466
Posted By jimbower
Imo's pizza is useful. The cheese will take the...

Imo's pizza is useful. The cheese will take the place of ProSeal.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ
Flying
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-14-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 688
Views: 398,159
Posted By jimbower
So, has anybody used the antisplat mod for the...

So, has anybody used the antisplat mod for the HS? Can we hear from some engineers about this?

I would like to hear back privately.

Jim Bower
RV-6A flying since 2011
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-10-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,699
Posted By jimbower
I had to cut 1" off both sticks before my DAR...

I had to cut 1" off both sticks before my DAR would sign off on my RV-6A. The pilot's stick hit the throttle when it was pulled out, and the passenger's stick hit the mixture control when it was in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 91,084
Posted By jimbower
After 11 years of building I finished my -6A to...

After 11 years of building I finished my -6A to the point where I could fly it. I still have loads of work to do with regards to fiberglass, interior finishing, etc. I've only been flying a couple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,892
Posted By jimbower
Being the wimp that I am, I conducted my build in...

Being the wimp that I am, I conducted my build in a well-insulated garage that I heated fairly well in the winter and air conditioned in the summer. I live in St. Louis where we get nasty heat and...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-13-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 84,771
Posted By jimbower
Good going, Dave! I call dibs on a ride in that...

Good going, Dave! I call dibs on a ride in that -8 when you get your Phase 1 completed!

Jim
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-12-2013, 08:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,048
Posted By jimbower
I built a -6A with tip-up, and D100/D120. I...

I built a -6A with tip-up, and D100/D120. I moved the original two ribs that go between the panel and sub panel outboard of the Dynons and added two more (ordered from Van's) inboard of the units. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,916
Posted By jimbower
Boy, I envy you that heated hangar! Mine is...

Boy, I envy you that heated hangar! Mine is unheated and probably unheatable. I could get some good work done on my (already flying) RV over the winter, but I don't have heated coveralls.

Jim...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-26-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By jimbower
I agree with Kyle. I wanted to make the first...

I agree with Kyle. I wanted to make the first flight without the emp. fairing installed in case I had to change the angle of incidence on the HS, but my flight advisor (who made the flight), refused...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2013, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,938
Posted By jimbower
That is why I vowed to NEVER fly into Orlando...

That is why I vowed to NEVER fly into Orlando airport ever again. On the way there, the plane is full of brats who are whining because they're not at Disney World yet. On the way back, the plane is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-12-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,153
Posted By jimbower
Good on you, Peter! I really wish my dad hadn't...

Good on you, Peter! I really wish my dad hadn't died just before I got my -6A in the air. He would have loved the ride.

Jim Bower
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-04-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,152
Posted By jimbower
I LOVE IT! A round engine! Please keep sending...

I LOVE IT! A round engine! Please keep sending pictures.

Jim Bower
RV6A N143DJ
St. Louis
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-14-2013, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,049
Posted By jimbower
"I'm thinking of using maybe 50% of the bolts (...

"I'm thinking of using maybe 50% of the bolts ( temporary HomeDepot stuff) and then after transporting to the airport, setting the whole fuselage in a support cradle to pull out the wood and install...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-11-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,509
Posted By jimbower
I have a -6A with a glass panel and tip-up...

I have a -6A with a glass panel and tip-up canopy. During panel planning I wanted to move the ribs that span the distance between the sub-panel and the main panel so the Dynon D100 and D120 would be...
Forum: RV-10 09-25-2013, 08:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,026
Posted By jimbower
Upon landing a few weeks ago, I had some...

Upon landing a few weeks ago, I had some nosewheel shimmy to the point that my wheel pant was fractured. I checked the breakout force and it was pretty low. Don't know why it wasn't a factor until...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-23-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,678
Posted By jimbower
I used the oversized panel and have no problems...

I used the oversized panel and have no problems at all. I have the tip-up so there is less of an issue getting behind it, but with an EFIS and a EMS high up on the panel, access down lower is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,189
Posted By jimbower
Well, my -6A was considerably more than 30k, but...

Well, my -6A was considerably more than 30k, but its empty weight was just over 1,000# (1,050#)...does that help?

Jim Bower
N143DJ
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2013, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,586
Posted By jimbower
Update to my update (for those who are...

Update to my update (for those who are interested). I got my 3" air controller a few days ago and installed it yesterday. It's a beautiful piece of hardware and exactly what I needed. I originally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,901
Posted By jimbower
So...can anybody tell me what the gain in speed...

So...can anybody tell me what the gain in speed is?

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,008
Posted By jimbower
It's a proven fact that the farther away you are...

It's a proven fact that the farther away you are from your project, the longer it will take to build. Therefore, you may want to consider building in your garage. At least there won't be as big a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,818
Posted By jimbower
Gasman, thank you for your kind words of support...

Gasman, thank you for your kind words of support for us nose-draggers. I like the fact that I don't have to worry much about ground loops, and I'm sitting in a level attitude even when I'm on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2013, 08:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,586
Posted By jimbower
Update: I got in touch with Bob Avery today...

Update: I got in touch with Bob Avery today (9/3) and ordered the 3" air controller. As luck would have it, he just got several of them in from Eric at Nonstop. I cancelled the order with Eric and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,586
Posted By jimbower
Ron, I couldn't agree more with respect to people...

Ron,
I couldn't agree more with respect to people being attentive to us, at least to the point of returning e-mails and phone calls. I, too, ordered a 3" oil cooler valve from Nonstop, and so far...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2013, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,187
Posted By jimbower
Harbor Freight does indeed have planishing...

Harbor Freight does indeed have planishing hammers. Somebody bought one for my chapter (32) years ago and it has never been used.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ
St. Louis
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,765
Posted By jimbower
If you care to duplicate it I will buy one from...

If you care to duplicate it I will buy one from you.

Jim Bower
RV-6A (tall tail) N143DJ
St. Louis
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2013, 06:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,274
Posted By jimbower
Mark, Thanks for posting the info about this...

Mark,

Thanks for posting the info about this fitting. I've been looking for something like this since my RV flew two years ago. I had a set of Van's shutters mounted next to the oil cooler on the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-06-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,264
Posted By jimbower
I did ask the question, so try me out on the...

I did ask the question, so try me out on the answer. I spent a long enough time building my RV-6A from a KIT...I couldn't imagine wanting to scratchbuild one. I suppose there are some who would,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-02-2013, 03:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,264
Posted By jimbower
I remember having to send Van's a notarized...

I remember having to send Van's a notarized statement certifying that I would use the plans to build only ONE airplane. This was after I bought the tail kit and got the full size plans. The preview...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-31-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,032
Posted By jimbower
I wish I had one of those! During final assembly...

I wish I had one of those! During final assembly I got on the step with my helper partly in the baggage compartment. No fuel in the tanks, so it smacked down hard on the tail. Broke the fairing...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-30-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By jimbower
I got my relay board from Infinity (the same...

I got my relay board from Infinity (the same place I got my stick grips), so I can't attest to the durability of the MAC/RAC relays. I've got about 85 hours on my RV-6A and no problems.

Jim...
Forum: Safety 07-30-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,543
Posted By jimbower
I don't remember anything really serious (maybe I...

I don't remember anything really serious (maybe I have a selective memory), but my riveting mentor Jim Cone once advised me never to try out a rivet gun on the palm of your hand and not to test the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-25-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 84,771
Posted By jimbower
Looking great, Dave! Which RV are you going to...

Looking great, Dave! Which RV are you going to build next? :-D
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-04-2013, 07:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,967
Posted By jimbower
The 6/6A IS kind of a red-headed step child. I...

The 6/6A IS kind of a red-headed step child. I was in Van's tent at OSH in 2001 to order my fuselage kit and one of the guys said something like "we're not selling those any more". Someone else...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-03-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,104
Posted By jimbower
I used countersunk #6 screws and nutplates for...

I used countersunk #6 screws and nutplates for the baggage floor, and round head #6 screws and nutplates for the seat floor. It's all worked out well, but if you mount any electronics under the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2013, 02:13 PM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,464,310
Posted By jimbower
Hey, I need one of those lifts to keep my RV out...

Hey, I need one of those lifts to keep my RV out of the constantly-flooding Mississippi water! How much do they cost?

Jim Bower
RV-6A St. Louis
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,778
Posted By jimbower
Let me jump on the Tom Berge fan club bandwagon. ...

Let me jump on the Tom Berge fan club bandwagon. Tom helped me with an issue I had regarding my prop. I have a 3-blade Catto in front of my O-320, and I was curious if it was pitched correctly. I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,131
Posted By jimbower
Yeah...been there, done that. I agree that all...

Yeah...been there, done that. I agree that all old guys should have some skinny kid to do stuff inside of a cramped area, but you have to train and feed them.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ...trying to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-17-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 84,771
Posted By jimbower
Looking good, Dave. I hope all goes well with...

Looking good, Dave. I hope all goes well with this canopy. If you remember, you are the guy who inspired me to stop building and start flying. I could probably have fiddled around with fiberglass...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-15-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,304
Posted By jimbower
Mike Seager taught me to use half flaps on the...

Mike Seager taught me to use half flaps on the downwind by holding the switch down for a 4-count. On base, go ahead and use full flaps. He explained that half flaps improve lift; full flaps give...
Forum: Safety 05-03-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 15,592
Posted By jimbower
I've always said I would rather be lucky than...

I've always said I would rather be lucky than good. I haven't won any lotteries, but I'm still alive after nearly 63 years.

Jim Bower
RV-6A N143DJ, flying
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,487
Posted By jimbower
Ha! I had a lot of the "are you going to fly...

Ha! I had a lot of the "are you going to fly that?" questions during my build. I always said that if I wasn't going to fly it I was spending a lot of time and money for nothing.

Jim Bower
RV-6A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 28,617
Posted By jimbower
Miles, I have had that same dream (or similar...

Miles,

I have had that same dream (or similar ones) on multiple occasions. Amazing...if somebody on here is a psychologist maybe they can tell us the deeper meaning of these dreams!

Jim...
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