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Forum: Tools Yesterday, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By BillL
I admit, that any chasing is a risk, and that the...

I admit, that any chasing is a risk, and that the ATS style tool may take some torque to release the debris, but are you saying the expensive tool would not have done this? It would seem that either...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By BillL
Misplaced

That happens - and when it does I can look right at it and not see it, so my procedure for Misplaced items is to clean up and organize. That makes my brain open to seeing what is there until I run...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-28-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By BillL
File - or just get new skins.

File - or just get new skins.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 930
Posted By BillL
Good suggestion, but do your research, you can...

Good suggestion, but do your research, you can leave in there too long and bad things will result.


Allen Barrett says:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=773285&postcount=3

Don't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By BillL
Just some fundamental theory to work into your...

Just some fundamental theory to work into your thinking. If combustion (heat release) takes place faster, then there is more stroke to generate work (expansion ratio).

Now- Ross has way more hands...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-27-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By BillL
I park my HF tiny digital scale on a block...

I park my HF tiny digital scale on a block between the resin and hardener. Dixie water dispenser cups have no wax and make excellent small batch pots. The hardener sits on a shorter block so the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 457
Posted By BillL
Heat for the longevity of the pump is not the...

Heat for the longevity of the pump is not the main issue with an under-cowl mount. The pump has a large surface area and will absorb heat and transfer to the fuel. It just means that your mechanical...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-26-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 550
Posted By BillL
Fiberglass and can be repaired.

Repairable - yes, definitely
Reasonable - well - compared to new pants and refitting them - MOST definitely.

The glass/reinforcement is easy, getting the profile is a little more thinking. Having a...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-24-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,268
Posted By BillL
That thing was terrible. It had points to fire...

That thing was terrible. It had points to fire the injectors the sensors and connectors were unreliable. I worked on hundreds of these. You could tell the really problem units - the back bumper had...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-23-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By BillL
Great for a hybrid electric drone. Us the module...

Great for a hybrid electric drone. Us the module to get to altitude then fuel is gone, and eject it for the weight savings. Completely disposable. Perfect for a military project with cubic dollars...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-17-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 748
Views: 155,925
Posted By BillL
If there is a CAT dealer near you they sell...

If there is a CAT dealer near you they sell sample kits. I have used them for decades. Low cost high quality results. Prepaid mailer and you will get a letter and email. Under $13 each. They do check...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-16-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,297
Posted By BillL
Top of the engine photos . . . .

Pics of the whole top of the engine to see where the lines are secured is the objective here. Those lines can/will vibrate and stainless is not good for fatigue. There is a 45 deg slice where they...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-15-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,234
Posted By BillL
Heavy equipment just puts a piece of hose...

Heavy equipment just puts a piece of hose trailing from the oil sump to where a technician can reach it. The end of the hose has the valve on it. Heavy, but reliable. Can't say I favor the idea, but...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By BillL
Maybe, but there are a lot of possible leak...

Maybe, but there are a lot of possible leak sources that could help with what you have. Post some pictures and you will get a lot of better informed responses.

Some data on your flight conditions...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-12-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 463
Posted By BillL
The object is . .

Limiting the airflow through the HX results in the delta-T across the unit increasing. A least that is the idea where heat transfer is limited by the surface area around the exhaust pipe. I reduced...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-12-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,008
Posted By BillL
Hidden APPR ?

Great diagnostics and help!!! Interesting read as I have the 73, 370 and 650 too and found the data to be invaluable in understanding what was happening after the fact. The OP has the 305, but I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-12-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,302
Posted By BillL
Nice Vid, Pete! IFR and handling camera angles,...

Nice Vid, Pete! IFR and handling camera angles, that is a real handful.

What is your camera list? I am sitting with a Garmin Virb ultra in the basket. I see you put the location close to the panel...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,545
Posted By BillL
I did not have a place to do painting, so went...

I did not have a place to do painting, so went the fly-phase I, then paint. Yes the price in in that range you mentioned. There was no paint shop on field and no auto/plane experienced either and no...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,558
Posted By BillL
Good Idea!! and it really works too. I do the...

Good Idea!! and it really works too.

I do the same thing for the same reason. The difference is I use a brass adapter to 1/4" OD poly tubing and drill the inside so the tube will go all the way...
Forum: Autopilots 02-09-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,248
Posted By BillL
Definitely electric (auto) trim with new AP's

Good Decision. My early generation G3X panel with AP does not have auto trim, and my 10Friend does. It is really nice. I sometimes notice a jitter in the AP roll servo, a tiny little action but found...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,522
Posted By BillL
Congratulations !!!

There was a line in the Back to the Future movies, we dont need any stinkin' roads!

That was Barb, when policy, forms, etc got confused and did not allow a way forward. Barb always came to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By BillL
Definitely get the stein tubing cutter for clean...

Definitely get the stein tubing cutter for clean square ends. Also, the tubing is stiff as elephant hair - in the tight spaces under the panel, I used a heat gun (practice 1st) to straighten and form...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-04-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,348
Posted By BillL
As a 5 decade fan of #3, it would not work. The...

As a 5 decade fan of #3, it would not work. The plates are too flimsy for sealing, and #3 never really gets hard. If it were an engine case, yes. Proseal is excellent, maybe the best.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,724
Posted By BillL
Yeah, Dan, remember that fleck we found in that...

Yeah, Dan, remember that fleck we found in that fuel nozzle at OSH? There was some excess browned (previously white) sealant in the spider fittings. That showed me the perils of excess sealant in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 828
Posted By BillL
Good selection, actually the most popular, but so...

Good selection, actually the most popular, but so reliable it needs no discussion. (as Paul mentioned) Just get a double fist full of rags and/or towels to soak up the gas, and stuff them in a...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-03-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,082
Posted By BillL
First flight of my -7 was my first solo in an RV...

First flight of my -7 was my first solo in an RV and taildragger. Transition and TW training was done of course, and I did not even think about the solo thing until after I landed and was sitting...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,724
Posted By BillL
Don't always believe a label . . .

Lets be specific about product, I have used Permatex #2 and #3 for thousands of threaded fuel fittings with success. It is dissolved/cleaned with alcohol. EZ turn is a melted polymer, a lubricant,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By BillL
I can not address your dimension issues, but...

I can not address your dimension issues, but don't discount the proven value of the surface finish modification. It is quite effective and not limited to an aircraft application. That is a basic...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By BillL
Confirmation please.

Tim, I am skeptical that the illumination is from the oil. Have you checked the fluorescence of the oil on the dip stick to be sure? I tested my oil (aeroshell 15W50) from the original container and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By BillL
You should check out Kevin Hortons website...

You should check out Kevin Hortons website (https://kilohotel.com/rv8/). He is a test pilot and did an excellent job of his POH - - Not likely a pocket size though. :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,053
Posted By BillL
I use Caterpillar sample service. Just go to the...

I use Caterpillar sample service. Just go to the dealer and get the bottle packs. It comes with a prepaid mailer and I get an email in 3-4 days with the results. They have analysis labs that are high...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By BillL
Here is the Fumoto chart with all sizes. I use...

Here is the Fumoto chart with all sizes. I use the T202NS 1/2"NPT model on my M1B. Diesels are very energetic (high accelerations on anything engine mounted) so if the last for that application I was...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 744
Posted By BillL
Specifications are more than a color.

Loctite is a Henkel Product. They make at least a hundred formulations of "locking" goo. Color is not a good specification, they all have SDS and MDS, by product, for understanding the differences,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,211
Posted By BillL
Outside the prop wash.

I placed thermocouples in a lot of different places once I found that my wing root location was affected by EGT. Yes, EGT tracked and changed by OAT. Plotting data showed an excellent correlation....
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,192
Posted By BillL
I love those brackets!!! I made a dozen+ to route...

I love those brackets!!! I made a dozen+ to route my pitot-static lines and attached them under the longeron rail, among other places. I did not consider them for wiring, but clearly they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,294
Posted By BillL
After a 35 yr hiatus for instrument flight, I got...

After a 35 yr hiatus for instrument flight, I got recurrence training in my 7. Truly YMMV, but I would not do it any other way, while the technical aspects are certainly learnable, I would have...
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By BillL
It looks like wirejock has a good starter list. I...

It looks like wirejock has a good starter list. I would add aviation bits, and a non guided small single hole countersink. A deburring tool.
Forum: Tools 01-25-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By BillL
Get some small pieces and test your hammer swing...

Get some small pieces and test your hammer swing it has to be hit pretty smartly.

I am sure you have seen this video on the subject

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo9QCMaNSoA&feature=emb_logo
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,423
Posted By BillL
+1 .

+1 .
Forum: Fiberglass 01-21-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,106
Posted By BillL
Dan would say the green 3m long board 40-80 grit...

Dan would say the green 3m long board 40-80 grit lasts pretty well, I would agree. But, I switched to Permagrit for making a lot of plenums.

Pricey for a few uses but unbeatable for a lot of...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,749
Posted By BillL
Dunno, but their position on safety wire is...

Dunno, but their position on safety wire is "option", they don't recommend it, but say it is ok for the airframe manufacturer to add the safety wire.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,033
Posted By BillL
When you get it apart and read the flyboy...

When you get it apart and read the flyboy document, you will understand how it works. I likely never fit very well, mine didn't and failed like yours in 20 hrs. A little filling adjustment and some...
Forum: GPS 01-19-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By BillL
Welcome to the club! I had mine (GA35) go out on...

Welcome to the club! I had mine (GA35) go out on the end of an IFR flight plan. Fortunately I was close to the airport and used for flight to get close then cancelled and landed VFR.

Brantel has...
Forum: Engine Monitors 01-19-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,967
Posted By BillL
Yep, and the goo inside will become soft with...

Yep, and the goo inside will become soft with heat and act normal. I don't have this issue, but a 10 friend had this and he cleaned some black goo out of the hose. He cleans it out now on alternate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-19-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,959
Posted By BillL
They can smell fear . . .

That's what my Granddaddy told me, as he brushed red wasps off a nest to harvest the grubs for fish bait while I observed in the opposite end of a 12' jon boat. I later had a chance to practice with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,911
Posted By BillL
Pro Seal or urethane adhesive - but scuff and...

Pro Seal or urethane adhesive - but scuff and clean with denatured alcohol. I would put 5+ into a small yogurt cup cover (all sitting on the bottom) with lighter fluid and cap. They would be clear of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-18-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,190
Posted By BillL
It looks just like my car carpets after winter....

It looks just like my car carpets after winter. Salt/deice deposits. Taste it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By BillL
I used 4-40 as well for the top and #6 for the...

I used 4-40 as well for the top and #6 for the bottom.

Suggestion - stagger the last screws on the thin end so they don't interfere.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 899
Posted By BillL
Old 100% cotton flannel pajamas? I have the same...

Old 100% cotton flannel pajamas?

I have the same issue with the automotive yellow 100% cotton - lint. And I really use old PJ's with the seams cut out as they have polyester thread.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2021, 07:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,339
Posted By BillL
Here is a post of discussion with a 3M PhD on the...

Here is a post of discussion with a 3M PhD on the subject:
https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1116704&postcount=31

It is still relevant.

If we started using 3M product and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,205
Posted By BillL
Really Good start.

Alt Static Air ? I put mine where your AP switch is located.

I can't reach the far right corner of my panel with the harness snugged up. Maybe you can.

Who will operate the cabin heat? Going to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-15-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,886
Posted By BillL
Really?

I heard this and took my UV light and 15W-50 Aeroshell did not illuminate. I wish it had, then I could use it as aero flow tracing fluid.

Maybe it is UV frequency, do we know the range of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-14-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
Posted By BillL
This is the man I would listen to. He has...

This is the man I would listen to. He has done/posted much of his rebuild experiences.
Forum: Safety 01-14-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,006
Posted By BillL
Correction

The first rudder issued for the 7 was identical to the last 6 and 8. The 7 (short) had the .020 skin. The tall 7 rudder came from the 9.

All will fit but the short one (6-8, early 7) needs the VS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,125
Posted By BillL
Guilty

I so stated in the OP, this is to alert others of it's existence. I am waiting for the letter to come.

I also went to BBB and it had 26 comments with a 1 star rating - the lowest that can be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,125
Posted By BillL
Fraud Alert for Registration Renewal

Yesterday I got my Registration renewal notice. I thought, it would be easier to just google "renew aircraft registration" and pick it there. Bad idea

Here is the first...
Forum: RV-14 01-13-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,930
Posted By BillL
Have you already changed oil once? What is...

Have you already changed oil once?

What is your oil level checked before starting each day? What are you shooting for? Mine will burn more oil above 6 qts on the stick but not much lower than...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-12-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,331
Posted By BillL
Phat, you see that shiny, not painted, square...

Phat, you see that shiny, not painted, square plate above your P-Mag? The accessory drive? That plate on my new-from-the-factory-M1B-via-Vans was missing the gasket. It weeped oil and took me 50 hrs...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-11-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,500
Posted By BillL
Yes, I did. The GAP26 may pull 12 amps, but not...

Yes, I did. The GAP26 may pull 12 amps, but not for long. And that is at -20F for a few min until it warms, which it does rapidly.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-11-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,500
Posted By BillL
Anderson - like Molex - a "brand" not a spec.

They make many different amp ratings. I use them for shore power on my 7. My neighbor uses many of these in his bass boats, and the black and red sides can be connected with a wedge connection. He...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 735
Posted By BillL
I just happened to have a fuzzy recollection that...

I just happened to have a fuzzy recollection that Scott Card made them, so I searched for his posts. You would not have known that.

It really is an elegant design, isn't it.
Forum: ADS-B 01-10-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,733
Posted By BillL
A total surveillance state is easily misused....

A total surveillance state is easily misused. People being people, it is just a matter of time as to how it will manifest.

Super Photo Brad thanks! Yeah . . uuhhh . . . I am just taking some...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 735
Posted By BillL
Search is your fickle friend

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=184578
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-10-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,462
Posted By BillL
Per Gates application engineers from my historical memory.

You should know that these belts shrink in length at elevated temperature, so be careful when you check them- use 70F ish room temps or being consistent is a good idea. Typically, this kind of belt...
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