VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 64 of 500
Search took 0.06 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: BillL
Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 08:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By BillL
Are you using a steel squeegee? It can apply more...

Are you using a steel squeegee? It can apply more pressure on the edge, and leave a thinner layer to sand.

But thinking, I don't think it is the root cause. I recall seeing some acrylic tables (or...
Forum: RV-15 Yesterday, 08:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,591
Posted By BillL
The taste of reality . . .

And new product introduction before it is fully baked just gives competition and head start with an inferior aaahh -errrr less developed product. Lots of shiny things offered in neverland of OSH, it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By BillL
Just to be picky . . . .

Flame has nothing to do with it. It take time for combustion to reach the far side of the combustion chamber, so while the working plug fires on time, the effective average time of the combustion...
Forum: RV-10 01-17-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,088
Posted By BillL
An AP friend uses a snap-on ($$$$) with inserted...

An AP friend uses a snap-on ($$$$) with inserted end tools, it is excellent for using where only an open end wrench will fit. Ratchet head, and crowfoot is really dicey but works. $50 for a single...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Ice
Views: 1,140
Posted By BillL
FWIW Sam gets my "best post" award. Lots of...

FWIW Sam gets my "best post" award. Lots of icing air mets on your route today.

I would stay put until Tuesday. Meanwhile get to know your weather products, Aviation weather...
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,088
Posted By BillL
CDI (http://www.cditorque.com) is a good brand....

CDI (http://www.cditorque.com) is a good brand.
I find the wrench part number then google for a price. Like Zoro...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,022
Posted By BillL
Easy enough to do, with a few practice holes on...

Easy enough to do, with a few practice holes on scrap. Just look at the diameter of the test pieces. The single flute will not chatter, unlike the multi cutter types.

Hand cutting is the least...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By BillL
They used to be made by Torrington, Bob. My...

They used to be made by Torrington, Bob. My information is 30 yrs old.:eek:

Edit: OK, maybe 50 yrs old. :eek::eek:

What diameter/length do you need??

Lily Bearing might have a listing. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-14-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,380
Posted By BillL
Welcome to VAF, Ruan!! Hope you will post the...

Welcome to VAF, Ruan!! Hope you will post the progress. This engine seems perfect for your part of the world.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 680
Posted By BillL
+1 !!! Great tool - -smallest diameter I have...

+1 !!! Great tool - -smallest diameter I have ever found!


You use the brakes??:D

Seriously - my pads are projecting to 4000 hrs life, but plenty other stuff to keep and eye on, so it is pants...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-14-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By BillL
I like the source . . .

https://www.gates.com/us/en/power-transmission/v-belts/automotive-v-belts.html?fl-topwidthmm_double=10.0

Here is the Gates XL type I use and came with my alternator. It shows an 851mm and jumps to...
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2022, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 205
Posted By BillL
Per plans, the hole in the nut and axle for the...

Per plans, the hole in the nut and axle for the cotter pin was supposed to be drilled in place. Therefore, you should be able to identify the location of that hole and simply reuse it.

Not so easy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-13-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By BillL
I have called a couple of times and talked to the...

I have called a couple of times and talked to the Lycoming factory people (several actually) - they all were very helpful and straightforward. You should have good luck if you decide to call.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2022, 06:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,366
Posted By BillL
Ouch . . . ?

Functionally maybe not, but . . . there is the cost, plumbing, weight, wiring, and labor & time to install. The G5 might provide all the redundancy desired.


Simplify.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By BillL
Choices dictate the plan.

Larry, I used a James cowl so the profile is a tiny bit different, but I used a flashlight stuck in the dipstick tube to locate my door. After fitting the cowl just located the center and worked from...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2022, 08:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,950
Posted By BillL
I have Baja in my -7 tips and don't notice any...

I have Baja in my -7 tips and don't notice any dark areas, but . . . I used lenses (purchased separately) with 50% diffusers. One horizontal and one vertical. This seems to work but is not a (typical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 830
Posted By BillL
Just a thought.

Stein used to use black on clear waterslide then paint over the whole panel.

At $1 for a letter size sheet (laser) (https://www.amazon.com/Sheets-Laser-Water-Slide-Transparent/dp/B01GVO92U2) it is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-07-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,112
Posted By BillL
Say it ain't so. :D:D

Say it ain't so. :D:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-07-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By BillL
Seriously consider off-engine oil cooler mount.

Ed, I built a -7 with parallel valve (IO360M1B ) and baffle mounted (7 row stock) cooler, but if I were doing this again with an angle valve would definitely install a remote (firewall) cooler and...
Forum: Safety 01-04-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,255
Posted By BillL
A little trouble locating the tuft tape . . .

Thanks for another great and well done test!!

Scotch seems to make a million tape types. Is this what they call "wall safe" with a purple splashed package?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,906
Posted By BillL
You are a true pilot!! You took the plane out for...

You are a true pilot!! You took the plane out for a flight just to get the correct lighting on the subject for a good photograph!! Why not.;)

To the subject: Paul and Dan's advice can't be beat.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,620
Posted By BillL
Clearly a timeless topic . . . .

Ethanol is added/mixed with the gasoline before/as it flows into the tank delivery truck. It is up to the local gas station (op lims permitting) as to whether they offer ethanol/alcohol free fuel....
Forum: RV-14 01-01-2022, 04:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By BillL
Most definitely a new part.

Most definitely a new part.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2022, 04:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,755
Posted By BillL
Indeed - - or climb. I was approaching 10k...

Indeed - - or climb. I was approaching 10k mountains, 27 kt headwind at 12000 and getting beat up with strong chop. Very hard to push buttons, but asked for higher, cleared for 14 and got relief 90%...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-01-2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,585
Posted By BillL
Sorry, the only photos found were mock ups for...

Sorry, the only photos found were mock ups for location and no final. I have been moving to a different hangar the last 2 weeks, I'll get you a picture on my next visit, it should be soon, more...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 726
Posted By BillL
I am not aware of insulation needs but I think...

I am not aware of insulation needs but I think the key issues in my -7 are cold air leaks from various locations. If you can address these, it will be a lot easier to heat. I have a cold draft up...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-29-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,012
Posted By BillL
RIP indeed, Jack was one of a kind. I was...

RIP indeed, Jack was one of a kind. I was inquiring about his book years ago, and he called me (!!!) and we talked for over an hour ,much about the Voyager Flight. Quite a bright fellow. When his...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-29-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,585
Posted By BillL
I have an Anderson connector and 6AWG, but my run...

I have an Anderson connector and 6AWG, but my run is only 8 inches, and the ground is #4. It is accessible via the oil door on my -7.

It has limited usage and if the engine is hard to start and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-29-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,555
Posted By BillL
I took thermocouple wire and made bead ends, then...

I took thermocouple wire and made bead ends, then placed two in several places (oven, water, ice) to compare readings and define a correction factor. One was strung to different places on the plane...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-29-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,555
Posted By BillL
Add me to the outside prop diameter and in the...

Add me to the outside prop diameter and in the shade group.


I tested several locations with thermocouples before settling on the inspection plate. Mine was inside the left wing root aft of the spar...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-22-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,364
Posted By BillL
Excellent solution Frank! Now I need a 3d...

Excellent solution Frank!

Now I need a 3d printer. That cold draft up my armpit is really uncomfortable. I like your design.

Maybe you and Steve Melton (& Amanda) can work a deal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,796
Posted By BillL
Been wondering about I-Nav too.

Yes and with MEMS prices are not super high, $3-4K. But not integrated and only a single unit, not redundant. I thought the over-the-pond commercial used 3 I-navs and two had to match.

The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-21-2021, 06:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,580
Posted By BillL
A couple of things to add . . . (not oil). There...

A couple of things to add . . . (not oil). There is no reason to accept that a lycoming can not be dry, i.e. no oil leaks. It is a personal choice. A good A&P told me to look for the highest drip...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,348
Posted By BillL
Keep pushing ahead.

It is not an emotional journey, just do it.

I say, Life is a dirt road to greener pastures. . . .You have to push through the mud bog section to get to the green fields and easy rolling.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,769
Posted By BillL
Lacing for many practical reasons.

I wrestled with this decision in my build, and tried the ty-raps, the aviation type, with stainless tang. Even used a tensioner/cutter. The tensioner does not fit in small spaces, and handling lacing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-13-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,244
Posted By BillL
Yep

DRB's sent dozers to destroy the runway against a Federal Order in the dark of night.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-13-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,244
Posted By BillL
Hard to argue with the concepts, but using...

Hard to argue with the concepts, but using emissions as a forcing factor has been long in the making from the clean air act. All of my decades of engineering career were colored by the emissions reg...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,652
Posted By BillL
I use Permatex nickel anti-seize on my AWI...

I use Permatex nickel anti-seize on my AWI exhaust ball swivels. I mix a slurry with mouse milk for application to the swivels. At annual, I remove the collector and exercise each tube with the...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,592
Posted By BillL
It is a system for cooling and parallel flow for...

It is a system for cooling and parallel flow for CHT and OT. If OT is too high and CHT too low, then you have too much air over the barrel/head fins. Go slowly as you can block 100% over the barrels...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-09-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,570
Posted By BillL
Specific differences, but no link to failures due to lube.

Dave, I think the loads are similar, the RPM near the same as smaller trailers, but a cold bearing with near instant load means some inertia on the rollers just as the load is applied. Sliding of any...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-08-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,872
Posted By BillL
Completely.

Completely.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-08-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 85,229
Posted By BillL
You should read all the FAA documentation and...

You should read all the FAA documentation and correspondence on this subject, it is the only way you will get the full picture of the problem. The aftermath is fully laid out in the posts of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-07-2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,857
Posted By BillL
Interesting discussion. My M1B has ~200 hrs now...

Interesting discussion. My M1B has ~200 hrs now and the oil seems to begin darkening after 30hrs. I stopped tasting a while back with black stains on my lips but still smell it and notice the odor...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-07-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By BillL
To your life question, yes, rotators extend the...

To your life question, yes, rotators extend the life of exhaust valves. In general, exhaust valves pushed to the temperature limits (at the face) are the result of many design and operational...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-07-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,438
Posted By BillL
Nutplates are a superior and durable alternative.

My first thought too. I tested some genuine rivnut parts (~ok) and HF, (junk) and the nut plates - -the nut plate way outperformed the others. There are flush set 3/32 pull rivets from Hanson that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,164
Posted By BillL
Shout out for Pegasus

I needed a Facet pump, (formerly Bendix, the soda can, not the cube) and found them as one of the few dealers and having reasonable prices. I am a couple of hundred miles away from their Wisconsin...
Forum: Primers 12-04-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By BillL
Yep reducer/thinner appropriate to the paint...

Yep reducer/thinner appropriate to the paint helps with viscosity, pressure will give better atomization. I spray cardboard as a test, adjust volume, pattern, and pressure with a regulator on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By BillL
Paul, I had to do this on my 7 as I wanted to add...

Paul, I had to do this on my 7 as I wanted to add the AOA Garmin late in the build just before inspection. The most difficult part as you see is the line back too the panel. Routing on the near...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,109
Posted By BillL
I know of 2, but was told that if they operate...

I know of 2, but was told that if they operate outside their home FSDO area, there should be a conversation with them (FSDO) about that. There is an FAA DAR search but not very helpful.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By BillL
Nice Vendor Find!!

Nice Vendor Find!!
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,376
Posted By BillL
I get my fasteners from Aircraft Spruce. They get...

I get my fasteners from Aircraft Spruce. They get cheaper with volume, so keep changing the QTY until the price drops. There are MS screws in stainless too, if that is what you want. Ask for 1st...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,238
Posted By BillL
Key Event - thanks for sharing

Advanced timing can not only give high CHT, but very high piston temps causing skirt scuffing. That aluminum transfer to the walls will stick rings and yield a lot of blow-by. High probability that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,131
Posted By BillL
Agree - not fuel related. It is Ignition.

+1 ignition off at 1:18:52. RPM, FF and Pressure dropped in concert as a result. All other symptoms are generated from this point, including dripping fuel.

Now the question is why the ignition...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,112
Posted By BillL
I'd suggest you go ahead and block the entire...

I'd suggest you go ahead and block the entire front of the oil cooler as an experiment. It will simulate the shutter on the front w/RTV sealing. Then you can have data on your system to decide if it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 17,666
Posted By BillL
That is what I noticed too, and if you are...

That is what I noticed too, and if you are routing static or pitot then it is more important. I made templates and laid them over each other, selected the locations based on other stuff - -yes a late...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,470
Posted By BillL
I remember looking into this a couple of years...

I remember looking into this a couple of years ago. I found a site that had all the information and apparently it (IIRC) was ok for the ACK brand originally, but ACK had to change their language to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-25-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,142
Posted By BillL
I am no help at all . . .

No, but have looked at the alternator world and Denso has stopped producing new and remain of this model (210-0637).

Although WAI makes pretty good (what does that mean anyway?) parts for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,354
Posted By BillL
Designed to release by cam only?

Paul, it is my (limited) understanding that this should only release when the pin is actuated by the cam. In that case, I had the same release issue on my new Vans unit and surmised that it requires...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-24-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,553
Posted By BillL
The name Ted Saylor has been ringing in my head....

The name Ted Saylor has been ringing in my head. I sold him a plenum a while back and found his correspondence today. A fine gentleman, sent a nice note with his order. I never heard about the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-23-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,912
Posted By BillL
The double solenoid for starting was an issue...

The double solenoid for starting was an issue found back in the RVAviator days and Vans posted it in a newsletter. If it applied then, it applies now. A historian can quote date.

The explanation...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,112
Posted By BillL
Good idea, I have no issues down to -10F or so...

Good idea, I have no issues down to -10F or so maybe below that, I just don't remember. Mine will stay on the vernatherm and 180F at those temps. My friend had his shutter on the back and had to tape...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,112
Posted By BillL
Did you say firewall side?

It would be easier just to install the shutter on the cold side of the oil cooler and not the hot side. Much more effective on the air inlet side of the HX and should completely solve your oil temp...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,210
Posted By BillL
You have just begun to think, so not too much...

You have just begun to think, so not too much yet.

Since the interface is a racetrack shape, the flat sides would be an issue for wetsuit material. On my James cowl, the gap from the inlet-ring to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,931
Posted By BillL
Internal engine corrosion is whole other galaxy....

Internal engine corrosion is whole other galaxy.

Cold oil can allow scuffing and usually to either sitting (lack of initial lube) or low oil flow. Rev the engine to 1000 rpm max for good oil...
Showing results 1 to 64 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:41 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.