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Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks! I'll sand it and touch up one or two...

Thanks! I'll sand it and touch up one or two areas, but it's pretty good. Just wanted to see what experience others had.

Jeff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 899
Posted By coffeeguy
All else aside, if you do buy everything at once,...

All else aside, if you do buy everything at once, then building speed may become a factor. Everything comes in a blue plastic film and you may find that it may be difficult to get off if you don't...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By coffeeguy
Rear window shim smoothness

I just finished assembling my roll bar this weekend and am prepping it for paint. I looked ahead to the finish kit and it looks like there is nothing between the shim and the window. I'm a little...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By coffeeguy
when building benches don't forget to add an...

when building benches don't forget to add an overhang so that you can clamp stuff to the bench. Pretty necessary for me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By coffeeguy
Straight Thru Compression fitting for brakes

I am installing a Matco PVPV-D parking brake valve in my 14A just on top of the center support for the rudder pedals. Aircraft Specialties and TS Flightlines has a nice install doc with pictures...
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By coffeeguy
Safely out of the way is fantastic. I had my...

Safely out of the way is fantastic. I had my tailcone in the garage for about 2 years or so and I was terrified that I would kink one of the two long sections of skin that mate to the fuselage. ...
Forum: Safety 11-13-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,286
Posted By coffeeguy
I did this exercise a few weeks ago in my...

I did this exercise a few weeks ago in my Cherokee 180. Nothing at all with the heater and defroster on. If I opened the front vents, which intake at the front edge of the wing root, I got a...
Forum: RV-14 11-10-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,951
Posted By coffeeguy
I just mated my two fuse sections together and...

I just mated my two fuse sections together and used two of the EAA tables like Ivan. Their height makes it easy to do the riveting along the bottom of the join line and the aft rivets of the bottom...
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,387
Posted By coffeeguy
I came across this web site last night, looking...

I came across this web site last night, looking for a parking brake setup. https://www.smashsrv-14build.com/2020/02/section-33-hours-18-some-of-places-ive.html

It has a nice picture of some dimple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,926
Posted By coffeeguy
Just put in a small order from Aircraft Spruce,...

Just put in a small order from Aircraft Spruce, shipping out of West Chicago. Thought about just going to pick it up and saving the $10.60. Let's see, 45 minutes each way, gas for the car,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 695
Posted By coffeeguy
Forum searching

The new forum is great, performance is snappy. One thing that hasn't changed as far as I know is the search function. Probably not much to be done about it since it's part of the software. I've...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,260
Posted By coffeeguy
cool! thanks. that looks like that is going to...

cool! thanks. that looks like that is going to work nicely. I was kind of afraid to take the cage apart, sometimes you never know how long it will take you to put it back together.
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,260
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks, drill press it is then. The countersink...

Thanks, drill press it is then. The countersink bit is a threaded bit, did you just put it in the chuck with light pressure or is there something that will accept the bit and then fit into the...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,260
Posted By coffeeguy
Countersinking Andair fuel selector faceplate

I'm on page 31-03, step 5, machine countersink the faceplate of the fuel selector valve to fit the screws (ms24693-c273). The faceplate is not flat and I'm not too excited to freehand this, since...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,571
Posted By coffeeguy
Off the top of my head and not looking at the...

Off the top of my head and not looking at the plans, I'm pretty sure that is because these are ribs under the wingwalk and those are called out countersinking the skin instead of dimples.
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,674
Posted By coffeeguy
I'm paying for each kit as it goes, but at some...

I'm paying for each kit as it goes, but at some point I am going to sell my Cherokee and pay for some of the big stuff. I may consider financing the engine and prop so I can keep flying while I...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,674
Posted By coffeeguy
When should I order the engine

First time builder. I've been happily (most of the time) banging away at rivets. I'm currently working on riveting the tail and fuse together. I started looking ahead at when to order the finish...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,001
Posted By coffeeguy
I am using the 3m firebarrier too. It was about...

I am using the 3m firebarrier too. It was about $40 on your favorite website. The issue, though, that I'm having is that I can't get it to come out of the tube to finish off the sides of the...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,482
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Paul, I have the one on the right, but the...

Thanks Paul,
I have the one on the right, but the bracket kept it from compressing the rivet more than a slight bit. Here is what I ultimately came up with and it worked fine along with the bucking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,667
Posted By coffeeguy
I have been using a Reiff oil sump and cylinder...

I have been using a Reiff oil sump and cylinder bands on my O-360 Piper Cherokee for 17 years. Wow, I've had it that long? It sat outside for most of that time, but I had electricity in several...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,482
Posted By coffeeguy
Here is the rivet that I'm having difficulty with.

Here is the rivet that I'm having difficulty with.
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,482
Posted By coffeeguy
Rivet on F-01457

There is a rivet on the F-01457 gusset that is kicking my backside. It is the rear most 426 rivet that is located in the "match drill" hole. I can't find a bucking bar that I can get into the area....
Forum: Painting your RV 10-02-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,069
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks everyone. It doesn't seem so bleak now,...

Thanks everyone. It doesn't seem so bleak now, the photos of the paint jobs you guys put up looked great. It looks like I can achieve a decent looking paint job without overdoing it. I'm not...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-01-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,069
Posted By coffeeguy
When did you paint the interior - or not

I'm getting to the point where I think I need to start worrying about painting the interior. Or maybe I should have a bit ago. I've been priming the parts that require it, but generally after...
Forum: Tools 09-25-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,283
Posted By coffeeguy
+1 on the Harbor Freight buffer. I love it. ...

+1 on the Harbor Freight buffer. I love it. It's bolted to my bench and it is sooo quiet. My grinder, admittedly an older Craftsman dinosaur, is much louder, vibrates more and takes it's time...
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,936
Posted By coffeeguy
I was putting on these nutplates today and...

I was putting on these nutplates today and wondered the same thing about the dimples. The root fairing attach angles (F-14119 and F-14120) on the top side of the wing that are attached to the fuse...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-13-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 889
Posted By coffeeguy
It's important to have the proper alignment. I...

It's important to have the proper alignment. I find that I get the best results when I keep the rivet shop head in the exact middle of the flat set.

First step for me is to set the rivet in the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-20-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,613
Posted By coffeeguy
Take care and make sure that it doesn't spin in...

Take care and make sure that it doesn't spin in the hole. A needle nose pliers to keep the "tail" from spinning as you drill out the head is sometimes necessary when drilling out pulled rivets.
Forum: RV-10 08-17-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,994
Posted By coffeeguy
I did a check of a few 14s at Airventure 2 or 3...

I did a check of a few 14s at Airventure 2 or 3 years ago and some had them over and some had them under. I think the 14 and 14A were different too. One of them was the East coast demo ride.
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,319
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks, I was thinking too much. I'll just go...

Thanks, I was thinking too much. I'll just go with the bandsaw and sander.
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,319
Posted By coffeeguy
Longeron Block

I'm not a woodworker and don't have the tools. I need to create the longeron blocks that are used for putting the 10 degree twist in. Before I buy a router and a 3/13" round over bit I thought I...
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,634
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks for the suggestion to call Stein. I...

Thanks for the suggestion to call Stein. I called Van's today and left a message with the parts sales number. Funny thing is that I found it once, but can't seem to find it again.

BTW, don't mean...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,634
Posted By coffeeguy
Vans store search is challenging

I know that they are making progress on the web store, but jeesh, it's hard to order things from Van's if you aren't talking to a human. Trying to search the web site for ES WH-00125 KIT. This is...
Forum: RV-14 07-12-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,132
Posted By coffeeguy
Hi Turner. That's what I saw too. I'm looking at...

Hi Turner.
That's what I saw too. I'm looking at it again and I have the same problem on the front of the brace. It calls for rivets after the brace is installed and tightened down, but there is no...
Forum: RV-14 07-11-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,132
Posted By coffeeguy
aft gear brace - 5qty 4-5 skin rivets

I'm at the point of joining the front fuselage together. Not the big join with the tailcone. There are 5 3/8" rivets on each side that go thru the aft gear brace into the skin that weren't riveted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,118
Posted By coffeeguy
I think that if one guy shows up by flying in it...

I think that if one guy shows up by flying in it will be the guy that didn't bring the notam and he's going to call up the tower and ask for instructions.
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Steve and Chris. I didn't have a clear...

Thanks Steve and Chris. I didn't have a clear understanding of that section and the pictures showed it really well. Excellent looking project there Steve!
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By coffeeguy
F-01451 #30 dimples

I'm not sure what side to dimple the #30 holes next to the slots in the tunnel. Page 27-02 says to dimple flush the outboard side. Not sure I understand what they mean. Do they mean the outboard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,386
Posted By coffeeguy
Don't forget that you need lots of work prior to...

Don't forget that you need lots of work prior to the event. There are a lot of meetings and work parties that do a lot of prep work for the event that we all love. You can webex meetings, but you...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,726
Posted By coffeeguy
Now I don't feel bad that I can't figure this...

Now I don't feel bad that I can't figure this out. I routed my servo wires thru the bushing in the servo housing. It looks to me that the wires are now on the outside of the housing, but the molex...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,824
Posted By coffeeguy
Plus one on it being really depressing on the...

Plus one on it being really depressing on the last weekend, especially Sunday. I left on Sunday afternoon one time and never again. I few up to OSH prior to Airventure for a work weekend party in...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,207
Posted By coffeeguy
clecos are one of those items that you can get a...

clecos are one of those items that you can get a good deal of your money back when you finish and decide to sell them. Tools and clecos go well on the used market. Don't be bashful about ordering...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,828
Posted By coffeeguy
Each can has a shelf life, I've had a few cans...

Each can has a shelf life, I've had a few cans and if I remember, one had 6 months left and I think one may have had 8 or 9 months. It depends on when Van's or your supplier gets it and how long it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 531
Posted By coffeeguy
The tail kit is one of the toughest to wait for,...

The tail kit is one of the toughest to wait for, everyone is excited and have decided to build. The other tough one is waiting for the engine. The wing and fuse kits have published lead times and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 829
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks for the pirep Steve, I broke down and...

Thanks for the pirep Steve,
I broke down and ordered a pair today. Can't believe that I can't find a comparable product.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 829
Posted By coffeeguy
door sheave for port a port hangar

I'm wondering if anyone has found an alternate source for door sheaves. Port a port parts carries them for $50 + $10 shipping. I need 2 of them. They are 4 3/8" x 7/8" and I think the bore is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By coffeeguy
If you are in a rush do you have the means to...

If you are in a rush do you have the means to pick it up from the local distribution center? I did that with a very large bathroom mirror. Think it was OD, but not sure.
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,598
Posted By coffeeguy
read ahead

Well, to verify and answer my own post, they don't require priming as per page 22-07, step 6. I glanced ahead, but didn't read thru everything. Just took another building session or two to get that...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,248
Posted By coffeeguy
I did these this past week on one of my ailerons....

I did these this past week on one of my ailerons. I did the first one with a small cordless drill, feathering the trigger way to slowly with probably too much pressure. The bit wandered, even after...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,675
Posted By coffeeguy
Vic, Is there a limit to the number of attendees?...

Vic,
Is there a limit to the number of attendees? I'm done with the tail and finishing up on the wings, so I've still got a ways to go. I do own a Piper Cherokee that's flying and I try to do as...
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,598
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks Tom!

Thanks Tom!
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,598
Posted By coffeeguy
Prime aileron counterbalance?

Working on the ailerons now. Is it necessary to prime the aileron counterbalance? I've seen claims that is stainless steel, some that it is galvanized pipe. The part number is ST304-065X1.375. ...
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,117
Posted By coffeeguy
Scott is correct. I ordered my fuselage kit this...

Scott is correct. I ordered my fuselage kit this week and asked to take out the vents. Anne replied that they don't supply them because they can't get them from their vendor any longer.
Forum: Tools 11-22-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,264
Posted By coffeeguy
+1

I just got my squeezer back from Joe today. Sent it out on Monday, they got it on Wed and I think it went back out the same day. Looks great. I dropped it during the fuel tank build and finally...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,719
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks for the advice. Looks like I'll put off...

Thanks for the advice. Looks like I'll put off the bottom skins for a bit. Always something else to do!
Forum: RV-14 11-14-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,719
Posted By coffeeguy
Items before wing closeout

I'm at the point where I'm ready to rivet the bottom wing skins on. Is there anything from Van's that I should order that would be much easier to install prior to close out? AP servo install kit? ...
Forum: Tools 10-03-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,443
Posted By coffeeguy
I just use a c-clamp on one of the back tabs of...

I just use a c-clamp on one of the back tabs of the DRDT. Most of the motion is the backend that rises up when you pull the handle. When you make your workbench, just make sure your top surface...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,111
Posted By coffeeguy
I was thinking about the comment about using...

I was thinking about the comment about using snoop. My initial thought, was cool, a better way to flush out bubbles. My concern would be what if there was a leak? Would the ingredients in snoop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,443
Posted By coffeeguy
VFR flier here, but still, anyone use a compass?...

VFR flier here, but still, anyone use a compass? When VORs came out you had, what, ADF, maybe you had Loran, but the lowly compass was always there.
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,825
Posted By coffeeguy
no more replacement wires

I wish I would have seen this thread before I bent up my right tank wire. The left one was too long and I had to play with it quite a bit. Finally got it. I feel the directions aren't real clear,...
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,099
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks! I may do that too, I really don't want...

Thanks! I may do that too, I really don't want to take off the plate if I can help it.
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,099
Posted By coffeeguy
James, What did you finally do with your...

James,
What did you finally do with your anti-rotation plate? One of mine is about .015 smaller than the other and the "B" nut won't seat into it. The hole thru the rib is fine, but the nut...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,715
Posted By coffeeguy
Thanks, I was looking thru the chapter 5...

Thanks, I was looking thru the chapter 5 instructions and saw the note to use Permatex #2 or Tite-seal. I see another section for aluminum tubing. Here is what they had to say about torque.

Slide...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,715
Posted By coffeeguy
I'm about the same place, going to be installing...

I'm about the same place, going to be installing the vent line shortly and I had the same question about torque. Just went to the aviation section at Ace hardware to buy Permatex #2 for the thread...
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