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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 05:46 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,637
Posted By wirejock
Panel cut

Next phone call. He also cuts panels. Tom said he would send a draft CAD drawing to fine tune then cut the panel to the final drawing. Saves me drawing from scratch.
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:39 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,637
Posted By wirejock
FWF lines

Probably not a gotcha but I wish I had listened to my friend Jereme and deleted all the oil and fuel lines. Granted I'm off reservation with the RV10 oil cooler mounted on the firewall but the VA-136...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,534
Posted By wirejock
Truck driver

Add to the issue. There's a shortage of truck drivers. Stuff eventually ends up in a truck. I have a Class A but no way I want to go back to driving.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-15-2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 1,913
Views: 1,239,876
Posted By wirejock
Passthru

Yes. IO360M1B with dual P-mags.
Passthrus are pretty much what you are planning. One each side. One high, one low voltage. Note locations for control cables. Especially the throttle cable on the new...
Forum: Tools 04-15-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 146
Posted By wirejock
Modified tools

Anyone that follows my blog knows I love home brew tools.
Here's the latest addition to the modified tool collection.
The nut on the engine side of the motor mount is almost impossible to get a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-15-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 1,913
Views: 1,239,876
Posted By wirejock
Engine Mounted

Not anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. By myself. I've swapped a few engines in cars so I applied a few tricks.
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Forum: Primers 04-14-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 25,945
Posted By wirejock
Prep

1. Yes. Read this. https://wirejockrv7a.blogspot.com/p/paint.html
I'm no expert but spent alot of time studying surface prep for paint.
2. Read #1 again.
3. Because the paint shop can't accept...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 830
Posted By wirejock
Help

EAA Chapters are common. All are unique. Attend a few different Chapter meetings and decide. In addition to assistance and knowledge, many have tools you can borrow. Stuff like scales or other...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 830
Posted By wirejock
Yes. My advise is find a Mentor and build at...

Yes. My advise is find a Mentor and build at least one. Then drill it apart and do it again. Then go home and lather, rinse, repeat. Sound dull but it develops skills.



Yes. Unless you get lucky...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,345
Posted By wirejock
One piece windshield trim

I envy that kind of skill. Beautiful work.
Since I lack the skill and the patience to learn it, I made a one piece fiberglass trim. Reason is, if for any reason the windshield has to be replaced,...
Forum: Safety 04-12-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,584
Posted By wirejock
Balance

My guess is they tried to balance the control surface with all the linkage and controls attached. Can't imaging 1 lb.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,106
Posted By wirejock
D-sub pins

I haven't reached that point yet so this is just an idea. How about crimping a D-sub pin on each?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,566
Posted By wirejock
FOT

Hopefully 24 is enough. Pretty basic glass. However, I'm using the Advanced Control Panel. It has power and ground and handles the power, audio and data circuits. FOT is installed roughly center...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,037
Posted By wirejock
Critique

Not sure I would call that oil canning. Once all the parts are riveted, wavy stuff like that usually lays down flat. Oil canning is a lanel that doesn't lay flat after assembly. You press down on one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,043
Posted By wirejock
Motorcycle

I miss my Goldwing. I could drag the pegs on that bird. It just wasn't practical anymore. Buddys stopped riding. Most of us switched to off roading. Sweetie didn't ride with me anymore. We put 50K on...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By wirejock
Phone cable

Stuff is pretty cheap. Home Depot. Buy it with ends unless you have a crimper. There is a difference in connectors. Solid and stranded conductors and they are not interchangeable. Use the wrong ones...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,345
Posted By wirejock
Fairing

That is some impressive work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,550
Posted By wirejock
Low budget

If you don't mind waiting and watching classified like a hawk, you can build as cheap as you're willing.
Used tools
Started kits
Used low time engine and prop
Gently used avionics.
Probably still in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 805
Posted By wirejock
Baffle mod

I'm subscribing as well. So what is this "mod" of which you speak?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By wirejock
Shop

That's a nice shop Brandon. Great start.
Start watching VAF Classifieds like a hawk. You might get lucky and procure some used tools cheap. The practice kits are cheap and a Mentor would be happy to...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By wirejock
Oil cooler

Where does the oil cooler get mounted?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,360
Posted By wirejock
Rudder trim

Brilliant trim tab. Filing that one for someday when my bird is flying.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By wirejock
Grounds

First thing I would do is disconnect the last install and check the grounds. Sounds like a ground problem to me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 759
Posted By wirejock
Drill

Round the tip and lube then use a drill to run the pin in. My wingtip hinge pins were a best at first. Couple of cycles with the drill and they go right in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By wirejock
Water bottles

Tip from my Mentor Dave
Buy a case of small water bottles. Drink the water. It's good for you. Dry the bottles and label. Best and cheapest storage. Even if you drop one, almost nothing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 586
Posted By wirejock
Rivet sorting

Bloddy brilliant idea. Submit that to Kitplanes.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-02-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,244
Posted By wirejock
RV Bits

I have the plenum and just bought a set of upper and lower fairings. Sure hope everything fits or I will be an unhappy camper. Expensive parts and they take a long time to float over from the far...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By wirejock
Foam mock up

Love that idea!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,501
Posted By wirejock
Engine cleaner

I've used MMO many times, to clean auto engines. Squirt small amount in the carb. I use Sea Foam now. Can in the gas tank. Pour a little in the oil and drive for a bit before changine oil. Stick a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-01-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,637
Posted By wirejock
Panel platenut strips

Ok. Don't make this mistake. These two strips (photos) are riveted to the top skin. They each have platenuts for screws holding the panel. They are not symmetrical with respect to the screws but they...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-31-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,363
Posted By wirejock
Kirker

Totally possible. Just going by what the Kirker Tech Support guy told me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-31-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By wirejock
Measure

Yep. Measure carefully. Which is the issue. Tube out of round? Fix that first.
The rod end can be chucked in the bench drill and polished down with some fine emery.
It's important they fit. On the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By wirejock
Kits

There is a minimal downside and significant advantage. By the way, there are five kits. Empennage, Wings, Fuse, Finishing, Firewall Forward.
SBs are few and Vans is really good about SB kits.
If you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-29-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By wirejock
Slider seal

That's how it's supposed to work. I didn't install mine. I will find out how bad it leaks first.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By wirejock
Part numbers

Just in case...
When in doubt, measure.
AN part numbers have meaning.
AN426AD3-4 for example.

The 3 is three 32nds in diameter
The 4 is four 16ths in length.

Don't get me started on MS part...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,195
Posted By wirejock
Platenut

I used to refer to them as plate nuts but kept getting corrected incorrectly so I switched to nut plate. My blog and my airplane have both.

So is it Cleco or Cleko?
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Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 03-28-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 869
Posted By wirejock
Plan ahead

Not there yet but I made the choice to finish the top skin and windshield before avionics so I'm paying the price. No access panels for me either. I've spent a lot of time under auto panels so I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,183
Posted By wirejock
Grommet

What he ^ said. I also have a rounded angle probe I use for this. A little silicone grease to lubricate and work it in. I've put in a few VW windows. :D
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-28-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,363
Posted By wirejock
Jet Flex SB

The standard colors are all semi flat or matte. I added flattener to the gray. The solid black is only sold as flat. It's pricey product. Catalyst has limited shelf life so keep it in the shop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,335
Posted By wirejock
Replace

I disagree a little. Yes the rib would probably be fine but, we pay a lot for these kits and should expect everything to arrive intact. Replace everything.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,363
Posted By wirejock
Interior paint

What John ^ said.
I also painted parts. I wanted rivets and screws to show. Jet Flex SB over P60G2.
If I did it again, I would spray Kirker Enduro Prime and leave it. It comes in white, gray &...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,183
Posted By wirejock
Grommet

Warm it up, apply some lube and work it. I've worked quite a few grommets and o-rings over stuff I never thought they would clear.
Forum: Fiberglass 03-27-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By wirejock
Fiberglass fun

Excellent adventure. Keep trying techniques. It will make the final work "fly".
Try one of these on the angle grinder. Be careful. They really carve up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,501
Posted By wirejock
Popcorn

Oh! There it is. Burned popcorn. Now the thread stinks. :D
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-27-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,013
Posted By wirejock
Dimple tool

My first choice for something like that is a Cleveland Vice Grip Dimpler.
Second is the pop rivet dimple tool
Third is a 3/16" gun set. The dies fit in the set. Turn pressure down to about 10 psi...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-27-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By wirejock
Static port

You didn't mention what brand of flush port. Sounds a bit like a SafeAir.
Some builders, me included, use them with sljght modification.
Drill the flush port and the fuse hole for the Vans rivet...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,296
Posted By wirejock
Inventory

They will e-mail an inventory shipping list (BOM). Call and ask for it. Very useful.
I wouldn't delete the tips. You won't get full price credit. If you change your mind, they will be on the shelf....
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By wirejock
Doh! Now I feel really stupid but thankful. I...

Doh! Now I feel really stupid but thankful. I would have looked for that part forever. Thanks.
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Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,637
Posted By wirejock
New Nose Gear

Probably not a gotcha but much easier to assemble if you alter the order. Follow the red numbers.
U-01407 first
U-00020 and Elastomer pads second. Bolt the assembly to the gear leg.
Install the gear...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By wirejock
Fairing Attach Bracket

I don't see the part in my inventory or anything similar in the parts bin. No part number on the plans. It must be smalll with #8 screws and nutplates.
DWG C1
Anyone know the part number.
Fairing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,913
Views: 1,239,876
Posted By wirejock
Templates

Don't bother with trying to layup a perfect shape or use full size sections.
Draw lines you can see through the layup. Cut the pieces 2" longer or wider. A bit of waste but much easier. Lay them...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1,913
Views: 1,239,876
Posted By wirejock
Canoe

Congratulations! Build on.
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By wirejock
Longerons

If the RV10 is like the others, Vans ships the fuse longerons in the wing spar crate. Add two longerons. Nice to have if needed and very cheap to add to the list.
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By wirejock
Wings

Wings are easy. Ifbyou can build an empennage, no problem. Think of them as a huge HS. Faster if you have deburring help. Tanks are easy too. I built mine with a broken leg healing. Don't overthink...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,637
Posted By wirejock
Main gear cotter pin hole

She has legs and shoes!
What a huge PIA. If you haven't reached this point, make note.
Install all the hardware before mounting the gear. Reason is there is a hole required in each leg for a cotter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By wirejock
Wheel pant

Ahh. That would explain the long bolt! Back to the plans.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By wirejock
Gear nut bolt

Just a dumb question.
What is the function of the hole in the wheel bearing nut cap?
It's a 1/4-28 threaded hole with a bolt. And why do the plans call for an AN4-5 bolt? It takes three washers to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-24-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 704
Views: 242,888
Posted By wirejock
Congratulations

Bug congratulations Jereme. So happy for you. Hope to join in the fun someday.
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By wirejock
PPS

If your battery is on the firewall, make sure nothing blocks it from sliding out of the box.
Drilling the firewall is a pain. Take advantage of predrilled rivet holes where ever possible.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By wirejock
Schematic

Any chance of a schematic and switch part numbers?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By wirejock
Switches

Do you know the specific Honeywell switch part number?
Off-on-momentary?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By wirejock
Waxed lashing string

How about waxed lashing string?
It would keep the pair together as well as secure the connectors in place.
Just a thought.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,682
Posted By wirejock
Read ahead

It's a good practice to read far ahead.
I've been burned by manual instructions that later say, don't do this or that.
Too late. Buy new parts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,130
Posted By wirejock
FlyLED

Consider FlyLED. Lots cheaper if you don't mind assembly. I thought it was fun.
Can't comment on how well they work at night but they were really bright in my shop.
I bought The Works wingtip set up...
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