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Old 04-05-2012, 10:15 PM
AZ_Sky AZ_Sky is offline
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Engine (210 HP Lycon IO-360 parallel valve) is mounted.
Engine mount to firewall bolts are hardware store right now in case I need to pull the whole thing, AN hardware will go on for the final mount.

Now I'm fitting the cowling:

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Old 04-06-2012, 10:33 AM
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Default Times they are a changin...

Nice work Terry!
Man, Van's has sure come a long way in 25 years, my old vinylester cowling looked "cave man" in comparison. I suppose the 4" extended cowl is gone like the dinosaurs eh? I sure liked the "look"...



My "Cave Man" RV4 The Bandit 1989 kit. (lots of sanding)

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by AZ_Sky View Post
Looks nice. Wish I had that engine in my plane. I was wondering why the spinner back plate is so close to the cowling.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by AX-O View Post
Looks nice. Wish I had that engine in my plane. I was wondering why the spinner back plate is so close to the cowling.
I don't have the prop yet.
I followed Van's instructions for a "Prop Simulator" and spaced the spinner back plate per the instructions.
There is about 1/4 clearance between the plate and the cowl.
I hope the spacing works out.
I should have the prop here in about a month or so - I'll wait on finishing the cowl to fuselage fit just in case I need to make an adjustment.....
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:07 PM
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:33 PM
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Default Hi from Kalgoorlie

Hi there !

Good to see people still building RV - 4s ! Mine is getting to the final stages now after taking forever. Probably wind up based in Kalgoorlie where I work.

Hope it goes well !!
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:00 AM
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:29 PM
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Default RV-4 Project Mouse Tales !!

Hello Fellow RV-4er's

My name is Bill and I would like to introduce myself as a new contributor to the RV-4 forum.

I recently purchased an RV-4 project from an estate sale.

On the horizontal stab, I noticed some evidence of mouse activity looking through the lightening holes in ribs HS-405. Did not look to serious ( boy was I wrong) but I could hear some material flopping around inside as I shook the stab so I figured I better investigate.

Decided to unrivet a skin to check the interior.

The photos here show the stab as it looked from the outside and then what I found on the inside.

In the photos, the stab is actually upside down so most of the damage was on the bottom.

I did find a couple of mouse mummy's inside, lots of fiberglass insulation, nuts, and various other unidentifiable items.

The stab had been zinc chromated prior to assembly.

I think most of the damage may have come from the bodily fluids of the decomposing critters.

This aircraft had been stored in a garage with the tail on the ground for an undetermined amount of time.

Will order new parts from Vans tomorrow to build a new stab.

Bill Morelli - A&P I/A - EAA Tech Counselor
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:09 PM
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Unhappy Mice problems

Geez, this is scary..

Good thing you decided to investigate a little more

Being one who had a mice's problems last summer, I sure will have a second look at my stabilazor assy..

I did inspect the wings with a Borescope but will do the same next chance I get with the tail assy...

I remember finding pieces of grass, paper towels etc.. at the bottom of the rudder but didin't think more of it but this sure put a new perspective of the problems...

I haven't found or caught any more mouse since I found the nest ( 3 of them ) full of new borns so I might be getting the upper hand after all..

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:05 AM
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Default Just saying hello

Just wanted to say hello to all the users of this forum. I've been lurking for a while but recently took the plunge and joined the ranks of home builders. I purchased a -4 empennage and wing kit from the fine folks of Chapter 105. I now have the kits in hand and I'm getting organized to start building. I'm sure this will be the first post of many in the years to come. I may be naive but I hope to have this project completed in 5 years with a test flight on my 40th birthday. I currently live on Prince Edward Island, a small island in Atlantic Canada north of Maine but I grew up in Alberta. I earned my Private license last summer in a Piper Cherokee PA28-140. Previous to that I made it to OSH '11 with a friend who acted as PIC. Looking forward to starting this amazing journey.
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