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  #171  
Old 03-24-2021, 02:32 PM
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Please check with Vertical Power - but I thought that this unit was intended to be mounted on the engine side of the firewall . . .
You are correct. VP says:

"Two big reasons we do not recommend mounting the PPS inside the cabin…one, your pass through would be huge with starter cable, battery cable, and alternator cables all coming inside the cabin, and that leads to reason number two…the amperage on these is unsafe to have running in the cabin. The starter has the potential to pull 1200-1400 amps of inrush, then 200-300 for the crank. The battery and alternator cables have the ability to run 80 amps continuously."

And, my concern about heat and electronics was unfounded:

"It is designed to operate in that environment for temps and substances. The board is conformal coated (encapsulated) to protect from any intrusion of water, oil, etc."

So, I now have more room behind the panel. Thanks for catching that. Fixing it now is a no brainer. Later, would have been a pita.

However, now a gotta figure out where folks put that thing on the firewall. There's not a lot of real estate on there, especially with that big 390ci beast hanging out there.

My new panel layout:
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Old 03-30-2021, 02:10 PM
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Default PPS Located

Vertical Power says the PPS was designed with the idea it would occupy the space originally intended for the stock contactors. So, I fabbed up a mount that attaches to the four 1/4-28 nutplates on the firewall. I hope the engine fits when I get it!
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:08 AM
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Default Shelf for EMS

I fabbed the shelf needed to aim my EMS toward the firewall through the glove box hole. The actual EMS arrives today. Another foam mockup to discard.

Now, the intimidating part: WIRING!

This seems pretty intimidating, but I suppose take one bite at a time and eventually the elephant disappears.
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Old 04-21-2021, 09:11 AM
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Default The Center Stack is Mounted

Finally got the center stack installed. Lots of tiny nut plates close to cutouts.
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:21 PM
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Default Painted 14 returns home to KJGG

Had my plane painted at X26 by Mike. I met a fellow 14 builder who is based at X26, so I got to see the quality of Mike's work beforehand. Mike and his crew did a great job. SB, 14 months from 1st rivet to AWC. Thunderbolt, HRT74 prop, Garmin IFR panel, Lemke interior. 90 hours logged. March & April in the paint shop. Great flying plane out of the box. (Oops, don't know how to rotate photos, they were fine when I uploaded.)
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Old 07-03-2021, 03:14 PM
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Default Also back from paint

I just picked my airplane up from Art Craft in Santa Maria. They have painted many RVs. 40 hours on the Hobbs. I started in April 2018 so a little over 3 years from first rivet to 100% complete. Slow build….. no quick build kits or pre wired instrument panels
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Old 07-04-2021, 05:51 PM
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Great job Brian, looks beautiful!
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Old 07-05-2021, 06:48 AM
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Default Waiting on the exhaust..

I have the prop mounted on the EXP-119 Thunderbolt. The data plate says EXP-241, but no one can explain why. Vans told me back in January to wait six months for the exhaust. Last week they said it may be another six months, but I have a place in line. There is still plenty to do. IDK why the photos are sideways. Man, this is gonna be fun!
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:48 AM
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I hope you are happy with your throttle quadrant - I am. One thing you might find, though, at least for two of us, we found the prop lever would creep unless the friction lever was kept pretty tight. Hartzell provided a solution by reducing the spring tension at the prop governor. They discovered the issue with the aerobatic crowd. Fixed the problem for our planes.
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:05 PM
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Thank you for the great advice! I had the improper length prop cable, so it was returned. I will keep that in mind when I install and adjust the new one.
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