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Old 09-19-2022, 07:18 PM
dbier99 dbier99 is offline
 
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Default Need Replacement 6A Nose Gear/Strut Fairing

I'm installing the Antisplat Nose Job 2 reinforcement bracket on our recently acquired 6A. It does have Van's modified nose strut / nose wheel but figured the extra reinforcement can't hurt. Unfortunately, the builder appears to have trimmed the strut fairing a bit tight so there is not enough clearance to put it back on with Nose Job 2 bracket installed. I called Antisplat and they no longer have any of the roomier fairings they made for the first version of the fix (Nose Job 1) so I next tried to order one from Vans. Unfortunately they are on back-order. If anyone has one they want to sell - or knows of another source - I'd love to hear from you. Thanks!
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:53 PM
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Default UPDATE...

I called Vans this morning and they now have the fairing and related parts in stock (although website not updated) so I've got one on it's way. Once it arrives I may be asking for points on how to trim the fiberglass as needed for proper fit and tips on riveting the piano hinge latch (have very limited riveting experience).

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Old 09-21-2022, 05:42 AM
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If you don't have one, buy or barrow a squeezer (manual or pneumatic) you don't want to use a rivet gun / bucking bar on the fiberglass.
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Old 09-21-2022, 08:10 AM
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If you don't have one, buy or barrow a squeezer (manual or pneumatic) you don't want to use a rivet gun / bucking bar on the fiberglass.
Thanks! We will track one down. Is there any special type of saw or cutter needed for trimming fiberglass. I'm concerned about chipping/cracking it if we don't use the right tool/technique.
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Old 09-21-2022, 08:36 AM
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Thanks! We will track one down. Is there any special type of saw or cutter needed for trimming fiberglass. I'm concerned about chipping/cracking it if we don't use the right tool/technique.
A Dremel tool with an abrasive wheel is good for fine cutting and trimming of fiberglass parts. Alternatively an oscillating multi-tool also works well. Hopefully you have at least one of those tools.
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Old 09-21-2022, 08:46 AM
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... Hopefully you have at least one of those tools.
Yep I have both - just haven't (yet) used them on fiberglass. There's always a first time. Thanks!
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