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Old 05-14-2016, 04:58 PM
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Man, y'all make this sound so complicated! In 1260-ish hours and lotsa oil changes I've never had help or a contraption to drop the lower cowling by myself. Screws at the bottom, pins on the sides; screws out, pull the pins, lower the cowling and pull forward with just two hands, easy peasy, no scratches.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:08 PM
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I have a 7A and agree with John in the previous post. I do find it easiest to remove by myself. (Every time someone tries to help it just makes it harder.)

First I fold back and tape all the associated rubber baffling to keep it from catching anywhere. Then I stand on a chair in front and sort of lean over the spinner so I can spread the lower cowl in order to clear the side firewall hinges. Once the hinges are clear I just move it down (back low) until it clears the spinner. Then I just slide it out the front.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:38 AM
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I'm guessing that the tail-dragger guys who expound on how easy the lower cowl removal installation is, have likely never tried the same tasks on a nose-dragger. I've done both, and the latter is MUCH more challenging.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:51 PM
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If you have Skybolt fasteners on the firewall then this method will work. I use copper clecos in the Skybolt fasteners.




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Old 06-30-2017, 07:39 PM
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Works well



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Old 04-15-2021, 05:24 PM
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I decided to give this a try, and it worked well for me today. Itís a lift for dirt bikes that I bought from Amazon. It has plenty of vertical lift to get the cowl all the way up. I used a pool noodle to support the cowl at the proper angles. I can sit on a stool and guide it while pumping the lift with my foot. The fact that itís on wheels is handy also. Itís not the cheapest solution, but it made the job easier for me.




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Old 04-15-2021, 06:45 PM
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Default Solo cowl install

I have used this with the prop and all baffling installed and it works. The seat is a Harbor Freight item and has the gas shock/height adjustment. Will put together a more permanent rig when I get to the airport.

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Old 04-16-2021, 06:02 AM
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Default Lower cowl

Never had an issue with the lower cowl. I take out all the hinge pins, unscrew the bottom screws and sit on a small stool with wheels so I can scoot around the cowl and gently work the lower cowl away from the engine. It will eventually just fall into my lap. I just take my time and it only takes a minute.

There is another astonishingly simple method for the entire RV fleet. Realizing we are all fun loving pilots and appreciate valuable input I submit the following solution for all our nosedragger RV brethren:

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Old 04-16-2021, 08:09 AM
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I built a table out of plywood and 2x4ís for legs. Swivel wheels on the end of each leg. Make it big enough to easily set the lower cowl in.pad the table and add blocking or whatever as needed. I have done this for 2 planes and have never had to ask for help with the cowling. I think it is safer for the cowling and plane than borrowing help from whoever you can capture for the task.
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:11 AM
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To clarify the table rolls under the engine and the cowling is aligned and close to the plane.
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