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Old 05-23-2022, 09:42 AM
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Couple questions about pants and fairings. 7A with the elastomer gear.

Is there any reason why I have to do this with wings mounted? Seems like the gear don't care if there's wings ince they are off the ground. I can lift and level the fuse while it's in my shop. Plan is to get them fit then finish and paint them later. My hangar is 45 minutes away. I would like this step done so I can finish them in my shop.

Can I support the fuse at the center section? I can use the cherry picker to lift the front.

Any tips or tricks?
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Old 05-23-2022, 09:56 AM
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I’ve done numerous sets of wheel pants without the wings on the airplane - WAY easier to work on as you don’t hit your head on the lift generators every time you stand up…..

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Old 05-23-2022, 10:11 AM
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WAY easier to work on as you donít hit your head on the lift generators every time you stand upÖ..

Paul
So that is why Vans is developing the 15
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Old 05-23-2022, 10:44 AM
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This looks like a great tool to lift the airplane from the center section. https://www.harborfreight.com/1000-l...art-60438.html
A few simple mods would make it stable and easy to level then some 2x4s to lock and hold position. HF hydraulics have a tendency to leak down. Maybe a 2x8 to span the center section and distribute weight.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2022, 11:03 AM
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Larry, with the wings off you don’t get this mark on your head on the OAT probe.

I got a HF motorcycle lift and made a wood box to sit on top of it to lift my whole plane. It worked great. If you custom the slope to fit your plane it is very stable - not enough to get in it while it is lifted but perfect to work on the wheels and pants.
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Old 05-23-2022, 11:10 AM
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Old 05-23-2022, 11:43 AM
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This looks like a great tool to lift the airplane from the center section. https://www.harborfreight.com/1000-l...art-60438.html
A few simple mods would make it stable and easy to level then some 2x4s to lock and hold position. HF hydraulics have a tendency to leak down. Maybe a 2x8 to span the center section and distribute weight.

Thoughts?

Yes, that's on my list. Exactly what I was thinking. ( Picking up the fuselage kit Thursday!)
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Old 05-23-2022, 11:50 AM
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Larry, with the wings off you donít get this mark on your head on the OAT probe.

I got a HF motorcycle lift and made a wood box to sit on top of it to lift my whole plane. It worked great. If you custom the slope to fit your plane it is very stable - not enough to get in it while it is lifted but perfect to work on the wheels and pants.
Ouch. Someone long ago told me that's why Cessna drivers wear a ball cap.
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Old 05-23-2022, 11:57 AM
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I really wish someone had suggested/told me to fit the pants before plugging in the wings. I realized this after about the second time (out of hundreds) that I had to crawl under the wings... At least I didn't lose any skin or blood! Ouch.
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Old 05-24-2022, 12:00 AM
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Never mind the wings, I did my pants before I even had the engine. That makes it even easier to lift and level the fuselage!
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