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Old 03-16-2012, 06:26 PM
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Default RV-9A #91894 Bruce Hill

I am 2.5 years into building a slow build RV-9A. I'm located in Ramona, CA near San Diego.

I have many photos and commentary from the build on my website (see link in my signature), however the photos are arranged into galleries by section and it is not a chronological weblog. Having this new thread is a great idea to post an occasional status update as I progress towards completion.

I started the project in August of 2009 with the purchase of the Tail Kit.



I finished the tail kit in the 2 months that the Wing Kit was on order. The Wing Kit took about 6 months to complete.



The Fuselage Kit took me just about a year to complete.



I am now working on the Finish Kit. Canopy is about 85% done. Still need to bond the plexiglass to the frame and finalize the latching mechanisms and struts for the tip up. No engine or prop yet, so the Cowling and Firewall Forward work remains. I'm about half done with the electrical wiring. I'm getting ready to finalize my panel layout in the coming weeks. This is point in the build where everything you do is completely customizable. I haven't looked at the plans for months!

I have met a number of builders through VAF, and look forward to meeting more in the coming years. The shop is always open to new visitors, so if you find yourself in lower left corner of the US, please drop on by.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:27 PM
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Bruce, I really enjoyed visiting with you when I was down there, and I'm enjoying these pictures, too! You're moving at a really fast pace. Wow!
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:39 PM
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Got to do some riveting today after a long time spent on wiring up the rear fuselage. I was able to get this riveting done solo. Helps to have long arms!



Inside view.



Seat belt harness cables installed.
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:43 PM
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Talking Seat belt cables...

YIKES! I guess you really DO have long arms.

I also got to visit this project and it was GREAT! I'm about 2 years behind Bruce, and got a lot of great tips. Thanks for the help!

Dkb
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:33 PM
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Feeling beat up and bruised today! Getting those bolts in there was not fun, but I was able to stretch just enough to get it done without having to crawl into the rear fuselage. Still need to put some torque seal on those bolts.



I put the hardware that the plans call out on the harness cable clevis. Looks like this just floats/swivels on the anchoring point? Do I need to put any washers in there to fill the gap between the clevis and the anchoring point? I snugged up the nut on the AN4 bolt to where the threads run out.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:52 PM
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Default Static Lines

A very tidy installation. You may want to reconsider the location of your static line tee which is on the left side of the fuselage near the static port. I have read that the left and right lines to the tee should be of equal length so they provide equal differential pressure during left and right sideslips. I am planning to use a union Y fitting. It has a single port on one end and two ports on the other end with a bolt hole between the two ports. Then I can bolt it to the tooling hole in the middle of the bulkhead and run the left and right pitot lines up to it using one port on each side, and run the outlet port to the forward fuselage from the remaining port on the left side.

Couldn't post a picture but see this link:
http://www.automationdirect.com/adc/...)/Union_Y/UY14
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:11 AM
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....Do I need to put any washers in there to fill the gap between the clevis and the anchoring point? I snugged up the nut on the AN4 bolt to where the threads run out.
Yes, you should put washers or a spacer in there.

And since you've squeezed the clevis, it's worth checking it with a ten power magnifying glass to ensure that you haven't cracked it - check it while it's still installed so that if there are any cracks, they won't close when the fastener is removed.

Then look up the table in AC 43-13 to make sure that the squeeze hasn't affected the swage near the clevis.

If there aren't any cracks and the swage isn't affected - and I'd expect this to be the likely outcome - you're good to move on.

Dave
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:12 PM
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Default Rebuild of the Engine has started

Crank has the rods on and they are installed into the case.



Cylinders are next.

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Old 11-17-2012, 05:33 PM
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Looks nice Bruce. The engine looks like a fun thing to put together. I saw in an earlier post you had a daughter going to CU. If you even need a place to stop on the way to visit, come on by! There are RV people all around Denver and Boulder. I enjoy reading about your progress since we are about the same stage. I cheated to catch up! I have two O-320 D2A's in the back of my car now. One for me and the second going to Boulder!
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:43 PM
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Looks nice Bruce. The engine looks like a fun thing to put together. I saw in an earlier post you had a daughter going to CU. If you even need a place to stop on the way to visit, come on by! There are RV people all around Denver and Boulder. I enjoy reading about your progress since we are about the same stage. I cheated to catch up! I have two O-320 D2A's in the back of my car now. One for me and the second going to Boulder!
Yes, my youngest kid is now at CU-Boulder. We dropped her off in August and we went right by your town, but didn't have time to stop. Maybe in May when I head out there to pick her up? Wish I could fly out there, but I know I won't be done that quick with the plane. Maybe before she graduates!
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