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Old 01-19-2018, 05:24 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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I think that's great advice. I've been thinking that putting some fuel in the tank for testing should be a plan. I intend to paint the wings before final installation, and I could imagine that even primer/paint could initially seal what might later become a leak. And what a pain it would be to have to fix it after that, and after installation.

So I am devising a plan of some sort, to fuel the cell and check further.

But for now, by the normal inspection methods, all's good!

It's interesting in the Van's written instructions, it says to install the fuel tank with about half the bolts and screws, before riveting on the top skins. I can't seem to find where the instructions tell you to final install and torque all fasteners,,,, Must be too obvious for me to find, I'm usually the problem!
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:45 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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Finished riveting the top skins and J-stringers in place on the Right wing, it's a good days work to do all that riveting. Be sure to have a plan for communication between rivet'r and bucking bar'r, you can get riveters brain fade with all the repetition. Luckily nothing happened that was bad. But I did use my first Oops rivet, that was overdue..

I'm betting that I'm not the only one that does this. Sometimes you need a little "Visual Progress", so I took an hour and sort of staged the appearance of the future final product. When no one will catch me, I've even sat in the seat and made airplane noises!

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Old 01-23-2018, 03:44 PM
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Did you dimple those number 8 tank mount dimples with a pneumatic squeezer?
They appear to have a lot of difflection, indications of being under dimpled. Use the C frame with a strong wack with a weighted plastic hammer. Buy one of the orange ones at Harbour freight.
Al Girard, Newport, RI

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Old 04-02-2018, 11:18 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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Engine is done!!

Picked up the 160HP O-320 from Poplar Grove Airmotive (PGA) at Poplar Grove airport C77 in Illinois.

The core motor I had, came with the project as I received it from the previous builder. We disassembled the motor and sent the parts out to various places, such as Divco, Central Cyls, and Aircraft Specialties. Then contracted with PGA for new Lycoming Cyl Kits, rebuilt carb, new fuel pump and other recon and finishing parts. Then final assy, and Dyno Run.

What a great job they did, beautiful work. I received status reports and pictures during the assy process, got a tour of their facility, and they scheduled so I could see the engine running on the dyno.

Can't say enough about their Customer service and quality.

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Old 04-02-2018, 11:36 AM
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That's all you need Andy! Bolt the airframe to it and go fly. Life is short so many places to visit so little time.

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:11 PM
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Looks great Andy. One more item to check off the list.
David C.
Howell, MI
RV-10: #41686 Under Construction/Sold 2021
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RV-10: #40637 Completed/Sold 2016
Cozy MKIV:#656 Completed/Sold 2007
"Donor Exempt" but donated through Dec. 2021
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Old 04-04-2018, 06:39 PM
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I suggest re-orienting the mags so that the vents are as close to bottom as possible. When the mags are oriented sideways as yours are, oil can accumulate since it can't drain from the lowest point. Eventually the rotor bearing seals start to not keep engine oil out. Points will get fouled and it will scare the **** out of you. Usually will happen over water or mountains.

Please don't PM me! Email only!

Bob Japundza CFII A&PIA
N9187P PA-24-260B Comanche, flying
N678X F1 Rocket, under const.
N244BJ RV-6 "victim of SNF tornado" 1200+ hrs, rebuilding
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Not a thing I own is stock.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:46 AM
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Glad that's a light weight beer.
Eric G.
Ann Arbor, MI
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Old 01-30-2019, 12:23 PM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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Hard to believe it's been 10 months since my last post. Here's a current photo of the Fuse. I've been working on the Canopy since early December, it's as difficult as many of the threads describe. Mostly trail and error to fit the bubble on the frame and meet the desired fit to the fuselage. I was ready to just go open cockpit, but a friend came over one day and we somehow got things fitted. (The windscreen is just sitting on the front).

Since last April:
-Aileron's and Flaps completed
-Riveted top skins on the fuse
-Pedal assemblies are complete with dual brakes and all plumbing
-Front fuselage frame nearly installed
-Gascolator stiffener, and gascolator in place
-Fuel tanks completed and installed on wings
-Wings completed including all wiring runs, leading edge light, and roll servo installed. Bottom skin riveting completed last week!
-Roll bar installed
-Canopy bubble fitted to frame (working on side and rear skins)
-Numerous other items....

We can roar from here I think. Aerotronics gauge panel can be installed soon. Then wings can be fitted and adjusted. We're marching toward getting up on the main gear, maybe springtime!

Empennage has been completed for some time.

Aileron's and flaps have been completed.

Front frame assembly.

Wings in the holder, ready to fit.

Good progress this winter, it's great being semi-retired!

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Old 01-31-2019, 12:00 AM
Jim Frisbie Jim Frisbie is offline
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Default Wind screen

Have you considered using SikaFlex to install your windscreen.?
It works great and has no penetrations in the plexiglass
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