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Old 06-08-2022, 12:33 AM
Stewbronco Stewbronco is offline
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Default Whole airplane stand

I may need to jack up my RV4 ( no problem …have excellent jacks ) ….but then need to remove engine and mount for some possible fuselage work . Looking for ideas on how to support the underside of fuselage / wing for some longer term work with the engine mount / gear off the plane . Jacks are very stable but in this case I am very much “ a belt AND suspenders “ kind of guy! Many thanks….pictures would be very much appreciated
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Old 06-08-2022, 04:09 AM
Larry DeCamp Larry DeCamp is offline
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Default Angle iron legs

With the engine and mount off, just make two legs that bolt on the fuse with mount bolts at the firewall. Get fancy and put some HF wheels on the end of the legs. X brace them for “suspenders”.
Larry DeCamp
RV3B sold
RV-4 fastback in process w/ Superior roller 360/AFP/G3X/CPI/Catto3b
Clinton, IN
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Old 06-08-2022, 06:50 AM
Freemasm Freemasm is offline
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Default Ghetto gear

What Larry said; or, just leave your airworthy aircraft on the wrong side of town overnight.
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Old 06-08-2022, 06:54 AM
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HF snowmobile/motorcycle lift under the belly supported by the spar, with good padding seems to be a popular choice, tail weighted down appropriately, with some correctly sized and padded sawhorses under each wing, about 1/3 the way out from the fuselage.
Mickey Coggins
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Old 06-08-2022, 12:00 PM
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When I had to take the mount and legs off my Rv-3, I bought an ATV/Quad Bike lift. Made a wooden saddle to fit the belly and add some height, which supported the aircraft on the mainspar carry though.

Worked great!
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Old 06-08-2022, 04:25 PM
Taltruda Taltruda is offline
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If it’s not notched already, I would add the firewall modification for a CS prop governor.
Las Vegas
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