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Old 01-10-2021, 10:40 AM
John Tierney John Tierney is offline
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Location: Vonore, TN
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Bring copies of the plan details related to the number of washers/spacers, etc. used for control surface connections.
My paint shop strongly recommended that I disassemble and reassemble the plane myself in their hangar, with their assistance if needed. I took lots of "before" pictures of obscure little details so I had a record for reassembly.
John Tierney
Vonore, TN
RV-7A - N777JT Flying
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Old 01-10-2021, 10:49 AM
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Location: Garden City, Tx
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Really good preflight. I had to abort my first takeoff after paint because of a clogged injector - which occurred on the takeoff roll AFTER two runups. I have a constant speed prop, and did one runup to 1800, taxied to the runway where I did another runup to about 2000, and neither one of those dislodged the piece of whatever it was in my injection system. But takeoff power moves more fuel - and then it turned loose and I lost a cylinder coming through about 40 knots.

Be ready for anything.
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2021 dues paid
N16GN flying 750 hrs and counting; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:09 PM
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Location: new iberia la
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Default After paint

Lots of good suggestions from previous posters, maybe use those to make a checklist. Take your time. Look at the attachments for everything that was removed and reinstalled. Control surfaces, wheel pants, spinner, canopy, cowling ect ect. Drain lots of fuel from the sump drains and fuel strainer if you have one. Ensure the air path to the carb or injector is clear of masking materials. Saw a close call once after paint when a adhesive sanding disc blocked the carb inlet on a Cessna 180. Do a good run up and maybe a local flight before shoving off for home. You might get that new lawnmower smell if there is any overspray on the exhaust. Be careful & have fun.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:53 PM
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Default Circle

After your thorough preflight, circle the airport after take off for a good 10 minutes or so. If anything goes wrong or doesn't feel right the runway is right below you.
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