Riveting the Right Wing Bottom Inboard Skin

This is actually a log entry covering two days of workings sessions.  Tammy and I started riveting on the bottom inboard right wing skin on the 15th, but we weren’t able to complete the build in that session.  So we continued it on tonight. We have to wait until Acacia … Continue reading

Bonding Nylon Conduit to the Ribs

Not much to report on this one. I came down and bonded the nylon conduit to the ribs using fuel tank sealant. Another slightly messy sealant job I guess. It’s only bonding the conduit to the ribs to prevent abrasion from vibration and such. Then I dabbed a little sealant … Continue reading

Installing Nylon Wiring Conduit in the Wings

Another quick working session tonight.  I installed the nylon wiring conduit in both wings, and captured two views of the time lapse.  Here they are: I pulled the 50′ spool of conduit from its shelf, opened the bag and uncoiled it to make it a bit easier to work with.  … Continue reading

Installing Aileron Pushrods and Aligning the Ailerons

Another good milestone tonight! The ailerons have their pushrods installed and they are set to neutral position and aligned.  Things are wrapping up quickly.  I captured two time lapses of the work tonight. I started out by removing all of the masking tape from the W-818 pushrods.  The primer has … Continue reading

Making Aileron Pushrods Again – Part 2

Quick update on this one.  The primer in the W-818 pushrod tubes has dried so its time to rivet up the threaded rod ends on these pushrods and call them done.  I still needed to file down the AN490-HT8p threaded rod ends a little to fit into the ST4130 tubing, … Continue reading

Making Aileron Pushrods—-AGAIN

My shipment of replacement parts to rebuilt the aileron pushrods came in today.  Recall from an earlier post How a local welder really jacked up my aileron pushrods in an attempt the weld them, so I ordered the materials to rebuilt them.  I actually ordered extra 48″ of tubing and … Continue reading

Making the Aileron Alignment Jig

After a short break, I came back down to the shop to get the alignment jig made.  I’ve ready a few ways of doing this, but honestly, Vans has the most simple way of doing it and its worked for countless other builders, so I decided to stick with convention … Continue reading

Completing The Wing Access Plates

Since I am still waiting on the aileron pushrods, I figured I’d knock out a few of the last straggling tasks.  This session was all about the access plates for the wings. I wanted to get the nutplates riveted onto the access holes in the bottom wing skins, and also … Continue reading

Dimpling the Bottom Wing Skins

A little change of pace! I’m back to dimpling skins.  This time around I managed to get all 4 of the bottom skins dimpled: 2 inboard and 2 outboard.  I didn’t snap any photos of this work, but I did get a time lapse of the entire session.  It’s not … Continue reading

Mounting the Left Aileron BellCrank

Not really a whole lot to report on this session, I did manage to get the left wing bell crank installed and few wires ran though.  I’ve decided to not built a mounting bracket for the pitot / AOA tubes just yet. I think I may have an elegant solution, … Continue reading