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Forum: RV-4 01-08-2011, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,132
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Problems with 4 x 4s

Just a note from an old woodworker....don't use 4 x 4s. They are notorious for subtile twists and not staying straight and true. Always use two 2 x 4s screwed or nailed together to create a 4 x 4....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-05-2011, 08:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,783
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Alternate Method

Paul,

Some years ago I built an Acro Sport II with a Pitts canopy. In the build process I had many conversations with the Pitts factory and other Pitts builders and re-builders. So much for the...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2010, 03:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,657
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
GIB...."Girl(s) in Back"

My wife liked my 6A, but likes my 4 just as well. The 4 does have a Harmon Turtledeck that gives more headroom including the ability to lean your head back...way better. I'd also suggest Termperfoam...
Forum: RV-4 11-03-2010, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,564
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Rounded Roll Bar

Don't think there is a pre-made one available. I made mine out of pre-curved exhaust tubing that just happens to be the same thickness as Van's.
I bought it from Magnumforce Race Car Fabrication in...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-29-2010, 04:06 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 812
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
RV-6 Wants......

RV BuddiesÖ..

Iím looking to buy or trade (hopefully Iíve got something you might want or need) for the following:

Sheet metal (all slider specific fuselage parts) and weldment (canopy frame parts)...
Forum: RV-4 10-18-2010, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,665
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Moving Seat Back

PF....I moved the lower front seat attachment back one half inch and the rollbar (the upper seat back support) back one inch. This required moving the canopy cross-support back an inch or more for...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2010, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
? About "7" Ramps

Anybody know if the ramps for a "7" will work on a "4". I'm thinking they should, but just checking....
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Need Cooling Air Ramps

I need the two Upper Cowl Cooling Air Ramps for a "4" project. Anybody got a pair and want to part with them????

Thanks in advance for a quick response.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2010, 07:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 21,365
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Another kind of HOT problem

I read this thread with much interest....last week this happened to me. I was lucky (not to mention this scared the c_ _ p out of me). I hesitated posting as I don't want to cast any negatives on a...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-16-2010, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,329
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Aircraft Supply in Dallas

Great place for all things AN Hardware.....I've been buying there for years.

Aircraft Supply
7204 Parwelk St, Dallas, Texas 75235
214-637-3598
Forum: RV-4 04-03-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,345
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Thoughts on "4" Footwells

I've attached 2 pics from my install. I used the RVator plans but found out I needed to make a slight mod to clear the Aileron Pushrod. The front angle of the well is longer than the back one thus...
Forum: RV-4 03-26-2010, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My Cowl/Cheek Install Details

Axel, Here are a couple of pics of my install that may help....I think I used about 1-1/2" spacing. I also roughed up the aluminum and used flox and epoxy under the flange. I sanded the edge to a...
Forum: Texas (North) 03-11-2010, 08:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 16,667
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Add Another One

Me and my 4 will there....
Forum: RV-4 02-28-2010, 04:57 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 299,375
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Finally Painted

My 4 as it rolled out of GLO Custom Painting. I couldn't be happier!

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5872/exteriora.jpg...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2010, 07:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,925
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
More Storage Space

Since the area in the forward center console had fuel lines/valve and such and I had nothing on top of it, I chose to make a removable storage box. Removable so as to be able to remove the top of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2010, 07:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,801
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Filling Pull Rivets and Other Small Areas

Just a note. Talk to your painter....one needs to rough up and clean the surface before adding any type of filler on any metal. Grady O'Neal (Glo Custom Aircraft Painting) told me he has blown (just...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-04-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,213
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
The Better Mousetrap....

Guys,
Here's a possible solution. My "4s" custom intake. Made by Charles Wilhite. Weight is almost nothing compared to the "Fab". There's a conical K&N filter within the larger blue cone. The front...
Forum: RV-4 01-03-2010, 11:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,662
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Pedal/MC Info

Pedals - Aircraft Extras.Inc. (I think there have been several threads about availability of these pedals)
Master Cylinders - Standard units from the kit (matco I believe)
Reservoirs - ACS A-600 p/n...
Forum: RV-4 01-01-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,662
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Pedal Placement Help....I hope.

The plans are correct....they just seem crooked. One does not need to do other than drill perpendicular to the individual parts. The slight offset doesn't matter.I tried to insert a couple of photos...
Forum: Reviews 01-01-2010, 08:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,410
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
More thoughts on Klaus....

I hartily agree with Walt....I've had a Plasma II + on two planes and Klaus has always talked to me (not down to me). I've had some problems during the installs (I'm no avionics wizard) and he went...
Forum: RV-4 12-23-2009, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,867
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Leather by Becky

Here's my seats....leather with temperfoam in the bottom. I'm 6' and 210 lbs. and I'm really satisfied.

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/2923/picture658n.jpg...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-19-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,084
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
RV-6A Cowl with Fuel Injection

To those with a 6 (or 6A) with an IO-360. What did you do with your cowl? Specifically the air intake for the injection system???
I love the way the Rockets handle the problem, as well as the RV-8....
Forum: RV-4 12-04-2009, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,984
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Congrats!!!!

Rick,

GREAT looking plane!!! Love the paint....

Bill
Forum: RV-4 10-27-2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,327
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
RV 4 Brake Pedals

I got these pedals from Aircraft Extras, Inc. in '05. I understand they may not cast them any more. At the time they sold them in pairs, but they sold me one set ($60.00) for my 4. I jumped on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2009, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,467
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Homebuilder's Power Panel

apkp777,
I used the Composite Design, Inc. Homebuilder's Panel in my 6A....LOVED it.
I now have the EXP II in my 4. I wish I had stayed with a CDI unit. It's easier to install and work with than the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2009, 05:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,383
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
More Funny Injuries....

While riveting the turtledeck on (doing one of the horizontal row), I dislocated my left shoulder....I was kinda stuck inside the tail cone and in pain...I was able to inch-worm my way forward and...
Forum: RV-4 09-27-2009, 07:08 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 269,102
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
WOW!

Axel,

No other word but.... AWESOME!!!!
Forum: RV-4 09-24-2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,626
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Mean Green

That green and white "4" is Tim Barne's. His plane is at Bakersfield, CA. His hangar is either next to or near John Harmon's hangar...
His plane was my inspiration as well. I spoke to him and John on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-19-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,179
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
RV-8 Wing compared to other RVs

Hey guys, will the wing shape guide (plywood from the shipping crate) from the "6" and "4" work for the "8" wing as well?

Thanks in advance.....Bill
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2009, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,149
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
More Room

RV4, 0-360, CS prop with McCauley governor

I went at this problem a bit differently....I unmounted the pump, disassembled it and ground off at least 1/8" of the mounting stud. I dressed it,...
Forum: RV-4 07-20-2009, 08:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,434
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
360 + CS

I have a carburated 360 with a Hartzell CS prop. It's a bit on the heavy side, but, it eliminates the 4s aft CG problem. I can haul around just about anybody I can get in the back seat. Also the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2009, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,487
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Becker & Microair Transponders

I currently have the Becker in my 4. Works fine. I had the Microair in my 6A. Worked fine.
My two cents...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-26-2009, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,294
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Safety Bulletin from The Red Star Pilot's Assoc.

SAFETY BULLETIN

Sadly over this Memorial Day weekend another tragic accident has cast a shadow over our community of dedicated aviators. At approximately 1300 CST on May 23rd 2009, two aircraft...
Forum: RV-4 05-19-2009, 06:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,322
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
AWESOME!!!

WooHoo!!! Way to go JJ!!!

Give me a call and I'll be up to fly with you.

Bill
817-705-6300
Forum: RV-4 05-07-2009, 08:06 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 245,741
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
WOW!!!

Really great looking.....can't wait to fly with you!

p.s. mine goes into the paint shop the first of June.
Forum: RV-4 04-17-2009, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,308
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
James Cowl Fit

Axel,

I'm afraid you are encountering the (in)famous SJ RV4 Cowl (mis)fit. I did not go with the SJ cowl as I had heard that it didn't fit and that Sam even owned up to the fit problem....maybe I...
Forum: RV-4 04-13-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,894
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Thanks and more....

JJ,

Thanks again. 40 hr P1 due to the Exp engine and Exp prop.
Did you get my earlier private email? Call me so we can talk.

817-705-6300

Bill
Forum: RV-4 04-08-2009, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,891
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Battery Supplier

Dennis,

I have used www.batteries4everything.com for some time now. They have all versions of the Odyssey batteries as well as the "Battery Minder" charger.
They have always done right by me.

As...
Forum: RV-4 04-08-2009, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,891
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Odyssey

Dennis,

I use an Odyssey "AGM" PWC/snowmobile battery. Light weight, totally sealed, half the size of the typical lead/acid.

Here's some info:
AGM, or Absorbed Glass Mat Batteries
A newer type of...
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2009, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,016
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
JJ, My plane came in at 1,073 lbs. with 48 lbs...

JJ,

My plane came in at 1,073 lbs. with 48 lbs on the tail. 0-360 with Hartzell CS and Harmon Turtledeck. My front seat is 1" back at the top and 1/2" back at the bottom. Leather seats covered...
Forum: RV-4 03-30-2009, 07:43 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 269,102
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Just My 2 Cents....

SWEET!!!!!
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2009, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,894
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Piddleites....

Thanks for the compliment Jay, I consider that "HI PRAISE"...

Yes, I guess I do have "piddleites".
Since most of the painters charge way too much for finishing fiberglass, I'm slowly finishing each...
Forum: RV-4 03-24-2009, 04:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,894
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Report - 40 Hrs are Behind Me....

Last Friday my tach showed 40.3 hrs!!! My "required official" 40 hr Test Period is now completed....woooo hoooo!!!

During this time I have made 70 landings (all but 2 were on pavement). I prefer...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2009, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,102
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
I Liked it...

John, I had the smaller "Mini" Power Panel in my 6A. I didn't know how much I really liked it till I put the EXP-2 BUS in my 4. The CD Mini was easier to install and worked flawlessly. Seemed to do...
Forum: RV-4 03-16-2009, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,751
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My 4 (CS Prop) Solenoid(s) Locations

As Steve says, with a CS prop one is limited with the battery & solenoid installation. Here's how I mounted mine.
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/1827/copyofpowera31708.jpg...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2009, 06:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,456
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My Removable Intake

While only on a lowly carbureted engine....the idea and result is the same. Ease of service. The ability to change the oil and check out the entire underside of the engine without without removing...
Forum: Interiors 03-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,068
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
GBI Solution

Here is a great seat back pouch that will fit the 6. I had them on mine and I have them on my 4 as well. Becky sews them up.

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/9197/seatpckt.jpg...
Forum: Propellers 03-09-2009, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,465
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My Prop

I had a Performance Prop on my 6A. Clark Lydick made one of the best wooden props around. His was a tried and true design, tweeked by him.
1/8" hardwood laminations made it one of the strongest and...
Forum: RV-4 03-05-2009, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,180
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Statuate of Limitations for Taxes in Texas

From personal experience....it's four (4) years in Texas. I completed my RV6A in '03.....they contaced me in '07. Four years and a few months after the certification date in '03. They were very...
Forum: RV-4 02-15-2009, 10:57 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 269,102
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Very Nice

Ax,

Your canopy install is really coming along.... hope I've been of some help. I really like the way you lowered the sides (ala Pitts Model 12). Keep up the picture posts.

I have the Show Planes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-08-2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,271
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Popping Sound

You are not alone out there.....

My 0-360 A1A with cs prop (Slick left, Plasma LL right) does exactly the same thing. It's usually during landing approach when I pull back to almost idle. I get some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2009, 09:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,069
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
No FAB

I have 20+ hours on the plane to this date.....all with the intake shown...
Incredibly well constructed....no cracks. The way it's made and the way it fits there is little "unsupported" weight. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2009, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,069
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My Custom Carb Intake

Joe,

I've posted pics of the custom air intake on my RV4. Charles Wilhite built it up and it works great. It's all composite with some Carbon Fiber in areas. K&N forward facing filter inside the...
Forum: RV-12 02-01-2009, 06:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,476
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Interior Gray

The "rattle can" match to Van's powder coat gray is supplied by Cardinal Industrial Finishes (El Monte, CA). The color match number is:

A-4108-GR230 GLOSS RAL 7035 LT. GRAY Aerosol, Touch Up Air Dry...
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2009, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,031
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Axel, I think Tom had it above:...

Axel, I think Tom had it above: http://www.fly-gbi.com/

I attached this photo. I'm leaning a bit forward, but still have a bit of room. I can easily lean forward and put on and take off my hat and...
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2009, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,031
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My 4 Seats

Axel, I've always had Temperfoam (Conforfoam) in all of my planes. So my 4 is no exception. Becky @ GBI did these. I'm no lightweight (225 lbs) and have a wide butt, but I'm very pleased with what...
Forum: RV-4 01-12-2009, 07:16 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 245,741
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
WOW!

JJ,

Really sharp looking ship!. Give me a call and I'll fly up and see you.

Bill
Forum: RV-4 01-11-2009, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,013
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
My Latching Rods....

Axel,

Frank is right about the reversing. I did it cause it seemed a better way to make the rods operate in a straighter plane. See pic below.

http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/2109/cae4b01an1.jpg...
Forum: COMM 01-02-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,764
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
XCOM Problems Too

Sorry to say, but I have had the same problem. After sending the radio back to Michael in Australia, I eventually sent it to Great Planes Avionics in Tea, South Dakota that is an authorized XCOM...
Forum: RV-4 12-17-2008, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,552
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
More on Rudder Springs

Hope you can see from my much enlarged picture....the chains are just relaxed a bit...it works great.


http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/7773/rudderspringskr3.jpg...
Forum: RV-4 11-21-2008, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,264
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Pics of Mine

Tom, here are pics of mine...1/8" angle with slot wide enough for strap bolted to spar carry-through. I turned mine to the back (I've heard some are installed on the front. Anyway I added a picture...
Forum: RV-4 10-27-2008, 06:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,312
Posted By PlaneBuilderBill
Vince Frazier's Answer

Hers is Vince Frazier's answer on his HRII...

Here is a nifty flap pushrod gap seal that is easily made from the foam of a foam paintbrush. It really does a nice job. The paintbrush foam is soft,...
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