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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I sent you an email with an earlier pic...

Ryan,

I sent you an email with an earlier pic which shows the situation before I resolved it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-17-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By rapid_ascent
Vans had the motor mounts on backorder until...

Vans had the motor mounts on backorder until recently. They shipped mine separately from my finishing kit with the front gear leg. Shipping weight 44 lbs. They paid the freight in this case but you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 766
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, Iíve already drilled my firewall for the...

Ryan,

Iíve already drilled my firewall for the fuel line for a fuel injected engine and I put on the starter contactor. There was an issue that I worked through where I had to make an adjustment. I...
Forum: Tools 05-13-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a Delta wood bandsaw it seems to work fine...

I have a Delta wood bandsaw it seems to work fine for this application. I agree that if you have too fine of a blade its not good. Aluminum gums up on a fine tooth blade. I don't remember exactly...
Forum: ADS-B 05-08-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Another option is to upgrade to a GTX335 with a...

Another option is to upgrade to a GTX335 with a gps. These are just below $3K and it includes the antenna. Thatís what I did.
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 868
Posted By rapid_ascent
Randy, Iím curious when you dig the build school?

Randy,

Iím curious when you dig the build school?
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,121
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I saw that. I've just ordered an LRU Kit...

Ryan,

I saw that. I've just ordered an LRU Kit from Stein. So far I'm not sure of the advantage of the bracket over just a flat sheet for mounting the GMU-11. Once I get my GMU-11 I'll move it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-02-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,121
Posted By rapid_ascent
Iím thinking about mounting my GMU-11 on the aft...

Iím thinking about mounting my GMU-11 on the aft deck. Does anyone have any pics that show this arrangement?
Forum: Primers 04-27-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By rapid_ascent
I donít think you have a problem at all. I have...

I donít think you have a problem at all. I have run out many times and mixed another batch. Usually by the time you mix the next batch and wait the induction time you can start spraying again. You...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-24-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 75,958
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm waiting for the next steps. I wouldn't even...

I'm waiting for the next steps. I wouldn't even know where to start on something like this.

Ray
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-24-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,497
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, It's been a while, but I think I allowed...

Ryan,

It's been a while, but I think I allowed extra thickness for the crotch strap too. I'd be interested in taking a look at your belts. What color and options did you get? I think I want the all...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-22-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By rapid_ascent
You have to notch the bottom of the rib. I don't...

You have to notch the bottom of the rib. I don't have any pics but in my setup which still isn't complete I had to make a notch.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well I went ahead and installed the seat floors...

Well I went ahead and installed the seat floors so I'll have to be much more careful with any further experimentation of removal.

It was interesting though. I had a couple of hinges where it came...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By rapid_ascent
Yeah Lacquer thinner usually works for me too,...

Yeah Lacquer thinner usually works for me too, but for some reason these marks aren't coming off. Maybe because they've been on there for a while. Not sure.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,660
Posted By rapid_ascent
Removing Blue Sharpie

Hey folks,

I I was just getting ready to rivet my hinge pieces to the seat floors. Then the unexpected happened, I can't seem to remove the marking that I put on with my blue sharpie. I've tried the...
Forum: RV-14 04-12-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By rapid_ascent
Vanís has those same Rami AV-17 COM antennas for...

Vanís has those same Rami AV-17 COM antennas for a lower price. Iíve searched around and as far as I can tell itís the best price...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-11-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 556
Views: 644,222
Posted By rapid_ascent
Vans made the kit. Juany made it a beautiful...

Vans made the kit. Juany made it a beautiful airplane.

Congrats.

Ray
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-11-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,808
Views: 978,933
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hi Martin, I'm out at LVK working on my RV7-A....

Hi Martin,

I'm out at LVK working on my RV7-A. Ryan is a little behind me but catching up fast I think.

Ray
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,611
Posted By rapid_ascent
I was wondering about that too.

I was wondering about that too.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-11-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought a tail light mounting plate from...

I bought a tail light mounting plate from Cleaveland Tools. It gets blind riveted onto the fiberglass, then you can just screw your strobe to the plate. See the link below. It may not be the cheapest...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,611
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, You shouldnít be removing too much...

Ryan,

You shouldnít be removing too much material with the reamer. Just take it slow. I would use lower rpm too.

Ray
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,128
Posted By rapid_ascent
Iím almost to this point as soon as I get the...

Iím almost to this point as soon as I get the parts primed. I think the instructions say to rivet the clip to the rib but not to the bulkhead until the skin has been riveted on. I donít have them in...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-25-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,323
Posted By rapid_ascent
Iím not sure I see the advantage of your mounting...

Iím not sure I see the advantage of your mounting approach over using the standard Vans bracket. Plus Iím not sure how you are going to be able to get a wrench under the pump to tighten your mounting...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-19-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hey Frank, I'm building braided lines for my...

Hey Frank,

I'm building braided lines for my brake lines. I think I probably have the brass fittings that you need that came with my kit. PM me with what you think you need. I'll check what I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,086
Posted By rapid_ascent
Right or wrong I decided to just plan on using a...

Right or wrong I decided to just plan on using a system that didn't require the fuel return.
Forum: Tools 03-13-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By rapid_ascent
Interesting you say that. I bought one on ebay...

Interesting you say that. I bought one on ebay that was advertised as new and it did the same thing. It had no returns so I protested on ebay to get my money back.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By rapid_ascent
The firewall does bend forward slightly at the...

The firewall does bend forward slightly at the upper angle. I used another piece of angle clamped on the forward side of the firewall for support to make the bend. I actually thought the bend would...
Forum: California 03-08-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By rapid_ascent
Nope, but I'm glad my kit is already on the truck.

Nope, but I'm glad my kit is already on the truck.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,285
Posted By rapid_ascent
Simple or not Ryan and I both messed up a...

Simple or not Ryan and I both messed up a longeron. I would order an extra. You'll use the angle lots of places if you don't mess them up so I don't see the down side. Sure you can buy from your...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,276
Posted By rapid_ascent
Take a look at the Earls braided lines and...

Take a look at the Earls braided lines and fittings. I made the interior brake lines for my brake pedals. I looked around comparing other systems before selecting them. They are easy to put together...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By rapid_ascent
You really can get started with any type of...

You really can get started with any type of table. It needs to have an edge that you can clamp parts down if needed. I have some folding tables that I've even done some work on. It's also good if you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 14,476
Posted By rapid_ascent
This is the type of thing that worries me about...

This is the type of thing that worries me about going to a 370/375 versus a standard 360 configuration which have a multitude of operational hours on them. It appears that at least Superior is doing...
Forum: Tools 02-14-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,656
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a CDI torque wrench, but I'm not sure...

I have a CDI torque wrench, but I'm not sure exactly where I got it. You just need to make sure the torque range covers what you need to use it for. This tends to work out so that you end up with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,013
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ilya, Email me if you want me to take a look at...

Ilya,

Email me if you want me to take a look at it. No assurances. I've never looked at one before, but how complicated can it be?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,880
Posted By rapid_ascent
I find that I have more control with my Tatco...

I find that I have more control with my Tatco hand squeezer. In general I try to use it versus my pneumatic squeezer. Also, make sure you check the length of your exposed rivet with a gauge. A rivet...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2019, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,013
Posted By rapid_ascent
Likely either a part has died and/or the board...

Likely either a part has died and/or the board has been damaged. Hard to tell which without taking a look. If the board has been burned (possibly due to a part failure) it should be replaced and only...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,986
Posted By rapid_ascent
I just laid the plans on the hangar floor and...

I just laid the plans on the hangar floor and used them without any modification. I didn't want to destroy the plans by cutting them out.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,741
Posted By rapid_ascent
There are brand new fluke multimeters on ebay in...

There are brand new fluke multimeters on ebay in the $40 range. I think it's probably worth it. I may buy one myself since my 35 year old fluke meter is finally getting where I can't read the display...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-27-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,951
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I just drilled the F-704K caps when I was...

Ryan,

I just drilled the F-704K caps when I was finishing drilling the forward seat floors. If you have a slider, the roll bar has a couple of bolts that are drilled to the longerons and the access...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,204
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would tend to disagree about the SMT caps. The...

I would tend to disagree about the SMT caps. The electrolytic caps can be replaced by hand pretty easily depending on your soldering skills.

I had a coworker that was collecting bad PC monitors at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, I was reading the installation manual today...

Bob,

I was reading the installation manual today on my fight back to SFO from back east. Iíll admit I havenít studied it carefully but it discusses horizontal limits extensively. Vertically it seems...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By rapid_ascent
Radio Stack Navigator Placement

I just bought a 430W so I need to reorganize my radio stack. Is the current thinking that it should be placed high in the stack?
Forum: Tools 01-04-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By rapid_ascent
I use both. I like the Tatco hand squeezer...

I use both. I like the Tatco hand squeezer because I have more control. However I canít squeeze 1/8Ē rivets with it, Iím not strong enough. The pneumatic squeezer works great but I donít feel like I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-02-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,226
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I sent you an email. Ray

Ryan,

I sent you an email.

Ray
Forum: Propellers 12-25-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,825
Posted By rapid_ascent
To add to Melís comments...I just got a quote...

To add to Melís comments...I just got a quote from Cato and their pricing is competitive for the 2 blade prop. The 3 blade is more. If you donít get the nickel leading edges you can save more, but I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might be able to just bend the flange out a...

You might be able to just bend the flange out a little too. These pieces aren't too expensive from Vans though. I bought a couple "extras".
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,913
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just one comment on Online Components. I've...

Just one comment on Online Components. I've purchased parts from them before and everything went extremely well. If I remember correctly they have the Honeywell toggle switches at an attractive price...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,524
Posted By rapid_ascent
I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting...

I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting baseline. Before that you have no idea what people are talking about. I built the toolbox kit and a couple of the airfoil kits. I was still not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,755
Posted By rapid_ascent
Kay, The relay is really only a requirement if a...

Kay,

The relay is really only a requirement if a higher current is needed than your switch is rated for. A switch can have the advantage that you can put the 2 sides in parallel for some level of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,321
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rob, I'm having trouble understanding the way...

Rob,

I'm having trouble understanding the way you have drawn your schematic. But, I think you are trying to run the lights in series and I think they need to be hooked up in parallel.

When LEDS are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By rapid_ascent
Steve, I realize you are still trying to get the...

Steve,

I realize you are still trying to get the panel to import, but when you get a little further I might be able to share some of the cutouts that I created. I got a couple from Brantel awhile...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 949
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't...

Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't think the fuel gage is of much use.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,033
Posted By rapid_ascent
I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be...

I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be high quality. I didn't purchase a tool kit but started just buying what I needed. Some people buy the full tool kit and then decide they don't like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,441
Posted By rapid_ascent
Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand...

Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand and whack it with the other hand. Most beginners make this mistake and are not careful enough or they are trying to go a little too fast. Mine was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 28,982
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have any pics of the results of these...

Does anyone have any pics of the results of these PDF modifications? Since I'm not quite at the stage of installing the baffles it's hard for me to visualize the transformation from the flat template...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 28,982
Posted By rapid_ascent
IO-375 Baffles

This thread is a little old. Is this still the best solution for the baffles when using ECI tappered fin cylinders? I'm looking at an IO-375 as a possibility and I'm wondering how much additional...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,129
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce...

I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce was out of stock. I ended up having to wait for them to resupply.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-30-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,616
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them...

You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them yesterday and it is quite long, on the order of a year.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,614
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure if you have considered the support...

I'm not sure if you have considered the support structure that is required behind the panel. The radio stack requires some angle pieces to mount those racks. I'm not sure if you have allowed for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,574
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go...

Ryan,

Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go back and update their instructions and drawing to make corrections or clarify. In certain cases I've looked at the order of things and realized it just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,561
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you...

Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you couldn't use one manufacturer's switch with another manufacturer's ELT even if they would work electrically?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,381
Posted By rapid_ascent
Scott, Who would have thought it was so simple....

Scott,

Who would have thought it was so simple. Thanks for the explanation.
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