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Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-01-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,076
Posted By wjb
Mine's a PX375-TC#3, which seems old. Bought it...

Mine's a PX375-TC#3, which seems old. Bought it via ACS 4 years ago... Already contacted Andiar with the info; waiting for their evaluation.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-29-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,076
Posted By wjb
Is your Andair pump noisy?

Does your Andair fuel pump make a racket?

I was happily surprised by how quiet the pump was when I was doing fuel flow tests last weekend with no back pressure ... purred along with a nice low...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 972
Posted By wjb
Real live airplane noises...

Finally the fateful has arrived to see if all this assembly of airplane parts actually can actually make airplane noises.

I went through all the pre-oiling procedures discussed here on VAF and in...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-29-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,614
Posted By wjb
First engine start!

Finally the fateful has arrived to see if all this assembly of airplane parts actually can actually make airplane noises.

I went through all the pre-oiling procedures discussed here on VAF and in...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-27-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,216
Posted By wjb
Thanks for this! Very timely; I'm getting ready...

Thanks for this! Very timely; I'm getting ready for first start, and have confirmed good flow up to the servo. I'll take it all the way now.
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 735
Posted By wjb
This is a popular topic here on Vans. Search for...

This is a popular topic here on Vans. Search for "frankensnorkel" .. maybe you can guess what you might be in for ;-) It was a learning experience for me.
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 776
Posted By wjb
I built two. The first is a VAF published...

I built two. The first is a VAF published design, relatively easy to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-13-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By wjb
It's a great adventure; have fun! Mine started...

It's a great adventure; have fun! Mine started about 7 years ago, now just about ready for first engine start. Feeling like it's almost done.

This site will be one of your best and most helpful...
Forum: GPS 03-13-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By wjb
5 mins may not be enough to pull down all the...

5 mins may not be enough to pull down all the data from the satellite's nav message downlink, but, the receiver will lock on and track the satellites well within 30 seconds. You should see multiple...
Forum: GPS 03-13-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By wjb
You seem to be definitely missing some satellites...

You seem to be definitely missing some satellites there ... the 20A is compatible worldwide (just like the GPS in your phone). You have a good quality antenna (same as my setup) ... I'd suspect the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,105
Posted By wjb
This is not so much anti-chafe as it it for...

This is not so much anti-chafe as it it for general wire management. I used this extensively in my build (firewall aft). I use either heat shrink or self-fusing silicone tape to terminate the ends....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By wjb
I use SmugMug too, for all my photos. It's very...

I use SmugMug too, for all my photos. It's very easy to get a url for one of many sizes of photos to post here on VAF. Happy customer.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-02-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 539
Posted By wjb
Section 15 of the construction manual. Quotes...

Section 15 of the construction manual.

Quotes Max: Up 25 deg/ Down 35 deg, no minimum given.

Just measured my with electric trim, just about 23-24 deg up and down at the trim stops.
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-06-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,215
Posted By wjb
Wow! Those are some sexy switch guards! A...

Wow! Those are some sexy switch guards! A little black anodizing and they'd be perfect! The plane will certainly go faster with those.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,220
Posted By wjb
No a fan of the permanent-grit disks; they seem...

No a fan of the permanent-grit disks; they seem to be unbalanced when I spin them. Dremel has a series of fast change reinforced disk that work well. The smaller, all ceramic disks work but are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-04-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,960
Posted By wjb
I have my CO detector (different brand) is...

I have my CO detector (different brand) is connected to one of the discrete inputs on the engine analyzer. The discrete can be configured to be a "CO detector" in settings. I get an alert on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,993
Posted By wjb
My stick cleared the panel by 1/3" as installed,...

My stick cleared the panel by 1/3" as installed, but had the question about left/right throw in the end. As cut, it did interfere with the throttle w/o the ailerons connected. I checked the throw on...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-30-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 295,667
Posted By wjb
Scott, brillant!

Scott, brillant!
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-29-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,614
Posted By wjb
I grew wings!

In the dark and cold of California winter nights, we found this bird has grew some wings. Close tolerance bolts are in; no going back now! Thanks to fellow RV-7 driver Pat to help with the wrangling...
Forum: Tools 01-20-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
Posted By wjb
+1 on Pan American; I get all my drills there. ...

+1 on Pan American; I get all my drills there. Avery used to sell them when they were in business. They do have options for full sets.
Forum: RV-14 01-07-2020, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,295
Posted By wjb
Seems like a lot for the emp, however, you'll use...

Seems like a lot for the emp, however, you'll use them all on the wings. Post-wings, I have buckets of untouched clecos (small buckets) that I loan out to friends working on their wings.
Forum: California 12-11-2019, 10:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By wjb
You can also check with Marco...

You can also check with Marco (https://www.bayareawarbirds.com) ... he has an -8 (and other toys) at KPAO.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,853
Posted By wjb
Check out UpNorth Aviation .. did a great job on...

Check out UpNorth Aviation .. did a great job on my panel with their CNC.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 871
Posted By wjb
I went with my local towing company and used one...

I went with my local towing company and used one of their flat bed tow trucks. The tow truck driver was a pure pro, did this a few times already, and did a great job strapping the fuse to the truck....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 29,113
Posted By wjb
... Fitted my elevators on the bird this weekend,...

... Fitted my elevators on the bird this weekend, and found a bit more drag than I would have hoped. Individually, the elevators seem almost friction-free and will naturally rotate to one of the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-03-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,614
Posted By wjb
Thanks Steve! Happy to finally be at the...

Thanks Steve! Happy to finally be at the airport. I hoping for < 6 months to completion. It will be a workflow transition for sure. I won't have all the resources, like running water. It will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,072
Posted By wjb
Finally cleaned out my...

Finally cleaned out my garage:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-xg2cK8T/0/39f0f099/L/i-xg2cK8T-L.jpg

Hangar time!
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-01-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 34,614
Posted By wjb
Moved to the hangar!

Finally, after a two year wait I was able to vacate the garage and move to the airport. Boy, sooo much space now!

Before photo; the garage is jammed full of airplane parts, benches, supplies,...
Forum: RV-14 10-29-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 18,979
Posted By wjb
Classic "Animal House"...

Classic "Animal House" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lT1o0sDwI
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-29-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,414
Posted By wjb
Hi Steve ... my understanding about grounding...

Hi Steve ... my understanding about grounding the mags is to short the points that would otherwise open and generate the spark. This will do that. The shield is grounded to the engine case through...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-26-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,696
Posted By wjb
Drat! I wish I'd done that! Brilliant. ;-)

Drat! I wish I'd done that! Brilliant. ;-)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,033
Posted By wjb
Beware!

Note: If you used the Van's .dxf for the panel layout, note that the Van's drawing is the UNBENT panel blank. The bottom of the panel is about 1" shorter due the the L-bend in the final...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,414
Posted By wjb
Here's a schematic version of what I did. Left...

Here's a schematic version of what I did. Left on-start (up); right off-start (down) .. that permits the pushbutton starter to activate the starter contactor. Once started, flip the right to the on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,019
Posted By wjb
Regardless of the manufacturer of the larger...

Regardless of the manufacturer of the larger screens (Dynon, Garmin, Advanced, etc) the center two ribs need to be moved to clear. It's typical to cut the rib at the subpanel and use some L-angle to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,019
Posted By wjb
Note: if you're using the Van's .dxf for the...

Note: if you're using the Van's .dxf for the panel outline, it is the panel UNBENT. The actual panel vertical height is about an inch shorter on the bottom once the L bend is formed. Double check...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-11-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 845
Posted By wjb
I can share photos of my 7 as well, but basically...

I can share photos of my 7 as well, but basically I ran the wiring down the firewall, under the cover on the forward floor (parallel to the fuel run), through the spar (at Van's approved hole...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2019, 08:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 18,979
Posted By wjb
Yea, there surely can be lots of rebuilding. I...

Yea, there surely can be lots of rebuilding. I elected to shell out about $450 for the tipper canopy metal parts after trying to get everything to fit, but swiss-cheesed the aluminum too much to be...
Forum: RV-10 10-11-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,200
Posted By wjb
I think you just set the bar for a phenomenal RV...

I think you just set the bar for a phenomenal RV weekend. Congrats! Friday surely counts.
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,284
Posted By wjb
There was an article in the RVator (pre internet)...

There was an article in the RVator (pre internet) by a serial builder .. who put planes together FAST. He would strip the plastic and prime everything right from the start .. both sides, prior to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,562
Posted By wjb
At least they look all the same (3-4's I think!)....

At least they look all the same (3-4's I think!). Yea, labeling is not too helpful, but they are easy to measure, either prior or with a gauge after insertion like Larry said.

Thought the early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,562
Posted By wjb
Van's does this alot ... kits for individual...

Van's does this alot ... kits for individual sub-assemblies. I prefer to have all my parts sorted by type, so I generally split open the kits and sort the parts into individual bins.

You should...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By wjb
Sounds like pretty much, heaven. Too bad my bird...

Sounds like pretty much, heaven. Too bad my bird is not quite ready... Someday!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,939
Posted By wjb
Hi Bill L, 1) Reliability: With good quality...

Hi Bill L,

1) Reliability: With good quality locking connectors, there is no issue with reliability (Like Carl said). These make very solid and reliable connections, esp if you have the proper...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,939
Posted By wjb
Great plan! I did the same for my -7. I can...

Great plan! I did the same for my -7. I can completely pull the panel in less than 10 minutes. Quick disconnect the pneumatics to the steam gauges and ADAHRS, disconnect the cable bundles, remove...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,128
Posted By wjb
Good article! I've filed that away so I can walk...

Good article! I've filed that away so I can walk myself off the ledge after first engine start.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By wjb
I used MDF to make a rotating platform and then...

I used MDF to make a rotating platform and then used some dial calipers to set up my fitment:

1) Center the flange on the rotating base. The axel is a #30 drill into the bench. Runout was < 10...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 746
Posted By wjb
Just finished up my IO-360 baffles on my 7; early...

Just finished up my IO-360 baffles on my 7; early on, it was an absolute bear to get them on; I scraped off tons of paint from the #3 valve cover. However, after taking them on and off a million...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,017
Posted By wjb
Congrats! So cool to fly the plane you built!...

Congrats! So cool to fly the plane you built! (I'm getting close, too!)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,729
Posted By wjb
Interesting ... but where did the smoke come...

Interesting ... but where did the smoke come from? Oil is not generally very conductive, so it's not likely to be an oil generated short. Something else would have to be hot to generate the smoke...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-09-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,151
Posted By wjb
Out of curiosity, where are you picking up your...

Out of curiosity, where are you picking up your MP? I'm picking mine up from the primer port on #4 through a restrictor to the sensor manifold on the firewall.

I agree with the other posters,...
Forum: RV-10 09-07-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 845
Posted By wjb
Also, when doing W&B, you want to avoid...

Also, when doing W&B, you want to avoid side-loads on the scales; pure vertical weight complements of gravity is the goal, otherwise you'll pick up measurement errors.

A common trick is to put a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-31-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 73
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Views: 10,536
Posted By wjb
Great thread; reading with much interest. I'll...

Great thread; reading with much interest. I'll be doing this (and asking you all for help) in a few months!
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-29-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,905
Posted By wjb
This is a good plan. I did a similar thing, but...

This is a good plan. I did a similar thing, but out of thick aluminum. It worked well, but the steel version would be far more durable. My step bit just about ate up the full aluminum thickness by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,291
Posted By wjb
Van's fake phishing?? Is this the one where they...

Van's fake phishing?? Is this the one where they say that the demo flight is totally free, but somehow your wallet becomes $30k (or $100k) lighter?

I know this one, and I didn't even get a free...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,616
Posted By wjb
Very cool Ryan! I might need one of these,...

Very cool Ryan! I might need one of these, myself.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-22-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 991
Posted By wjb
Such great motivation! Keep pounding (or, in my...

Such great motivation! Keep pounding (or, in my case, keep sanding the never quite done cowl) Mille grazie!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,579
Posted By wjb
Congrats! When you're done with phase 1 and...

Congrats! When you're done with phase 1 and wander out to KHAF, let me know! I should have my -7 build in a hangar by then. Excellent work!
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 477
Views: 131,781
Posted By wjb
Based on my VAF research, people have done both...

Based on my VAF research, people have done both with good success. I thought I'd try chopping up my snorkel first to see if it would work, then if not, build my own. Worked great for me.
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-11-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 131,781
Posted By wjb
If you were building a Lancair or VariEze -- an...

If you were building a Lancair or VariEze -- an all-glass plane -- yes, you should be concerned with the proper ratio of glass to resin. However, there are not very many glass components on an RV,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-11-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 131,781
Posted By wjb
The 5:1 ratio is by volume; by weight it's 5.36:1...

The 5:1 ratio is by volume; by weight it's 5.36:1 for the 206 slow hardener and 5:19:1 for the 205 Fast hardener ... though the data sheet calls out a large range around these for an acceptable mix...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,900
Posted By wjb
No fiberglass help ... oh, the humanity!

No fiberglass help ... oh, the humanity!
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,399
Posted By wjb
I don't have -14 plans, but the "dimple flush"...

I don't have -14 plans, but the "dimple flush" side will mate up with some other component, and the flush heads will be covered by another piece. Take a look at the plans and see where this piece...
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