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Forum: RV-8/8A 12-10-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,472
Posted By BillL
Yes .025 as stamped on the sheets. It may work...

Yes .025 as stamped on the sheets. It may work for thinner, you should try it before committing to its use.

I like the NAS as you can just countersink with the deburring tool. I do 7 rounds and it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,472
Posted By BillL
Agree . . .

Or just use NAS rivets. A flush head can install a nut plate in .025 material just fine. And much less time investment in the entire process.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-09-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By BillL
I made my own, sorta. The blue part is common to...

I made my own, sorta. The blue part is common to most, ours anyway. Under the label is a set screw and spring. The used tool I purchased had three positioners of no use to me. I reused the blue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,662
Posted By BillL
There is nothing in the vid that would lead me to...

There is nothing in the vid that would lead me to a conclusion regarding temperatures.

Are you talking CHT or EGT? They are quite different indications and the EGT is very sensitive to location...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-08-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Posted By BillL
Great Video Steve!! I am doing research for a...

Great Video Steve!!

I am doing research for a first video camera. The mission is multiple, the first panel recording for self evaluation of IFR approaches etc, so being able to see the G3X clearly...
Forum: Midwest 12-05-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 619
Posted By BillL
Image all fixed, thanks Pete!

Image all fixed, thanks Pete!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,273
Posted By BillL
There is certainly a reduction in capacity with...

There is certainly a reduction in capacity with lower temperatures, and higher demand with a cooler engine.

Here is a NASA report on performance of the A123 battery, likely close to the Ex....
Forum: Propellers 12-01-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,866
Posted By BillL
Not that it matters to your comment, but . . .

Scott, typically the deposits are lead from the fuel that has made its way into the oil. It gets really hard from the centrifugal forces. Centrifugal oil filters do the same thing. They do collect...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,094
Posted By BillL
My spacers look like Bruces, but are solid...

My spacers look like Bruces, but are solid aluminum. I epoxied them to the tube, match drilled and then measured the depth. I used various lengths of pull rivets matched to engage the tube where...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
ROTFL

After tearing into the PP I came to the exact same conclusion for external VR (by mod)!!!! Testing the pp on my crude bench, it is painfully obvious how sensitive the voltage on the field wire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,267
Posted By BillL
Build a new one.

This airplane is grounded!! Looking at the TE, it looks like a tear right in the zone where separations have occurred, this definitely needs a new rudder built, very serious.

Call Vans for just how...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By BillL
+1

If it is in a position where the squeezer dies won't fit with a screw (of some type) holding the center, I do the pre bend. Many tricks and you have to use what works for each.

If you are talking...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
Guilty :D .

Guilty :D .
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
Hard Facts

Someone is just going to have to take the B&C apart to know what is in it. And . . that will not track future production changes.

Looking at the outside and getting the lester number does not...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By BillL
The photo does not look so bad to me. First learn...

The photo does not look so bad to me. First learn to drill perfectly in the middle. I use magnifiers to see well and look every few revs to ensure the hole is in the center. Sometimes angle the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-16-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
Ross, I have no way of knowing what the...

Ross, I have no way of knowing what the production changes might be on the PP alternators. You know how hard it is to get facts. The country of manufacture is laser printed on each bearing or on the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-16-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
PP 60A Bearings - FYI

I have been gathering a lot of information on the PP bearings, and bearings in general for alternators. The brand of the PP bearings is NTN, but made in a TPI plant in Taiwan. TPI makes branded...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By BillL
Just one builder opinion and maybe not a good...

Just one builder opinion and maybe not a good one, but have it inspected like a deep conditional inspection (like it has never had one). This will address wiring, fuel system mods, empennage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 825
Posted By BillL
MI can't see the photos either. The OP saw them...

MI can't see the photos either. The OP saw them because the poster was still online and logged into google photo. He must set permissions to "anyone who has the link" for that album and then we can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,094
Posted By BillL
It can be fitted all the way around.

Ryan, I have a number of posts on my canopy frame and front skin fitting. Looking at your pictures, you have a long way to go, which means lots of opportunities to avoid some common issues.

A post...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,779
Posted By BillL
A real air-oil separator functions on two primary...

A real air-oil separator functions on two primary variables. Surface area (larger better) within, and velocity (slower better). The Anti-splat has its partial success with a clever internal...
Forum: Tools 11-13-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,132
Posted By BillL
Make very sure . . .

the Regs, Summit, Speedway Motors version of tool has a knurled aluminum handle. I got an early version and it fell off the bench the first use and shattered the handle. The later versions have the...
Forum: Autopilots 11-12-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,610
Posted By BillL
Good to hear you have success. I guess they want...

Good to hear you have success. I guess they want to get fresh money rather than work for free!! Good tip . . .
Forum: Autopilots 11-11-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,610
Posted By BillL
I failed one as my servo froze up. In looking at...

I failed one as my servo froze up. In looking at it, it is brass, threaded with a reduced diameter under the head. You can take a good look at your failed one. The key, it seems, is to ensure the...
Forum: Rocket 11-10-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,502
Posted By BillL
I affixed my fairings to a very secure clamp on...

I affixed my fairings to a very secure clamp on top. I did crack one with a bounce (1/3 up from the intersection fairing) and have wondered if they are too rigid. It seems the only thing really...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-10-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,526
Posted By BillL
Now, THIS is advice I can follow!! Thanks

Now, THIS is advice I can follow!!

Thanks
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-10-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,455
Posted By BillL
A design perspective.

There assumptions here that all valve stems and valve guides are the same. Changes are made to engines constantly. You may just have a valve guide wear, but it could be valve stem wear too. As a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,469
Posted By BillL
I found that measuring fuel delta was useful in...

I found that measuring fuel delta was useful in providing a dimension. Fill both tanks full, and fly on heavy side until it flies balanced and record fuel delta Then vary speeds, climb and descend to...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,526
Posted By BillL
It was on a point to point 600nm cross country,...

It was on a point to point 600nm cross country, and I filed/got 8000, so it 13-14 hand offs at that altitude. I did accept an altitude change for traffic and stayed at 10k. I don't remember if it was...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,526
Posted By BillL
Negative, Bob, that method avoided congestion . ....

Negative, Bob, that method avoided congestion . . .after two calls spaced a couple few minutes apart where I apparently stepped on someone on the other frequency with the full report, he says, "I am...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,526
Posted By BillL
FWIW

Lately, I had several issues when checking in (IFR flight plan). Three times on long cross countries, the controllers were working multiple frequencies and although I could not hear, they were busy....
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,485
Posted By BillL
+1 on dip stick

Getting a dipstick calibrated drove me nuts. I found two things. The fuel wicks up a lot more than you think. 1/2 gal on my 7. The second is that a little roll knocks off the measurements. So - set...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-06-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By BillL
On the battery. The health of the alternator to...

On the battery. The health of the alternator to run the system and keep the battery charged is voltage. Amps will show what the system demand is if the alternator quits.

On the B lead, if the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-02-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,789
Posted By BillL
I read that post having to admit the same...

I read that post having to admit the same thoughts have crossed my mind. I am 10 years behind, but it struck a cord. Ya never know. I watched a lady pilot at out airport walking across the tarmac. I...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,665
Posted By BillL
Good question, doesn't the 152 have a collection...

Good question, doesn't the 152 have a collection screen in the gascolator?

So in that case it would have been something from service work downstream of the gascolator. Two colors sounds like a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-30-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,267
Posted By BillL
Tim Did you get my email? BTW - look at the...

Tim Did you get my email?

BTW - look at the clocking of the adjustment arm lug vs the attachment lug for the B&C. That clocking is the same as the units rocket bob promotes. 180 deg.

Now, note the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By BillL
Well, if you bought a new one already you are...

Well, if you bought a new one already you are going to use it if even if it does not work, right?

Just be sure to test it after installation. Install a line after the pump with a restrictor and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 809
Posted By BillL
Dear Mr Internet Expert, the OP stated that the...

Dear Mr Internet Expert, the OP stated that the alternator is a PLANE POWER. ;)

It has a special brush holder with the tab that usually connects to the B buss severed and attached only to the "I"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 809
Posted By BillL
Back to basics . . .

First, the alternator wire that has the jumper (the I terminal in the center) must be connected to the hot side of the battery (+12V). As Carl mentions, that should be your first stop with the volt...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-19-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,264
Posted By BillL
Do what you can with the cowl off.

Easy to test, and timing is too. Both while the cowl is off. Others will require flight testing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,359
Posted By BillL
If I was back in grad school this would present...

If I was back in grad school this would present quite an interesting engineering mechanics derivation challenge. Natural frequency calculation of a tapered rod with a spinning mass at the end....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,493
Posted By BillL
Size (swage) the holes an the NAS require much less pounding.

I measured all the holes and confirmed the fit was caused by minute misalignment of the various layers of the thinner webs. So - rather than accept a onetime installation of the NAS, or reaming (eek)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,493
Posted By BillL
Looking good!!

That looks good Michael - making measurements indicates you are being careful. My bolts were a bit different in size but this will do the job, and you can remove them when the wing spar is partially...
Forum: RV-10 10-17-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,825
Posted By BillL
Yes . . . it is sobering to look back and say, I...

Yes . . . it is sobering to look back and say, I flew my first flight in a TD as my first RV and TD solo.

Congratulations on the progress . . sorry, but building phase overlaps Phase I as there are...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-16-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By BillL
+1

Note in my post I said "good connections"? When testing a PP alternator on my "bench" I was using some alligator clips. It was impossible to get a good, consistent voltage out of the unit and had to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-16-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 989
Posted By BillL
Alternator system would be my first check, in...

Alternator system would be my first check, in depth. Remove and bench test it. Check for AC content (>.03v), ground the F terminal and see if the voltage rises, remove the rear shield, check the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,359
Posted By BillL
Curious . . .not challenging . .

I thought the carbon fibers was around 77(million), with steels in the 28-30 range? Are you talking about the composite modulus with weaving and resin in a finished state?

Ok, I looked it up,...
Forum: Propellers 10-14-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,669
Posted By BillL
+1

This happened to me and wasted a lot of time with the leak test, and governor work.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-13-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
The Plane Power has a 2.75" pulley & runs...

The Plane Power has a 2.75" pulley & runs 9570RPM @ 2700 engine RPM. The bearings/grease are rated for 15,000.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-12-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,815
Posted By BillL
Paul, do you have the plane power 60 A or an...

Paul, do you have the plane power 60 A or an automotive alternator now?
Picture maybe?? Email sent.
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,956
Posted By BillL
Maybe it is just a case of greener grass . . but . .

I wished I had had one for my 7, and told my self I'd have one next time.

But, not having one did train me to think differently about where/how to do some things to avoid doing it again. I do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,242
Posted By BillL
And so it begins . . . .

Your first lesson learned. This way of thinking will serve you well, look, think, ask, then choose a course of action satisfying your needs for information. Otherwise, you will get new parts then...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,548
Posted By BillL
Where would you put the strain gages, Dan, inside...

Where would you put the strain gages, Dan, inside the crank nose, it would need to be hollow in the front bearing area? That might be the cleanest location, for length, to get torsional data. Then...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,548
Posted By BillL
Be organized.Very!

You will have to know your planes performance vs density, gross weight, temperature, and humidity, and use the engine correction factors. Not an easy task, but doable.

BTW is is very difficult to...
Forum: Tools 10-01-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 758
Posted By BillL
Very nice!! This is the best (only actually)...

Very nice!! This is the best (only actually) identification of the two 6" wheels I have seen. Bob Avery asked which wheel I wanted. But the way he asked, suggested there was more to this . . . I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,367
Posted By BillL
Good description of the function . . . The...

Good description of the function . . .


The force needed is very low and consistent with the right lube and adjustment. Although a fingernail works for me, the tool is easier and need not be very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Posted By BillL
Thanks for this link!!!

Nice to see the reviews, and multiples at that. It would be recommended that they be checked before purchase.

I have been using an MWJ 25 amp power supply for a couple of years. Adjustable voltage...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,959
Posted By BillL
Well, the volumetric efficiency with the shorter...

Well, the volumetric efficiency with the shorter stroke is the same a the 360 running at 2400 rpm. This might allow a touch better breathing and better power. 193 seems a little much, more than 180...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Posted By BillL
In a word -NO I was loaned one you mentioned for...

In a word -NO

I was loaned one you mentioned for my RV7 and the wheels are too tall fit under the fuse for lifting the tail wheel. It did not work.

I got a Bogert bar for specifically for the 7...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-28-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By BillL
Send me an email, that gives me yours, and I'll...

Send me an email, that gives me yours, and I'll send all the copies of SJ instructions that I have. PDF files.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By BillL
I have an assortment of scrapers of various...

I have an assortment of scrapers of various width. A couple made from old screwdrivers. The best tip shape I have found is not a wedge to a point, but a truncated wedge to a .020-.040" blunt end....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-25-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,180
Posted By BillL
Keith, is this seal for a press-in replacement...

Keith, is this seal for a press-in replacement for the felt seals?

Thanks, Bill
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