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Forum: RV-6/6A 02-06-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
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, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
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, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,449
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, 10:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,795
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, 08:23 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 293,114
Posted By wjb
Scott, brillant!

Scott, brillant!
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-29-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 33,407
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, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,014
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, 02:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,134
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, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
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, 09:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,789
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, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 842
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, 07:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 28,434
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, 10:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 33,407
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, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,940
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, 09:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 33,407
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, 11:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,130
Posted By wjb
Classic "Animal House"...

Classic "Animal House" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lT1o0sDwI
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-29-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,231
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, 05:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,502
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, 08:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,319
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, 07:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,231
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, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,883
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, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,883
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, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 823
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, 09:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,130
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, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,118
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, 09:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,125
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, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,476
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, 04:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,476
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, 11:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,539
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, 11:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,844
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, 11:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,844
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, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,083
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, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
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, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 702
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, 11:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 962
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, 11:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,533
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, 08:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,102
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, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
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, 01:39 AM
Replies: 73
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Views: 9,938
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, 01:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,847
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, 01:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,232
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, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,568
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, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 942
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, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,493
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, 10:29 AM
Replies: 477
Views: 126,569
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, 09:30 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 126,569
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, 05:06 PM
Replies: 477
Views: 126,569
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, 09:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,756
Posted By wjb
No fiberglass help ... oh, the humanity!

No fiberglass help ... oh, the humanity!
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,371
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...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-04-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,051
Posted By wjb
It's a 11 degree over-bend, 11 degrees beyond...

It's a 11 degree over-bend, 11 degrees beyond perfect 90. When you release, the flange springs back to 90. The amount of over bend and springback will depend on the thickness of the sheet and the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-30-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 52,854
Posted By wjb
Sweet! Welcome to the Bay Area, Hermann! I'm...

Sweet! Welcome to the Bay Area, Hermann! I'm following your flight with great interest. But, you missed the best part: you didn't come to Half Moon Bay. Great airport; You could have checked out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By wjb
Seems right .. 100% BNC except for the TNC on the...

Seems right .. 100% BNC except for the TNC on the antenna for the GPS-20A
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-23-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By wjb
Yup, non pre punched "old school" ;-) Welcome to...

Yup, non pre punched "old school" ;-)

Welcome to VAF and enjoy your -14!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-23-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By wjb
If you're talking about the L bracket and two...

If you're talking about the L bracket and two sheets, it's a baby practice project. Figure 1 show you the rivet callouts, etc.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-22-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,916
Posted By wjb
It seems to me that putting a shim washer in...

It seems to me that putting a shim washer in place to make up any gap would be far preferable and easier than drilling new holes in the axle. It comes in lots of different materials (18-8 SS is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,839
Posted By wjb
Exactly what I did; slowly raise up the pallet on...

Exactly what I did; slowly raise up the pallet on blocks, roll the engine hoist under, suspend. The the real challenge was getting the box off. Lyc's pour-in-place-type foam packaging did a good job...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By wjb
The exact setup depends on how your throttle...

The exact setup depends on how your throttle cable is routed though the firewall and via the bracket on the bottom of the oil pan. The end of the cable can end end up left or right of "optimum" at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By wjb
You need a transponder, so get a GTX-45R and get...

You need a transponder, so get a GTX-45R and get free ADSB WX. No need for an XM enabled PFD/MFD.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By wjb
Copy the URL in the green box, and then paste it...

Copy the URL in the green box, and then paste it into a post between

..url.. and you're good to go ...

For example: (for url...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-06-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,771
Posted By wjb
Let some air of a tire, turn on the hazzards and...

Let some air of a tire, turn on the hazzards and high beams and unbuckle the seat belt and you'll have 4 more lights!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1,828
Views: 1,042,953
Posted By wjb
Congrats! Interesting, you seem to have a...

Congrats!

Interesting, you seem to have a pre-built glass flange for the snorkel .. is this the new(er) way? I had to do some serious surgery on my one piece snorkel to get it to fit well on the...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,907
Posted By wjb
Sure, especially in the valley; always bumping...

Sure, especially in the valley; always bumping around like crazy out there. We have a somewhat consistent sink over a pond at the approach end of KPAO 31; some days it's particularly strong. Also,...
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