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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By BillL
Yep, if the plug is not the issue, and taking the...

Yep, if the plug is not the issue, and taking the alternator to Autozone, or the like, shows it is indeed bad, then a B&C would be my solution as well.

Call B&C before you just order, sometimes...
Forum: RV-10 Today, 06:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,916
Posted By BillL
Completely agree.

Completely agree.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By BillL
A valve head separation failure typically occurs...

A valve head separation failure typically occurs at the base of the tulip. Typically, it's because the valve and stem got too hot and the head snapped off. With hydraulic lifters, it can creep out...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 06:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By BillL
I was able to use the nylon spacers from True...

I was able to use the nylon spacers from True Value hardware. I did have to turn the OD to tailor the stop position more precisely.

I believe delrin is a better material.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-21-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By BillL
EI60 PP alternators known have a occurrence of...

EI60 PP alternators known have a occurrence of the plug connection for the field to have some high resistance.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=125262

Start there to trouble...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By BillL
Not about colors.

Packaging changes - look at the specifications. If they match and viscosity is labeled, then you are good. If in doubt call 1800 662-4525.

It's about the numbers - and letters in this case.

No...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,130
Posted By BillL
Coatings are not recommended. They allow the tube...

Coatings are not recommended. They allow the tube metal temps to exceed the material limits and will reduce the life of the system.

I did use jet hot on my truck headers (factory applied), it...
Forum: Propellers 10-19-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 796
Posted By BillL
Try it at 1700 before getting concerned. It may...

Try it at 1700 before getting concerned. It may take a while to get the air out and fill the passages with oil. 4 or 5 slow pulls all the way out. Mine really jumps when pulling the prop and hard to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-19-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 830
Posted By BillL
Appears to be the Ford/PSA developed engine based...

Appears to be the Ford/PSA developed engine based on the Lion V6. Nice bore/stroke ratio and the subject of a Navistar/Ford lawsuit (no honor among thieves). CGI block (nice high strength) and...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-19-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 842
Posted By BillL
Others have the class experience, so I defer to...

Others have the class experience, so I defer to them.

I bought a kit in process and learned as I went. Just keep in mind that it takes a certain level of experience to finish the airplane and your...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By BillL
Never EVER try to insert a new part into boogered threads!

Well Scott, that is a little mess. First determine what size it is. You can get actual specs for the AN fitting - is it a 3/8" tube? If so it is likely a 1/4" NPT. Go to the hardware store, or order...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,259
Posted By BillL
Concerning: yes Unusual - it does happen, I had...

Concerning: yes
Unusual - it does happen, I had one, but clearly link it to hot and slow in the pattern. I have a temperature logger ordered for the evaluation process.
What: Hmm, good suggestions...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By BillL
RV7 Construction manual

Just be sure there are positive stops for all extremes....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By BillL
Hmmm, I'd have to agree with Larry on this one. I...

Hmmm, I'd have to agree with Larry on this one. I would do anything drastic. More frequent oil changes will do more and safely. The most radical approach might be a new oil change with one quart of...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By BillL
A good time to check nut plates for proper sizes...

A good time to check nut plates for proper sizes and see that they have threads too.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-13-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 23,243
Posted By BillL
Prayers for family and friends, they are numerous.

Prayers for family and friends, they are numerous.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By BillL
Google for a tinners handbook. They have all the...

Google for a tinners handbook. They have all the cool layouts for making all sorts fo shapes.

Here is one example , you can use it online for a month by signing up. I've seen better, but it was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 952
Posted By BillL
It sounds like you have the flat counterweights...

It sounds like you have the flat counterweights not the ones that fasten on the leading edge. There are only a few parts to covert to the later style and it will save a lot of weight on the tail...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,141
Posted By BillL
Ethanol is added to reduce evaporative HC...

Ethanol is added to reduce evaporative HC emissions. It has a lower vapor pressure. Stability is another matter as auto gas is not very stable as it is. Vodka seems to last pretty well.

Combustion,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-10-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By BillL
Yes, the VOR/ILS is mounted horizontally and the...

Yes, the VOR/ILS is mounted horizontally and the com vertically. No personal experience with the COM, but IIRC, it is not stellar. The VOR/ILS is excellent.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-09-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,261
Posted By BillL
Yep, did good. It happened to me, solid soup...

Yep, did good. It happened to me, solid soup flying parallel to a stationary front. Darkness to right, lighter to the left. By brain kept saying that turning left was horizontal, so I leaned my head...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By BillL
Scott, how might a test be constructed to test...

Scott, how might a test be constructed to test this? I was thinking a dip with sample being oscillated up and down into a pool of 100LL. That should get it wet, exposed to oxygen, and allow it to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By BillL
Lots of words with no new answer.

This "reversion" has happened before as described. DanH sent me his gathered evidence and I contacted 3M and made contact with the Chemist for polysulfides. She seemed interested but based on all we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,454
Posted By BillL
Not sure, it could be lead pearls, with mean high...

Not sure, it could be lead pearls, with mean high combustion temps, or carbon specks, but you might check the piston crown in that specific area to see if there was debris ingestion that deformed the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-07-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,454
Posted By BillL
While the scoring on #2 looks bad, it may not be...

While the scoring on #2 looks bad, it may not be the oil consumption issue. What level do you maintain in the sump? Is it calibrated? What is your average flight time per flight? The engine will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 795
Posted By BillL
Adhesive

Removal - no magic elixir needed

Heat gun to loosen the adhesive then pull off the bulk.

Then cut strips of plain flat paper towel, like Viva, a little wider than the adhesive. Lay on two layers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By BillL
I have the U-phone-iT power...

I have the U-phone-iT power switch

http://www.fstllc.com

It is cell phone activated and Bob, the owner, sells a sim card and keeps it active for a fee less than an account of my own.

Spruce sells...
Forum: RV-12 10-06-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,518
Posted By BillL
http://www.cleavelandtool.com/3M-Cut-Polish-Wheel-...

http://www.cleavelandtool.com/3M-Cut-Polish-Wheel-6/productinfo/3MW7A6/#.W7lJUy_My8U
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,727
Posted By BillL
Extension tube . . .

I made my own. Expanded some poly tubing to form a flare so the pressure would not extrude the tube out of the tip. Sealed with some soft wax. Started with 5/16, with a 1/4"...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 37,161
Posted By BillL
Thanks for the followup Greg. It is good that PP...

Thanks for the followup Greg. It is good that PP actually looked at your unit, and good to know that they are using epoxy. I wonder if they are using epoxy for stator-to-case for retention or...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,727
Posted By BillL
They are hard to see and access, but . .

Don't forget to look closely at the intersection baffles between the lower cylinders. They were a huge leakage area for my factory M1B.

Edit: and . . did you check for the flashing on the through...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By BillL
You can always pressurize the crankcase with a...

You can always pressurize the crankcase with a rubber stopper and tube in the breather. Maybe 10" of water, you can blow that much and put some snoop on the crank seal. That is the way it is done in...
Forum: Flight Testing 09-30-2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By BillL
Thanks to all. BillR, Gary, Dave, BobT, rzbill,...

Thanks to all. BillR, Gary, Dave, BobT, rzbill, and Steve. Great to have experience, analysis and data (Andy). Lower DA the better, apparently. I had thought that the Vans top speed numbers were at...
Forum: Flight Testing 09-29-2018, 05:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By BillL
Speed Test Conditions?

I have read the RVator article where Vans talks about the condition for the cruise speed test is 8000'DA, max RPM (or best) and ROP for max power at that altitude.

But . . . I can not find where...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-29-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 37,941
Posted By BillL
Jereme, Before you drill the holes for that stick...

Jereme, Before you drill the holes for that stick bezel, space it up for the thickness of the boot or the holes for the angle portion will be offset.
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2018, 04:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,990
Posted By BillL
Using feeler gauges to determine the last...

Using feeler gauges to determine the last thickness needed is one method of positively determining the shim needed. If an even # of .030 shims don't fit the bill then you can always machine a spacer...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-27-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,783
Posted By BillL
Ross, do you know how fuel burn compares for your...

Ross, do you know how fuel burn compares for your known examples, are any better than the aircraft engines at the same airframe/speeds?

Of course there is the bench/dyno aspect of BSFC, but also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,171
Posted By BillL
+1 for Baja

I got extra lenses to enable swapping after testing. Also, the Baja light prices vary widely, so look at the second or third page of google listings. They make a small and large style. I used the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-25-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By BillL
You have not said if you built this plane....

You have not said if you built this plane. Assuming you did not . . the dihedral of the wing means the fuel tank fills to the top on the inboard end first. This means the short arm of the float...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,016
Posted By BillL
+1, +1 and I found even moderate mix will kill it...

+1, +1 and I found even moderate mix will kill it and flood. YMMV
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-24-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By BillL
I forget which database, but it took about 15...

I forget which database, but it took about 15 min. I use a 13.8 volt DC power supply for updates and hangar flying to learn and/or set up the panel. It typically sits at about 8 amps.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-22-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,011
Posted By BillL
Hey Walt, My layout is much the same, but I have...

Hey Walt,
My layout is much the same, but I have G5 envy:D.

On that (mini) iPad mount, what ball size is needed for the RAM? Is 1" adequate considering turbulence? RAM says good for 2 lbs.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By BillL
It depends on the goal of the coating . . .

Anything that insulates the surface will elevate the material temperatures of the pipe. That will reduce the oxidation life of the pipes (and fatigue strength). If the benefit is worth the lower life...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By BillL
Don't know, but I believe the 6, 7 & 9(?) cowls...

Don't know, but I believe the 6, 7 & 9(?) cowls are the same shape at the FW. We'll let that draw some comments.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-20-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 653
Posted By BillL
+1 and you don't have to drill huge routing holes...

+1 and you don't have to drill huge routing holes for the BNC's.

Edit:One thing - find and buy (the correct) tool to make all the cut/strips on the cable at one swipe. It will save a lot of time.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,096
Posted By BillL
This is certainly a factor combined with the fact...

This is certainly a factor combined with the fact all the holes (and restraint) are near the edge.





I really did not polish the edge and had a normal edge distance on one side, but there was 1+"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By BillL
David, I used 15-20 in-lb for mine. I can not...

David, I used 15-20 in-lb for mine. I can not find the reference material for it. A nylock nut is required.
Forum: Fiberglass 09-16-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By BillL
+1 any other tool that touches the glass matrix...

+1 any other tool that touches the glass matrix dulls rapidly. In retrospect, permagrit tools would pay for themselves by the end of the build, esp a flat file style. Possibly the countersink tool....
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,159
Posted By BillL
Thanks for the data, my 7 is just the opposite,...

Thanks for the data, my 7 is just the opposite, the gauges ( Vans/SW floats) are only accurate under 10 gal and the red cube totalizer has been accurate within a couple of tenths each fill up. Even...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By BillL
The wonder of spell help. [and poor proofreading...

The wonder of spell help. [and poor proofreading :p]

AN fitting , and mentioned tubing of these sizes are typically described by external diameter.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By BillL
I believe you can use the same push on fittings...

I believe you can use the same push on fittings from Cleaveland tools and Stein air to connect the two. All of those fittings are not made the same, though. Premium parts use a stainless steel "one...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,713
Posted By BillL
Whoa . . hold on a minute

I have my barrels (M1B 180 hp) wrapped to a 3" opening at the top, and unwrapped the 2 & 4 barrels to 5 " and there was zero change in the CHT balances. It is helpful to wrap up to the centerline...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,363
Posted By BillL
Scott, is there a formal "product improvement...

Scott, is there a formal "product improvement request" that might be filed to ensure that the right people at Vans would evaluate the ideas? Of course they would need to be fully documented and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,343
Posted By BillL
Special procedure?

Not particularly, just ask.

While is is good to have them come look and paper helps with your DAR, go to EAA.org and look at what to expect and not to expect from the TC. They are mostly to see if...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 77,114
Posted By BillL
So THATS what that is. I am kinda busy/focused at...

So THATS what that is. I am kinda busy/focused at that point, just before rotation, and have not had the guts to look down, so did not know exactly what it was. THANKS!!
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,363
Posted By BillL
FWIW

It is great you got this solved. I have to say in your location and situation this was the best solution. I do think there might be an issue with that starter though, and to your comment about Vans,...
Forum: RV-14 09-11-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 909
Posted By BillL
Hand deburring like the crowd. But this might be...

Hand deburring like the crowd. But this might be a good time to get a 1/4" shaft single hole deburring tool. You can use it on the plexiglass later. It will leave a nice smooth, concentric CS.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-08-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By BillL
This help?...

This help?

http://www.aerocoat.com/85285-colors.html
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,756
Posted By BillL
Here is my IO360 mount in prototype fitting mode....

Here is my IO360 mount in prototype fitting mode. I could not find those nice rubber standoffs (like YvesCH) and used baffle material in a "U" shape. Just did not want all that high freq vibration...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 686
Posted By BillL
My 7 wont come off without removing the rudder....

My 7 wont come off without removing the rudder. The plans had it to be pull riveted on. No reason to be removed I can see, but I did use screws.
Forum: RV-10 09-07-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,522
Posted By BillL
Mark, the cooling is a "system" consisting of...

Mark, the cooling is a "system" consisting of leaks, pressure drops for each component, inlet sizes, etc. just to mention a few. But - on my system during gathering of upper plenum pressure...
Forum: Primers 09-07-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,545
Posted By BillL
Good to hear others have successfully evaporated...

Good to hear others have successfully evaporated the water from old alodine. I have several containers slowly doing that now.

On the prep - I tried the easiest on several samples. Even the...
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