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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 05:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
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: 8,325
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: 173
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: 322
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: 1,624
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: 511
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: 511
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: 1,069
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: 3,844
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: 2,227
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: 233
Views: 74,774
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: 3,844
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: 699
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: 877
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: 2,554
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: 539
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: 14,953
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: 1,290
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...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,418
Posted By BillL
I had everything done and no adjustments left, no...

I had everything done and no adjustments left, no more arrows in the quiver . . then removed the forward skin, made a custom skin and shimmed it to eliminate the stagger. I think he is a long way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,418
Posted By BillL
It is a little hard to see all of the needed cues...

It is a little hard to see all of the needed cues to determine what is happening. If the center of the canopy skin to front skin gap is correct (.020-.040) and it widens as it comes down to the fuse...
Forum: RV-12 09-06-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By BillL
Interesting - does EarthX now approve their...

Interesting - does EarthX now approve their battery for the PM alternators? At one time they had withdrawn recommendation due to AC content of the alternator.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-05-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 690
Posted By BillL
What Bavafa and Andy have linked to is what you...

What Bavafa and Andy have linked to is what you are asking for. The waybackmachine has the web site but no pictures. The description is the hidden hinge that Cleaveland tools now carries.
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By BillL
Inrush current . . .

Bob, I don't have the specs and my testing was with the XL starter, but - I wanted to test my starter solenoid for low voltage tolerance. I hooked up a variable voltage 25 amp power supply to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-05-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By BillL
Dotco for sure!!

+1 Note the RPM and get what you want. Mine was $100 but still less than 10 cents on the dollar for it's new price, and it looked almost new. With more DoD $ now, more should be coming up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,744
Posted By BillL
OK , back to the problem. Andy, do you have a...

OK , back to the problem. Andy, do you have a thermocouple reader? (sorry if I missed it in the thread) I have some fuel issues on my IO360 hot as well. I am not sure mine is temperature, but have...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 20
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 2,547
Posted By BillL
Here you can see the slot and flange removed for...

Here you can see the slot and flange removed for the inlet side of #2 cylinder....
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-04-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By BillL
It would make a beautiful paint job.

It would make a beautiful paint job.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,123
Posted By BillL
Bulkhead fittings - FYI

A link for some small barb bulkhead fittings. They look expensive, but also hard to find....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-03-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By BillL
OK, I see your problem. You have to boot the...

OK, I see your problem. You have to boot the panel in configuration mode, then go to engine and then to sensors. From there is it is hunt and find what you need. The actual configuration pages are...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-02-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,742
Posted By BillL
Hi Brian, It was great to meet you at OSH this...

Hi Brian,
It was great to meet you at OSH this year. I'm the guy with the son 30 miles south of you. Loved inspecting that retractable 4 you built, it was very, very well done.

Good luck with the...
Forum: Tools 09-01-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 728
Posted By BillL
The wheel supplied by Avery was 3M ID...

The wheel supplied by Avery was 3M ID 61500122421. It is 3/4 face, 2" dia, 1/4" arbor hole. Unified, density 7, mineral A, Medium Grade

Zoro had some that were close 6 ? medium (gray) I think it is...
Forum: Tools 09-01-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 991
Posted By BillL
Sorry, I have been thinking of all kinds of...

Sorry, I have been thinking of all kinds of jokes.

I'm just going to take a guess here, but looking at the parts diagram, it is likely there are two issues, the piston ring is stiff and not sliding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By BillL
I found masking tape left on for many years (on...

I found masking tape left on for many years (on the covering not the plexiglass) could only be softened with a citrus based cleaner safely. a wet strip of paper towel covered by aluminum foil, leave...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,097
Posted By BillL
You can download a manual for the silver hawk and...

You can download a manual for the silver hawk and it will cover all the details of how to set the idle mixture.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By BillL
Yep iterative process. You might consider taking...

Yep iterative process. You might consider taking a loose gear leg and setting it up on the bench to do the work like Dan H did his 8. It will be much easier to get the opening nice and even. There...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,729
Posted By BillL
Congratulations!

Great to see Vans expanding it's business within the product line envelope. A fiscally solid venture.

Being close to the "drawing board" provides lots of feedback from assembly operations for...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 09-01-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,846
Posted By BillL
I'll never forget . . .

You are right , never assume, on the ground or in the air.

I stopped at Marianna FL on a X-country once. Got fuel and rolled down the taxiway, hesitated, then decided to do my runup on the taxiway...
Forum: RV-10 08-30-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By BillL
Not a 10 guy, but . .

Check your drawings, my 7 flaps have a connecting rod with threaded heim joints on each end. You should be fine.

BTW, dont even think about using epoxy to fill a bad hole in 4130 steel. Erase that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,155
Posted By BillL
Thanks!! I missed that when getting the G3x...

Thanks!! I missed that when getting the G3x updates!

Edit: Sooo . . . reading the red warnings before download- Does this mean even the latest version [11.70] of GDU37XX software will not be able...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,155
Posted By BillL
I am just got my database subscription today and...

I am just got my database subscription today and downloaded the G3X updates in preparation for instrument proficiency training.

I was looking for the GTN software update today, how do I get to it?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,007
Posted By BillL
Not a definitive answer, but FWIW

The EPA and FAA have been battling and saber rattling this since lead was removed from cars. I worried about that too, but proceeded ahead with my M1B. The serious issues to be resolved for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,263
Posted By BillL
First, a heavy wing is not a rare occurrence in a...

First, a heavy wing is not a rare occurrence in a built RV,
Second - fix it with a permanent adjustment, not tabs and servos. [unless Steve says so]
third- start with Vans, the 12 design might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,881
Posted By BillL
+1 Definitely, ask/discuss with the DAR before...

+1
Definitely, ask/discuss with the DAR before he/she constructs the Op-Lims. I might call the options selectable, but not really flexible.

My DAR said he had an "app" to construct the final...
Forum: RV-10 08-25-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By BillL
Call up B&C, they frequently have offers that...

Call up B&C, they frequently have offers that amounts to a free regulator, putting the price very close to the PP 60A. Nice people and knowledge.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-24-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,408
Posted By BillL
Sounds odd, James. My IO360 M1B was quite lean as...

Sounds odd, James. My IO360 M1B was quite lean as arrived, partly due to cold weather for first flights. Stumbled lightly with throttle application, ran rough on idle and no rpm increase on shutdown,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,097
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up +1 - thin film and won't get stiff when -1F...

+1 - thin film and won't get stiff when -1F outside.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By BillL
I set it the way you did i.e. close, then...

I set it the way you did i.e. close, then adjusted for proper set. I sometimes just put the rivet to be set in the jaws and close until it touches then adjust. The yoke will spring out, so precise...
Forum: RV-12 08-24-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,037
Posted By BillL
Of note . . .

One should determine what type alternator is being used.

OVPM for a PM (permanent magnet) alternator and a claw pole alternator will not be exactly the same. These are very different electrical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,351
Posted By BillL
+1 and put it where you can get to it after you...

+1 and put it where you can get to it after you are nearly though phase I.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-21-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,442
Posted By BillL
That is normal. The combustion burning (heat...

That is normal. The combustion burning (heat release) is slightly faster, in effect, advanced with both firing. You can note that anytime with an inflight mag check. This assumes both ignition...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-20-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,452
Posted By BillL
Mahlon's Advice

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=35765


If you split hairs on this - and say 100LL is needed for 9:1 then you could switch to mogas at altitude where the cylinder pressures are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,600
Posted By BillL
Count for down.

+2 and have a mark inside the left aileron to keep my brain tuned. I hardly use the marks now @40 hrs. This is the way Mike taught. Seems to be working for me.

That said, the automated landing trim...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By BillL
Long

Barrett, many things can contribute to high oil temperatures. One question is has it always been this way.

Basics, either the heat rejection to the oil is too high or the cooling is insufficient....
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,443
Posted By BillL
It can be welded.

I made a "u" shaped die to hold the tube and used a dimple die in avery hand squeezer to make dimples, then refined with a countersink.

I did some welding on this piece, but not the tube, it will...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-16-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 929
Posted By BillL
There, that was easy, just use the embed -...

There, that was easy, just use the embed - BBCCode, resize to 800,copy the link and then post using the insert picture tool.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1797/30205654168_a1e410b7f1_c.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By BillL
Excellent idea!!

Only I can not see the second picture, but recently saw my fishing neighbor just heat his leads, then dip in the powder, they looked fantastic. The parts would need to be small.

I like the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-16-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By BillL
Like Charlie says, go to Vans Aircraft site and...

Like Charlie says, go to Vans Aircraft site and get the heavy wing document. It is a good one.

If it has flown balanced before the incident, that is a great help in diagnosing the situation....
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-15-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,542
Posted By BillL
Get it yet Pete? How much pressure on that...

Get it yet Pete? How much pressure on that sprayer? I tested mine with a gage to count x number of pumps to 30 psi. Then you might have to crack the fitting loose at one of the master to get the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-15-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,665
Posted By BillL
They are softer than a canopy, they can be...

They are softer than a canopy, they can be trimmed with hand shears. What might that be? Vinyl? PVC?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-15-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,306
Posted By BillL
Agree with others, it looks close actually and...

Agree with others, it looks close actually and the aft pieces can move slightly. I might make an edge checker with a couple of strips of "scrap" to hit the lower cross bar and upper at the same time...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,379
Posted By BillL
They offer different wheels. It looks like a...

They offer different wheels.

It looks like a purchase of tubing is in my future!
Forum: Interiors 08-14-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 789
Posted By BillL
Top Notch

I did the same. A very well thought out kit and design of the components, and precision of fit. Not to mention they look fantastic. I had one hiccup with the off center flap rod bearing being on the...
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