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Forum: Tools Yesterday, 07:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By sf3543
You can get by with one

If you get a nutplate jig for a number 6 screw that does both double and single wing nut plates, you won’t need any others for an RV build.
Just start with a #28 drill bit for a number 6 screw, drill...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-09-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By sf3543
Things that have worked for me

I have used clear packing tape, Saran Wrap and the clingy static plastic used to wrap furniture when you move.
The packing tape works great but usually leaves a sticky residue you have to clean off...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-08-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By sf3543
Thatís it Thanks

Thatís it
Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-08-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By sf3543
Front tank bracket qustion

If I remember correctly, the newer kits come with a pre-made tank attach bracket that mounts on the fuselage.
Does anyone know what thickness aluminum these are made of?
Thanks in advance.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By sf3543
I have built several spars with size 6 rivets. I...

I have built several spars with size 6 rivets. I use a 4x rivet gun and it drives them easily.
I have also used a C-frame and a 3 lb hammer, which also works well.
Good luck.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,068
Posted By sf3543
Just as another point of reference. I think most...

Just as another point of reference.
I think most folks use the West System for their FG work and bond directly to the aluminum skin, or plexiglass.
When I rough up the area to be bonded to, I use...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,258
Posted By sf3543
I don't see why Velcro wouldn't work. You could...

I don't see why Velcro wouldn't work. You could also glue it on with 5 minute epoxy, or other non-metallic glue.
Since you are mounting it inside, I think you can probably even mount it upside down...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,437
Posted By sf3543
Yep I actually called the FAA, since I had a...

Yep
I actually called the FAA, since I had a couple other questions, too.
If you used more than 50% misc parts to build, you can check that box.
In my case, I did buy some kit parts from VANs, but...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,068
Posted By sf3543
Based on the limited information listed here, I...

Based on the limited information listed here, I would guess that the fg separated from the aluminum, probably due to a poor mechanical bond in that area. Basically, the aluminum was likely not...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,437
Posted By sf3543
When you say he chose parts instead of bill of...

When you say he chose parts instead of bill of sale what do you mean by that.
What form was used to select parts in lieu of a bill of sale. I donít see that choice on the 8050-1 form
Iím getting...
Forum: RV-3 05-06-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By sf3543
Mine is set back 1Ē from the front of the...

Mine is set back 1Ē from the front of the firewall flange and side skin.
This allows 3/8Ē clearance behind the gear socket on the motor mount
It could be set back further if you like since the gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By sf3543
Iíve done a bunch of these and always just...

Iíve done a bunch of these and always just drilled the normal size hole for the #6 screw (28) and then countersunk. Just donít tighten them down too tight. Never had one crack.
I suppose this is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By sf3543
This is not that uncommon. Trim more off of the...

This is not that uncommon.
Trim more off of the top of the front of the fairing and see if it will fit.
You just have to make it work. Some builders cut a slot/wedge out of the leading part of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 28,024
Posted By sf3543
Its been my experience that most people tighten...

Its been my experience that most people tighten screws, especially interior and panel fasteners for some reason, way too tight. Either stripping the head on the way in or on the way back out. (Poor...
Forum: RV-3 04-09-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,722
Posted By sf3543
My RV3 is nearing completion and the engine and...

My RV3 is nearing completion and the engine and all components are installed.
I have the O-320 and a CS prop with MT governor. Also, an angle oil filter adapter, a heat exchanger box on the firewall,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By sf3543
Having built and worked on several rv8s I know...

Having built and worked on several rv8s I know there are lots of places to mount stuff, if you make them accessible.
Under the floor behind the foot wells is a great place if you make the floor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,501
Posted By sf3543
If you are still having trouble drilling those i...

If you are still having trouble drilling those i have two suggestions you can try
Make sure the v block is in exactly the right place by putting the drill bit down all the way to verify it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,955
Posted By sf3543
A lot of builders install individual reservoirs...

A lot of builders install individual reservoirs directly on each master cylinder. Inside the cockpit.
This has been accepted for years and I personally have never seen any issues with leaks any more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By sf3543
If your harness is still good but the leads too...

If your harness is still good but the leads too long, just get them adjusted.
Any repair station that works on magnetos should be able to do that for you. Just mark the lengths you want on each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,953
Posted By sf3543
I typically donít like to do any wiring until...

I typically donít like to do any wiring until after the interior is painted since I donít want to paint wires, connectors, grommets, etc.
it is good to try to plan ahead though since you know you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 928
Posted By sf3543
Ken The strip is optional. There is no special...

Ken
The strip is optional. There is no special technique to not having it.
The canopy can be screwed on, glued on or what ever as long as you are happy with how it looks.
The strips are usually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,094
Posted By sf3543
I agree with DanH. Make it as good as you can...

I agree with DanH.
Make it as good as you can before it goes to the paint shop. They will scuff sand it and spray on their own thin coat of primer to make it ready for the final color coats.
There's...
Forum: RV-12 02-21-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 33,007
Posted By sf3543
Exercoupeguy...in order to do the SB inspection...

Exercoupeguy...in order to do the SB inspection the Stabilator needs to be removed and parts disassembled in order to inspect for cracks...according to the SB.
Things you need to know...
For SLSA...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-20-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,642
Posted By sf3543
Seems to me that the Carb Heat, as installed on...

Seems to me that the Carb Heat, as installed on the typical RV, would do the same thing as the alternate air door in the event of the plastic bag scenario.
Although the alternate door would provide...
Forum: RV-3 01-22-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By sf3543
Kevin I also used the 601K-1 recess and it works...

Kevin
I also used the 601K-1 recess and it works fine without being modified.
The engine is an O-320-D1A with the angled oil filter adapter and MT governor using VAN's bracket. The bracket needed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-08-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 858
Posted By sf3543
it depends on your preference

I prefer back riveting, especially if your helper is inexperienced. All they have to do is put in a rivet and place the bucking bar over it while you back rivet. I think it also leaves a better...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,134
Posted By sf3543
Cross wind on that big tail will do that

Cross wind on that big tail will do that
Forum: RV-4 01-02-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,997
Posted By sf3543
Bruce Bohannons flying tiger was an RV4 converted...

Bruce Bohannons flying tiger was an RV4 converted to a single seat.
Along with a bunch of other mods for his record setting attempts.

Ha. Greg beat me to it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 10:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,530
Posted By sf3543
Cleco the skin on and see if you can take it...

Cleco the skin on and see if you can take it apart and reassemble it again.
Make believe you are on your back on the floor and reaching up into the wing.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-20-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,141
Posted By sf3543
I prefer the parallel valve 180hp with fuel...

I prefer the parallel valve 180hp with fuel injection. Add a Hartzell blended airfoil prop and you can’t go wrong. Maybe send off the cylinders to Lycon or someone to hop them up if you want some of...
Forum: RV-14 12-11-2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,025
Posted By sf3543
Same advice for slow build versus QB. Get the 3x...

Same advice for slow build versus QB.
Get the 3x rivet gun unless you can borrow one for the larger rivets.
You don’t need all the tools right away. Get started with the minimum if you want and get...
Forum: RV-14 12-11-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,025
Posted By sf3543
All the previous comments are good advice

After numerous builds, my tool preferences have changed.
I built my first RV with basic tools and everything worked out fine.
However, preferences have changed as follows and I offer a few things to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-10-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,324
Posted By sf3543
I just go to the hardware store and get nylon...

I just go to the hardware store and get nylon bushings with the correct OD and ID and use them. No issues over hundreds of hours, cheap and easy.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-10-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,824
Posted By sf3543
If you arenít that versed in using the ohm meter,...

If you arenít that versed in using the ohm meter, just get a resistor in the range you want to test for and ohm it out with your meter before you test your plug.
Any resistor in the 1k to 5k ohm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,615
Posted By sf3543
Winter blend MOGAS on a warm day, or with a hot...

Winter blend MOGAS on a warm day, or with a hot engine bay, can cause the symptoms you are seeing. (Or could be a fuel line getting hot from the exhaust pipe, or whatever, causing the gas to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-26-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,058
Posted By sf3543
Do a google search on MIL-STD-40007-Everyspec and...

Do a google search on MIL-STD-40007-Everyspec and look at the pdf. It will list all of the limits for driven rivets.
I think you will find that some of your rivets are within tolerance and would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,824
Posted By sf3543
Luckily for me my RV3 is almost done and I have...

Luckily for me my RV3 is almost done and I have all the parts already purchased.
In my opinion, most of the parts from VANs are the basic aluminum pieces that can be fabricated by just about anyone...
Forum: Primers 11-04-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,332
Posted By sf3543
I also use west systems epoxy to close and seal...

I also use west systems epoxy to close and seal the cowling.
After that, I paint on a couple coats of Diamond Brite aluminum paint.
It creates a nice oil and fuel proof surface and since it has a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-24-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,286
Posted By sf3543
FWIW

I had the same problem a while back and ended up going to the local hardware store and buying the shortest bolt with that thread they had.
I just cut off the extra length, drilled a hole in the head...
Forum: RV-12 10-20-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,549
Posted By sf3543
I had the same issue

Just installed countersunk screws and everything worked out fine.
Forum: RV-12 10-06-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,684
Posted By sf3543
Be aware that there are some states that require...

Be aware that there are some states that require some form of insurance for GA aircraft.
Texas and it's surrounding states do not have any requirements.
MI and OR are states that require liability...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-06-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,844
Posted By sf3543
I have also used MoGas in an RV-6 that I built...

I have also used MoGas in an RV-6 that I built with the same engine. It was sold over seas about 2001 or so and went to the UK. (HMMM)
Anyway, I ran high octane ethanol free car gas in it all the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,034
Posted By sf3543
Smile QB is GOOD!!!

Starting off at Jay's workshop is a great way to get started, especially if this is a first time build for you.
In my opinion, the way to go is definitely with a QB kit for both wings and fuselage....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-17-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,671
Posted By sf3543
This happened on a plane i was working on...

This happened on a plane i was working on recently. After a new install, it kept going off every 20 minutes or so. In trouble shooing we isolared the audio alarm module from the system and finally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 08:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,817
Posted By sf3543
Another mthod

I typically scribe a line into the sheet with a steel scribe
Then trim as close as possible using your preferred method.
At that point i take a heavy grit two foot long perma grit sanding block and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2017, 04:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,068
Posted By sf3543
If it's a master solenoid, one of the large...

If it's a master solenoid, one of the large terminals will be marked BAT
Using some wire and a 12 volt source, (assuming this is for a 12v system) such as a battery, apply 12v plus to this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,388
Posted By sf3543
I did it

On my rv6 I changed from a fp sensenich to CS Hartzell.
I needed to add the firewall box from Van's for the governor and control cable to fit. Don't forget about adding the prop control.
Verify you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-06-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,184
Posted By sf3543
You could also verify that the plug for the...

You could also verify that the plug for the primer inlet is still there. I have seen that missing before.
Also, check for cracks between the spark plug holes and verify the injector is tight.
You...
Forum: RV-3 07-11-2017, 04:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,355
Posted By sf3543
Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!
Forum: RV-3 07-11-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,355
Posted By sf3543
Dipstick tube too long!

I am finally to the point where I am getting ready to fit the cowling and I have put off getting a shorter dipstick tube, assuming it wouldn't be a problem. Well, not so.
I currently have the AEL...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,390
Posted By sf3543
An A&P has had training in aircraft systems,...

An A&P has had training in aircraft systems, building and repair practices, inspection methods and has had plenty Of practical experience in all of the above. He has to prove that through written,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-06-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 641
Posted By sf3543
I have several of those indicators new and unused...

I have several of those indicators new and unused if you are interested
Just let me know
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Posted By sf3543
Thanks for the quick response. I measured and it...

Thanks for the quick response.
I measured and it is the 5/8 x 18 thread.
O'Reilly's auto parts sells an inverted flare 3/8" plug as well so now I have several options.
I like the shortened bolt...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Posted By sf3543
Need help finding a part

I was installing the systems onto the ECI O-320-D1A engine in my 3B build and noticed an open port on the angled oil filter adapter that I hadn't addressed yet.
It is the hole next to the vernatherm....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-05-2017, 05:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,502
Posted By sf3543
First you need to address the damaged area by...

First you need to address the damaged area by grinding away some of the damage to get clean edges and create a scarfed edge, at least partially, for the new fg to adhere to.
Then cover the...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,109
Posted By sf3543
I purchased new bearings for my RV12 from A&W...

I purchased new bearings for my RV12 from A&W Bearings in Dallas, TX.
Just give them the part number stamped on the old bearing and they will fix you up. Do a google search on them to get their...
Forum: RV-10 06-18-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By sf3543
JB Weld works great also. Scuff both mating...

JB Weld works great also. Scuff both mating surfaces for a better mechanical grip.
It held naca vents on my RV6 for 900 hrs until I sold it and nary a crack.
Forum: RV-12 05-30-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 11,099
Posted By sf3543
Just as a point of interest

I noticed that my oil temps were going up rather quickly last summer, just after I re pitched my prop to a more coarse setting. After checking out a list of possible causes, I repitched the prop back...
Forum: RV-12 05-30-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,364
Posted By sf3543
FYI

Rotax has a service instruction, SI-912-022, which is a cancellation of the five year replacement requirement for fuel hoses, for a lot of the 912 engines, since they came from the factory with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,772
Posted By sf3543
RV7aflyr...interesting that you have had problems...

RV7aflyr...interesting that you have had problems with those female connectors. Not to disagree with you but, I have used them many times and have never had issues. I have sourced them from several...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-30-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,376
Posted By sf3543
To get a better bond, just bond something to the...

To get a better bond, just bond something to the back of the mirror that is the size of the entire mirror, then bond it to the pvc and It will hold better. Doing this you are contacting a much larger...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,772
Posted By sf3543
I'm not really sure what you are trying to do,...

I'm not really sure what you are trying to do, but B&C sells a "D-Sub Connector, Standoff, Female, Hex (Pair)" for 75 cents. These screw on to the back shell mount screws, effectively turning a male...
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