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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,017
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: 331
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: 643
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: 764
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: 84
Views: 21,400
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: 565
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: 903
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: 12
Views: 930
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: 7
Views: 703
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: 1,203
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: 831
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: 831
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: 3,310
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: 3,310
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: 783
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: 492
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: 1,422
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: 3,604
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: 36,886
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: 3,604
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: 867
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: 1,091
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: 1,091
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: 256
Views: 37,401
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: 1,812
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: 2,650
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: 1,983
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: 572
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: 956
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: 444
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: 28
Views: 2,506
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: 358
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: 195
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: 597
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: 9,036
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: 232
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: 504
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: 2,109
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: 741
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: 741
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: 1,687
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: 4,315
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: 2,323
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: 76,095
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: 4,315
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: 903
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: 1,053
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: 2,689
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: 678
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: 15,436
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: 1,524
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: 2,568
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: 2,568
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: 6
Views: 1,149
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: 871
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: 843
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: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,187
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: 22
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 3,547
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: 822
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: 2,659
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: 996
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: Tools 09-01-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 875
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...
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