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Old 03-10-2016, 12:00 PM
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Default RV-7A rebirthing

So I started the long process of unbending my -7A...

Going to be a long road, but worth the effort.

She went down in Nevada, moved to CA, now based in Portland OR.

Not much straight on her but she is resting comfortably...

Started the removal process and it is not bad, at least the easy to reach rivets aren't.
Will keep you posted on what I uncover deeper into her innards



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Old 03-10-2016, 01:57 PM
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Default talk about an 'edyoocayshun!'

Kent, you'll know more than most A&P's by the time you're done!

...and no doubt have mined the brain trust here more than a few times!

good luck with the re-build!....we'd like to know the rest of the story!

( a harmless little stunt gone astray?????)
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:39 PM
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good luck with the re-build!....we'd like to know the rest of the story!

( a harmless little stunt gone astray?????)
This thread from 2 months ago should explain the background on this project...

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=133682
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Old 03-10-2016, 05:01 PM
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Please keep us updated on your project. I went through the same process with my RV-4. 2-1/2 years from picking it up in Ohio to liftoff.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:01 PM
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Drilling out rivets to pull off the bent and broken bits is like carefully unwrapping a birthday present. (At least, it is when the major structure beneath is OK!) At some point, you get to the undamaged core and then it isn't broken anymore, it's just unfinished. Good luck! This sort of project is very rewarding.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:51 PM
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Good to see the process started, Kent.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:59 PM
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Kent: I'm a couple years into a 9A rebuild project. Mine was damaged in a nose over at fairly low speed. Since you are not building the kit in the normal sequence you will find yourself having to jump around in the build manual and at times get creative accomplishing tasks that aren't in the usual build. Feel free to contact me.

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Old 03-10-2016, 08:45 PM
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Drilling out rivets to pull off the bent and broken bits is like carefully unwrapping a birthday present. (At least, it is when the major structure beneath is OK!) At some point, you get to the undamaged core and then it isn't broken anymore, it's just unfinished. Good luck! This sort of project is very rewarding.
Thanks Katie!
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:45 AM
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Kent,

It was great meeting you at the pancake breakfast and chatting a bit about your project! Anything I can do to help, please just let me know. It will be fascinating to watch your progress and see how this turns out for you. Please post lots of updates and pictures here for everyone!

One suggestion, since you're drilling out LOTS of rivets... a slower drill may be better for this task than the faster one. You probably know that already, but I thought I'd mention it. I actually turn the chuck by hand a few turns at first to make sure the bit is centered in the rivet head and gets a good "bite" before putting the slow power to it.

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:01 AM
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Good luck with your project Kent.
If you need any aluminum sheet, let me know.
Currently my surplus is in .025 2024 T3
I sell it to VAF'rs and friends for 10% off of the lowest price you can find from Spruce or Airparts.
Local pick up only. Cash. Battleground WA.
They are full sheets, 4'x12' that can be rolled. I can also cut to size if you don't get too crazy. I have been hesitant to post to VAF yet as, until today, I didn't have the stomp shear needed to deal with it and my forklift was out of operation. All good now.

This same offer for sheet is available to any local VAF'rs. I am not set up to ship, so local pick up only. I am not interested in selling the lot. This is a favor for the local RV community, not a money making venture.
I don't think DR would disapprove.

I purchased a huge lot of surplus sheet several years ago for my Fiat G.46 projects and I have way more .025 than I need.

There may be some slight edge damage to some sheets. However, thus far, the sheets that I have pulled out of the stack have been perfect.

PS - I have removed thousands of rivets. Sounds like you are becoming an expert too, but if you want a quick lesson or compare technique, let me know. Happy to help.
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