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Old 01-02-2019, 12:20 PM
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You might locate some from a builder who has a QB fuse but SB wings...the longerons are shipped with the wing kits, normally (as I recall). That'd perhaps save the mucho dinero it costs to ship them from Van's.

I ended up with 4 longerons because my buddy had done exactly that for his 8...fortunately, only need 2, but we had another set lying around in case.

Check around with your local builders, see who has what.
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:05 PM
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Finding new longerons is relatively easy. It's common 6061T6, just the length is a little annoying. I bought new longeron stock from my local Metals Supermarket (metalsupermarket.com) from what I remember. I ended up having the same situation as one of the others, where my countersink pilot nub broke and embedded into the longeron. That was heart-stopping for a few days while I sourced the new angle stock. But all is fine afterwards. Good luck.
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I think you meant https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/

I was curious, so I went to the "supermarket" site and it's something else.

Thanks for the link! We have one here in Indy!
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Thanks for the tips, folks.

With the help of a fellow VAF builder I've located several local sources of 6061-T6 angle, so that's great. Turns out I bought an extra longeron while ordering the wing kit in case I screwed one up, so I only need to get one more. Too bad I didn't have 2.

Van's hasn't gotten back to me yet with a recommendation, but I bet their support team has a backlog of E-mails from over the holidays to get through.

I guess many of us have had one of those heart stopping "Oh s*** I screwed up my airplane" moments. Helps to step away, breathe, and do something else. We don't fly while stressed. Personal minimums apply while building too.
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Finding new longerons is relatively easy. It's common 6061T6, just the length is a little annoying. I bought new longeron stock from my local Metals Supermarket (metalsupermarket.com) from what I remember. I ended up having the same situation as one of the others, where my countersink pilot nub broke and embedded into the longeron. That was heart-stopping for a few days while I sourced the new angle stock. But all is fine afterwards. Good luck.
Just to note for others on here who might not be aware...make sure it's *structural* aluminum angle, with the radiused inner angle, not square (non-structural). Lots of discussion about this on the forums if you search for it.
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Old 01-04-2019, 04:34 PM
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Van's confirmed: Just replace the longerons and bend/drill them correctly. Thanks, folks!

Mods, feel free to shorten the thread's title removing the "Potentially catastrophic mistake"--turned out not to be a big deal.
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Just an update, in case anyone's curious. This story has a happy ending:



The new longerons are bent, drilled, and ready to rivet! Thanks so much (yet again) for the input and encouragement. This community rocks!
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Glad to hear it was a somewhat easy fix, keep on keepin on!
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