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Old 05-26-2020, 12:04 PM
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Default Upper cowling/spinner backplate

Before I start trimming my cowl, I would appreciate some feedback on how this looks. I have the upper cowling in place on the forward fuselage top skin and behind the spinner, but the angle of the spinner shroud looks weird. Iíve checked to make sure no obstruction is holding up the aft edge of the cowl, only resting on the firewall/top skin. No trimming has been done to the front of the cowling. Any thoughts on whether this is right or not? Thanks.

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Old 05-26-2020, 12:20 PM
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Default Is your engine installed?

I cant open the pictures, but the cowling is purposely made with a rather noticeable offset for thrust. The engine mount sets the engine in offset for torque compensation. The only way to get it all correct is with engine on and prop spacers ect. in place with the spinner. Do not make it too tight..you will never get cowlings on/off. i can give you pointers for the gear leg cut-outs also that need to be just so. Think about everything before cutting anything!
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:14 PM
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Thanks, Bill. Yes the engine is installed. I have the correct spacer and the spinner backplate in place. The angle Iím worried about is from the side: the spinner opening is closer to the backplate on top than below. So it appears to be sitting too low in front.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:28 PM
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This does look like a bit too much angle. From what I can see, your cowl needs to be a bit higher assuming you want a smooth line from the spinner to the cowl. Lots of moving parts here, so I can't give a lot of specific advice without seeing it in real life, but I agree with you that you want the distance from the back of the spinner to the cowl to be about the same all around. How you get there is very dependent on the other factors.

Hopefully someone that's smarter and more experienced than I am will chime in with some hints.
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:05 PM
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Thanks Mickey.
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:30 AM
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Maybe check that your back plate is perfectly flat to begin with, from your pic it looks like you don't have bolts in all the holes to ensure it is mounted flat and firm. I made that mistake with mine and had a 3/16 gap become less when I mounted the propeller and did all the bolts up, I had to do some reworking to regain the gap.
If your pink cowl is anything like mine was (ex Van's) there will be some fitting, trimming and filling required.

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Old 05-27-2020, 03:47 AM
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I think youíve got the cowl in the wrong position. Itís final position will be about 2.25 inches forward which will cause the front of the cowl to be raised up to meet the spinner. That will decrease the angle you see there. Mount the prop and rear spinner baffle and youíll see what I mean.

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Old 05-28-2020, 09:13 PM
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Thanks for the input. Iíll try these.
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Old 05-29-2020, 07:44 PM
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I think youíve got the cowl in the wrong position. Itís final position will be about 2.25 inches forward which will cause the front of the cowl to be raised up to meet the spinner. That will decrease the angle you see there. Mount the prop and rear spinner baffle and youíll see what I mean.

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Good point, this is most likely the main reason. My prop was previously fitted to an RV 4 and had/has the 4 inch spacer.

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