Iím a virgin poster... So please be gentle with me
Iíve been lurking for a while and started reading at the oldest thread in the RV4 section. Iím currently only about three years behind todayís posts.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who has posted or asked a question. Iíve learned a massive amount from all the posts and continue to learn daily.
So after spending about a year or so of looking for a RV4 to buy Iíve found one that I like. Thanks to what Iíve learned here Iíve been able to ask the right questions.
Iíve also searched here for the problem, but when photo links are broken itís not always easy to get a good understanding of the issues.
So I have some questions. This aircraft has some firewall damage and has the light weight lower longeron firewall-engine mount brackets, creases in the LH footwell and a crack on the weld at the centre engine mount bolt. The current owner/seller is getting the engine mount removed and welded before the sale goes through but the description over the phone of the crease lead me believe it wasnít a big problem. (As the aircraft is ~650NM away Iím doing everything remotely at this stage). Here are photos of the damage.
Firewall longeron brackets:
Firewall crease (LH footwell):
Engine mount weld crack:
So my question for the knowledgeable; If the engine mount is welded/repaired and is straight, is the firewall footwell crease significant enough to be an issue? (Iím buying flying aircraft to have something to fly as my current aeroplane will need restoration soon so Iím less interested if this will mean a lot of work on the 4).
Iíd also like to check whether the consensus on the fuel tank sealant is not slosh? (It doesnít look like slosh but neither does it look like the Proseal Iíve used)
Fuel tank sealant:
Iím sorry about the large images and small text, next thing to learn is to get google photos to resize images.
Flying: Auster J4 (The ĎAeroplaneí above