Just over a month ago, someone asked when I could have the engine running on the airframe. Largely the hold up was building the panel. At least to the extent that it included the necessary gauges to run the engine.
Well I installed the panel today. It took a bit longer than I had anticipated but I am happy with the results.
Here is a pic of it installed.
Some of you will be surprised to see analog gauges on a current panel. When it comes to monitoring the engine systems I like gauges. Just me.
But when it comes to navigation, well that will be glass. That is why you see a fairly large blank area on the left. I am leaning on installing an IPAD and running foreflight for navigation.
I know I mentioned the "CPC" circular wire connectors previously, and I thought I would include a pic of those. They are hard mounted in the sub panel. I ended up using 3 9 pin connectors. This makes installing the panel, or upgrading it very easy. These connectors are readily available from Mouser, or DigiKey, or Ebay. They take wire anywhere from 22ga up to 14 ga. I did end up having to use one full sized Universal Mate-n-lock connector because my starter switch wire was 12ga and the panel feed line was 10 ga.
You will notice a white colored paper above each CPC connector. This is a list of what each terminal (wire) is as well as a diagram of the pins.
I suspect it will be a more than a week before I actually start the engine. I do have a bit of coolant plumbing to finalize and secure some loose wires, etc.
Feel free to ask questions.