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Old 04-12-2020, 07:21 AM
Stockmanreef Stockmanreef is offline
 
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Default Access Panel Kit

Has anyone put in this kit yet? I assume that they should be put in place prior to installation of the top forward skin. I have not put that skin in place yet. I would probably rivet the top skin now if I had these in place.

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bi...ccessPanelsKit
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:34 AM
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They can be retro installed with no problem, but would be easier to do before installing the top skin.
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Old 04-12-2020, 08:37 AM
rocketman1988 rocketman1988 is offline
 
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I just completed putting in the access panels in my -10.

My build is about 97 1/2% done and it took about 3.5 hours for each panel. The first one obviously took longer than the second.

It was no problem...stood on an aluminum step in order to reach them. Used a pneumatic nibbler to remove the skin section, then grind and file to final dimensions.

That being said, it would be easier to install prior to riveting the skin...
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Old 04-12-2020, 08:55 AM
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I did mine on a already-flying, unpainted -14. Itís really only more difficult than during the build because you have to clean all the mess from cutting the holes. (I canít imagine doing it on a painted one)

Then I replaced the original canopy struts with the newer, stronger ones. MUCH easier with the access panels.

Iím sure itís a personal preference but they are a great modification IMHO.
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:49 AM
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Where are you all placing them in your -14ís?
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Old 04-12-2020, 12:25 PM
terrye terrye is offline
 
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Default Access Panel Kit

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Originally Posted by rjkulesa@gmail.com View Post
Where are you all placing them in your -14ís?
The kit comes with templates and instructions for placement.
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Old 04-12-2020, 06:36 PM
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Thank you for this post! I am definitely going to install this kit. Didn't know it was available. Saw a homemade version on a newly minted -14A at OSH last year, but wasn't sure about the structural integrity.
But now that the mothership is offering a kit, that seems like a no-brainer.
If there's one I dislike about the build, it's having to crawl underneath and work behind the sub-panel. I'm getting too old for that.
Any other comments about how to install would be great.
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Old 04-12-2020, 06:39 PM
JRichichi JRichichi is offline
 
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Default How about four access panels??

I know that you can install two of these panels, typically in the "center" of the top skin. However, it would be great if we could get some feedback from Van's if we can install four access panels in the top skin. This would give access to the entire backside of the firewall, not just the central portion of it.

Having four access panels would save a bit of "standing on your head" to get to stuff.

Just a thought.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:18 AM
Stockmanreef Stockmanreef is offline
 
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Jim-

I saw this in a separate thread and figured that it should have it's own thread so people could find it. I was like you and did not know the kit was available.

JRichichi-

Maybe just buy two kits. I was hoping that they were for either locate-top or side. I would like access to the center, but also the right side. That is where my Vpro is located as well as other components.

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Old 04-13-2020, 08:38 AM
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I have the kit and the instructions have you align each side for installation in the center sections where the skin is "flatter". I would rather have them on the sides but there is significant curving you would need to do to get the hatches and frame to match the skin exactly which is one reason I have not installed the kit yet.
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