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Old 01-30-2019, 04:25 PM
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Done!!

I was able to wedge my smallest ¼" open-end wrench on each of the forward nuts and then nudge the respective bolt head about a 1/32 of a turn at a time with a socket extended down between the fuel lines aft of the selector.

What a bear!!!!
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:26 PM
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If you hated the cable clamps, just wait until you run the wiring to the sticks . . .
Already dreading this for sure...
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Old 01-30-2019, 10:34 PM
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Jeeeez! I thought it was just me and my inexperience giving me so much trouble with this. I spent the entire afternoon Sunday getting one rear bolt started. Still working on the other three! Finally gave up from sheer exhaustion.


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Old 01-31-2019, 06:22 AM
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Jeeeez! I thought it was just me and my inexperience giving me so much trouble with this. I spent the entire afternoon Sunday getting one rear bolt started. Still working on the other three! Finally gave up from sheer exhaustion.
Nope, it’s not you. There are some tasks that are just awkward and miserable no matter how much experience (or how many specialized tools) one has.

Stick with it - you’ll get it done eventually.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:02 AM
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I tell people, as an airplane or a large sub assembly of it nears completion, you will inevitably find some step that requires the hands of a child and the strength of 10 men.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:53 PM
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I like that saying Bob. So true I am finding.
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Old 02-03-2019, 04:04 PM
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I never anticipated this, but one of the most useful tools for assembling stuff like this turned out to be my 1/4 in drive cordless electric ratchet...

https://www.amazon.com/ACDelco-ARW80.../dp/B00X9B8QUI

I used the 1/4" hex drive adapter and could nest any number of extensions to get into tight spots, with the main advantage being that you don't need any space to swing the ratchet...just push the button...but go slow to avoid over-torqueing

I was able to tighten bolts through the firewall by holding the bolt on the firewall with a wrench and reaching around under the panel with a 2-3ft extension on the ratchet...
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:45 PM
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With help, I was finally able to get the forward two nuts started. Now, how does one torque them?

I think I will pick up one of those electric ratchets, although I'm not sure there's room for it in this space.

Can anyone tell me why it wouldn't be possible, if you knew about this battle ahead of time, to install these sleeves and clamps earlier, such as on page 28-08 just before the F-01403 bulkhead assembly is installed on the firewall/tunnel assembly? As someone who installed the rudder cables backward back on page 10-21 and had to reverse them before installing the guides in the tunnel in section 33 (which I fortunately noticed before putting any of these clamps in place!), I would rather run the rudder cables through a completed empennage 1,000 times before installing the sleeves after the F-01403 bulkhead again.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:35 PM
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I too spent a whole day getting this done. I'm certain it could be done with care earlier in the build.
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Old 02-26-2019, 11:32 AM
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Is there any reason a person can't reverse the bolt and have the nut and washer on the clamp side? I just put an extra washer under the bolt head to protect the rib - the length on the bolt was still ok with 3 threads outside the locknut. Makes it not a bad job.
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