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Old 01-11-2017, 07:40 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Rob I wish I could tell you what had gone so wrong with the wings and empennage that the original builder had worked. Many many rivets were over-bucked or essentially hammered into the skins. Numerous rivets were smiled or bent over. Holes were drilled oversize and ragged. The fuel tanks were unusable and other assemblies were unairworthy.
I knew nothing of the original project owner, save that he was older and had been in the local EAA chapter. He passed away which is how I came to obtain the project.
Maybe he lost focus on things, or was in such failing health that he couldn't manage the tools. Maybe he had no help.....
We'll take it from here and make him proud, hope he's watching!
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:07 PM
JwWright57 JwWright57 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Great job on the 120 it looks amazing.

And looking at the second set of skins its amazing how much better the workmanship was......
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:47 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Last night we masked the fuselage to do some interior painting.
The booth is just one bay of my shop, that has Visqueen that I roll down and an exhaust fan.
Even though it's cold out up here in southwest Mi, we can shoot paint for this portion of the project. I run a 150,000 btu kerosene heater while we're spraying, and things come out just fine. Good friend, painter Greg H. will do the spray work here, he is a pilot, owns a body shop, and paints every day. You can't beat a man at his trade! (I paint things that don't matter....)

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Old 01-13-2017, 09:08 AM
Ces 140 Ces 140 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Yorkville Il
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Hey hold off on the engine O/H until you completely mock up the cowl and all the engine accessories including exhaust. that will save a lot of dust and scratches on that new engine. Just my thought. Keep in touch Jeff
RV 7 test flight summer 17?
1948 C-140 Flying for 10yrs
Dues PD for 2017 Jeff
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:31 AM
KazooRV-9A KazooRV-9A is offline
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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Completed a good portion of the interior painting this past weekend. Parts were primed, sealed and color coated, came out great. Had to use low temp reducer, but painter Greg does this every day.
Now we can continue more of the fuselage assy!

This was the primer stage

In the paint booth, you can see the exhaust fan in the background

Heater/Poor man's make-up air system! It was about 35 Deg F outside Saturday.

Completed initial paintwork, ready for continued assy.

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