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Old 03-15-2012, 07:03 PM
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The new "My RV Build Project" forum is a great idea, Doug! I do have a website that I put together for my project, and I thought I'd simply put a link in here for anyone interested in checking it out.

http://www.BrucesRV7A.com

I'm currently working on my finishing kit. Specifically... the canopy, and some other sub-projects. But here's a picture taken a while back when I had the whole thing out in the driveway to mate the wings:



Here's another one of my favorites... a fun mini-milestone along the way. I had just finished riveting the seatbacks together, and Jamie and I were able to climb in and sit in it together for the very first time:



Back to the present, I just finished installing my new J.D. Airparts Canopy Latch! I have an airplane lock designed and ready to install along with it, but it's done to this point so far:









Soon, I'll be SikaFlexing the canopy into the frame.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:24 PM
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nice polish job on the latch
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:59 AM
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Bruce,

Keep up the good work!!!

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Old 03-16-2012, 10:23 PM
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Thanks Brian! Thanks, CJ!
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:42 AM
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Bruce - the time and care invested in you project shines.

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:34 AM
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Back to the present, I just finished installing my new J.D. Airparts Canopy Latch! I have an airplane lock designed and ready to install along with it, but it's done to this point so far:


Those latch parts look great Bruce. - Told you so!

I subsequently covered mine with masking tape to prevent scratches during the rest of the build.

Happy St Patrick's day, especially to Jamie.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:19 AM
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Next question Bruce is how did you polish them?
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:18 AM
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Default SikaFlex job on my tipup canopy.

A week or so ago, I posted this thread to the RV General Discussion/News section here on the forum. I now realize I should have put it here! I guess I'm still not accustomed to thinking about this new RV Build Project area of the forums that Doug created for us. So I'm adding a link to the thread here, so it will be easy to find and refer to, and to have it as part of my log here.

Cheers!

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?p=673582

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:26 PM
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Smile Picked up my ENGINE!!!

Let's see... it's a beautiful Saturday morning late in July... tomorrow is my birthday. What should I do today? Hmmm... what to do, what to do... Oh! I got it! I'll go get an engine for my airplane. Yeah, that's it!

Here's what I stumbled across on my trip over to Wal-Mart. Check this out:



Actually, it didn't happen QUITE like that. hahaha This deal has been developing since earlier in the month, when I first heard there was an engine for sale in the area. It's a Lycoming O-360 A4A. What's an A4A? I looked it up... it's just like the A1A except it has a solid crankshaft. So I'll be going fixed-pitch. I was going to do that anyway, at least for a while. While I would have preferred the option of going constant speed at some point, I got this at such a good price, it's a small compromise to make to get me in the air much sooner than I would have been able to otherwise.



It's a like-new zero-time engine, with all the yellow tags, logbook and records, and a number of nice extras. I've got the brand new 149-tooth ring gear, an oil cooler, and a complete exhaust system! Since it's just like the A1A that Vans sells, it should be easy to hook up everything firewall forward, fit the cowl, and so on. It has an Ellison Throttle Body, no carburetor. I read up on this, and the more I read about it, the more I like it! I couldn't possibly tell you all the details here. Too much to say. There are a lot more pictures, and more details, on my engine page here:

My Engine Page

For now, I'm so excited I can hardly stand up. This was the biggest, major hurdle that up until now, I had no idea how I was going to cross the barrier. I'm starting to actually visualize a completion date for the project, out there in the distant haze.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:47 PM
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This is great birthday present you did to yourself Bruce! Time to finish up and get in the air!
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