Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Another week gone by and I am pretty excited to get back to work on the plane. I left it last week with the bulk heads clamped in place and the skin haphazardly laid across the back and bungee cord'd down
A few last little adjustments and we call it a day. Im happy with the progress we made today and that fact that it appears I am on the slow climb back up to having her in the air again.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
OK, so last week when I left the last thing I did was take a picture of the engine and wings. The following weekend and I'm ready to try to make some visible progress.
Not really sure what the 2 pictures above ae supposed to be of. i think i tooka photo of a drilled out rivet perhaps from a map pocket that was removed ans will need to be filled. There are a few of them..
I have just about got all of the old rivets for the turtle deck removed and have removed all the little pieces of the rivets in the holes.
-He doesn't normally look that happy though...
So one final picture of her as a "standard RV-4" before we shed the skin...
Dad poses for the removal shot. It seems to be sticking a little...
So there it is. The old turtle deck cast aside coldly to the groound and the rear bulkheads exposed to the light again for the first time since 1989... and I was 10.
I fashioned this little windshield bow and fastened it into place temporarily to try to get a visualization of how this sliding canopy make look and function.
I un-boxed the pieces I ordered from John Harmon to use as a starting point for my fastback conversion. I already know that they are going to be to narrow and will have to be cut in the middle. I'll then add a plate to reconnect them in the proper spots.
I must have been hemming and hauling a little bit because Jay didn't wait around for much discussion he grabbed the cutoff wheel and went at it.
After a quick run through the the saw the bulkheads were split and we were fitting them to the existing bulkheads.
I also orderd the Turtle Deck Skin from Harmon and have it bungee'd into position here.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
|Yes, this 'ole tail has seen better days , I think. you can see in this picture how well the paint was adhering to the surface. I did finally scrape off the last little bit and the N-Number, eventually.|
|Im not sure why but I took another picture of my motor standing by ready to go and snapped one of the removed wings too before I left for the day.|
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Sam James & his RV-4.5
Spent the morning in La belle & had breakfast with the RV Legend-
|Sammy was really accommodating and allowed me to try on his custom Fastback, Slider RV-4 (.5). I was concerned about switching over from the tip-over traditional RV-4 style to a "Slider" with that forward canopy roll bar in my face.|
|There was a cool story behind the Navy Wings mounted on the dash...|
|Here is a view of the slide|
|View of the latching system in the open position.|
|Back up to Lakeland. This is the current state of affairs with my bird...|
|Im trying to get an idea of the lines that the fastback would have.|
|I m going to need to remove this roll bar and either modify it or replace it if i am going to use the canopy rails for the sliders.|
|I have seen the earphone jacks for pilot and passenger places in this location and like the idea of the centrally located position. I will need to find and alternative location for that ELT antenna though.|
|Look at all those HOLES!!!|
|There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the existing fuel pump or selector but if everything else is getting replaced... and I'm in here... I might as well. I have had my eye on one of those Andair valves with the anodized handle.|
|The passenger floor had been riveted down and I don't feel like redoing it so I plane to mount the electric flap motor on this bulkhead. I have seen it done before and I like the idea of being able to access it easily if need be.|
|Im slowly adding to the collection of "Removed"parts. I do not think Im going to put that throttle back in. At least not in the front.|