Saturday, November 24, 2012
I was planning on using the new tail I had bought in its entirety but there really inst anything wrong with the vertical and horizontal stabilizers so I fit the old stabilizers back on. With he addition of the fastback it was necessary to shave off a portion of the the vertical stabilizer shown here. I could stand to shave some more off.
The uncut panel is installed but I really don't like the gaps I ended up with. I'm sure I'm going to end up redoing the whole thing but for now I'm going to press on to things I haven't messed up yet.
Dad made this bracket to install the throttle onto. It still needs to be drilled and mounted into its final location.
I made the surround panel for the stick and had a few things left to do to it. Dad picked up where I left off and when it was almost complete he drilled a hole in the wrong corner. We discussed installing something there to cover the hole but decided to just remake the piece instead. When I took the picture below I wasn't sure if we would make a new one so i framed the hole out of the picture.
...And one final shot of the the tail dry-fitted before leaving for the day.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Mounted the back-up battery for the Skyview system. Used the same plate that the transponder is on.
I added some temporary labels to keep the wiring straight on the terminal strip in the left passenger footwell. This will be covered by the the footwell inserts. Once the wings are mounted I can hook the wing wiring up here.
Dad worked on assembling and installing the aileron servo for the auto pilot. He widened out the hole in the longeron where the aileron push-tube passes through and connects. We are holding off on mounting it to the floor until we can remount the right wing and check for clearance of the push-tube.
While he worked on the aileron servo i worked on the bellcrank and the brackets for the pitch a/p servo. I took out the old bellcrank brackets and match-drilled the new brackets per the instructions and re-installed the bracket. Removed the bellcrank and drilled the hole for the arm of the servo rod to attach again per the instructions. Reassembled everything and stuffed the wires away to be hooked up later.
I attached the OAT sensor here are the last turtle-deck bulkhead not realizing that it will interfere with the tail be mounted and will have to be removed and relocated. Not before I secure all the wires with some ingenious methods -that made it even harder to relocate.
I guess I was supposed to buy the Dynon connecter harness that has 5 connectors and makes nice and neat way to add or remove/change components but I just spliced into the ADHARS lines and ran a separate power and ground. Per the Dynon instructions each servo gets its own circuit and I will ground them locally. the yellow wire goes to the A/P disconnect on the Infinity grip. (black button half way down)
One last look at the slow motion resurrection of this RV-4 before we load up and fly home.