Control Column rebuild

OK, Rule #1, MARK ALL PARTS as you remove them! I failed to do that, as I assumed, they were all the same.

Turns out the Pulleys where the aileron cable attaches are different, however there are no markings on the pulleys themselves.

I did pull the Pulleys off, remove the control yoke bushings and universals. The Pulleys were sandblasted, primed and painted. The bushings were cleaned and the universals were inspected and cleaned.

I did order some new pulleys (Phenolic ones) as they are cheap and easy to change now.

I’m expecting the Control Coumn to come back from powder coating this week and I plan to re-assemble and install the control column this week end.

Next will be the Rudder pedal assymembly.

Below are some pics and the chart of parts for the Control Column

Oratex cost comparison

SO if you have been following my posts, I’m interested in the Oratex product which is a pre-pigmented STC’d covering that once you install, you are DONE.

The value is lighter weight, stronger, but mostly NO PAINTING, which means I don’t have to move the wings and fuslage to a paint booth and pay someone to paint.

Is it worth it? Well that is a question I’m going to struggle with. The quote from Air Tech including paint, is abut $3800. The Oratex quote is about $8700. Two times the cost. Is that work not paying someone to paint?

I mean I’m still going to have to paint all the metal parts, so there will be paint costs, but not the BIG pieces like wings and fuslage.

Shop Stuff

Busy day in a cold hangar, (well Texas cold 35’). Even with the blow heater it was not great.
Anyway bought a new large sandblast cabinet from “FB marketplace” for $100. I did put it on casters and raised the height by 4” bc I’m 6’6” tall.
Also build a spray booth by cutting 4×8 sheets of insulation and duct tape, total cost $22. I’m going to use a box fan and filter to help move the air.
My first thing in the San blaster was the aileron pulleys from the control column. I expect the control column back from the power coating company soon and all new bearings and pulleys.

I also measured the P/N 41001 pulleys for the Rudder cable AD also. I would like to find a match that is less than the $150 per pulley that Univair wants for the 41001.