Stripping!

Beautiful day in Texas so while the pool was getting cleaned I decided to start stripping paint from the center windshield support.

I removed the compass supports and got everything stripped, next Alodine and prime!

Of course if I’m lucky enough to install the one piece windshield then this is a wasted effort!

Backseat heat

I finished connecting all the backseat heating connections today. I used 2″ aluminum tubing and held by adel clamps. Scat hose used in the bends. Made sure all connections accessible after covering.

Wood work

I made a new top piece for the windshield and the two side pieces where the air vents go. Coated them with Spar Varnish so they would be waterproof.

I was looking at my center windshield post and was wondering if someone had any idea what these 1/2 timmerman nuts are? How to get them out and how to replace them with new ones. Part number anyone?

Brakes

Time to start working on the brakes. I took the temporary tires/tubes off today and started prepping for the new parts.

new parts

I used a space heater to heat up the wheels so I could get the old wheel bearing races out and new ones installed. I’m installing new FAA/PMA Timkin races P/N 13889 and bearings P/N

Using a Space heater to heat up the wheel halves.

I cleaned, inspected and painted the wheel halves. I need to let them dry before I reassemble.

I now have the opportunity to install the Cleveland brakes that I inspected and cleaned about a year ago.

Cleaned the bore, I now need to install new O-Rings.

This is what the gear leg looked like when I started.

Bare naked leg

Really looking forward to adding all these pretty new parts!

New rotors!

Firewall material

The original firewall blanket was old, greasy and didn’t even cover the full firewall.

I did a lot of research on various material to cover the firewall to protect against, heat, flame and sound.

I really liked a material from Aircraft Spruce, but of course it was not FAA approved.

I send a few pieces to a DER for testing and get the test report so now it IS approved on my aircraft.

I cleaned the firewall, cut the material and used 3M V77 adhesive spray to attach it.

Kydex interior

I have begun building the substructure to support the Kydex in the interior. I’m using 1/16” aluminum angle and flat stock. Those angles and flat stock will be held in place via adel clamps around the fuselage tubes.

In each of those I’m installing #8 nut plates every 4”. This will hold the .040 Kydex in place.