Thursday, September 25, 2014

I guess I was due...

Things have been going along so well lately.... until tonight.  I goofed.  Its not a hard fix but it will set me back several hours or possibly days.  So what did I do?  Well, part of my cowling requires these aluminum rings to be installed in the inlet holes.  You have seen the pictures before.  Tonight I got to the point where I was glassing them in which requires a mixture of flox and epoxy that gets poured into the space between the rings and the cowling inlets.  So I fussed greatly about sealing the seams with clay so that I wouldn't glue the two halves together.  After putting the clay in I went ahead and mixed up the slurry and poured it in.  Then I happily went on and started working on the induction system.  About an hour into the process I had one of those "Oh My GOD!" moments.  I forgot to wax the rings before I put them in....now the rings are attached to the cowl and I can't separate the cowling halves..... GRRRRRR

Ok, this is not unrecoverable but it is going to take some time ....

See the pretty clay?  The rings are suppose to come apart.

On a side note, this is the induction ring and it is suppose to be permanently installed.....and it is...

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