I had hoped to get a bit more done over the long holiday weekend but as is normal I ran into a few bumps in the road. The work that did get done this week started with the throttle and mixture cable mount brackets. The following series of photo's show the progress of that project. It started with me fabricating a few different shapes in aluminum and when I found the shape that I liked the best I then changed to mild steel for the actual brackets. What you see below is the steel bracket work.
|Here the mixture cable bracket is installed and the cable hooked up. Its only temporary but it allowed me to make sure the bracket I fabricated would hold the cable tightly yet allow full range of motion.|
|In this picture you can see the throttle cable bracket.|
|Here they are after sand-blasting and ready for powder coating.|
|Powder coating complete and ready for installation.|
|And finally the cables are installed. I have some of the correct bolts on order to complete this install but at least this is a big item off of my checklist.|
The next project was the oil separator drain into the exhaust. I drilled the hole, had it welded, and re-installed the exhaust.
|The weld is complete.|
|And its installed|
|Another picture of the installation with check valve.|
I started working on the aileron push-rod fuselage seals.
Next on the agenda is the center console. About 2 months ago I ordered a vinyl cover for it. I got that cover last week and when I went to install it I found that it did not fit. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised because there have been numerous issues with the console that I have had to overcome but I really want it so I will make it work. Anyway back to the console. I decided to pull the stitches out of the cover Abby sent me and then glue the vinyl to the sides as a start. That way I can install the console in the airplane and work on some of the other items on the list...namely the throttle quadrant. Next up on the list for the console is a cover for the top. My current plan is to make one out of carbon fiber which I think will look great but I first have to build a form to do the layup.
So I have been doing some reading online about people who use the PMag ignition system. Turns out that there is a very strong group recommendation that those using the PMags should also use an instrument called the EICommander. It allows the pilot to have finer control over the ignition curve which in turn makes the airplane more efficient in varied flight environments. Namely high altitude flight is of interest to me. It also has a few other nice features that will be important during the break-in period on this newly overhauled engine. Anyway I ordered and installed the EICommander which required my to remove the pilot side instrument panel...again, drill another 5 holes in it and install the EICommander. Oh, I also had to re-wire the PMags.
|Just a picture of the right PMag with the new wires installed. Keep in mind that I am doing all this re-wiring in the area between the engine and the firewall. It's kinda like trying to do it while standing on your head and working behind your back!|
|Here is the EICommander in the instrument panel. I had to order some bolts for it but I had a couple that I could use to temporarily hold it in place while I wire it up.|