As the title suggests I started on the assembly of the engine. I had hoped to make this some kind of EAA event but I couldn't find a guru willing to be the supervision so today I decided to start assembling it myself. Its not hard but the manual really sucks so I am using a variety of different sources for information. I have a couple of pictures below and I have a lot of work left to go.
I also worked on the canopy this week. I have it all trimmed and ready to glue but I have some painting to do first so the glue will have to wait.
Finally I worked on the wheels and brakes. I got the mains mostly ready to install on the airplane and the nose-gear is pretty close but I haven't put the wheel on yet. I need to adjust the breakout force before I do that. I need a small fish scale to measure how much weight is required to make the wheel swivel.
|Left main wheel and brakes. I still need to drill the axle for the cotter pin but I am waiting on a response from Avery on the nut that they offer for their RV jack.|
|Here is the windshield all trimmed and ready to glue down. Lots of work yet before I get to that step but I am hopefully past the stage of cutting and sanding the plexi.|
|Here is the engine after phase one of the assembly process. Still having issues with the push-rod tubes not wanting to stay in place.|
|Here is the bottom of the engine after I installed the sump.|