|Ribs cleco'd in place with sealant. Took a whole box of cleco's but the skin is nice and tight.
|Inside view of the cleco'd tank.
|And this is about 6 hours later. All of the ribs are riveted with the exception of the farthest forward 3 rivets on the top side. I still have to install the tank attach bracket before I can fasten the aft half of the inboard rib.
|Top of the tank in the same state as the picture above. I could not reach those last 3 cleco's on each rib so I took the fuel tank to the airport and had Harry help me finish those rivets.
|Top J-Stiffener riveted in place.
|Inside view of J-stiffener riveted in place. Still have not finished encapsulating the shop heads with sealant in this picture.
|Aft rib half riveted in place. You will notice the fuel return fitting and the vent fittings installed in this picture.
|Outboard rib with the extended range fuel transfer fitting installed....with LOTS of Proseal...I kinda went overboard on this one.
|I took this picture so you could see the vent line end. I curved it a bit around the fuel filler opening and then bent it up close to the skin. This should allow less fuel to burp overboard when the fuel expands due to heat.
|The vent line fittings are encased in Proseal (after torquing them down) to make sure there are no leaks that might limit how much fuel I can put into the tank.
|Outside of outboard rib. Not much Proseal here because there is a nice filet of sealant on the inside (see pictures above).
|This is a vent line snap bushing penetration. I put a little left over Proseal on the vent line and the fitting to keep them from vibrating and possibly cutting through the bushings. Not likely but hey, I had some extra Proseal.
|A nice shot looking into one of the fuel bays.
|Fuel level sensor and float installed. This is the empty position with the float on the bottom of the fuel tank.
|And this would be the full position.
|I poked my phone camera into the fuel filler opening to take a couple of pictures of the back baffle seal. It looks pretty good in every location I can see. Only a leak test will tell for sure though. This picture is looking outboard at the end rib.
|And this picture is looking inboard at the 2nd rib in. The top left "line" is the baffle seal and you can see a bead of Proseal along the entire length which is exactly what I was hoping to see.