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1avidflyer, 26 Sep 2017
Posted 24 Dec 2019
Hey Jim that looks really nice.
Not as much as there should have been. Finished the firewall, really ready for wiring and instrument panel. I let to many other things get in the way. JImChuk
Posted 8 April
Wow, is this the plane that will never be finished? Well I hope not. Got back to working on it in the last week or so, firewall, oil cooler, radiator were all done last fall. Got most of the fuel lines done, and today started laying out and drilling the instrument panel. Good to see some progress being made. Forgot the trim indicator light, and trim switch, but they can go to the right of the last row of holes (circuit breakers) Hope fully I'm not forgetting something else big. Don't want to do another if I don't have to. Nice for me to see the progress. Hopefully it will motivate me to stay at it. JImChuk
Very nice is this one for sale too. Or is she a keeper?
I think it will be a keeper. It should do what I need for a good long while hopefully. JImChuk
Posted 9 April
Today's efforts. Hope I didn't forget anything....JImChuk
Lots of room on the right you could blow at least ten thousand more in that area ha.
Ten thousand? Amateur!
The right side will have a space for the passenger warning decal, and a 7 or 8" tablet running that super expensive Avare GPS software... No expense spared with me..... JImChuk
Posted 10 April
Here it is today. Temporary screws and such. It is motivating for me to see it in place though. JImChuk
Is that red knob your fuel valve? Where did you source that from, I like that and it just so happens my fuel valve is shot so Im looking for a new one.
Electric trim and the whole works, you are making a keeper.
The fuel valve was in the plane when I got it. It's got Imperial stamped on the handle. It's kind of a heavy brass valve but what was used on the old Cubs and such I think. It does have a 5/16 bore. I painted the handle to clean it up some. JImChuk
Posted 1 May
Are lights in the panel anything like light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe. Starting to feel that way. :-) JImChuk
All lit up JImChuk
Mine originally had the trim on the panel like yours. I figured out pretty quickly that on landing I like to keep a hand on the stick and one on the throttle. I moved the trim to the stick with a ray allen grip so I can bump it as speeds change and keep my hands on the main controls. I used it a lot more than I thought I would. Its nice having the PTT wired in as well so nothing is hanging down on cords to get wrapped up in.
Posted 3 May
Got the parking brake in and fluid in the lines today... Have to wire up the engine monitor senders, and tie off the wires and such, and then the panel will be pretty well done. Maybe I will finish this plane some day yet! JImChuk
PS had to come out of the side of the valve on the closer line cause the elbows I had didn't clear the lever. It works though.
I would like to have a parking brake as well
It is handy to have. I did the same thing on my Avid. I can leave it running and not worry about it moving. Usually when I start it for the first time, I do it from out side the plane. I can reach in, work one brake with my hand, and set the parking brake. That will hold the plane just fine to let it warm up and such. JImChuk
Posted 7 May
Well today I put coolant, oil and gasoline in it, and drug it outside. The pictures tell the rest of the story. I'm one happy camper!!! JImChuk
You'll shoot your eye out kid.
You gonna fly it this summer?
Sure hope to. Hoping to be ready in a month or so. It's covered and painted except for the cowl and access panels. JImChuk
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