Dimpled and countersunk firewall parts

Dimpled the firewall sides.

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Machine countersunk the firewall angles to mach the dimples in the firewall. Unfortunately I got distracted and neglected to tape off the holes I wasn’t supposed to countersink in the diagonal firewall angles. So two new additions to the scrap pile. New parts ordered. Moving on to the next section in the meantime…

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Before moving on to the next section, I was able to dimple the firewall top section and countersink the associated angle as well the relay doubler.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 53.5
Total Time (hours): 508.0

 

Primed the Firewall parts and started assembly

Primed all the aluminum firewall parts.

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Machine countersunk the firewall angles and riveted on the support angle.

 

 

Dimpled the tunnel sides and riveted the nutplates to the top flanges. Dimpled the cover angle brackets and riveted nutplates to the top flanges. Then riveted the brackets to the tunnel sides. Riveted the nose gear brackets and firewall angles to the tunnel sides.

 

 

Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 51.5
Total Time (hours): 506.0

 

Began work on Firewall (Section 27)

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Picked and inspected all the firewall parts.

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Ordered my Finish and Firewall Forward kits. I also ordered the nose gear wheel (WHLNW511.25) and axle (WHLAXLE24) from Matco and deleted them from the finish kit. The wheel that comes with the kit apparently has the valve stem positioned in a way that there is insufficient clearance to put a cap on the Schraeder valve. Not a huge deal but figured I might as well. You can read Tim Olson’s blog for a writeup on why I’m replacing the stock setup. Jared tipped me off to this issue when we were at the Matco booth at AirVenture. So nice to have folks that have already tread the same ground!

The nice folks at Matco new what I was up to and reached out to ask if I was building an RV-14 and let me know that I would also need the spacer kit with the axle (WHLA24SPKIT).

 

Today’s Time (hours): 1.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 46.0
Total Time (hours): 500.5