More work on the landing gear

Primed the upper gear braces and gear attach angles.

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Split the nose wheel. Stuffed the tube into the tire and semi-inflated it. Put the tire and tube on the heels and bolted them back together.

 

Packed the bearings using my handy dandy bearing packer and reinstalled them into the wheel. Did a similar job on the main gear wheels. The main gear bearings were packed in a preservative grease. So I cleaned them with solvent dried them with compressed air, and repacked them with Aeroshell 22.

 

All three wheels assembled.

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I upgraded the nose gear wheel and axle to Matco. The axle has a bolt that keeps the axle from rotating. So I drilled a hole in the fork to accommodate.  I temporarily assembled the fork and axle to keep everything together.

 

I installed the gear attach angles and the upper gear braces. I loosely installed the gear attach bars. I should be able to just bolt the gear legs in and tighten them up.

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Next step is to clean the garage and relocate the fuselage from the basement. It won’t fit through the door once the gear is attached.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 8.0
Finish kit (hours): 175.0
Total Time (hours): 909.0

 

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