Completed Rudder and Brake Systems (Section 33)

Installed the links that attach the rudder cables to the rudder pedals. Riveted the rudder cable fairleads in place. Not pictured, I also bolted in the four adel clamps that hold the plastic rudder cable routing tubes in place. This was a huge pain in the ass. Very little room to get fingers in to get the nuts started. Plus the angle of the tunnel cants the bolts in toward the adjacent structure making it hard to get a socket or wrench on the nuts. But futzed with it long enough and got it done.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 170.0
Total Time (hours): 624.5

Installed rudder pedals and brake lines

Attached the brake pedals and brake master cylinders to the rudder pedals.

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Drilled out the mounting blocks and installed the rudder pedal assembly into the fuselage.

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Installed the brake fluid reservoir. The threads in the filler neck were galled so I’m going to call Van’s and have them send me a replacement. I mounted it in place anyway so that I could run all the brake lines.

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Installed the brake lines.

 

Separated and painted the rudder cable links. I’ll install these along with the fairleads where the cables exit the tunnel tomorrow and that will complete this section.

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Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 168.0
Total Time (hours): 622.5