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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By fixnflyguy
The other picture

I didnt get this picture uploaded which you can see the phenolic guide blocks that the levers ride between.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By fixnflyguy
"The wood"/Phenolic

Most all quadrants have phenolic spacers, but I have seen some that were plywood, likely a home made quadrant. The phenolic spacers are just a guide and do not absorb water/moisture. Wood, likely...
Forum: RV-4 11-11-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By fixnflyguy
Picture please?

Always best to post a picture..us -4 builders have often put the drawings away years ago but can recognize the part instantly if they see it. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 05:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,782
Posted By fixnflyguy
Normal vs. not normal scenario

Great post! It certainly goes to show that when we are compensating for a "not normal" situation to continue flight using alternative methods, and another effect of the not normal situation comes...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,687
Posted By fixnflyguy
RV-4 down in Fla

Sad news out of Fla, Tallahassee area. RV-4 down with reports of canopy found separate from crash site. Prayers to the family.. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,056
Posted By fixnflyguy
Lawn mowers and stuff

I run 100LL in my lawn equipment,mowers,weedeaters,chainsaws,log splitter you name it. Never gums up over winter,ect...and both my Harleys..they love it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-01-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,104
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

Do you have "letter" drills? if so, step your way up to a "D" (approx .247"), then finish with a .250" reamer. If you make sure to run the step cut drills all the way past the flutes the hole will...
Forum: Safety 10-28-2021, 06:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,942
Posted By fixnflyguy
I know that plane

Keeping it RV related, it was in the hangar next to my RV-4...my hangar neighbor who has a beautiful Zenith also does vinyl wraps..I watched that one get all the polish and blue trim. It was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-26-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,216
Posted By fixnflyguy
The MFG head markings (or lack of)

The "AD" rivets will have a single dimple in the center. If there is no dimple at all, its quite possible the vendor stocked "D" or "DD" rivets typically used in airliner skins. Those rivets are most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,574
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thread drift..that &&^%$ Leaking Tank

James, I know that guy working on your tank..he is seeking the original builder to find out what he was thinking. The professional guy is very slow, but almost done. I caught a glimpse last week of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By fixnflyguy
Rivet/Proseal

I have 3 NACAs on my -4, one on each side of fwd skin and one under wing , all installed with a few soft "A" rivets and proseal same as Dan did. red 2" SCAT for underwing to rear seat stick well vent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-20-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,529
Posted By fixnflyguy
To fix it..

Since its only one rivet hole, grab a scrap piece of metal, drill a hole in it and dimple it. Then , trim it down to either a small square or round like a washer, lay on top(superglue or restrain...
Forum: RV-4 10-19-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By fixnflyguy
One more thing..W&B

With wings off, and tail feathers off there is a good chance it will fall on its nose if not handled just right. Be prepared to put some weights on the tail. I recall mine being extremely light on...
Forum: RV-4 10-19-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By fixnflyguy
Picture of Spar carrythrough

Here is what it will look like under the floor at the Spar carry-through. I have my wings attached with a few hardware bolts in this picture. You can also see the aileron push tubes.
Forum: RV-4 10-19-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Ralf,
I would start by ordering the build DWGs/Build Manual on disk from VAN's and study up a bit. While its not that hard to disassemble, The spar carrythrough bolts can be a challenge and its easy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,346
Posted By fixnflyguy
Dehumidifier

I took over 15 years to build my -4, some in a basement, some in garage, some in hangar. I always ran a portable de-humidifer on MAX. Never a corrosion issue. I also work in heavy aircraft overhaul,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cowl clearance on some models.

On my -4 that wouldn't have worked due to cowl/snorkel clearance. The little trim outs were no big deal to me, but ultimately, I would be really tight on clearance below the snorkel and definitely...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,660
Posted By fixnflyguy
"The baffle" sealing

My tanks aren't leaking, but I have fixed several that are. Putting the rear baffle, which isn't really a baffle in yields the biggest challenge of sealant failure for many, and the leaks along the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-12-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By fixnflyguy
A real build!

I love seeing the slow build pics!..took me 15 years to build my -4 amongst "life happens" challenges. Keep up the work, and the reward will be there when its done. When I look through my build...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nooooo!

After 42 years in the heavy jet industry, I have seen about every type of construction..Fokker and Airbus are notorious of bonded structure, but Fokker in particular did a ton of metal skin /stringer...
Forum: The RV Grin 10-11-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,109
Posted By fixnflyguy
You can do it!

If it helps your worries about flight training, a young man based here at my home airport with only a few hours off PPl training in a Cessna, purchased a -6A that was locally for sale. He has done...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 05:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,267
Posted By fixnflyguy
My RV-4 O320 does fine

While mine isn't an IO, I have a carbureted O-320H2AD,fixed Sterba toothpick in my -4 and regularly cruise at 10-11K , although I am not in the big mountains (ours are 5K high hills). I like smooth...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,054
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I'm not sure what your current configuration is, but I fabricated a center stack console that houses my fuel gauges, trim indicators and X-ponder. It left me a nice space above the GTX327 to make a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By fixnflyguy
DIY if you can

As others have said, the DIY solution is worth a try. I made mine for my RV-4 using several different densities, 3m spray adhesive between and cut with an electric turkey carving knife (needs used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 05:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,503
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bad stuff

I deal with IG corrosion often in the heavy jet overhaul business. It is predominant in the 7000 series alloys (7075-T6 is the worst) and most MFGs have switched to 7050 which is less prone. Keel...
Forum: RV-4 10-06-2021, 05:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 694
Posted By fixnflyguy
OEM VANS set-up

I installed the VANs option while building my -4. The kit is complete with all mounts and instructions. The flap control weldment is different than the one used in manual flap set-up, but the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,241
Posted By fixnflyguy
I used Continental colors

I had just finished my A-65 Continental rebuild in my old Taylorcraft which I painted with Engine enamel I bought through AC Spruce I believe. I never liked the old Lyco Grey, and my O320H2AD was...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By fixnflyguy
My cost cuts..

I saved a ton on my engine by using the O320H2AD(not most folks choice) that was nearly "given" to me from a 172 engine swap. I had cylinders overhauled by a shop, all the steel and cases...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By fixnflyguy
My cost..25K

My -4 build was done on a very narrow budget, and not many have done it as cheap I'm sure. I have a lot of experience in the Aviation maintenance business and did everything myself except sew the...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-04-2021, 05:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 978
Posted By fixnflyguy
Preval Sprayers

I have used a ton of Preval sprayers over the years, and we had them in "free-stock" when I worked for a major airline to use as primer and touch-up guns. I also primed some of my RV-4 parts with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,331
Posted By fixnflyguy
Location?

With these forums, often a location of where you are can yield quick answers . My next hangar down friend has a sign business, but he also wraps planes and has done some really nice stuff on several...
Forum: RV-4 09-28-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Posted By fixnflyguy
Leveling

I leveled the longerons "bubble centered". When building the -4, the fuselage longerons are level from the the rollbar back, but bend downwards at the front slightly. All measurements are taken from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-27-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By fixnflyguy
No oil

I personally do not like oilers..its easy to oil air drills and air tools at the nipple. All it takes is a drop once in a while. You do not want oil in your hoses, blow off nozzles and paint...
Forum: RV-4 09-27-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

I built my -4 and did the best I could do with strings,plumb bobs ,ect. to make it as close to perfect as I could. While the drawings and construction manual have basic symmetry instructions, no 2...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-23-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,855
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ramp Pics

While at my hangar last eve, I snapped a couple pics of my ramps with cowl on. Although mine's a -4, the -6 should be similar. When I built my cowls, I bonded the cheesy fiberglass ramps in place,...
Forum: The RV Grin 09-22-2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,602
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC RV's

Come on over to 8A7(Twin Lakes) south of Winston-Salem some time when your flying around, we have 2 RV-4's, a 6A,8A,14A,9 and a 10 here as well as a couple 12's under construction. What airport are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2021, 05:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,855
Posted By fixnflyguy
my baffles

Mine is an RV-4, but I tried to be very meticulous in closing gaps and angling material to form the seal when the cowling becomes "pressurized". I used black RTV over safety wire stitching in some of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-21-2021, 05:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,895
Posted By fixnflyguy
CB ,Adel,or AVX

Very common screw in the heavy jet industry, most often for Adel clamps , grounding connections or Circuit Breaker terminals. The CB terminal screws are usually shorter # 6 or #8's. My bet is someone...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By fixnflyguy
Explain the "bump"

I have an MA-4SPA on my O-320 RV-4, which I "overhauled" myself and it was pretty simple relatively speaking. I didn't have any special tools recommended by MS, but most of the stuff can be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,074
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

While I was building my -4, I horse traded for a runout O320 H2AD from a local engine shop that was left over from a 172 engine upgrade. I had logs but never saw it run. I tore it down 100% and sent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty normal

Looks pretty normal to me. There will always be some leakage, a lttle which will close up with build-up. Mine are similar.
Forum: RV-4 09-13-2021, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I cant actually tell you the height I used, as it was 25 years ago..but here is an old picture of how I did mine that will give you an idea. I tied 4x6 posts to my basement rafters and epoxied them...
Forum: RV-4 09-10-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,180
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Kyle said..

I also use the method Kyle mentioned. So happens my Snap On 1/2" breaker bar handle is a perfect fit. Remove the axle nut, slide the bar in, jack it and slide the wheel off ,set on wood block...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,462
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

Enjoy your new endeavor ! Paint shops (good ones)are hard to find, and often the reasons are not something you think about. EPA restrictions and Airport use rules often make it nearly impossible to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,424
Posted By fixnflyguy
Coleman camp fuel

I use Coleman Camp fuel. It is the best thing out there as far as I have found. I like it better than MEK or Acetone..and I have used ALOT of Proseal in my day. I keep a gallon in my shop at all...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-01-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,589
Posted By fixnflyguy
Look up "Vlad" on here

Take a look at the travels and posts by Vlad on VAF..he and his RV9A have been on some pretty extreme A model adventures. Dont let the ground-loop worry you..that fear can be overcome with a bit of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,379
Posted By fixnflyguy
Feds view vs. experimental flexability.

A few years ago, we had an RV-8 double fatality in our area. During the FAA investigation, the AFT stick was noted to have a different retention than the SB callout, and they seemed to hover over...
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Depending on the vintage of your kit, its likely the white polyester resin/ gelcoat fairing. Mine was a horrible initial fit similar to your experience, however I have done quite a bit of glass work...
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,238
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

I built my RV-4 and therefore do all my condition inspections. I'm also an AP/IA and inspect dozens of certifieds as well as RV's and experimentals. It is not standard inspection practice to "check...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-19-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,276
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had similar experience

A couple years ago I had similar roughness at full throttle and climb on my carburetor O320 RV4. I have old school engine monitoring that does not show separate cylinder conditions. After landing and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-11-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bowden vs Teleflex

Bruno,
The Bowden cable is often a "cheaper" minimalistic push/pull similar to a lawn mower throttle cable. Typical with Carb heat, ect. The factory trim cables are true Teleflex cables that can...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-06-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,365
Posted By fixnflyguy
In another post

I recall seeing a post a few months ago ,of as I recall, a -6A being restored/rebuilt that when the floor skins were removed the entire area under there was insulated and full of corrosion almost...
Forum: RV-4 08-05-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,138
Posted By fixnflyguy
What is your mission?

I'm assuming you have access to a 150hp engine that is capable of CS and a 160hp engine that is not CS capable, or 2 different flying aircraft you are looking to buy. I built my -4 with a 160hp...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mine is same and no issue

I built my -4 and installed the set-up per plans. It is close, but there has been no issues. Between the skin and the floor structure (when installed) there is plenty of rigidity. The weakest link...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

At my day job, we use Proseal by the truckloads..(USAF re-fueling tankers). I've been playing with it for 40 plus years and working direct with MFG's of all different variants. We have been given...
Forum: RV-4 07-28-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,009
Posted By fixnflyguy
Much different than the Glass fairings..

My -4 is post glass fairings, so I did not have to make such clips. What I do know, is this is one of the most dynamic areas of the airplane and there is a ton of movement there. I know the metal...
Forum: Southeast 07-27-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cape Fear Regional/Southport

While not a "walk" from the airport, Flying into Cape Fear Regional and Uber/Courtesy car? to Southport, where there are a handful to choose from. great little town, Fishy Fishy Cafe, Provisions and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 50,703
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wing D1

There is a Wing D1 based very near my home field in NC, and the first time I saw it fly in, I was sure it had to be an RV derivative, in fact when it was still aways off I thought it was a flight of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,249
Posted By fixnflyguy
TS Flightlines and be done

After years of leak chasing and a brake failure leaving OSH a couple years ago I switched out all my nylon for a set of braided #3 with #4 fittings from Tom S. As an A&P in the aviation industry, I...
Forum: RV-4 07-09-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,055
Posted By fixnflyguy
options

There are a simple set of rear pedals from Flyboy Accessories that bolt to the floor and tie into the existing rudder cables. They lay flat when not in use. I would recommend having the rear foot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,232
Posted By fixnflyguy
Sounds interesting!

You will likely get a bunch of stories from this site, as the passion for aviation and friends made in the RV community is phenomenal. I would be glad to share our story with you about my wife and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,682
Posted By fixnflyguy
This VS That

I grew up with my dentist father having a Piper Arrow and a Mooney, and obtained my PPL at a very early age thinking a Cherokee was "The stuff". At 19 I got into ultralights in 1980 and had "New fun...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,490
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had a similar issue

A couple years ago, I had a similar issue but mine was intermittent. After a few lean outs I could get the drop to go away, but then it would return, and a couple times I had a roughness in the...
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,780
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I built my -4, with electric flaps ,aileron and elevator trim. My elevator was already set up for manual, so I made some slight changes to the VANs kit, and it was easy cheesy. I have the MAC stick...
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