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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 195
Posted By HFS
NicoPress Crimping Tool(s)

I bought single size units (all used) on E-bay for about 20 cents on the dollar.

Just a thought - and maybe you have already ruled out this option.

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-04-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 203
Posted By HFS
DIY Close Quarters Yokes

Here are some yokes (and handle) I made for "close quarters" work, like the last rivet on aileron/flap ribs:

On the left - dimple, on the right - rivet. They will both get into less than 1/4"...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,636
Posted By HFS
All Painted Up and Ready To Go To Work!

All Painted Up and Ready To Go To Work!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By HFS
Why So Many Lengths?

The primary reason I have so many lengths is that I already had an extra full set of 3/8" dia. - so I just did them all.

But even with an adjustable squeezer mandrel, there are times when different...
Forum: RV-4 11-27-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By HFS
FW Location in Jig

Check your PM's

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By HFS
1/4" Diameter Flat Sets for Squeezers

Once in a while the smallest diameter squeezer sets - 3/8" is still too large for the job. I took a set of the 3/8 and turned them down to 1/4" diameter, then polished them. You hardly ever need...
Forum: Safety 11-22-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,083
Posted By HFS
Low Cost VASI/VAPI

A little background:

I fly off a privately owned, public use (prior permission required) airport in the central San Joaquin Valley in California. It's used for ag work, as well as housing two King...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,464
Posted By HFS
RVbySDI - "How It's Made"

I used 1" Phenolic round bar stock - easy to machine (but tough on tool sharpness), non conductive & durable enough for the job.

Base is .063" and shoulder is 3/8" o.d. x 1/8" high.

Drill & tapped...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,636
Posted By HFS
blue flyer - scissor/jackscrew assembly

Part of the overall design and all scratch built to the specs.

The hardest part really was to make the steer "horns" fit the cowling well enough to feel comfortable about using them for support.

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,464
Posted By HFS
"Oakie" Clickbonds

You could also make your own - the one shown below is make for attaching Adel clamps (for wire looms as an example).

Attach either with 3M VHB tape or w/3M 2216 Structural Adhesive - both work well...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,464
Posted By HFS
What alpinelakespilot2000 said, except ...

I replace the original adhesive strips with 3M VHB tape, and then "initialized" it with some heat (heat gun) prior to application.

if you are not familiar with VHB tape - look it up, its very user...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,636
Posted By HFS
A big part of the problem with my Rocket cowl is...

A big part of the problem with my Rocket cowl is that it is "scratch" built, to accommodate a Dave Anders designed plenum - so it's heavier than John's standard cowling; and, since it's for the IO540...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,636
Posted By HFS
Cowling "Puter Oner" For My Rocket

After 20 years of putting the lower cowling on my Rocket by myself, I have finally gotten to the age of not being sure I could do it any more without the possibility of doing some unrecoverable...
Forum: RV-10 11-18-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By HFS
Tire Carcass Type

If you want the same carcass type, you will need to notify your re-treader or supply your own.


The higher quality tires (like GY's) are not necessarily in stock all the time.

Just Sayin'

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By HFS
Adhesive for Aluminum

Check your PM's

HFS
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-09-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By HFS
What I Did - "Dimple Shim"

These "shims" are available commercially, or so simple - just MYO.

Pretty self explanatory - a shim between the offending dimple and the nut plate.

HFS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,116
Posted By HFS
"Armstrong" Tail Lift

If you are only raising the tail on your airplane to place it on some sort of support while maintenance is done, and will not be moving the aircraft around afterward, then this tail spring extension...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 885
Posted By HFS
Securing Wire Bundles - Avionics Bay

This "tip" is more for those building instead of those already built.

When building the fuselage, more particularly the avionics bay area, I drill holes in the perimeter longerons, and add strips...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By HFS
Tempest Spark Plug Manual

Section 4.3.9 indicates the wire material is iridium and is only to be "tweaked" with pliers once, and then with great care - as broken wires are not covered under factory warranty.

HFS
Forum: RV-4 10-31-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By HFS
Landing Gears - RV4 Drwg. 38 1985

Here's what I have:
Forum: RV-3 10-30-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By HFS
That's Not Quite Right, Unless ...

You have the original Spar Drwg. #5, drawn on 1-10-84 and valid until superseded by Spar & Access Plates Drwg. #5, drawn on 7-15-98, with R1 on 7-99.

The later drawing does not have a call out for...
Forum: RV-3 10-29-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By HFS
Scratch Building RV3

I'll chime in and add a bit to what Dave had to say - w/o the callouts for the spar caps, I don't really know how you could finish the spars (spec. help from Van's?)

Also, unless you are going to...
Forum: Tools 10-28-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By HFS
A Suggested Alternative

This is not secret but, steel mandrels of "Pop" type pulled rivets generally work better - for (at least) a couple of reasons.

1. They are made of a higher strength steel - not much of a chance at...
Forum: RV-14 10-21-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By HFS
Or, If You Can Weld ...

Just make your own -

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,060
Posted By HFS
EZ - BUCK Bucking Bars

Another DIY idea for bucking rivets in those hard to reach, inconvenient locations - like the narrow space at the leading edges of the vertical & horizontal stabs, closing out the wing skins by...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-27-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By HFS
Baffles

Sorry, no - these are on my Rocket and are entirely scratch built. Just turned out to be easier that way.

YMMV - and probably will!

HFS
Forum: Rocket 09-27-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 985
Posted By HFS
HRII Plans Set

Check your PM's

HFS
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-27-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,734
Posted By HFS
IO540 Baffles

Here is what I have - no under cylinder pics though, sorry.

HFS
HR II S/N 002
Forum: RV-4 09-13-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 444
Posted By HFS
Been There - Done That

Having done this twice already - my only suggestion would be to locate the main spar to a height that (comfortably) allowed riveting on the bottom skins when closing out the wing, because you have to...
Forum: California 09-06-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By HFS
Is Werner Berry Still In The "Business"?

I still have his card from all those many years ago - meeting him and others at Harris Ranch.

Is he still in the RV business?

I seem to remember him winning an award at OSH the year he took his...
Forum: California 09-06-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By HFS
Glitz - Old Rocket Cafe @ L45

Just saying' - but the restaurant that makes the most sense from a perspective of RV history is the old Rocket Cafe, now Glitz at Bakersfield Muni (L45).

Bakersfield Muni and it's RV pilot group -...
Forum: California 09-05-2021, 10:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By HFS
15% Discount

Harris Ranch used to give a 15% discount to fly in customers - maybe still do.

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-31-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 400
Posted By HFS
Planning for "Test" Instrumentation

It dawned on my as I was building my -3, that at some point down the road I might need to have some auxiliary instrumentation for testing purposes - leading to the big question, how do I attach it to...
Forum: Tools 08-28-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By HFS
All Adjustable Rams Are Not "Equal"

Without clear knowledge of the quality of the Isham adjustable set holder, in relation to others available, it may not be appropriate to compare them.

I just looked up "adjustable set holders" in...
Forum: California 08-25-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By HFS
Can You Say "Labor Day Weekend"?

I don't know how many of you have been around the "Tri Cities" area during any holiday period - but it gets pretty crowded.

Just Sayin'

HFS
Forum: California 08-16-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By HFS
FYI

When it is hot here in the Central Valley (today forecasted to be `108-110*), the coast is usually ovc - like yesterday. I flew over L52 just for something to do - didn't see anything.

Hope for...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,749
Posted By HFS
Typical QC Drill System

Here is a typical layout of the QC Drill System:14699
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,749
Posted By HFS
Faber Surplus - eBay Store

Do a google search for the above and you'll find who sells them now - already re-sharpened and ready to go.

If you don't find what you want on the eBay site, contact Faber directly and he can...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 12:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,749
Posted By HFS
Magnavon

Magnavon is the trade name of the QC (Quick Change) drill chuck that accommodate this type of drill bit - all of which shown, except one, are a "pilot" type.



HFS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,022
Posted By HFS
RVator Search

Check you PM's

HFS
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By HFS
DIY Proseal Application System

If this "system" has already been presented here - I apologize in advance, OW:

Attached are two photos of a (cheap) system I developed for the precise & convenient application of type B-formulation...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-22-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By HFS
"Oakie" Clickbond Anchor Nuts - DIY

Adding fuel to this fire, I have been using my own version of the Clickbond product for many years now with good success & quite a bit less pricey.

As you can see, this idea is a simple "marriage"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By HFS
Tarp Clips

Thx - I'll give that a try.

HFS
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-18-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,848
Posted By HFS
Blowing Air Out The Exit

Instead of just evacuating the air under the plenum - I'm trying to "sweep" all heated/stagnated air in the cowling/plenum area after shut down. I want to have the air exit via the lower cowling...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-18-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,848
Posted By HFS
My "Huffer" - Getting Rid of Excess Heat

Here is a picture of my "Huffer" - a blower system designed to evacuate hot stagnating air left in the plenum after shutdown.

I live in a very dry and hot climate, and it is not unusual to have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By HFS
Schreiber Clamps - Can You Help Me?

I am looking for some over center, cushioned faced spring type clamps - the name Schreiber is stamped on the handle.

When I got them some 25 odd years ago, I think I remember they were classified...
Forum: RV-4 07-16-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 922
Posted By HFS
RV4 Gear Leg Intersection Fairings

Fairings-Etc of Santa Rosa, CA make intersection fairings for the RV4 - at least his home page says he does.

The owner is Steve Barnes, who has been a builder (-4) for more than 30 years. His Super...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,205
Posted By HFS
"Travel" tow-bar for my HRII

This is a "knock down" tow-bar I made for my Rocket when traveling. 1lb - 12oz total weight.

YMMV

HFS
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-10-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,130
Posted By HFS
Talk To The Seller?

Out of curiosity, have you discussed this issue with the seller?

It would seem like he (she) might be the most likely to have experienced what you describe, and to have an answer for you.

HFS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By HFS
Heat Treating After Mod

I did not - thinking that where I was doing the welding was far enough away from the shear load so as not to materially effect the pin's performance, and the load undertaken (from a shear standpoint)...
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By HFS
NAS1241 & NAS1242 - "oops" Rivets Baby Brothers

Nobody seems to talk about these - Solid Rivet, Oversize Shank, per MilSpec, as listed in Genuine Aircraft Hardware, Inc catalog, Page 213 (Ref. Book 7).

These are rivets that have a standard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By HFS
DIY For (easier) Taper Pin Removal

Here is a little "mod" I made to the Taper Pin holding the tail wheel spring into its steel receiver.

Just get a slightly longer "grip" length, machine the taper out of the end to allow sliding into...
Forum: Tools 06-27-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By HFS
CP-214

I'm sure someone more qualified than me will "chime" in, but -

Are you sure it won't work (after a liberal application of oil/grease, where appropriate)?

There really isn't much to go wrong with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,336
Posted By HFS
Different Die Angles - Old School

In 1942 the Disney Studios made a manufacturer's training film for the Lockheed Aircraft Company, titled - Four Methods of Flush Riveting (YouTube).

At the 4:39 "mark" you will see the intro for the...
Forum: RV-3 06-24-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By HFS
Photo

A "pic" would be a big help

HFS
RV3 - S/N 11226 Building
Forum: RV-4 06-20-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 796
Posted By HFS
Drawing #30

Drawing 30 shows (but barely) the "location" of the elevator control stops.

Really only aluminum strips attached to bulkheads 411 & 412, that interfere with the movement of the elevator bell cranks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By HFS
DIY Compound Taper Shim - Turning Fixture

Here is a pic of a fixture I made, for making compound taper shims to accommodate camber & toe in/out conditions at the same time.

Four set screws, at the corners, can be adjusted in two planes to...
Forum: RV-4 06-07-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,181
Posted By HFS
Updating Aileron Skin Thickness

I think you will find Van's very reluctant to make "special" skins other than what is called out in the plans. 30 years ago they would (I have a set), but now - not so much. I tried to get them to...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,981
Posted By HFS
FYI - Van's Original Instructions

Page 10-5 of Van's original builder's manual, (mine from 1985) instructs ... The gear leg/dampening block assembly can be covered by an aluminum fairing as shown in SK-64, or can become part of a...
Forum: Tools 05-24-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 821
Posted By HFS
Small Steam Cleaner

Any experience with a small (hobby size) steam cleaner for cleaning of oily engines?

No joy on forum search.

I've found some from a Google search - but don't really know if they will work for what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Posted By HFS
MS20603 - Again

Dave was right on about the chemically enlarged blind rivet, being what is traditionally known as an "explosive" rivet - see attached Mil. Spec.

Good on ya Dave!

HFS

Sorry about the orientation -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,322
Posted By HFS
MS20603

This rivet is listed as being a "chemically expanded" blind rivet,100* flush head.

Anybody know what chemically expanded means?

Thanks

If posting in the wrong section - sorry. I just found this...
Forum: RV-4 05-10-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Posted By HFS
Pre 1989 RV4 Plans

I think I have what you need - my Serial No. was 1136 and the plans (Drwg. 30) came with R1 - Altered Stab Attach 11/83, and R2 (different fastener call out).

Call me (or PM) (559) 816-0433 and...
Forum: RV-4 05-09-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 857
Posted By HFS
Sitting Too High @ The Aft End

If you mean the canopy hits the tubular frame before contacting the turtleneck skin - hence the canopy won't go any lower for the install, that is a problem that is not unusual given the vagaries of...
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