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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 07:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 593
Posted By Stevea
cowl nose ring buildup

Dan's method is perfectly acceptable for building up the cowl nose ring.

But, when I did mine, I wasn't that confident in my epoxy/flox buildup techniques, or my ability to get the shape to come out...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-05-2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By Stevea
6/6A sketches 1 through 4

If you need one, you might eventually need them all. Here you go:

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29079

29080

29081
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-05-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,629
Posted By Stevea
alternate to van’s breather design

Exactly what I did on my 6A. Works well with no soft/squishy heater hose after a couple off years. I did have to replace the oil hose after 8 years and 1000 hours…the mil6000 hose to tough stuff,...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-04-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 112
Posted By Stevea
usb to serial adapter

Find a USB to serial cable/software package something like this:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-1-3-usb-to-rs-232-db9-pda-serial-adapter-cable-black/5883029.p?skuId=5883029
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-03-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,868
Posted By Stevea
solving return line leaks

1 ft of MIL6000-6 oil hose (3/8” ID), and some 19mm constant tension clamps (8x) solved my leak issues. The MIL6000 hose is thicker walled, and made for oil use. Seems to be holding up better than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2022, 07:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,749
Posted By Stevea
flew home from KOSH

Flew home in an airplane covered with OSH dirt....also just a few bugs on the leading edges. Good times. :)

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Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2022, 04:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By Stevea
Main gear shimmy

Check tire pressure, tire condition (worn, out if round?), and tire balance first. Tire/wheel alignment….. nothing you can do about it on the 6/6A. Also, how fast do you taxi, and what is the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By Stevea
spinner alignment

Eliminate the spinner wobble. You do not want it to wobble (it may cause engine/prop vibration, and looks kind of "eeeewwwww" when running....it may also want to depart the airplane if the wobble is...
Forum: Propellers 07-17-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 535
Posted By Stevea
Propeller/Spinner Filler Plates

Don't think they are required for airworthiness, because lots of airplanes do not have any filler plates....even a few RVs I've seen. Seems to be mostly "for looks" kind of thing. And, maybe (?)...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2022, 04:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,081
Posted By Stevea
Cleveland brakes

They look like the Clevelands i have on mine. And yes, Cleveland and Matco pads are interchangeable. Rapco also makes pads to fit them.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,112
Posted By Stevea
parking brake rebuild kits

A sticking valve? So, maybe try throwing one of these rebuild kits at it (depending on which Matco parking brake valve you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Stevea
ACS panel label

Mel's method works fine too. All depends on how you want the labeling to look, and the key position too.

My OCD "everything should be symmetrical" tendency led me to lay out mine as described in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 875
Posted By Stevea
Five things to check: 1) breakout force. 2) tire...

Five things to check: 1) breakout force. 2) tire pressure (gauge, not an eyeball check). 3)Wheel bearing preload correct. 4) nose wheel fork grease ok (don’t want sticky turning action). 5)...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,494
Posted By Stevea
LEMO and dual plug wiring

I simply wired the phone and mic leads in parallel on each headset connection location.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,402
Posted By Stevea
gear leg fairing attachment

Larry,

Yep. Two "fingers" and band clamp are what hold mine in. Works well. I did build up the fiberglass thickness (on the inside of the fairing) and "mold" them to the gear leg.

Aluminum...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,494
Posted By Stevea
LEMO connectors

I originally wired mine for standard plugs. But later added LEMO plugs in parallel, after purchasing LEMO compatible headset. Biggest advantage ===>>> NO BATTERIES...EVER.

My headsets stay with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Stevea
ACS A-510-2 panelcutout

You got it right. No problem dealing with metric….it is just a different set of units.

If you need overall switch body dimensions, I can measure the one in my panel fairly easily.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-14-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Stevea
ACS A-510-2 panel cutout dimensions

You're right. The only online info I can find for the Bendix/Gerdes/ACS switch is how to wire it. Not how big a hole it takes, or where the anti-rotation tab needs to be.

OK, second look on...
Forum: Autopilots 07-12-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By Stevea
Digitrak install/user guide

Just in case anyone needs the Digitrak install/user guide, here it is. Also, the Quick Reference guide.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-10-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 563
Posted By Stevea
U-731C nost wheel bracket

The aluminum bracket slot should be just "loose" enough to slide the aft part of the wheel pant on/off. At least that's how mine fit. After 1000+ hrs the wheel pants and brackets are holding up...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By Stevea
wire bundle protection

OK. How about using some spiral wrap tubing (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/elpages/spiralwrap.php) or split loom wire conduit...
Forum: Propellers 07-10-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Stevea
Well, the rubber seals don’t really absorb oil,...

Well, the rubber seals don’t really absorb oil, they just keep it contained. The two things that do degrade rubber are time (from manufacture date) and temperature. (Also incompatible fluids….not a...
Forum: Propellers 07-10-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Stevea
prop storage

My prop spent also several years in a living room, in the original shipping box, serving as a “bench” for my cat to look out a window (his idea, not mine…but no issues with him doing that). I did...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 12:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 962
Posted By Stevea
easy wire bundle standoff

You can use a short piece (1/4-1/2”) piece of automotive fuel line (1/4” ID) and a tie wrap to tie the bundles together. Run the tie wrap through the hose, around one bundle, back through the hose...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By Stevea
shimming and Lord vs Barry mounts

Yea, shimming will extend the life of the mounts for a bit longer....not sure how much longer since I opted to replace them.

I did make the change this time from the original (supplied with the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-06-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,565
Posted By Stevea
wire pre-bending and lug bending

OK. Probably should have mentioned this in my first post.

1: The fat wire running to the starter with the 90 degree bend in it was pre-bent prior to install. If the starter is removed the 90 degree...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,226
Posted By Stevea
Skytek 149-LT disassembly

I have a few photos of one taken apart, but not a step by step process. I can upload them if you want them. Also happen to have parts of two of them still on my bench. If you want to see how...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-05-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By Stevea
engine shock mount replacement

Just went through the engine shock mounts on mine after 1000 hrs flying (8 yrs flying, 6-7 building after hanging the engine). I replaced them because the engine sag was beginning to cause nose gear...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-05-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,301
Posted By Stevea
fuel system schematic

Sent you a PM with my fuel system schematic for a reference. Your system should be the same since we both have carb'd engines.
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By Stevea
OK, looks like those are for a conical engine...

OK, looks like those are for a conical engine mount. I was talking about dynafocal mounts...but I think the bolts are still 7/16" diameter, so the torque would be correct. Just as a sanity check,...
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By Stevea
engine shock mount bolt torque

Do you mean the bolt torque in the rubber shock mounts that hold the engine to the steel tubing engine mount? If yes, Van's calls out the standard torque for an AN7 bolt which is 450-500 in-lbs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-01-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,534
Posted By Stevea
brake line fitting leak

Looks like leakage from the flared tubing to steel fitting interface.

You might already have a cracked flare or other damage to the aluminum tubing at this point. The "B" nuts on a 1/4" aluminum...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,949
Posted By Stevea
Hinges vs screws/nutplates

OK, granted it may be slightly faster than me spinning out 45 #6 screws per wingtip using an electric drill. ;)

OTOH, think I've had the wingtips off maybe 3 times since first flight. Once for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-26-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,565
Posted By Stevea
Crimping, wire support, etc.

OK, so do not "beat a crimp (tool) with a hammer".;) Instead, put it in a vice and crank it down in a controlled manner, to the required crimp height. Worked for me on all the large crimps, with...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-25-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By Stevea
Cool Matco nose wheel axel

Been running one of these on my 6A for just over 1000 hrs. If you are running the original Matco wheel/bearing assembly, this axel allows setting the bearing preload separately from the bolt torque....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-24-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By Stevea
Initial AV-30 trim settings

You have to fly it at an initial setting, and make adjustments as needed. The idea is to trim it to your installation. The AV-30 can not be harmed by flying it “ out of trim”. Fly the plane...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-12-2022, 07:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By Stevea
There are no canopy side to side adjustments that...

There are no canopy side to side adjustments that I know of.

One thing to check is verify the seat back is installed correctly. Make sure the hinges holding the seat back are not incorrectly meshed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,701
Posted By Stevea
Zip tie or safety wire the adel closed, then...

Zip tie or safety wire the adel closed, then install screw/adel/nut loosely in place. Clip the tie/safety wire. Finish tightening the screw/nut. Semi-pro tip: use .025 safety wire…..tends to stab...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 751
Posted By Stevea
white vs grey fiberglass parts

About 2 weeks prior to painting, I had to replace an original white elevator tip with a new grey one. No difference in the part design or construction that I could see. It is still a gel coated...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By Stevea
cowl baffle seals

Yes, a “wavy” baffle seal can leak. Look at the matching wear marks on the seal and on the cowl to see if/how well the baffle is sealing. Dirt streaks across the baffle seal area indicate air is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-28-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,495
Posted By Stevea
Dan, I’d be really interested in what Lycoming...

Dan,

I’d be really interested in what Lycoming says, if they ever decide to make it public.

Also, cool info from the VW manual! Wasn’t in my version of the Hayes manual for my 74 superbeetle. I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-28-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,495
Posted By Stevea
Mickey, True. I think we have all run into this...

Mickey,

True. I think we have all run into this somewhere in the EAB world. That was my point in my original “anyone ever notice the plug makers graphite vs. engine maker copper” recommendation...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2022, 04:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,495
Posted By Stevea
Well, part of this discussion has gone a bit off...

Well, part of this discussion has gone a bit off the rails (from the original post), so I may as well drive it a bit further.



Sure, one of the coolest things about experimental aviation is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,495
Posted By Stevea
Graphite vs Copper

Just to add more confusion to the mix, anyone ever notice Champion and Tempest recommend/sell graphite based anti-seize.........AND........Lycoming says "DO NOT" (their emphasis, not mine) use...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-26-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 889
Posted By Stevea
LASAR timing tool

Pretty sure the LASAR T-300 timing tool works for both 4 and 6 cylinder engines. It is only looking for TDC (cylinder 1) and points open/close positions during crankshaft rotation. It doesn’t know...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,961
Posted By Stevea
pinched end support rods

Use something like this in the vice jaws to give a rounded transition from round tube to flat end.

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The jaw guards are so old I don't even remember where I got the material. But is nothing...
Forum: California 05-21-2022, 08:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 889
Posted By Stevea
Sure, we need one of those too! :)

Sure, we need one of those too! :)
Forum: California 05-21-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 889
Posted By Stevea
E16

Come on down to E16. We are under represented in the RV-4 department. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By Stevea
I've seen the project in person, and it is still...

I've seen the project in person, and it is still impressive in the video. Wow!
Forum: ADS-B 05-09-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,234
Posted By Stevea
When in doubt, go direct to the source:...

When in doubt, go direct to the source:
https://uavionix.com/articles/echouat-transponder-threshold-adjustment/
Forum: Autopilots 05-01-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Posted By Stevea
Cole, Maybe you already tried this. Have you...

Cole,

Maybe you already tried this. Have you swapped servos to see it the problem follows the servo, or stays with the roll autopilot? Kind of a PITB, given it means pulling the pitch servo out of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By Stevea
The blue part of the valve may move very very...

The blue part of the valve may move very very slightly when twisted. The silver part SHOULD NOT rotate at all when twisted. If it is only installed finger tight, stop, do not pass go, do not fly...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,242
Posted By Stevea
exhaust pipe heat shields

So why not use one or more exhaust pipe heat shields instead?

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/exaustheatedshield.php

Way easier than bonding fiberfrax to the inside of the cowl and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By Stevea
oil drain leaks

One of three things:

1. Leaking from above the drain valve.

or

2. Leaking out of the drain valve pipe threads. Remove, re-goop the threads with pipe thread sealant, reinstall, safety wire.

or
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By Stevea
Sorry Marc, Dan beat you to it. :)

Sorry Marc, Dan beat you to it. :)
Forum: Tools 04-17-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By Stevea
spar countersink

Just don't go anywhere near the spar parts with the hand drill until you figure out the problem! Practice on some scrap material first, even if it means installing some nutplates on a simulated spar...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By Stevea
Baffle materials

Was just about to list these on VAF Classified.

1 roll of this: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/cowlseal06-02461.php

and

1 bag of these:...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-11-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 38,187
Posted By Stevea
Well, I gave up and bought the new fork from...

Well, I gave up and bought the new fork from Van's......back in the day when I had to deal with this "problem".

But, somewhere I did see a builder photo of a fork that had been machined down the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-11-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 979
Posted By Stevea
ELT location

Top of F-629....NOT a good location. Too small a footprint to securely mount an ELT. Look at the mounting requirements for whatever ELT you are using. It is a fairly heavy "brick" at about 2 lbs...
Forum: Tools 04-08-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 496
Posted By Stevea
I’ve used isopropal alcohol to wipe the grunge...

I’ve used isopropal alcohol to wipe the grunge off after boroscoping engine cylinders. It will not harm the lense or the rubber sleeve. It also flashes off completely without leaving a residue. Use...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By Stevea
Simple fix to avoid any problem with different...

Simple fix to avoid any problem with different static line lengths. Put the T connecting the two static ports at the top of the nearest fuselage bulkhead. Then, run the static line from the top of...
Forum: Autopilots 03-27-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Stevea
Andy, Maybe you've already done this, but here...

Andy,
Maybe you've already done this, but here goes anyway. Might be worth crawling through the existing wire harness you got with the system to verify everything is wired correctly, especially the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2022, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,594
Posted By Stevea
reached 1000 hours

OK, not as cool as flying around some of the scenery shown above, but it was still a very good flight.

23965

Way way more to go to equal my build time. That's for another day.
Forum: Autopilots 03-25-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By Stevea
Hey, one other thought. You didn't by chance put...

Hey, one other thought. You didn't by chance put the diode in backwards did you? Might make it be ON after power up, instead of OFF. Should be easy to check out with a multimeter.
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