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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,010
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Might be perfect time to upgrade to the new style...

Might be perfect time to upgrade to the new style mount & leg.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cleko it to the trailing edge wedge & see what it...

Cleko it to the trailing edge wedge & see what it looks like. May currently look worse than it actually is.

When using the vice grip edge roller, it should be adjusted so you can barely detect a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 11:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just as a side note to my prior post- If you are...

Just as a side note to my prior post-
If you are thinking of doing formation flying in your future, the slanted back quadrant arrangement (pictured in my prior post) would not be ideal for this type...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The space available to locate the return line is...

The space available to locate the return line is very restricted on a 10 tank compared to other models. The builder has to allow for the lateral rib & control linkage in a tight area. He should look...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
basically pipe goes by ID tubing generally goes...

basically pipe goes by ID
tubing generally goes by OD
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By Ralph Inkster
throttle

Just had an idea & made it work. Lots of fabrication involved
This plane had an early generation SDS EFI/EI so just needed Throttle, (second lever operated a alternate coolant rad water valve for a...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Structurally I don't see an issue..... but...

Structurally I don't see an issue..... but cosmetically?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also note in the Journey Log that a new Weight &...

Also note in the Journey Log that a new Weight & Balance Report (or addendum to the existing W&B) was performed after modifications with new Equipment List.
New Equipment list should include...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-08-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Karetaker - It is in perfect condition. 3 years...

Karetaker - It is in perfect condition. 3 years & counting. I originally thought the edge would unravel, but it is sticking there with no signs of un-doing.
My forward fiberglass W/Shield fairing is...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-07-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another one & note that it is hard to see in the...

Another one
& note that it is hard to see in the first pic but it is Both wings
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-07-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another pic of Steve’s goodies

Another pic of Steve’s goodies
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-06-2022, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 423
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Didn't see...

Didn't see this?

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=208764
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By Ralph Inkster
during installation the adhesive sticks but can...

during installation the adhesive sticks but can be easily removed from the plexi, no effect to the plexi.
I layed the thread cut tape right on the plexi edge which would result with about a 1/16"...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-06-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Unfortunately I can't take advantage of this very...

Unfortunately I can't take advantage of this very good deal. My wife says I have too many projects (only 3) already...

I hope someone jumps on this deal. Attached, some pics Steve sent to me:
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-05-2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By Ralph Inkster
wings & tail stuff

PM & phone message sent:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,899
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That's a very noble suggestion. There is the...

That's a very noble suggestion.

There is the Emergency Repair station operated by Chapter 75 volunteers near the Hangar Cafe. These folks have being doing this service for a very long time, check...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2022, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,634
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Call up Titan, Aerosport Power or other well...

Call up Titan, Aerosport Power or other well regarded engine builder about what goes into a stroked 340. Going to be expensive...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-29-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 704
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A 360 is 1 3/4” wider than a 320

A 360 is 1 3/4” wider than a 320
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By Ralph Inkster
search GAP 26 on the ACS site - they have pics &...

search GAP 26 on the ACS site - they have pics & description
Forum: International 07-27-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've had good results with these folks Near...

I've had good results with these folks

Near North Customs Brokers Inc.
nearnorthcustoms.com/contact
djupp@nearnorthcustoms.com
Forum: RV-15 07-26-2022, 11:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,350
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Great video! There's some neat innovations under...

Great video!
There's some neat innovations under that shiny skin! I was wondering what those 'Patent Pending' stickers were about.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-26-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There are some small differences in the narrow...

There are some small differences in the narrow deck compared th wide deck engines, baffles can be adapted to work on either. Just takes some fitting 'adjustments'. Your file is your friend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,283
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Steve & Bob - do you plan to replace anything in...

Steve & Bob - do you plan to replace anything in the tail to reduce the elevator & rudder counter weights? Carbon fiber control surfaces?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I think they are .063 just like the float access...

I think they are .063 just like the float access plates. I have used .040 with good success in the past.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,031
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Steve Sorry for your plight A potential TEMP fix...

Steve

Sorry for your plight
A potential TEMP fix to get you home- I assume you have inspected the rudder & elevators for any other damages, the real repair would be either outright replacement or...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree with Freemasm -Baffling work is in your...

I agree with Freemasm
-Baffling work is in your future
-& a 3/4" or 1" scat tube directed to the fuel pump housing might help you fuel pressure issue. Heat is the culprit. Also look & see if any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I suggest that if you end up splicing - don't mix...

I suggest that if you end up splicing - don't mix cabling types to avoid galvanic corrosion in the splice.
If originally M22759/16-2-9 - repair with that same type mil spec cable.
If it was...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-22-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, there is merit in operating the pumps as you...

Yes, there is merit in operating the pumps as you describe, but one advantage in having both pumps on separate switches is you could rotate the 'primary' function between the two pumps, potentially...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The EAA SportAir 2 day course is well worth your...

The EAA SportAir 2 day course is well worth your time (& investment), you will get the direct experience you need to start building the kit.

The EAA Sheet Metal Workshops on the grounds can't even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 448
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I usually drill in 3 or 4 pedal locations. ...

I usually drill in 3 or 4 pedal locations. Furthest forward being about 3" aft of the firewall, each about 1" apart.
Note- for each pedal location, you will have to also make a pair of matching...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-19-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ralph Inkster
O2 sensor system (AFR air fuel ratio monitor...

O2 sensor system (AFR air fuel ratio monitor systems) are a highly recommended accessory for tuning your EFI system.
In the automotive world, they are the prime tool that regulates your car engines...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-19-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 672
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Bellamy - likewise, I sent a PM regarding the...

Bellamy - likewise, I sent a PM regarding the ADAHRS & cables - If Rick doesn't bite.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-19-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ralph Inkster
In my post I was more referring to a power...

In my post I was more referring to a power switching system that would activate the redundant fuel pump automatically if there was a pressure loss on the delivery system (as mentioned, I don't have...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-18-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you are installing the SDS EFI/EI systems in...

If you are installing the SDS EFI/EI systems in your project, you would delete the mechanical fuel pump (& push rod) from your engine order. You would also have no need for a 'boost' pump.

I use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2022, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Ralph Inkster
2- A3235-028-193 tinnerman washers - one above,...

2- A3235-028-193 tinnerman washers - one above, one below
1- AN507 C 10-32 screw
1- AN365-10/32 nut
& a dab of silicone sealer
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2022, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cobble together - I like that phrase. I cobbled...

Cobble together - I like that phrase. I cobbled the last 6 tanks I put together :)
Forum: RV-4 07-07-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also Tim - I have some Vans baffle material here...

Also Tim -
I have some Vans baffle material here if you happen to be passing by...

Ralph
Forum: RV-4 07-07-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I can't remember what Jack used in there. Maybe...

I can't remember what Jack used in there. Maybe baffle material, maybe custom.
Either way, you could make the replacement by squeegeeing Permatex red silicone sealer into fiberglass cloth, trim it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-07-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Ralph Inkster
What ever the edge distance between the rivet...

What ever the edge distance between the rivet hole and outter edge of the cover plate should be the same between the rivet holes and the access hole edge in the tank. Don't scrimp the flange!
Place...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-06-2022, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sounds like you are a prime candidate to follow...

Sounds like you are a prime candidate to follow the EAA Flight Test Manual & Test Cards process. You will really 'learn' your aircraft & the process will give you valid (for your aircraft) data to...
Forum: Job Board 07-06-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Ralph Inkster
They would be happy to hear from...

They would be happy to hear from you!
https://www.eaa.org/eaa/support-eaa/volunteer
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2022, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note that Drippy edited post #7 to read...

Note that Drippy edited post #7 to read 'NUTS'

Another concern to check out would be to carefully inspect the case around the smaller 3/8" studs as they have been taking all the load for the last...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-02-2022, 12:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Oh, now more of the story comes out… My comments...

Oh, now more of the story comes out…
My comments refer to augmenting good structure, not alternate methods for damage repairs!
Forum: RV-3 07-01-2022, 04:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,526
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I was referring to the style of clamp Al used for...

I was referring to the style of clamp Al used for mounting his bar to the gear leg.

I guess AntiSplat has discontinued his Nose Job product. I assume the market for that product dried up with the...
Forum: RV-3 07-01-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,526
Posted By Ralph Inkster
AntiSplat?

Maybe AL at AntiSplat should consider this issue as thought for a future product offering...
I think his clamping method would be more superior for this than the Adell clamp approach.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-28-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Using paint sticks seems to be a pretty novel...

Using paint sticks seems to be a pretty novel approach, as long as it doesn't collect or trap moisture, I don't see anything wrong with it.

Oil canning in the bay behind the luggage bulkhead is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,176
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk...

If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk you thru my experiences field disassembling a 6A & a 9A in the field for salvage & rebuild.
Way too much info to type with 2 fingers…
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,591
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I don't understand the "your double counting the...

I don't understand the "your double counting the chute in your calculations".
I used the 40# as an average weight as quoted here
https://brsaerospace.com/rv-7-9/
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-20-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,975
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions...

Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions share of the RV (& homebuilt) market - as the RV6/A (2703) , 7/A (1904), & 9/A (1171) are essentially the same, with interchangable firewalls, cowlings,...
Forum: Canada 06-19-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,287
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"Good afternoon Canadian builders. I'm have my...

"Good afternoon Canadian builders.

I'm have my final inspection in a few days. My configuration includes the VANs supplied gascolator on the firewall and the the VANs supplied AFP pump and filter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,681
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than...

Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than reproduced the wedge out of fiberglass on one plane, milled down UDHW plastic block on a few planes, & in one case bent up a wedge out of .025 6061 for a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on...

Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on the Wh/Gr tach wire. Try 80K resistor & see if that clears it up. Note- you should comfirm your tach readings are accurate with some sort of hand...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-16-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,343
Posted By Ralph Inkster
What works for me. Tape a 12" drill bit along...

What works for me.
Tape a 12" drill bit along the top crank case split, extended thru a hole in the forward baffle so it was within 1/8" of flywheel. Made timing mark very prominent by using white...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 924
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV...

Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV type planes. If you need slightly shorter or longer belt, you can whip down to your local auto parts store & ask for what you need. Same thing as your...
Forum: Canada 06-11-2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 399
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of...

Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of note books, no specifics required here. Inspectors like pictures, and notations if you used professional help, otherwise it is your tool to document...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,485
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after...

Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after paint only you will know it's there.
Do Not hammer it flat as there is potential of stretching the metal.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By Ralph Inkster
+1 for Paul's suggestion. Another option if space...

+1 for Paul's suggestion.
Another option if space allows- drill 4 corner holes & a large central hole, step drills work perfectly for this. Using Lt & Rt offset snips make a series of cuts radiating...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-07-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,373
Posted By Ralph Inkster
junkyard and dig around for good alternators

Brings back memories. Some years ago our local junk yard was hosting it's usual spring $5 sale. All small parts excepting engines & trannys for $5, you bring your own tools. So I decide to go down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Ralph Inkster
On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either...

On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either way.
Keep on building!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out...

As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out regularly, shouldn't be a problem.
I once saw an old plane with a Budweiser can dangling from the engine mount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 758
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Probably more likely caused by some unknowing...

Probably more likely caused by some unknowing person leaning against your plane & pressing down with their elbow (I had this happen at OSH of all places...)
My solution is installing a rib made from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,865
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looks like Surefire is installed & timed...

Looks like Surefire is installed & timed differently than a mag.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,865
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree here. They could be influenced by many...

I agree here. They could be influenced by many things, including sensor uneven installation distances on the exhaust tubes.


You don't mention if the fuel system has been adjusted for idle cut off...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,840
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit...

I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit differently. I want to have (or have available) finer adjustability of the bearing preload so instead of 60 degree, I drill the axle with a second hole to allow...
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