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[October 27, 2007]


I needed to drill the nutplate rivet about 20 screw holes. A nutplate jig would of come in here real handy, but I don't think its worth spending $20 for each size. So, I invented my own. All I did was take a thick (0.060) strip of aluminum and tap out a 8-32 hole. I screwed the nutplate to the strip and drilled the two holes on either side of the nutplate, which will be used as a guide to backdrill whatever I need to. It worked PERFECTLY.


One of my missions for this weekend is to get the engine into the basement. The pallet it was on was no good because it was wide and unmovable. So, I spent some time and made a platform with casters on it. I ran over to KDMW to pick up the chapters engine hoist to move the engine. Of course, it's impossible to just pick something up at an RV dominated airport. I think about 3 hours of hangar talk occurred. Anyways, here's the engine on the platform in the garage. Tomorrow I am going to drive it around to my walk out basement and squeeze it in there. The reason to put it in my basement is to keep the engine in the best environment as possible until I need to put it on the airplane. This will keep any possibility of the engine deteriorating to a minimum. My basement is pretty much a constant 70 degrees and 40% RH all year round.


Here all the nutplates are drilled and riveted to the F-706 bulkhead. Since the F-706 is so thin, I decided it would not be a good idea to use the NAS1097AD3-3.5 rivets I usually use for nutplates. So, I dimpled the F-706 and the nutplates. Worked very well. I also installed the 3 nutplates on the vertical component of this bulkhead.


Next I needed to notch the top read bulkhead skin for where the seatbelt cable passes through. Some #30 holes and a 3/8" Unitbit'd hole did the trick


After the dremel and some filing, the finished product looks good.


It took me forever to find the subkit that contains the plastic bushings needed. The ended up being in the bag with the seat belt cabled. Its 2:30am and it seems like a good time to call it a night.

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