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[February 10, 2008]


I drilled the holes in the C-614 plate tonight. These will eventually be #30's, but Van's tells ya to make them 40's at first so if something needs to be jiggled a little later on, there is some room to move. Makes sense. This part joints for forward two channels of the canopy frame. Hopefully you will see tomorrow where this puppy goes.


Vans tells you to put in some .020" - .032" spacers to make some room between the forward skin and the canopy frame skin. Whenever I did this, things went to hell as far as the fit goes. I am saying to hell with the spacers and butting the skins up against each other. The fit is MUCh better now, and to get the 020 spacing I will just file a little of the skin off later on. I can't see the harm in this approach at all.


Man, I was really ready to commit and drill this sucker tonight when I took out the ruler and saw the skin is being pushed downward somehow???? I am not overly concerned about this because the canopy fits here and a lot of fiberglass work gets done, so no one will really know, except me. I called it a night and will try to figure out why this is happening. Like I said, if it is stuck like this, it isn't the end of the world at all. I will just have to work around it later on. Mike is still frustrated, but the light at the end of the tunnel is there!

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