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[December 24, 2009]


I wasn't expecting to work on the project today, xmas eve, but my office let out at noon (yay!) so I had a few hours to kill in the afternoon before the evening activities commenced. I riveted the top part of the rollbar support to the rollbar, and then installed the bolts and screws on the bracket that attaches to the base of the rollbar. I just placed it all in the airplane for now. I still need to install a few more bolts and rivet the back of the rollbar support to the top of the F-707 bulkhead and skin.


I will probably finish this up in the next day or two. One thing I was concerned about is how to properly apply a thread locker to the screws that hold the rear window into the rollbar. Eons ago (well maybe years ago) I tapped the holes for these screws in the rollbar. One lesson I learned was not to use LockTite on these screws because it will ruin your canopy. I will have to snap a pic one of these days to show what happens. Anyways, I remember Dan Checkoway mentioning he used an alternative thread locker that is safe on acrylics. Since Dan's site no longer exists, I needed to do an intense search for information. I ended up finding out he used a product called Vibra-Tite VC-3. After doing a search I found two sources for it -- one was a boat supply store that sold it for $1 a package of "soy sauce" sized. They had a $10 minimum and the shipping was about the same. The most common size was around 8oz for about $20. I ended up buying mine from Kaizen Motorsports (http://stores.kaizen-ms.com). They had the best price and shipping (around $30 total, which is a rip off, but I have a lifetime supply now). It should arrive around the end of the month.
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