Top is on! (Kinda)

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Today is the first offical day when folks stopped asking “Why are you building a canoe at the airport?”

My baby is looking like a real airplane!

RV-9A top panel

No more Canoe jokes!

We have painted the floor and removable siding (Rust-Oleum Professional Machinery Light Gray) and primed the rest of the cockpit. we installed the top for match-drilling and looks at the fit and finish of the pre-punched parts. Perfect of course.

I ordered the three part-panel from Affordable Panels, and we should that that in the next day or so.  I also got an ELT (old style) that will work until I get out of the 40 hour phase I.

Fuel line are in!

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The four fuel lines (one from each tank, one from the valve to the electric pump and the one from the fuel pump to the Gascolator) are in!

Floor is primed, Gascolator is mounted, and we are ready to start work on ?

Plans say wings, be we are not totally done with interior basics yet.

Firewall work, and maybe paint.  *sigh* MANY small details.

Here is my hint of the day: Be sure to add a little Boelube (or oil) to the aluminum tubes when flaring. Looks MUCH smoother.

Fuel pump on firewall

Fuel Pump and lines installed.

More to come!


Engine Purchased!

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On Friday, October 5th, Tom and I hopped into his truck and drove 600 miles to Green Valley, AZ. We spent a nice night in a Best Western (I really recommend these guys!) and had a nice evening walking around and enjoying the sites.

Next morning, we drove down to the hanger where Ken was waiting for us.

We spent some time discussing the 150hp motor (my new motor), his cool plane (Cessna 150 tail dragger), Ken’s work, a new 160 hp motor, a 250hp Franklin, life, fairness, faith, justice, long-distance running, kids, experimental aircraft, life-long missions, and global freedom.

At the end of it all, I purchased a Lycoming O-320 E2A 150HP engine that is going to be the heart of Loud Emily.

Lycoming O-320 Aircraft engine

To slip these surly bonds…

Funny, but every time I see an aircraft engine strapped in for transport somewhere, I envision the engine straining at the straps, not to prevent sliding around, but to burst skyward in escape! To become free and airborne once again, as if the natural place for such an engine is in the sky.

The engine is mid-time, and my intent is to bolt it in and fly as-is. Of course, my A&P will check it out, but I’m hoping to get a few hundred hours before I add upgrades, like electronic ignition, lightweight start and alternator, etc.

So, at 9:00am on Saturday October 6th, Tom and I started the long trek home, to safely deliver the engine to my hanger, and to get home before it was too late. Oh, and the engine has a vacuum pump.

Vacuum pump? What’s that for?