Monthly Archives: December 2015

It’s baffling

So it’s time to install the cooling baffles.  I think this will take some time to do a real nice job.  I’ve got a plenum coming from RV-Bits… so that will make the whole thing easier (I think).  Here are a couple of shots of me just trying to figure out how I’m gonna get this done.  I know this isn’t real exciting stuff, but I’ll keep y’all posted with my progress.  Stay tuned.



Well….. finally got the spinner done.  Looks great.  And the cowl is completed with all the rivets.  I also installed an ETX680 Lithium ion battery….3.9 lbs vs 14.7 lbs for the PC680.  Had to build a battery tray as the ETX was just that little bit thicker.  Now on to the baffles which seem to be an awful lot of work.  I’ll keep you posted.

Progress….I think

Engine is mounted…. now I’ve got to fit the cowl.  I really don’t like fiberglass work, although it’s real forgiving.  Here’s today’s progress….. engine mounted, initial fit of the top cowl, and then fit/cleco to the rear hinge connectors.  Looks good.  Now on to the bottom cowl fitment…… I’m not looking forward to that.

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That’s a wrap!

Alright…. so vinyl wraps are no longer a big deal…I get that.  How about if we use vinyl for accents inside the cabin?  Here I’ve got the main bulkhead cap covered in navy blue 3D vinyl.  Looks great!


And here I’ve covered the fuel selector box with the same vinyl.  I think I’m on to something here.



The details…

It’s detail time…..the last 95%.  Trying hard to keep the wiring simple….but at the same time, easy to work with many years from now.  Check out the main terminal bar on the firewall.  All wires labeled, neat and tidy!


Then there’s the sensor wiring…. again, neat and tidy, trying to make it easy to work with many years later.


The engine mount looks rather bare!!!  I’m trying to be patient, and it will be a momentous occasion when I can finally install it (more later)


The seats/carpets came.  They look great.  Thank-you Classic Aero Designs.  Superb workmanship!


Back at it…

It’s been a while…… did a few runs, dealt with a few injuries, and still dealing with a plantar fasciitis issue that just won’t go away! Any ideas?…..anyone? anyone?

I’m gonna switch things over a bit. Let’s talk airplanes! I’m 95% done my Van’s RV-7A build…..only 95% left! I get my engine today (I think/hope). I’ll drop a few pictures then.

Stay tuned.