Aug 23, 2015 2:00 Forward Fuselage
Mounted, drilled, deburred and countersunk the replacement F-719 skin stiffeners. Had to mount the side skins to get everything lined up to drill. I also drilled the ¾” and 1” holes in the side skin.
Aug 24, 2015 1:45 Forward Fuselage
Drilled the new rudder pedal blocks and attached them to the rudder pedal bars. I then created an I shaped jig in the same shape as the bottom side or the pedal assembly and used that to mark hole placements on the F-719 stiffeners. I marked 3 pedal positions. The holes aren’t drilled yet, but there is one hole that is really close to the edge, so I may push that one out 1/16” and adjust the depth of the rudder blocks to fit. I added an L and R F-972B skin stiffener to my order with Van’s today after I looked and found that the forward end of the inboard stiffeners as drilled aren’t flush against the firewall bracket. I’ll notch the replacements so they fit flush.
Aug 26, 2015 2:15 Forward Fuselage
I remarked the holes for the rudder bar assembly - 4 positions on 1” spacing. They turned out nicely centered so I drilled it out. I then drilled the center support to the firewall and marked and drilled the holes for the rudder support block in all 4 positions. Nice to get this done finally.
Aug 29, 2015 2:55 Skins
After a couple of days off, I got back to work today. I pulled the left side skin off, riveted the F-902H doubler on and set it aside. I then riveted in the seat side ribs to the bottom skin and riveted the center skin and aft skin together where I could reach, which is all but about 4 holes per side. I then clecoed everything back together, including the baggage bulkheads and the arm rest. It’s ready to rivet. I then did the whole process all over again with the right side. I’ll rivet what I can over the next couple of days, but then it will be waiting for the parts from Van’s.
Aug 31, 2015 0:40 Skins
Short riveting session with Andrew. Just did 20 or so rivets, of the tough variety, on the bottom left around the center/aft fuselage join and the baggage side rib.