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F-705 Bulkhead

Started work on the F-750 Bulkhead 4/22/2008 - Started work on the F-750 Bulkhead
I cut the F-705B Center Section Bar according to the length in the drawing. Then I marked a lengthwise centerline with a sharpie on the rear face of the bar. After a bit of searching, I found the F-60 ... read more
Today's screwup 4/23/2008 - Today's screwup
Crap! I cut off the wrong end of the F-605C. I should have looked at the over measurements (including bend measurements) before cutting this dude. My first impr ... read more
Finished fiberglassing and filling the elevator tips 4/29/2008 - Finished fiberglassing and filling the elevator tips
I've been waiting 5 days now for the F-605C reinforcement bars to arrive from Van's. The UPS website says that they should arrive tomorrow. Meanwhile I've been working again on the fiberglass tips on ... read more
Here we go again! 5/2/2008 - Here we go again!
I received my 2 new F-605C bars from Van's after 6 long days of waiting. This time I cut off the outboard of the bars, using the 2 inch measurement to the first bend of the bar as a reference point. T ... read more
Started drilling the F-634 seat belt anchors 5/7/2008 - Started drilling the F-634 seat belt anchors
I drilled one side of each anchor pair according the instructions on the drawing and bolted it to the F705 assembly. The instructions say to put a 3/16" spacer between both anchors in order to set up ... read more
Gathered parts for the seat adjustment supports 5/8/2008 - Gathered parts for the seat adjustment supports
I found the parts for the F-705J Angle and the F-705K Plate in Sub Kit #19, and the F-705-L shim in Sub Kit #18.
... read more
Making the bend on the F-705K 5/12/2008 - Making the bend on the F-705K
I bought a ... read more
Drilled the snap bushing holes and installed the nutplates on F-705D 5/18/2008 - Drilled the snap bushing holes and installed the nutplates on F-705D
It's time to finish up this bulkhead. I'm really getting the itch to get this RV going, especially after going to the Texas RV Fly-In in Waxahachie yesterday. We ate a lot brisket and "tator" salad. W ... read more
Drilled the F-661EF flap actuator bearing blocks 5/29/2008 - Drilled the F-661EF flap actuator bearing blocks
I forgot to take pictures of all the 1/8 inch rivets that I put in other weekend. Sorry bout' that. Everything is riveted now. Here I'm checking the fit of the F-661EF flap actuator bearing blocks wit ... read more
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