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   and Longerons
(17:30)

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- Forward Assembly (24:30)
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- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
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- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
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- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Time to work on the Electric Flap Actuator 11/3/2009 - Time to work on the Electric Flap Actuator
Here is the WD-613-EF flap actuator. I final drilled the holes in each clevis end to 1/4". ... read more
One more safety wire hole 12/12/2009 - One more safety wire hole
After drilling the safety wire hole into the ES-85615-157 flap motor shaft, I saw an entry on Vans Air Force forums where someone added another safety wire hole to prevent this part from swiveling. It ... read more
Riveted the F-758 bracket to the bottom of F-766A 12/15/2009 - Riveted the F-758 bracket to the bottom of F-766A
No biggie here. I used my pneumatic squeezer to attach these brackets.
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Started work on attaching F-785B attach angle to the F-785A backrest brace 12/16/2009 - Started work on attaching F-785B attach angle to the F-785A backrest brace
This is another confusing task. Before you can attach the F-785B attach angle to the bottom of the F-785A backrest brace, you have to drill the holes in the F-785B attach angle, using the floor channe ... read more
Yep, it do snow in Texas! 12/27/2009 - Yep, it do snow in Texas!
What a beautiful Christmas morning! Texas weather really gets confused at Christmas time every year. Sometimes we're running the air conditioner and sometimes we're covering up in warm blankets. My so ... read more
Bolted the flap motor to the actuator 1/10/2010 - Bolted the flap motor to the actuator
It was tough to get all the washers and the glap motor in place. I had to open the actuator gap a little to get all the parts in place.
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Time for the main landing gear mounts 1/11/2010 - Time for the main landing gear mounts
I deburred the ends of the main landing gear mounts and cleaned up around the predrilled holes to keep any burrs from interferring with the leg that slides into the mount. It was an incredibly tight f ... read more
Here's the reamer from Averys 1/15/2010 - Here's the reamer from Averys
Ordering tools from Averys is a great experience. It's almost next day service. I've never seen a reamer before. It's really different from a drill bit.
... read more
Time to install the Landing Gear Mounts 1/22/2010 - Time to install the Landing Gear Mounts
I took quite a few pictures of this installation. So you will see the best pictures from both left and right installations. First off, I had to use my rounded file to remove part of the flange from th ... read more
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