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Fuselage Plumbing

Time to start the Fuselage Plumbing! 1/25/2010 - Time to start the Fuselage Plumbing!
I haven't been looking forward to this part. Mainly because the only experience I've had with any type of metal tubing was running copper water lines in the houses that my Father and I have built over ... read more
Trial fit of the Andair Fuel Switch 1/26/2010 - Trial fit of the Andair Fuel Switch
While I'm waiting for my ... read more
Started on the Fuel Vent Lines 1/29/2010 - Started on the Fuel Vent Lines
I didn't have a lot of time work this afternoon, so I decided to start work on the vent lines. After installing the elbow fitting on the fuselage, I decided that rather than wrestling with a hunk of p ... read more
Time to finish up the fuel vent lines 1/31/2010 - Time to finish up the fuel vent lines
The Romex pattern thing won't work here. So I just decided to grab the roll of tubing and go for it. First I made the "go-around" bends where the rudder cable goes thru the bulkhead. Then I put in the ... read more
Started on the Brake Lines 2/3/2010 - Started on the Brake Lines
I thought the fuel vent lines were tough, but the brake lines win the boobie prize for being the biggest pain in the arss. I started out by going in through the middle section under the fuel switch, b ... read more
Installed the right brake line 2/4/2010 - Installed the right brake line
Time for the right brake line. Just as I did for the left brake line, I put a flare and the fittings on the end where the tubing connects to the right gear fitting. Then I started feeding the line thr ... read more
Ran the fuel line from the switch to the facet pump 2/6/2010 - Ran the fuel line from the switch to the facet pump
I saved this run for last because I knew it would the easiest to do. I only had to do a gentle bend at the end to connect the 3/8 inch fuel line to the 90 degree fitting on the facet pump.
... read more
A new record! Over 11 inches of snow in North Texas! 2/12/2010 - A new record! Over 11 inches of snow in North Texas!
My kiddo is loving this! ... read more
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