December 08 Pictures
It's getting tougher posting progress pictures because although alot is happening, there just isn't as much to show for it.
I've started the wiring by doing just one thing at a time.
Wire routing is up to the individual so I've put quite a bit of thought into it.
Kind of a pain but I installed these tiewrap bases for the wiring inside the tunnel. Since the elevator pushrod moves back and forward in the tunnel it's important to have everything out of the way.
This is the route from the spar to the panel
Here it is with the cover
Quite a bit going on here and I'm just scratching the surface. There will be a ton more wiring.
12/7/08 Another big day! It was two years ago today that I started this project. The first year I ended up working 943 hours and this last year I worked 1119.5 for a grand total of 2062.5 hours.
Something else a little interesting, today was the first time I realized that I started this project on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Rudder nav light and strobe
Got my Garmin SL30 Nav/Comm radio today. Sweet!
Also got a marker beacon antenna
Started trimming lower rudder fiberglass to fit
More stuff! This is the panel lighting dimmer.
This is a rectifier diode to seperate the avionics bus from the master bus.
This is a B&C votage regulator
This is the transponder antenna temporarily hooked up incase I accidently transmit
Here are the transponder and Nav/Comm powered up for the first time and the first items on the avionics bus. I put my handheld comm antenna on the Nav/Comm incase of accidental transmit too.
Here is the actual comm antenna for the SL30 Nav/Comm that will be mounted on the airplane belly
Here is the doubler I made for the antenna
This is a used crimper I bought for crimping standard and high density avionics pins. I should be getting the positioners for it in a couple of days.
Mounted the transponder antenna
Drilled holes for Comm 1 antenna
Had to get a hand from my cleco coffee container for these screws
Mounted the marker beacon antenna
Made these custom brackets for mounting the VOR / Glideslope antenna on the top of the vertical stab.
Everything airplane related is spendy and this combination VOR / Glideslope antenna is no acception. A new one is $315.00 so when I saw this on Van's Airforce classifieds for $160.00 I jumped all over it. A guy had it on his RV but was having problems so he ordered a new one and replaced it. Same problems which he later determined to be cable connections.
Holy cow how many antennas are there????????
1 for Nav / Comm 1
1 for Nav / Comm 2
1 for Transponder
1 for Marker Beacon
1 for VOR / Glideslope
1 for ELT
1 for Garmin GPS
1 for Lowrance GPS
Finally fit the right wingtip
Finished trimming the lower rudder fairing and tried out the light
Got my positioners, standard on the left and high density on the right with their respective pins.