For those following along live....
Cav has weight on the nosewheel again!
Got the engine hung at about 6:30 tonight. So much for working on the rest during the break. The bill was staggering.
Follow along as Chip skins his knuckles to finally have his own plane.
Actually made progress on the engine today. The cylinders were put on last night, and today we mostly finished installing the rest of the required parts.
Painted the inner cylinder baffles and the induction tubes. Tomorrow we should finish installing everything and put the engine on the lift. Then we have to install the main forward seal. Then it can go on the plane!
Another Thanksgiving in the books. The calendar pages are flying past.
Actually made significant progress on the engine. There was a long delay getting cylinders shipped. Then the mechanic screwed up the first attempt at assembling the case. A Lycoming engine is pretty simple. The main case is just two case halves, the crank, the cam, and three sets of crank bearings. 10 parts. He put them together (without me) and the crank would not turn. One of the bearings had slipped. Then he let it sit like that for a month, stringing me along, disappearing, waiting on the cylinders, and not communicating with me.
I was thinking about this, and realized that if the bearings were binding, and the case had been torqued together, something had to have bent. Sure enough, he finally gets around to splitting the case (with a three week delay waiting on a case splitter) and one of the main bearings is screwed up. He has to order a new one, that only took two weeks. Finally the bearing is in, and he is in town so I help him put the case together again. This time it's good. Oh, but the cylinders are in Tulsa. He doesn't tell me this, only another two weeks go by with out me knowing what is going on. Finally the cylinders arrive. His wife has to make a tortuous drive from Tulsa to Austin. I'd have been happy to fly up and retrieve cylinders, and I told him that much earlier.
Here's a post to catch up on recent events.
Hosted cousin Matt. He flew this bird into Gray Kelly, very close to where I lived when I went to Copperas Cove High School.
I have many fond memories of the area, I learned to drive there, and used to hang out at the end of the runway at KGRK and watch C5-A's land and takeoff.
Conditions were not promising, we had a very unusual low system settle in over central Texas in mid-August. 2 weeks of clouds and rain followed. So I drove up to Killeen and picked up Matt at his hotel, and brought him down to Austin. All the family gathered at my sisters house and got to spend time with him. Good to see you, Matt! Next time I'll have Cav back in the air.
This rare twin bonanza has paint design elements that I have chosen for my scheme, except mine is going to be much nicer. Yes, I do have paint design. It needs to be finalized by an expert, but now all I need is the cash.
Gotta brag on my niece. She's been working at the State Hospital Lab, in an apprenticeship program for running a lab. I had asked her for a tour. She said, be there on Friday, August 19. I didn't realize it, but this was graduation day. Now she can actually get paid!
After five months, many different types of delays, I started putting the engine back together. This time for sure!
BTW, Google has me really pissed off. I'm trying to add photos to this blog, but I can't figure out how today. It took a while last time. Also the blogger interface is doing stupid things like creating extra copies of posts that have to be carefully sorted and deleted. It used to be so easy to edit this blog, but google has really screwed it up. What was wrong with picasa? I get tired of tech companies forcing transitions to new things when the old thing was perfectly fine.
I may have to try out a new photo hosting service. That may lead to moving the blog to new digs.