Van's RV-9A in Aurora

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Vertical Stabilizer

Started assembly of Vertical Stabilizer. 2.7 hours. On hold with the HS because of wrong AN426 rivets and weather.
Got a phone call and an email from Vans.

Returned the P60G2 wash primer and bought 5 cans of 988. But it's cold and wet, and I don't want to paint in the garage. Have to wait for better weather.

With the VS, match drilled all of the spar/rib/hinge brackets.

Strip cut the outside VS skin plastic (with a soldering iron) and deburred the edges. Got a nasty reminder why wearing gloves is a good idea with the factory new aluminium.

Clecoed the VS skin to the spar/rib structure.

Also cleaned the inside of the HS skins with soap and water in prep for priming, whenever that happens.

Finally found a torque wrench today. On sale, $10 at Pep Boys. But it only goes as low as 120 inch pounds, so it's only good for larger bolts. The search continues.