Sunday August 8th, 2004|
Tank Platenuts; Started Fabricating Tiedown Spacers
Last Saturday we received the bad news that my grandfather passed away (see front page project dedication). That put us out of town and then my brother, his wife and child came and stayed with us for a couple of days so that meant no work on the project.
After church this morning I went out and started cranking out the rest of the tank attachment platenuts. Very straight-forward, just tedious.
After finishing up the tank attachment platenuts I pulled out the long spar box to find the inspection plates. This is how I'm storing some parts. The long spar box goes under my two workbenches and when I need something out of it I pull it out into the driveway.
Here are the inspections plates as they come from Van's.
Here are the platenuts for the #6 screws for the inspection plates. The screws through the spar web are #6 and the screws on the skins are #8. Go figure.
Here are the inspection plates after the holes were enlarged to size and dimpled appropriately.
Here's where the inspection plates will attach on the spar web.
Next step is to fabricate some spacers that will slide under the AEX tiedowns. This is the bar stock that Van's sends in the kit.
Ok, here's the first one cut out and scotch-brited. Man, I need a new method of cutting. I think a bandsaw will fit the bill.
Tomorrow I may look at getting a bandsaw during my lunch break. This hacksaw elbow-wrecking nonsense isn't cutting it (excuse the pun).
I still need to make three more of these and polish them.