Friday November 26th, 2004|
Flew To Cedartown; Installed Right Fuel Tank Baffle
Today is the day after Thanksgiving and we had the whole family thing to do. We decided to fly over instead of making the 2 hour drive to the West side of the state.
This is North Point Mall in Alpharetta. Yes, this is one of the big reasons that we decided to fly today...to avoid all the shopping traffic. I mean...look at that place! Not an empty spot in the parking lot.
Then we got this picture. I'm looking like a dork as usual...but Jaime's smiling large! She really gets into the flying thing. She would much rather fly somewhere than drive. We also need to get her a decent headset so that she doesn't have to get those darn ugly orange rental things!
And on final at Gwinnett. My landings have improved dramatically since I've started tailwheel training.
When we got back and I paid the absolutely ridiculous bill for the airplane rental (I gave my brother a ride in Cedartown so it was a bigger bill than usual), I was super-motivated to work on the fuel tank. First order of business was to replace this rivet. This rivet is on a bottom stiffener and I didn't notice it was messed up until I started riveting in the tank ribs. I must have got the rivet on the edge of the back-riveting plate when I was installing the stiffener.
Here Jaime came out and took this picture as I was checking my resealing job with an inspection mirror.
Then I proceeded to seal the tank.
There comes a point when you have to just quit obsessing about the tank and you just HAVE TO SEAL IT and hope that it doesn't leak. I'm feeling pretty confident about it.
It took about two or three hours to do the sealing. It's pretty amazing will all the rivets that are there to be squeezed. I didn't count them but it had to be more than a couple hundred.
Oh yeah...here's the fuel vent fitting..
Here's a shot down the skin-to-baffle rivets. The plans say that people have trouble here with 'pillowing' but I didn't seem to have any problems with it.
And here's a shot inside the inspection hole of the fuel vent line