Sunday June 4th, 2006|
Helped Scott w/ His Wings; Installed Engine Mount
Ok, so today I put my plane on the gear, hung the engine and took it to the airport. Yeah, right!
Actually I went over to LZU to help Scott Will put put his wings on. It was fine. Mike Stewart came over and lent a hand. Gotta get cracking on mine so I can get to this point. I think with my simple electrical system I should be able to get to this stage in fairly short order. We'll see.
Back to reality, I drilled and installed my engine mount. This was quite a task but in all honesty is no big deal. The mount holes lined up with just a little nudging. In particular the bottom left one was a little off. It required the most cohersion to get aligned with the pre-punched hole in the stainless firewall.
Here's a shot from the inside of the bolt. Yep...in case you're wondering my rudder pedals are in the forward-most location.
I torqued this sucker down and installed the cotter pins. I required three washers on the four outter bolts and three washers on the two inner bolts. This was by far the highest-torque I've had to use so far. It's hard to believe that these bolts hold the *heavy* prop, the engine and the nose gear on. Wow.
Oh yeah. Before I installed the engine mount for the final time I marked and drilled this 3/4 inch hole in the firewall. this hole is used for feeding the bolt (or nut) into the socket for the nose gear leg.
here you can see the 'daylight' coming in through the hole in the gear leg. Kind of gives you an idea of why the hole in the firewall is needed. The firewall hole gets plugged with a piece that's supposed to come with the kit. I haven't found it yet. No big deal. I'm sure it's somewhere but there's really no reason to look for it now.