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Left Fuel Tank - 5/17/2006
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Installed fuel tank platenuts for inboard tank bracket Installed fuel tank platenuts for inboard tank bracket
I installed the three platenuts that the inboard fuel tank bracket screws into on the main spar. These were a little tough to "buck in the blind", but turned out nice.
Time to remove the tank brackets from the baffleTime to remove the tank brackets from the baffle
Once again, thanks to the good info on Mike Schippers website, I was able to remove the temporary pop-rivets from the tank brackets. I used my spring-loaded punch to move the pop-rivet nail down into the pop-rivet hole.
Drilled out the temporary pop-rivetsDrilled out the temporary pop-rivets
With the pop-rivet nails out of the way, it was easy to drill out the temporary pop-rivets. I made sure not to go down into the hole all the way. All I had to do was drill away the top of the pop-rivet head and the rest of the pop-rivet fell through the baffle hole.
Time for tank bracket platenutsTime for tank bracket platenuts
I used one of the tank attach bolts to hold the K1000-3 platenuts in place while drilling the holes for the flush rivets that hold the platenuts in place. I grabbed an old 2x4 to put the brackets on while drilling. After I got all of the #40 holes drilled, I countersunk them in each bracket, except for the innermost tank bracket, which doesn't get platenuts.
It's prime time!It's prime time!
After running the bracket edges over the Scotchbrite wheel, I cleaned everything up with some laquer thinner and a rag. I laid everything out, plus the platenuts on an old board and sprayed away. I think that the grass looks good in gray, don't you?
Riveted the platenuts to the tank bracketsRiveted the platenuts to the tank brackets
I held the brackets down with a clamp on an old 4x4. The no-hole yoke was perfect for putting in these rivets. I am finding that I'm using that particular yoke a lot.
Thar' they is...Thar' they is...
This is where I begin to understand why builders wives (or husbands) don't understand why builders love to build airplanes. Each part that gets puts together gives the builder a great deal of satisfaction. "Look what I did!" It's very much the journey and not the destination.
Time to cut out the T-905 tank attach angleTime to cut out the T-905 tank attach angle
I took my plans in the house and scotch-taped them to one of the windows. Then I laid some typing paper over the plans and made a template, using the outside light to see what I'm doing. I cut out the template and transferred the drawing to the hunk of aluminum angle that comes with kit. Then it was just a matter of cutting out the attach angle using the band saw. I layed the angle on an old 4x4 to steady it up while cutting. Here's the rough cut.
The finished productThe finished product
I used my bench sander to finish off the attach angle, checking it against the drawing for accuracy. Then I hand sanded the edges and drilled the holes for the rivets that will attach it to the tank.
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