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Old 01-26-2018, 03:54 PM
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Default Custom-built wood tailwheel lift

There was a good thread recently about how to raise the tailwheel for maintennce and the formerly available Tail-Mate was part of the discussion. I fully intended to fabricate a copy of the steel Tail-Mate but decided to first whip together a wood version out of scraps in the shop. I moved it to the hangar today and made its first flight and the thing works incredible well.





Why didn't I do this twenty years ago??

A couple of notes:

The eye-bolt inserted into a hole in the ramp is a 'safety' in case the winch slips. There is also a 3/8" bolt that is inserted through the dolly that secures the tailwheel after it is rolled onto the dolly. The winch is the cheapest boat trailer winch I could find on that huge auction site.
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:08 PM
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Sam, you're a genius. And a liar. "Just whipped it together from scraps"....yeah, sure buddy, we believe you
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Old 01-26-2018, 04:53 PM
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Sam,

Can we plan on plans, or at least a few dimensions? Im not in a hurry, so if you want a bit more time for phase I that might be okay.

Looks good to me, thanks for the pictures!

Jim
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:00 PM
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Default Custom-built wood tailwheel lift

What, no primer?!?
Seriously, nice design. Looks good.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:12 PM
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Sam,

Can we plan on plans, or at least a few dimensions? Im not in a hurry, so if you want a bit more time for phase I that might be okay.

Looks good to me, thanks for the pictures!

Jim
Jim, I see a couple of areas that you can improve with your build. If the lower end of the ramp 2x4 is extended a bit farther from the rear upright (increased angle) you will have more clearance from the rudder. Also, while looking at the photos I wonder why I didn't put a bolt at the base of the rear upright to tie everything together a bit more than just the drywall screws. I'll probably remove the center screw in that group of five and put a bolt in its place. Yes, over engineering, but....why not.

Total height is ~40" which is more than enough to bring the longerons of the RV-6 past level. The dolly slide is merely wood-on-wood and works very smoothly with no lube/wax needed. There are 3/16" spacers under the dolly sides to prevent it from pinching the ramp.

No primer or sikaflex was needed...guess you could consider this thing a 'slider'....

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:38 PM
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SWEEEET

Looks like front page material to me.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:22 PM
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Very nice work, Sam. I'm saving a PDF of this page so that I can make one when I'm farther along.

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Old 01-26-2018, 07:43 PM
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Finished mine a few nights ago. As usual, mine is overbuilt. More like a medieval siege engine.

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Old 01-26-2018, 08:48 PM
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Amazing work guys, but if anyone wants to take the easy way out I use this motorcycle lift to lift the back of my -4 and to put the lower cowl on by myself with a 3-blade Catto.

https://m.ebay.com/itm/New-300lb-Mot...MAAOSwLnlWoILd
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:08 PM
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Another home made wood version post #5 in this thread:
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...il+lift+harbor
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