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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 651
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Find the best 7 or 9 deal you can. Buy it. You...

Find the best 7 or 9 deal you can. Buy it. You WILL love it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Suggest you take the alternator to an Auto...

Suggest you take the alternator to an Auto Electric Shop & get a plug to match the alternator (there are a number of different shaped plugs). If you just connect a spade connector to the terminal,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-15-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Unfortunately, only way to rectify that little...

Unfortunately, only way to rectify that little leak is from the inside, be generous & goop it up good!
Wouldn't hurt to put a dab of sealant at the other end of the wire too.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-15-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,310
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The 7A I helped convert had the cables coming...

The 7A I helped convert had the cables coming through the firewall just outboard of the elastomer mounting structure, positions about 3" left & right of center and about 5" up from firewall bottom...
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-15-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Check Van's online store to confirm, I think the...

Check Van's online store to confirm, I think the IE VTACHGEN 12 comes with the 12" cable.
Forum: Canada 09-15-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Most common place I've seen is on fuselage side...

Most common place I've seen is on fuselage side under Left Horizontal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,324
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vans lays out the formulas well in their...

Vans lays out the formulas well in their examples, re-create their format on a spreadsheet. Easy to do, or easily adapted from another RV builders (any A model) spreadsheet version.
Have a few...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-10-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,310
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Helping a friend finish up his conversion on a...

Helping a friend finish up his conversion on a 7A. Only issues encountered were the fuel lines to the gascolator - fuel pump had to be re-routed,& tail pipe hangars had to be re-worked. Very...
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-10-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vans list it under engine instruments IE VTACHGEN...

Vans list it under engine instruments
IE VTACHGEN 12
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 523
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I would suggest waiting till you had the LE skins...

I would suggest waiting till you had the LE skins riveted to the ribs. This would insure the lens conforms to the inside curve of the skin and you can accurately drill the screw mounting holes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-09-2020, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yep, went & pulled out 3 carb cores hidden in the...

Yep, went & pulled out 3 carb cores hidden in the back shelves to confirm the use of pipe thread fittings.
Loman, good call to go to the source (Marvel Schleber) & get the right information!
Forum: Propellers 09-05-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe talk to a mechanic before tapping the prop...

Maybe talk to a mechanic before tapping the prop bushing. These are pretty critical fasteners and are designed to be easily replaced.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-03-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Ralph Inkster
IIRC, same as you use on the fuel pump, Vans...

IIRC, same as you use on the fuel pump, Vans sells them.
Do not use a tapered pipe threaded fitting.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,585
Posted By Ralph Inkster
CubedRoot "Now the iconic "dive bomber" sound...

CubedRoot
"Now the iconic "dive bomber" sound that we know of mostly, was from the Junkers Stuka "Jericho Trumpet" which was a turbine driven noise maker that was intentionally mounted on the Junkers...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Be sure to clean the area on the bulkhead...

Be sure to clean the area on the bulkhead thoroughly as well the fittings. Apply sealant to the fitting shoulder, a bit of the threads, washers & nut than tighten down. Follow up by applying a bead...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-31-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,255
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Your rivets will not set solidly through the...

Your rivets will not set solidly through the foam.
Carefully grind out the foam down to the outter glass skin for a generous area for your nutplate locations. Note the outter glass skin layer is...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-31-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,255
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Some sort of high density foam (Clark foam?) to...

Some sort of high density foam (Clark foam?) to edge the honeycomb core.
I ground thru some yesterday while installing some lower louvers.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I just polished mine, both rails & rear slide, 15...

I just polished mine, both rails & rear slide, 15 years later still looks good on first plane.
Pedals on first plane painted, wore off in spots. Just left them aluminum on the follow up planes with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-26-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,958
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I bet the responses are very much the same as...

I bet the responses are very much the same as previous threads.
Best way for you to form your opinion to which model is best for you would be to get a ride in each & let your hands (& butt)...
Forum: RV-4 08-25-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By Ralph Inkster
RV14s have an access hole under the leading edge...

RV14s have an access hole under the leading edge just in front of the spar for access to the AOA switch. Its located in the first bay outboard of the gas tank.
It looks very similar to the new upper...
Forum: Canada 08-24-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 989
Posted By Ralph Inkster
IIRC, on my first plane, the MD-RA inspector...

IIRC, on my first plane, the MD-RA inspector stated I could only take off & land at my home base (& have followed suit this way with flight testing follow up planes). That was many years ago, it may...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,343
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Oil cooler shimmy shake.

Oil cooler shimmy shake.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-20-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 462
Posted By Ralph Inkster
IIRC it's .063 2024T6. The bulkhead is similar...

IIRC it's .063 2024T6. The bulkhead is similar thickness but appears to be different material, maybe 6061.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,300
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hmmm, just noticed the OP's picture & where the...

Hmmm,
just noticed the OP's picture & where the piece is sitting in the DRDT-2, the male dimple set must be leaving some nasty scratches on the skin's outside surface.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Ralph Inkster
as stated, I opted for a standard kit back then,...

as stated, I opted for a standard kit back then, but if anybody asks me these days... I suggest them save the time and rivet practice (about 8000 times) and go for a quick build kit, you get as much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By Ralph Inkster
the floor plate is screwed to both forward & back...

the floor plate is screwed to both forward & back spar bulkhead, again, just place the floor panel in place & treat the holes accordingly.
Some folks countersink those screw holes & dimple the floor...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Put the seat floor plates in there, it will...

Put the seat floor plates in there, it will quickly become clear where all the screws & nutplates go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Ralph Inkster
This is a 7 vs 6 race story compared to a 7 vs 6...

This is a 7 vs 6 race story compared to a 7 vs 6 choice story.
I was progressing nicely on my 6 project, tail & wings done, fuselage about 30% done on the jig. I got the brainy idea that this...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-19-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 25,810
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution on installing some Accura/Honda...

Caution on installing some Accura/Honda alternators, they are not all alike - some year applications of Hondas have 0 to 5 volt inputs to the connector pin we know as 'I' (indicator), they use this...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-15-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 964
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Awkward later, yes, but I'd wait till you can...

Awkward later, yes, but I'd wait till you can trial fit the stick control system so you can find good hole locations that will not interfere with control movement.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-13-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,027
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Correct, most things are priced on their web...

Correct, most things are priced on their web store by part#, items not listed might be offered as part groupings like the mount & gear legs as a package, which you can price by phoning Vans.
On a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-13-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Right Scott, what you said, what I meant (kind...

Right Scott, what you said, what I meant (kind of), but now what I said.
It's good to have you on the forum to keep us straight!!
Forum: Canada 08-13-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,252
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Unsure if this round of tariffs are as you noted....

Unsure if this round of tariffs are as you noted. The ones from last year sure did. We were bringing a few cases of donated Vans Sheetmetal Practice Kits into Canada (used in our Sportair...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-13-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The big nut should be adjusted so it takes 20lb...

The big nut should be adjusted so it takes 20lb force to turn the wheel sideways. Unlike some certified planes, the RVs are meant to be stiff this way, to prevent wheel wobble (shimmy) while taxiing...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-13-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,027
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Do you have a copy of plans for your plane? You...

Do you have a copy of plans for your plane? You can build a parts list from there and the process would be described in the builders manual. If you don't have the plans/manual, are available from...
Forum: Canada 08-12-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- how many pre-closing inspections did you...

- how many pre-closing inspections did you scheule?
You could get away with one pre-cover inspection for everything, probably not advisable for a first time builder as there is value in having the...
Forum: Canada 08-12-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,252
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Talk to Vans shipping dept for their...

Talk to Vans shipping dept for their recommendations.
Generally FedEx Express (included brokerage) would be cheaper than UPS Standard by a far shot. Arrange to self clear if at all possible.
For the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-12-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,429
Posted By Ralph Inkster
More like a moment of terror. He probably had to...

More like a moment of terror. He probably had to change his pants after.

Fuselage was unstable as it was, but the pulled circuit breaker for the gear retract didn't help.
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 612
Posted By Ralph Inkster
In-board 3 are for gas tank mounting, I think....

In-board 3 are for gas tank mounting, I think. Outboard ones are for a strobe power pack. Both are flat mount so no bolt hole countersinking.
Look forward in plans for fuel tank mounting.
Forum: Safety 08-11-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,459
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mark I’ve delt with cracks at both front & rear...

Mark
I’ve delt with cracks at both front & rear of those stiffeners on various planes. With new rudders, in addition to the rear RTV treatment you describe, I now shape the front of those stiffeners...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Not difficult to remove your alternator & take it...

Not difficult to remove your alternator & take it to a local Auto Electric shop & have them test the Diodes, they probably have the part there, standard ND part.
Would save major $$ compared to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-11-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 673
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Is the strap joggled (offset)? If so, maybe...

Is the strap joggled (offset)? If so, maybe distribute the washers around & see if that helps.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,485
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Would be interested what type stall warning...

Would be interested what type stall warning device OP has and how it is set up. What trip speed /angle value does it set off? For it to be tripping on take off, what speed do you rotate? Climb out?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Only keyless ENTRY SYSTEM I’d like to see someone...

Only keyless ENTRY SYSTEM I’d like to see someone develop is an easier method for folks with old creaky bones to get in & OUT of an RV. Maybe a woffie cushion or booster seat, or lower side...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 844
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just reworked a SuperStol with same symptoms. ...

Just reworked a SuperStol with same symptoms. Found similar damage in fuel bowls which lead me to get carbs overhauled (lots of new parts) which lead to new fuel pump, which lead to full fuel system...
Forum: Canada 08-08-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,634
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"I have ordered a Lycoming IO-360 M1B. Am I...

"I have ordered a Lycoming IO-360 M1B. Am I describing a mechanical FI system or a Hi Volume / Hi Pressure full return EFI system?"

With a new Lycoming M1B from the factory, you most likely will be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,429
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, wasn't a good day for them.

Yeh, wasn't a good day for them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,392
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, my highly skewered survey would be based on...

Yeh, my highly skewered survey would be based on RVs parked in HBD & HBC facing east (most nasty weather I've experienced there came out of the west), & reflected planes parked, not starting or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,392
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Going on memory, sketchy at best - OSHKOSH...

Going on memory, sketchy at best - OSHKOSH unofficial visual survey would be 80% down, 20% up.
What's your survey tally?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,429
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you don't have the empennage attached, throw...

If you don't have the empennage attached, throw some weight on back there.

& I definitely agree with others about the no start with wings off rule. There's a YouTube video (from our airfield) of a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,392
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Some BIG kids (40 year olds...) can't read or...

Some BIG kids (40 year olds...) can't read or understand NO STEP decals either...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-07-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Or... are you asking about a Removable Snorkel...

Or... are you asking about a Removable Snorkel Inlet? (Like discussed on some threads recently?)

Simple task-
Draw cut line defining removable inlet, generously paint mould release on inside of...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-07-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Converting a 320 cowl for a 360, How I did it,...

Converting a 320 cowl for a 360, How I did it, this is a cut & splice saga... sorry no pics...
I found I had to increase the cowl depth by 1", & widen it to accommodate the larger FAB360 air box. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 953
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Good thought, Snowflake "For those pumping the...

Good thought, Snowflake
"For those pumping the accelerator pump to "prime" the engine... Are you doing that with the starter engaged, or just at standstill?"

While turning over - that is my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 25,810
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hmmmm. that link didn't work. Got a...

Hmmmm. that link didn't work. Got a part#?

Note- different ND alternator models come with a variety of lug mount configurations, so you have to do some researching to find one that will work with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,012
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe check the installation document for your OV...

Maybe check the installation document for your OV module. See if it's schematic hints on a momentary over 5A power draw that could happen in your described situation.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-06-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,396
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Give the intake runner hose clamps a tweek while...

Give the intake runner hose clamps a tweek while you are under the engine too.
Forum: Canada 08-06-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,634
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Me "Les is not suggesting gascolators are no...

Me
"Les is not suggesting gascolators are no longer useful or required in carb or mechanical fuel injection installations. He is just noting that TC now acknowledges that gascolators can be exempted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 609
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Per the plans they should be the same dimensions,...

Per the plans they should be the same dimensions, but each mount may vary ever so slightly due to the welding process.
Also be aware there were some models that had slight different depths (engine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-05-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 915
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Seems like a lot of work for a once every 2000hr...

Seems like a lot of work for a once every 2000hr event.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-05-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,176
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Most Rockets have 80" props, but have longer gear...

Most Rockets have 80" props, but have longer gear legs too.
Forum: Canada 08-05-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,634
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Which may apply for Carb and (most) Mechanical FI...

Which may apply for Carb and (most) Mechanical FI systems - low volume fuel flows would collect water & retain it in the gascolator to some extent, plus what ever settles out in the bottom of the...
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