Saturday November 13th, 2004|
Finished Sealing Right Tank Ribs, Bracket, Etc.
I managed to get my father-in-law out today to help me with the tanks. He's not completely new to airplanes. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict working on airplane hydrolic systems. Today was the first time he ever drove a rivet...did a fantastic job. We got all the remaining ribs installed in the right tank! Whoohoo!
Here Jaime came out and caught us riveting...he's the one shooting and I'm bucking. Yes, this looks uncomfortable....probably because it is uncomfortable.
Here I am making the patented Pro-Seal face. Actually, I'm using a popsicle stick to create a 'filet' of selant along the edge of the rib flange.
And then I ran the vent line through the ribs. Well, it's a very easy process but of course I had to make it harder. You see, there's are two holes in close proximity. The hole you see the vent line going through int the above picture and the other hole just slightly aft of the correct hole. Well, the smaller hole is to allow the air to move through the tank as the fuel is drained out. I thought it must be the hole for the fuel vent line. Wrong! Duh...I know that anything like this gets a grommet. Just take my advice...put the tube in the correct hole. It doesn't like to come out of the 'wrong' hole! Wasted about a half hour fixing my goof up.
Then I installed the angle attach bracket. This thing gets attached to the fuselage.
And here's the manufactured heads holding the reinforcement plate on the outboard rib. I don't know why they have you rivet this in after the rib is installed. Doesn't make sense....the left tank will get this plate riveted on before the rib get installed...this way the rivets can be squeezed.
And tada...here's the right tank *almost* finished. I just need to install the float senders and baffle...and that'll be it. The one thing holding me up the the lack of a proper 37-degree aviation flaring tool. I think I'm only going to borrow one when I need it. It'll save me something like $80.00.