Saturday January 21st, 2006|
Installed Rudder Pedals, Brakes, Fuel Selector, Fuel Pump
Today I finished installing the rudder/brake pedals. Hopefully these things are now in here for good. I also riveted the rudder bar brace that's just to the left of the firwall recess.
Then I set my sights on the fuel system. I installed the fuel selector valve on the proper plate. I had to remove the handle to get it on the plate -- and let me tell you it was not easy. The handle comes with a little pointer opposite of the handle...but the plans so to remove it because the handle itself is used as the pointer. I ground it a little bit at a time until I was pretty happy with it. This is an after shot. Wish I would have gotten a before shot.
Here's the bottom of the fuel selector plate with the proper fittings.
Then I installed the fuel selector and electric fuel pump into the cabin. If you're not familiar with aircraft, the electric pump is not used continuously. The engine has a mechanical fuel pump. The boost pump is used for starting, take-off, landing and as a backup in case the mechanical fails.
Here's an aft-looking view of the fuel selector.
And here's the fuel pump. The exit for the pump will go to the right and into the gascolator which will be mounted on the forward side of the firewall.
Here are the vents I ordered from ExperimentalAir. They're pretty nifty. They have a threaded collar that locks the vents in place. You only need to drill the hole for the vent to pass through. There are no additional screw holes required. Nice.