Friday June 16th, 2006|
Engine Arrived; Put Plane on Gear
This gentleman brought my engine today. Yeeha. I find it funny how no matter what I order, I always seem to be the last delivery of the day and I get it late afternoon. Whatever.
Here's what you see when you pull the top of the crate off.
Ahhh...beautimous -- except for the valve cover pressed against the side of the box (seen in left side of picture).
My neighbor and I drove over to his wood shop and picked up his engine hoist. He really came through. Anyway...here Jimmy is helping me chain up the hoist to the engine.
And the engine comes up off the pallet.
Gorgeous. That's the only way to describe this thing.
A view of the aft side. Yes, I went with dual mags. The reason? I'm probably going to end up going with some p-mag/e-mag stuff but I want to let them get some more exposure first. I will probably not overhaul the mags, but when they start crapping out I'll replace them with the above-mentioned units.
Yep...this is a Superior case. There are ZERO Lycoming parts on this thing and it's a all new parts engine. There are no remanufactured parts. This is the one area of the plane that I did not skimp on. When I'm cruising around up there at nine thousand feet I want to know I have the best engine available.
Here's the one problem -- the dad-gum shippers damaged my engine by denting the valve cover. I pulled it off and everything underneath looks perfectly fine. I called the fine folks at Superior and they said they were putting a new valve cover in the mail for me. I'm going to have Mike look at it tomorrow when he comes over just to make sure everything's OK.
Oh yeah...I spent quite a few hours today with Bryan, Larry and Patrick putting the plane up on the gear. They were a great help, asking what they could do, etc. We riveted/sealed the recess, etc. I wish I would have gotten a picture of them helping. Larry got some pictures and I'll post them here once he gets them to me.
Here's another picture of the plane on the gear. This thing is suprisingly HIGH. I can't believe it. The spring landing gear will let it come down a bit once all the weight gets on it, but I just can't believe how tall this thing is. I'm about 6 feet tall and the longerons are at chest level on me. Tomorrow is supposed to be the big day and we're going to try to hang the engine. I got shorted one of the big washers for the mounts. Mike is supposed to be bringing one tomorrow (he has an extra set of mounts).