Sunday November 14th, 2004|
More Right Tank Final Preparations
Today I worked a little more on the right tank, making final preparations before sealing. I'm still don't have my flaring tool so I couldn't actually connect up any tubing to it's respective fittings, but oh well. Gonna get one this week.
Anyway, above you can see the access plate, fuel pickup fitting and fuel level sender all screwed in.
I had to rivet the anti-rotation brackets and nutplates for the fuel sender. The anti-rotation bracket gets Pro-Seal while the nutplates don't there's a black rubber gasket that goes on the outside of the tank that protects this thing. Pictured above is the left access plate. I went ahead and did it when I did the right one.
Then I prepared the fuel pickup sender. This thing is pretty easy...just bend it...
Then cut some grooves in the end and crimp the end. There's some fancy name for these grooves...but I don't remember what it's called.
And here's the inside. Note that the fuel vent line is still not secured to the fitting since I don't have the flaring tool. This is the full up (full fuel) position).
And here's what the multimeter reads in that position. Van's set is should be about 32 ohms. Close enough, I guess.
They say the empty position should read about 260. Well, it's all the way to the stop and it consistantly reads 249. Hmm....I may pull out the other send and see what it's reading.
And here's something I'm not sure how to handle. There's a tooling hole on the aft of the inboard rib and there's no mention in the plans of covering this. I suppose I would supposed to cut my access hole a little more aft, which would cause the access plate to cover it. Well, I can't do that now. So, why not just put a small little patch on it? The reinforcement ring is on the other side here...and yes...the tooling hole extends just barely beyond the ring. Hmm....I may just pack some sealant in there.
Anyway...this tank is almost ready to close. Just need to flare/attach the tubing, dab some sealant over some rivets that I missed...then rivet the baffling on there. So far, this tank isn't all that bad...we'll see how the baffle goes. Right now I'm feeling very good about this stuff!