Saturday June 17th, 2006|
Hung The Engine!
Big day today. The whole crowd came out and we hung the engine. Lots of anticipation and worry for something that really turned out to be a non-event. The lower pilot-side bolt gave us the most trouble. Here you can see me trying to get it in there with everyone else looking on and Mike "Kahuna" Stewart holding up the garage wall. Mike is a great help and is in no way afraid of these things and their ridiculous cost.
Here's a close-up shot of me trying to get the lower bolt in again. Since this is what we spent the majority of the time doing, this is what you get pictures of. The gentleman to the left is Ron Brown, RV-9A builder. The guy in the funky shirt with corporate advertisements is Bryan Padilla (my old CFI -- big World Cup fan). To the right is Dale, one of our EAA 690 members.
After we finally got the engine bolted on we rolled the fuselage out into the yard so we could turn it around. This thing rolls much more naturally now that the weight is appropriately in the front.
And around she goes...
Finally, back into the garage with the correct orientation. Gotta love this stuff.
The whole neighborhood turned out to see what was going on. This is my neighbor kid who wants to be a fighter pilot.
And his little sister who wants to do everything her brother does. ;-)
These kids are a blast. I'll be working in the garage with my hearing protection on or something similar and I'll hear a faint little 'Hi Jamie' and I'll look outside and they'll be there across the street waving. Very funny kids.
Again, thanks to everyone who turned out for a great time! It was a lot of fun.