Wednesday December 20th, 2006|
Extended Lower Cowl; Finished Oil Door
I'm really aiming to finish up this cowl this week. I think I can make it. I'm actually still undecided about if I'm going to purchase some more camlocks and put them down there or if I'm just going to install hinges there. Hinges would work perfectly fine, but it would require getting on the ground the pulling them out. Oh well, who knows. Anyway...before I can do either I need to extend the lower edge of the cowl back. I inadvertently trimmed the cowl by 1/4 inch too much. I posted a question to VAF asking what to do and this is what several folks recommended. I took four layers of duck tape and stack them together, then taped them to the inside of the cowl. Then I put some teflon tape on the sticky side of the duck tape sticking out from the edge. The teflon tape acts as a release agent so after I do the layups and the set up I can pull the tape off. Anyway...here you can see the right side of the lower cowl.
And here's the left side.
After I did these layups I decided to mess around with the baffles a bit. Well, I'm clueless on those things. I seriously need to do some internet research and find some great pictures of the baffles. If you know of any, please let me know.
Next I decided to install the oil door. It was really not big deal. I did this exactly per the plans. Please don't give me a hard to about the 'winged' camlocks I'm using. The oil door is airworthy and I can always change the fasteners I'm using later on.
And here's another shot.
Ok, many hours later I pulled the peelply and duct/teflon tape backing off. Here's the result. Nevermind the ragged edge. I really only needed about 1/4 inch but it's much easier to layup a larger piece them trim it back to the needed size.
It's very likely that the hinge rivets and/or camlock holes will come very close or lay directly on the joint of the old cowl and new extension. Therefore I'm putting another layer on the inside just to strengthen this up a bit. Tomorrow morning it should be ready to cut down to size.