Home
Builder Search
Builder Login
KitLog.com    

RECENT ACTIVITY

Previous Builder          Next Builder

Builder:
  Jim Novak
Location:
  Coppell, TX - USA
Aircraft:
  RV-8
Total Build Hours:
  3241
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/izzybear/

Date:  07-05-2024
Number of Hours:  2.90
Short Description:  Baggage door spring

The baggage door and latch blocks were completed, so it was finished. However, in its present state, the door needs to be held open with one hand while loading and unloading, which severely limits efficiency. How to keep the door upright is left up to the builder's imagination, and many different methods are used from the marine and auto applications. I have seen everything ranging from a stick to a gas cartridge. I chose a permanent but simplified option, and I am using a boat latch spring. The spring is an elegant solution because lifting the door open pops the spring into a straight line (in compression) to hold the door open. When you are ready to close the door, you bend the spring slightly and close the door, and the spring bends in half out of the way.

Since I followed Rob's lead on this and sourced the same spring from the same online store, it was time to get more detailed intel from Rob on where he placed his spring, as he has already done the heavy lifting. Rob quickly sent me some pictures, so I duplicated his process. I drilled out one of the door rivets and drilled an additional hole for the spring door attach plate. From there, it was a matter of deciding how much the door should be open at the top and how best to incorporate the cowl pin retainer by sharing rivets on the front of the firewall. I worked out my preferred attach location using gorilla tape, tested the door's opening and closing, and ensured negative contact and full functionality. With the proof of concept complete, It was time to drill holes, make the cowl pin retainer, and test fit the cowl pins one last time before cutting the pins to final size and riveting the door spring and cowl pin retainer in place. With that, the baggage door is complete.




Spring installed holding the door open





Door closed, view from inside the panel





Cowl pin retainer doing some cowl pin retaining

Previous Builder          Next Builder




 Recent Builder Activity
Builder Project Date Hours
Des Howson
Sling 2 Taildragger
07-12
3672
Adam Grosser
RV-7A
07-11
1025
Barry Wawrin
RV14A-QB
07-11
2401
Bob Corriveau
RV-8
07-11
4253
Peter Calley
Sling4
07-10
2339
Darrel Watson
H-5
07-09
490
Johann
TSI
07-08
1038
Peter McBain
RV-9A
07-07
2212
Keith Borgstrom
Sonex
07-06
495
Mark Johnson
RV-10
07-06
527
Michael Sausen
RV-10
07-06
1743
Jim Novak
RV-8
07-05
3241
Wendell Engelien
RV-6A
07-05
2377
Andrey Piskarev
Highlander
07-01
3978
Bob Grantham
SeaRey LSX - "Spirit of Mackenzie"
06-29
2064
Jean Gosselin
RV6
06-29
2782
Mark Jackson
RV-8
06-29
1606
Stephen Satava
RV-7
06-28
2706
Michael Smith
RV-7
06-21
716
Marlin Sander
RV-7A
06-20
5837
Sven Hollenbeck
RV-8
06-13
175
Mark Spedding
COZY MK IV
06-01
3543
Randy Doughty
CH750 Cruzer
05-12
872
Gary Smith
RV-10
05-11
2882
James Chadwick
RV-7
05-04
783
Stuart Hutchison
F1 Rocket Sport Wing VH-FLY
04-29
4186
Paul Minelga
Bearhawk
04-26
4269
Chuck Bennett
Sonex-B Tri-Gear
04-21
1152
Stephen Eastham
CH-601 HDS
04-18
471
John McGlynn
S-19
03-30
346

Projects Uploaded: 1550
Logs Uploaded: 284448








Copyright © 2001-2024 Matronics. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy.