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Kurt Haller RV-9A
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Date:  6-24-2018
Number of Hours:  6.00
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Brief Description:  Cowl nose job; main fairing brackets

After sanding off the touch-up coat of micro, I trial fit the cowling on the plane. Top and bottom didn't what to nest together--well, duh, there's several layers of glass and flow where the nose comes together. Spent about three hours sanding down the reattachment side of the top cowl as much as I dared, then thinned the sides of the bottom cowl "tabs" that nest in the upper cowl nose ring. The top cowl nose came back quite a ways, so slimming the parts that go inside makes sense. When all was said and done, the fit (off the airplane) was good except the 6 screws, three on each side of the ring in the inlets. So I filled up the existing thru holes in the upper cowl with flox and will match drill through the nutplates when everything cures.

To fit the main wheel pants, have to install the new brackets I got from Vans several years ago to replace the ones that got bent up from pant legs catching on them in the garage. Will need a better way to jack up the wheels than a hose clamp around some silicone tape down low. The tape crept and allowed the clamp to scrape a bit on the powder coat under load on the floor jack. Well, go the new brackets on and all nuts and bolts torqued to spec. THEN I read in the directions the gap between the brake disk and bracket must be 0.032-0.094. I have to measure the gap and turn down the spacers! At least one more cycle of wheels on and off in the near future. :(
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Left inside bracket

Left inside bracket

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Right inside bracket

Right inside bracket

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