January 14, 2003:  The wing jig metal work is completed for holding the wing spar.  I still have to put the lower cross bars on each of the 4x4 uprights to hold the rear wing spar.  After that, I can start the actual preliminary assembly with clecos, drilling holes to size for rivets, etc.

I used a left over piece of aluminum angle and drilled some holes in it for 1/8" clecos to start.  I get the feeling that I am going to enlarge these to 3/16" clecos since there is going to be some weight involved here as construction begins.  The other side of the aluminum angle is visible in the photo below.   You can see that I have put a 1/4" bolt though it and the steel cross bar.  My trusty rope from the ceiling hook served as my helping hand when I was finding the right spot to place the cross bar on this end of the wing jig.

The overall view as seen from the garage door area. 

As you can see, I have tried my best to level both ends of the jig.  Yes there is sag in the spar due to gravity.  I will find out just how level it all is when the aluminum wing skins go on later and I square the assembly up with a hydraulic jack as the skins are going on.

As you can see, the trusty screw driver is there to keep the heavy end of the spar from falling off the jig during this preliminary alignment procedure.  Both cross bars are square to the uprights and level.  I even checked both ends of the spar to see that they are the same distance from the uprights.  I hope to get this wing done correctly, with NO TWIST in it.  Before actual construction begins, I will put a very thin aluminum shim between the spar and steel cross bar to protect the anodized aluminum finish.

January 18, 2003:  I have attached all the plate nuts to both wing spars for mounting the fuel tanks.  All of them have been properly countersinked per the plans.  I have also fluted all the ribs for the left wing to get them straight. I also clecoed them to the spars, ready for match drilling, and mating of the skins for the first time.  I have taken out the sag in the spars in preparation for attaching the skins.  It is starting to look like the shape of a wing at last!  And yes, I put a new, longer piece of aluminum angle on the wing tip rib to properly hold this end of the wing for construction.

January 19, 2003: SKINS!!!  Fellow RV builder Larry Champion came over today to see the wing progress on my RV-9A.  He is building an RV-8.  He is a high-time ex-military pilot and wants to have a little fun for a change.  I got him to take the picture below while he was here today.  And of course, I have on my RV-9A baseball cap from Van's for this first official photo of me and my handiwork.  It is time to do some drilling of ribs, skins and spars before going on to any other activities.  I will pull off about half of the clecos after the drilling is done in order to have some clecos to work on the fuel tanks.  I am going to have to do some wood working first to build the tank construction jigs and the wing cradle on wheels for use later.  I had to cut some notches into the steel support bar on the wing tip end of the fixture.  Since all I could get was a 1" x 1" aluminum angle, the skins needed some clearance to go on properly.  The Dremel tool made the notching of the steel easy.

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