March 8, 2003:  Notice the smaller number of clecos in this photo.  I was able to do all those rivets behind the wing tank area by myself.  Using a mechanic's creeper, I could lie on my back and work all the rivets on the aft section of both top skins - also by myself.  The J-stringers are clecoed in place and ready to rivet.  I will need some help to finish the rib rivets behind the leading edge of the airfoil near the wing tip.
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And here is what it is all about.  Here is the "proof of the pudding" as they say.  This is the measurement of the wing near the root - about 1/32" under 4 inches.  Now compare this measurement with the photo at bottom of the page.
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And here is the same measurement at the wing tip end of the LEFT wing.   This end measures just under 3 and 15/16" - less than 1/8" twist from end to end.  I will be watching this measurement closely when ALL the rivets are in place.
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March 9, 2003:  All the rivets are now in place except for the two at the corners where the clecos are holding the plumb bob strings.  The wing twist remains just under 1/8" from end to end.  That is acceptable according to Van's manual.  The wing will stay on the jig until the LEFT fuel tank is finished.  I have to get settled into my new job first.  I will be on the road in the week ahead, so no updates to this web site until next weekend.
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And here is a photo that is not in the shop setup page - this time it shows the band saw that has come in handy on several occasions.
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