FIREWALL FORWARD - Page 54.
September 9, 2004: This was the day the
Hartzell constant speed propeller was delivered by Roadway Express. It arrived about
one week ahead of when I was expecting it. YEA!!!
The other big deal today was to use the good weather for a parts priming
session. You've seen those pictures before, paper on the driveway, air hose, HVLP
spray gun, green stuff, etc. Let's cut to the chase. I took all those primed
parts and put them where they needed to be. Take a look as all the hinges are in
place on the lower firewall, the engine mount is bolted to the firewall, and the nose
wheel is now in place. The propeller box is out of the way below the
fuselage on the garage floor.
The milestones for today: the prop arrived, and all THREE wheels are on the floor without any support from any saw horses!!! And tomorrow is ENGINE DAY!!!!
September 10, 2004: It is indeed ENGINE DAY!
I spent some time this morning doing some minor details before the engine was ready
for pickup at the local FedEx Freight terminal. I added platenuts to the brackets
that hold the wheel pants to the nose wheel assembly. Rich
Nadig came by with his truck and trailer to transport the engine to my place. He
also loaned me his engine hoist for a couple of days. And there is the famous RED
cup again. Rich is really putting some facial effort into the placement of the skid.
An extra push on the skid moves the engine forward on
the trailer between the axles for a stable load for the short ride to my condo
That's right, push it along with the forks just a bit further toward the fenders. We lashed it down right after this photo was taken. And of course, the covering box had to be photographed for Derick and the guys at Penn Yan Aero!
This shot shows some of the things done today before hanging the engine on the
mount tomorrow. I put on the oil ports to and from the oil cooler, the oil pressure
fitting (with a red cap over it for now), the manifold pressure tap on cylinder number
three, and the cover over the vacuum pump mounting location. That gold fitting
just below the oil filter at the left edge of the picture is the oil temperature probe.
Here is the serial number plate with the basic information
on the engine.
I also put the prop governor on the accessory case. It shows up better in
this photo. As you can see, there is one black magneto and one electronic ignition
on top of the engine with red high-voltage wires to each spark plug. These
are automotive style spark plugs on the top side of the cylinders.
The oil pressure sensor is now installed along with the pressure line from the
engine mounted along the firewall. I have to mount some fuel lines to the gascolator before I hang the engine tomorrow.
And I had one other delivery this morning via UPS, this engine monitor from Grand Rapids
Technology. It comes with exhaust gas temperature (EGT) probes, cylinder head
temperature probes, oil pressure, RPM, fuel flow, voltage, etc. You can read all
about it at the link above. The U.S. quarter will give you an
idea of the small size of this thing. Watch for it to go into the instrument
panel in a future session.
It has been two milestone days in a row, and a third one comes tomorrow -- September 11, 2004. I was in Boston on that date in 2001.
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