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23 JULY 2007 100,000 HITS !!!!!!

Who could imagine that a privately owned and operated web site that pertains to rebuilding a 10 year old LongEZ airplane would be visited over 100,000 times?? Go Figure! :-)

For those of you who've visited, I hope the information is meaninful and helpfull. I've enjoyed posting it up here!

Thanks

Waiter

22 JULY 2007 Throttle Cable brackets

LongEZ Fuel Injection 5 I used a piece of 2x4x.125 angle (6061T6) to make the bracket for the throttle cables. The bracket is clamped in place between the oil sump and the fuel injector servo..

I'll post a photo later.

21 JULY 2007 Gear Welding

LongEZ Landing Gear 1     LongEZ Landing Gear 2     LongEZ Landing Gear 3     LongEZ Landing Gear 4

As I had mentioned in an ealier post, I had discussions with JD at Infinity Aerospace regarding the adhesive used on their early model shipset. Although the engineering is sound, there still lies the big question regarding how will the structural integrety of the adhesive system hold up over the test of time (compared to a welded system).

Keep in mind, this only applies to the first production run that JD produced (50-60 sets). His later production runs were dip brazed and did not use the adhesive bonding.

With this question in my mind, I've decided to weld two of the three bonded components, the Main strut tube and the internal Guide tube.

LongEZ Landing Gear 5 I would also like to have welded the trunion guide to the main plate (photo left), but my main mounting plates are already mounted and would require extensive work to remove them for welding. However, before I originally installed them, I installed roll pins to capture the trunion pin guide in unlikely event the bonding did break free.

One of the major challanges of welding the tubes, the tubes are currently joined with structural adhesive. During the welding process, this adhesive boils and blows off gasses that "pop" the area just welded. After some practice, my welder was able to minimize the amount of bubbles that got blown off while he was welding.

In the first two photos, you can see what the Guide Tube looked like before, and what it looks like immediatly after welding. (nothing cleaned up or dressed)

The second two photos show what the brace support looks like before being dressed up.

These two tubes were welded with an arc, and look a little rough. The other set was welded with a MIG, they look much better. They're at the shop so I didn't get photos of them yet.

The tubes need to have some machine work performed. The main Strut tube needs to have a hone run through it, especially in the area of the welding. The Guide tube needs to have a ridge stop remachined where the foot tube end stops, and the foot tube needs to be cut down to make up for the expanded stop. I prepared a set of drawings for the machine shop to work with.

While the shop is cutting down the foot tube, I'm going to have them remove an extra 1/8 inch from both foot tubes. This will shorten the "compressed" length of the gear by 1/8 inch, and buy me just a little more room in the wheel wells. This will move the tires more toward the center of the well. right now they are close to edge near the fuselage.

I wanted to make sure the Machine shop had specific iinstructions, so, Here is a copy of the MACHINE SHOP INSTRUCTIONS and MACHINE SHOP DRAWINGS .

16 JULY 2007 Firewall

LongEZ Assembled 3     LongEZ Assembled 3

I've been moving things around on the firewall to make sure I have room for everything. In this photo, you can see the fuel injection distribution spider mounted on the engine. The breather oil seperator is on the firewall. The fuel injection purge valve is mounted and the cable is rigged. There will be a short hose that connects the spider to the purge valve.

This is a working model of the cable mounts for the fuel injection servo unit. After I get everything fit and checked, I'll used this bracket as a template and make the flight hardware bracket out of a piece of 2x4x.125 aluminum angle.

14 JULY 2007 The Need for Speed

If you've logged onto the "Waitch Waiter Work" webcam, you may have noticed a very significant increase in speed. My area is now serviced by Amplex Wireless, They installed the service Friday, I'm seeing upload and download speeds approaching 3 mb/sec (WOW). The HughesNet system was based on a satallite for both UP and DOWN. It was faster than dialup, but its speed varied, and the delay times were sometimes unforgiving. If anyone is interested in a used Satelite system, drop me a note.

10 JULY 2007 Photo Ops

LongEZ Assembled 1     LongEZ Assembled 2    

A couple weeks ago I had the EZ outside. I had the wings on so I could fit the cowling. My sister came by and took these two photos. Hopefully it will look this good when I'm finished.

We started harvest this week, so thats going to cut down on the airplane work for a couple months (urgh)

Waiter

8 JULY 2007 Firewall

LongEZ Firewall 1     LongEZ Firewall 2    

Making throttle cable brackets for the fuel injection system.

The injector distributor is mounted on top of the engine. The fuel purge valve ismounted on the firewall.













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