Author Archives: pclifton

H-stab v 2.0 – more front spar prep

Busy day. Had a fly-out event for work in the middle of the day, then another thing in the afternoon. Still found some time to get out in the shop, though. Tonight was almost entirely just doing modification work on … Continue reading

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H stab v2.0 – front spar prep

So with new parts in hand, I got right to work this evening. It was a good night for it, too – some rain during the day today seems to have dropped the temperature nicely. The funny thing is, I … Continue reading

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New parts!

Not logging this as any actual time tonight since it was mostly 15-20 minutes of tinkering around…but today my nice care package from Van’s arrived. New spar channels, reinforcement angles, doublers, and some assorted hardware. The one thing I forgot … Continue reading

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H-stab disassembly complete

Nothing exciting to report today, no awesome photos or anything. Just drilled out a bunch more rivets and got the right half of the stab torn down. Overall I’ve been happy with how this went, drilling out the rivets was … Continue reading

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More h-stab disassembly

As usual, lots of other stuff going on today, including the monthly Houston RV lunch, which went pretty long since we had some out-of-town guests in attendance. But I made good progress on disassembly. My initial plan for the spar … Continue reading

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Horizontal stab disassembly begins

Finally got started on tearing this thing apart tonight. Over the past few days, I spent a fair amount of time thinking through this process. The main outcome of this was that I decided to go ahead and order my … Continue reading

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SB failure

Well, this isn’t the most pleasant post to write, but it’s the way things are. Upon reviewing the work I’ve done so far on this service bulletin, the long and short of things is that I’ve ruined some parts and … Continue reading

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SB 14-01-31 pt 6

Whew…more fun. Tonight I got the doublers fitted and all the drilling done…and there was quite a bit of it. As of last night I’d clamped the doublers in place, but not really done anything in terms of positioning them … Continue reading

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SB 14-01-31 pt 5

OK, so I didn’t get the SB done this weekend like I thought I might. Temperatures here have finally been crossing into the 100s this weekend, which definitely is keeping the work sessions short. And today, I spent some time … Continue reading

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SB 14-01-31 pt 3

Tonight, I’ll start this post a bit differently from usual, with a story of sorts. A couple years ago, I decided to get myself a new tool: a cordless impact driver. My reasoning for this was to facilitate swapping out … Continue reading

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