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Old 04-04-2011, 06:57 AM   #141
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No, no road trip today. Hung out around here and worked on Abby some. Did some shopping. I went out with my daughter and helped her pick out a guitar. She has been saving her money that I pay her for getting all "A"s in school. She won the district championship for the one mile run yesterday with a time of 6:00. We just finished eating the steaks I grilled. Lovely day here in Texas.
Congrats to your daughter. Y'all are just a family full of talents. Athletes, cooks, guitarists, and Airstream builder.

Your floor is looking good. I like the color I'm now very curious to see it all laid down. Keep up the good work.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:33 AM   #142
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Thanks Mr. S. Very kind of you. I just have to finish up the plumbing and then I'll get the other two sheets installed. I also need more elevator bolts. I'm excited to see how it will look too. The color is Sherwin Williams MWB-09 Cinnamon. It is the closest color I could find to match the original orange shag carpet.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:12 PM   #143
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Drain plumbing

Today after I finished installing the shocks I finished up the gray and black tank drain plumbing. It is a dry fit rough in. As I look at these pics I see some small adjustments need to be made here and there. When I get this all glued up, I will install the rest of the floor. As you can see I need to do some clean up and treatment of the C channel and the rear skin under the rear compartment. Here are the pics.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:16 PM   #144
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Nice work...bet you had a better time than I did today. I'm back in cold Missouri.

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Old 04-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #145
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Nice work...bet you had a better time than I did today. I'm back in cold Missouri.

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Looking good Top. You are definately getting to the end.

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Wow, what a great layout with the tanks. Worked out awesome!!! I hope I can get mine to work out as awesome.
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:14 AM   #147
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Thank you. Enjoy the cool weather. Come July, you'll be missing it!

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Thanks! The end is a looooooong ways away yet. But, I'm moving toward it.

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Thanks. I never had any doubt it would work out. After all, it is the first time I've ever did any plumbing! Yeah right! I was so relieved
yesterday when it all went together as I had envisioned. Two months ago when I was lying under Abby with a pencil, measuring tape and some paper, my wife just figured I was taking a nap or something! I probably won't put the belly pan back up until after we've made several trips to be sure everything will work out nicely.
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That's awsome! You made it look easy. Now when I try it I'll have some courage to go on... Thanks for documenting!!
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Sheet metal repair

Yesterday we went to the bluebonnet festival in Burnet. We had a nice little family day. There was an air show and a car show so it was cool. Actually it was hot as hell. We had some good fest food. I'm not too sure about these Lutherans though.
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Today I got a full day of work on Abby. I decided it was time to stop dragging my feet with the sheet metal repairs under the rear access hatch. I have been an aircraft mechanic for almost 22 years now. A lot of that time I have spent supervising. Supervising is a lot easier! I was not formally trained as an airframe/structural mechanic. I am a power plant mechanic. Sheet metal/structure repairers have always been in the same section where I've worked, so I have dabbled in sheet metal repairs before. I just don't have a whole lot of experience at it yet. Seeing some of the poor sheet metal craftsmanship from the factory, I'm not at all afraid to give it my best. As you can see from this picture, there is no saving the skin here. It is too far gone from the dissimilar metal corrosion.
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So I drilled out 3/4 of the rivets holding this piece of skin in and cut it just below the top of the rivet line for the hatch. I laid it on some new 2024 T3 clad and cut out a new piece. I used my tin snips for the fine work, then used my jig saw to make the long cut.
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I have most of the holes drilled. Just need to drill new holes that go through the rear hold down plate and into the C channel. Speaking of the C channel, I spent a few hours today cleaning corrosion from the C channel with a scotch brite pad and a scotch brite disk.
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I have ordered some supplies from Skygeek.com to rectify the corrosion problem with the C channel. It should be here tomorrow. When I look at where the assemblers drilled holes sometimes, I just have to chuckle.

After I finished prepping the C channel, I cut the holes in the next section of floor for the gray tank inlets. I also had to cut it to fit between the wheel wells. I then coated the fresh cuts with epoxy. I'm shooting to have the floor completely installed by next Sunday. We'll see how that goes with that four letter word that starts with "W" and ends with "ORK"!
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Hey Lance did you cut your patches a little bit long on the upright section so that you can tuck it under the existing panel. That way water will flow over the joint and not under and behind it.
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Hey Lance did you cut your patches a little bit long on the upright section so that you can tuck it under the existing panel. That way water will flow over the joint and not under and behind it.
Sure did.
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I really knew you would have. You didn't mention it and when others read how to do the work as many are reading your thread and learning they will know as well.
You going to fill us in on the mystery supplies to fix the corrosion problem? I'm intrigued.
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Well, I guess I should let y'all know what I'm using. It is just basic corrosion control stuff we use in aircraft maintenance all the time.

Turco 594416 Alumiprep 33
Henkel 594419 Alodine 1201
Orr-lac 343 Yellow Zinc Chromate Primer
Tempo A151 Medium Gray Epoxy Propeller Coating

I have to do more "mechanical" corrosion removal before all the chemicals get thrown at it. It should be looking good when I'm done. There will be no steel to aluminum contact without some sort of barrier.
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Hey Top,

Just stumpled across your postings and started from the 1st page - great stuff!

BTW - what are you gonna do with the other "Top's" that are here - you know we have lots of military guys floating on our forums

Keep up the great work (inlcluding posts and pics)!
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Thanks JFsheck. I'll probably have rank pulled on me at some point. But, hey it wouldn't be the first time! Lol

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The FEDEX guy delivered my chemicals from Skygeek to a lady down the street. She was nice enough to deliver them.
I also took the new rear hold down plate to the hangar today and bent it on the brake. It is .063 stainless steel.
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Well I got to use the Alumiprep 33 before dinner. I used it full strength. Cleaned up the C channel pretty good. Here are some pics.
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After dinner I worked on the patch for under the rear hatch door. First I etched it with the Alumiprep 33. Then I put on a heavy dose of alodine 1201. Next was the zinc chromate primer and then the final coat is the gray prop epoxy.
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Nice work1 I got the same tanks for my rig. Im trying to figure out I want to build a box for them to sit in. I bought 16 ga steel formed channel to hang them with. Hope to have it figured out soon. Want to get it put back togeather!!
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