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Old 04-23-2011, 06:27 PM   #401
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Those are known in the aviation industry as "draw clecos". they can be tightened up tighter to draw two pieces of metal together. The can also clamp up a thicker stack up of material. I have the 1/4" size that will grip over 2" of stack up. They are basically a step up from the standard spring clecos. They are available in all the standard diameters
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Thanks Kip I had a feeling from looking at them that was what they did. Very interesting. Who sells them?
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #403
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They are available where ever fine avaition tools are sold, however they are not cheap.

Draw Clecos

Wing Nut Draw Clecos Used

Wing Nut Draw Clecos New
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I also removed the fridge vent to roll out some dents and install a screen over the opening.
As usual Kip, you do work I can only dream of being able to do. How sweet it is!

I have a question: your roller for the fridge vent looks a like like something that would be the leg of a bed frame; the round wheel, nicely curved to the sides.

Did you fabricate that, or what it something off the shelf?
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Nice flush patch Kip. Wonderful work as usual. It never ceases to amaze me as to what Airstream engineers conceive and what the assemblers do. There are probably 15 rivets I've found on Abby that were not bucked at all when she was made. Sometimes i think she was made on a Monday after the Superbowl or a Friday afternoon before a Jethro Tull concert. Someday, she'll be perfect!
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:28 AM   #406
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Did you fabricate that, or what it something off the shelf?
I made it from scratch. I plan on making another and donating it to the FCU Restoration Rally Raffle.
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I made it from scratch. I plan on making another and donating it to the FCU Restoration Rally Raffle.
Beautiful! Just beautiful.
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Nice flush patch Kip. Wonderful work as usual. It never ceases to amaze me as to what Airstream engineers conceive and what the assemblers do. There are probably 15 rivets I've found on Abby that were not bucked at all when she was made. Sometimes i think she was made on a Monday after the Superbowl or a Friday afternoon before a Jethro Tull concert. Someday, she'll be perfect!
I also found bucked lap seam rivets that the buck tails were under the rib bows. Most I was able to drill completely through the rib and then remove the buck tail and rivet the whole mess (skin lap and rib) together. On one however the buck tail hit the edge of the rib web, so I drilled enough of the rib rivets out to displace the rib to one side. I then countersunk the back side of the skin and shot an "A" rivet flush on the back and then re-shot the rib back together.
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That's why the call it "Aircraft like" construction. You have the skills and knowledge to make it perfect. I might go to the resto rally just for a chance to win your donated roller!
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Installed the fridge vent today after rolling out the rest of the dents. I also installed sealed 10/32 nutplates. I will not seal it down until after it is polished. Tomorrow I will start the waste tank and plumbing vents
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:16 PM   #411
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Wow.....

That is really impressive work. It is always interesting to see how talented people are and what they can do with tools, time, and talent. Nice job and keep it up.....I'm anxious to see what you do next!
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I made it from scratch. I plan on making another and donating it to the FCU Restoration Rally Raffle.
Kip, if you can find the time to make more than one, I suspect that they would generate bids. Great idea on your part. Hank
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Blank tank Vent

Between the rain showers I was able to install the first of 3 new "LEAKLESS" vents, this one being the black tank vent. Converting from a rear bath to a curb side wet bath is a challenge. I cut the hole for my new style vent and again installed 10/32 sealed nutplates. I then measured the stringers below the vent and bored 1 5/8's inch holes through each stringer. I am using 1 1/4 ID irrigation or poly pipe for the vent stack. Poly pipe comes in a big roll so the first order was to form it with a heat gun. This was easier said then done but the results are worth it. This vent and the future vents will be all be in between the interior and exterior walls.
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That is a very high speed stink vent! Are you using some stainless mesh to keep the bugs and birds out?
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I still need to order some SS screen from McMaster-Carr for all the vents, fridge, waste, etc. I covered the vent shown with speed tape after the pic's to keep the H2O out. I plan on installing the rest of the curb side stringers and the curb side gray vent next weekend. I had to take Mon. & Tues. off this week to keep from losing vacation, I will never let that happen.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:34 PM   #416
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Kip, if your service to our country comes to an end, I would be honored to discuss the next segment of your career. We need a few good men at FTW.
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Kip, did you make the L part of the end of the vent that goes up through the roof? Did you put a flange on it to seal it? Just wondering how you sealed the part that goes through the roof. Again, looks MUCH better than new!

Glad you have some time to work on the trailer!

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Kip, did you make the L part of the end of the vent that goes up through the roof? Did you put a flange on it to seal it? Just wondering how you sealed the part that goes through the roof. Again, looks MUCH better than new!

Glad you have some time to work on the trailer!

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Hi mark, regards to your family.

Yes I made all the parts, and the welding jigs, but I had a friend of mine do all the welding. Welding aluminum is not a skill I have mastered yet. Below is a welded up part that I have yet to trim to size. The flange is what is seen on the previous pictures protruding approx .063" around the perimeter of the stock vent casting.
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You should market those...

I hear those 787's are hanging out at the hanger where you repainted your c130... PM us if you're back our way! We'd love to see you again.
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Kip , we should have someone teach us aluminum welding at the restoration rally
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