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Old 05-02-2019, 04:11 AM   #641
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Congratulations!

Don't forget to USE the trailer in retirement!


I will look for the future Aerowood adventures, right here on the Airstream channel


All The Best
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:55 AM   #642
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Yaaaay! Congratulations!
I retired Dec. 31 and haven't regretted it ONE BIT!
Enjoy it, you've earned it!

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Old 05-02-2019, 08:25 PM   #643
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Yea! Clap, clap, clap. You deserve retirement after all those years with your head in the clouds. I think I would have loved a career in aviation. My first job out of college was with Sundstrand. I always enjoyed visiting Rockford and watching constant speed drives and auxiliary air turbine motors being built. But alas, I worked in the hydro transmission division. Kinda related to the constant speed drive.

I've been reading the EAA Sport Aviation magazine of late. What an outstanding organization. You must put Oshkosh on your bucket list if you haven't been before. You should build your own airplane.

Retirement is great. I've been successfully at it for 5 years now. Best job I ever had.

Now about that Globetrotter...

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Old 05-03-2019, 06:32 AM   #644
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I've built two, a Pitts S2B and a Harmon Rocket. I'm also assisting one of our pilots with a RV8 right now.
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Old 05-03-2019, 07:15 PM   #645
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Holy cow Aerowood: Building an airplane is the ultimate project. I've been reading a little about the RV8 and other kit planes in Sport Aviation.

Aircraft makes my Overlander project seem rather small.

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Old 08-05-2019, 09:57 AM   #646
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Hi Areowood

Always looking at your thread for inspiration, thanks. Going WAY back:

I want to make this piece for the rear end. I assume it's two pieces? Do both the top piece and bottom piece go under the floorboard? Are the two pieces joined together?

Thanks for the guidance on it.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:00 AM   #647
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You played with that English wheel since you got it? How is retirement treating you. It must be a good feeling. I am still about 10 yrs away from it.



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Old 08-06-2019, 09:00 AM   #648
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Hi Areowood

Always looking at your thread for inspiration, thanks. Going WAY back:

I want to make this piece for the rear end. I assume it's two pieces? Do both the top piece and bottom piece go under the floorboard? Are the two pieces joined together?

Thanks for the guidance on it.
Both of those pieces are angles with the lower legs under the subfloor and made from .040 2024-T3. The subfloor was routed out for clearance. The "C" channel is on top of the subfloor and then a .063 2024-T3 hold down angle sets in the "C" channel and was made longer to attach to the inside of the vertical frames. A .063 shim was added behind the vertical leg of the hold down angle to fill the gap created f by the vertical leg of the "C" channel. The whole stack up is quite thick and required a pretty long rivet.
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:11 AM   #649
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You played with that English wheel since you got it? How is retirement treating you. It must be a good feeling. I am still about 10 yrs away from it.



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Why yes, yes I have. Another forum member gave my a set of dented banana wraps and several lower corner skins which were also dented. I was able to straighten all the panels with little trouble.

I really haven't experienced retirement yet. I'm working harder now then before. I'm doing a big remodel of out master bath and bedroom. I just textured all the walls yesterday with PVA primer today.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:05 AM   #650
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Kip, glad to see that youíre able to experience a little fun in retirement with your tools. I guess if you want to coast to a ripe old age, donít retire. Iím busier now than Iíve ever been. Have fun
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:15 PM   #651
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I know several who are more busy being retired than when they worked. Bottom line is if you don't use it you lose it.





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Why yes, yes I have. Another forum member gave my a set of dented banana wraps and several lower corner skins which were also dented. I was able to straighten all the panels with little trouble.

I really haven't experienced retirement yet. I'm working harder now then before. I'm doing a big remodel of out master bath and bedroom. I just textured all the walls yesterday with PVA primer today.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:19 PM   #652
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So much for retirement

Well, I went back to work but on my terms. I was asked what it would take to go back to work and do a sheet metal project. I gave them a figure that I assumed would be denied and they said OK, should have asked for a higher figure.

Back about two years ago we decided we needed to upgrade the facilities on the C-130 from a self contained Tethford RV toilet to something better. Lockheed wanted somewhere in the neighborhood of a half million for their kit so we decided on a different route. I went to the boneyard at Mojave and bought a 737 toilet assy. They just took a saw and cut out the left rear toilet from the aircraft, sorry no pictures of that. we put our heads around the idea and came up with a plan. The tank was 2" to wide and I cut it down and glassed it up and then overhauled the unit with new pumps and valves etc. I then went into the hospital and got a new knee and then retired. The project has just set stagnant since then.. I went back to work after Thanksgiving and have been working 2 or 3 days a week. the pictures tell the story of where I'm at today.

Don't know why the pic's post sideways from my phone.. I'll post updates using my camera. If anyone know how to fix then then do so.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:17 PM   #653
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Nothing wrong with a little bit of side work when you can see the end of the project and they are willing to pay well for it. Looks like some very fine work. Iím sure the crew will appreciate the upgrade from the RV toilet.

When I post pictures from my iPhone, Iíve found that if I go to the picture that I want to post in the file and make an edit to it and save the change before itís uploaded it posts in the right orientation. I usually do a 360* rotation and then slightly reduce the size of the picture or crop the bottom. Hope this works for your phone.

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Old 01-25-2020, 05:26 AM   #654
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Wow just wow !!!..I have just finished reading this whole thread a wealth of info....hope you find time in retirement to finish your GT....thanks for taking the time to document your build..it takes a lot of extra time to do...thanks again and enjoy your retirement..
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:13 PM   #655
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I suppose you are the head engineer on this project. I couldn't resist. It looks complicated.

I suppose you built and installed you new knee also. Glad you are rehabbed enough to go back to work.

Phone pictures are the wrong size for Airstream Forums, so they have to be cropped smaller. I don't know the correct size, but 800 x 600 works for me. There might be a "sticky" on the subject.

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Old 01-26-2020, 11:02 AM   #656
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Aerowood,
I just wanted to thank you for your post on the aluminum plate you built for the fresh water tank. I finished mine up and waiting on warmer weather to install. Could not believe the weight difference in that chunk of plywood and the aluminum plate. It is a one person job now. By the way if you ever start making the leakless vents let me know, I have my 71 Sovereign that I have started on for my grandkids. The 72 Sovereign is all but completed except a good cleaning on the exterior. Thanks for all your help in the past. Jim
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Old 01-26-2020, 04:19 PM   #657
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David, Iíll just use my camera from now on, itís actually simpler for me to use.

Jim, sorry I have no plans to make the leakless vents as there are to many variables in the angles depending on location. I am glad the aluminum tank mount is working for you. A little challenge for you here, did you buck rivet on both skins? I did.
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No I did not, I wanted too but my bucker said she was not available for that job but would be happy to help buck rivets on our 71 when I set the shell back down. I am sure their are many different angles that could be needed for the vents. Enjoy your retirement, I have for the last five years.
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