Friday, October 31, 2014

35-02 Tires & Wheels

This page took a couple of days, but it was fun because I was working in a new domain.  Steps 1 & 2 were straight forward:  drill 3/8” into the firewall and engine mounts and attach the engine standoff.  On the other hand, drilling though stainless steel and then steel was not easy.  Rather make the jump from 1/4” to 3/8” in one pass, I staged up the drilling in 3 steps.

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Engine Mount Standoff

With the engine standoff taken care of, I turned my attention to the tires & wheels.  Never worked on these before.  Learned quite a bit!  Specifically, I learned that it’s really easy to get the “front” and “back” confused.  I admit to reassembling and disassembling the 1st wheel several times.  I actually re-assembled it a bit farther than I was supposed to.  i’ll have to take the brake off again when I put it on the plane.  On the other hand, I had watched Walt Erdy, my mechanic for the Cardinal, change a tire so I had previously seen how to use the talc powder, etc.  I was pretty pleased with my progress of assembling the front and both main wheels.

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Main Wheel, outside face


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Main Wheel, inside face, with brake


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Inboard Main Gear Attach Braces

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