Rear Seats, Rudder Pedal Endcaps, Baggage Door
- No Hour Report
The rear seats were a
straightforward build. I made a mistake straight off....the plans
call for .063 angle on the horizontal seat angles, but .125 on the
verticals. I cut all of mine from .125. Lucky I had a spare
6' piece of .125 angle around, so there would have been no
impact...ordered another one immediately as a spare. The only
twist to the rear seats that I did was this....and I don't know if I'd
do it over again or not...it seems to be fine. I put my round
head on the back of the seat, with the shop head facing forward into
the cushions. After riveting, I took a squeezer with 2 squeezer
sets of 1/8" round head and re-squeezed all the rivets. That
gives the shop head a rounded bead look, so it's less sharp. I
don't anticipate they'll hurt the cushions, but if I get my seats and I
question the durability, I'll just lay a protective strip over the shop
heads or something.
I worked on the plastic endcaps for the rudder pedals but didn't
install the pedals since I wanted to paint that area first and leave
the pedals white. I also fabricated the elevator pushrods front
and mid...nothing unusual there. I primed all my parts, including
the back of the rudder pedals. Current plan is to keep the front
side polished and not paint them. May just go with a non-skid
coating later. Another builder used flush rivets, which would
also be a great idea in my opinion.
The baggage door went together easily, but isn't 100% perfect.
The hinge attach went great, but the problem is, either the door
gets a twist from dimpling, or during riveting, because the top of my
door was slightly out from the body, and the bottom rear corner was
slightly too far inset. This is without a gasket installed
though, so that may change later. One other builder actually had
his upper bar in the middle of his door sandwhich take a bowed
appearance to it and it didn't line up straight to the longeron.
So, the moral is, be careful and try to keep things straight.
You may want to make sure that by this time you've ordered your
ignition switch...it comes with 2 baggage lock sets and keys. You
don't need to install those until later if you want though. Also,
don't get confused as I did with the short reach of the door
lock....there is another one that comes with the hardware bags that you
have to use.