Worked on Plenum and Upper Cowl

I reinstalled the plenum and adjusted the inlet height so that there’s just enough room for the upper baffle seal material.  You can see a small cleco holding this in position just behind the flywheel gear.  I then trimmed the plenum back flush with the baffles.

Here’s the other side.

I then trimmed back the upper cowl inlet so that it’s flush with the lower cowl inlet and 3/8″ back from the forward edge of the plenum.

The left side of the plenum needed one more adjustment so that it lays flush with the mounting angles.  I cut the plenum and laid up a small piece of glass over the joint to tie it back together.

Fit Lower Right Cowl Inlet Baffle Seal

I fit the lower right cowl inlet baffle seal tonight.  This went a lot faster than the other side.

Just like the other side, the baffle seal material follows the curvature of the conical gusset nicely.

Here’s the shape of the seal material.  It’s shaped a little different than the other side because the ramp is much steeper on the right side.

Fit Lower Left Cowl Inlet Baffle Seal

I cut a piece of baffle seal material to fit to the lower left cowl inlet and cut screw holes in it.

After attaching the baffle strip to the cowl inlet, I reinstalled the lower cowl to check the fit.  The baffle seal is cut back through the middle to expose the entire air filter, but goes back a little farther around the baffles to provide a little more overlap.

Here’s a shot of the outside edge of the inlet showing how the baffle seal material follows the conical gusset.

On the inside edge of the inlet, the baffle seal makes a sharp turn to tuck into the corner between the floor and wall of the baffles.

Here’s a shot looking forward showing how nicely the baffle seal material tucks into the corner.  There will be some RTV silicone sealing the gaps between the floor and the wall, so I’ll probably make a little fillet here to prevent air from leaking through the gap.  You might think I’m being anal about sealing every little gap (and I am), but any air that comes in the cowl inlets and isn’t used for cooling is unnecessary drag.

This is looking forward at the outer edge of the inlet at the conical gusset.  You can see that the baffle seal material lays down fairly well against the gusset.  Once the plane is flying and the engine heat warms this up, it will take a set and should lay down nice and tight.

Worked on Cowl Inlets

I trimmed back the vertical walls on the inner ends of the cowl inlets so that they line up with the front edge of the ramps.  Here’s the right side.

And here’s the left side.

I trimmed the cowl inlets back so there is 3/8″ of clearance between the cowl and the ramps.  This will provide room to slip the cowl in place while pulling the baffle seal material through the gap.  The baffle seal material will span this gap to prevent cooling air from leaking through here.  Here’s the right side.

And here’s the left side.

I then started fabricating the cowl inlet seal retaining strips for the lower cowl out of some 0.063″ strip stock.  The baffle seal material will be sandwiched between the cowl and the retaining strip.

I laid out and drilled three holes through the cowl and retaining strip.

I did this to both strips and then installed some #6 nutplates.

Installed Air Vents and Drilled Forward Plenum Mounting Angles

For some reason, I decided to install the air vents tonight.  These weren’t too bad, but there’s not a lot of room back there to tighten the mounting nut.

I got the forward plenum mounting angles drilled to the baffles.  These were a pain in the ass to curve this much and I ended up having to cut a couple of notches in the left one to follow the curve acceptably.  I still have four more very small angles to fabricate and drill before I can move on to finishing the plenum.

Started Drilling Plenum Mounting Angles

I started drilling the plenum mounting angles tonight.  I made it around halfway around the baffles before getting frustrated with the ones along the front of the engine.  These have the most curvature of any of the baffles and I kept splitting the metal with the stretcher.  I’ll probably end up having to section those angles to get them to curve that much.  Here’s the angles around the oil cooler bump out.

There will be a small gap here where the left and right sides of the aft wall join.  The plenum will span this and the gap should be tiny if not nonexistent.

Here’s the aft right side of the engine.  All of the corners are mitered, and I’ll install a nutplate that spans the gap in the corner to further tie these pieces together.

Replaced Pitch Servo

Way back in September, I mentioned that since upgrading to SkyView 4.0, the SkyView system wasn’t finding my pitch servo.  After double checking the wiring at the request of Dynon, I couldn’t find any problems.  Dynon ended up sending me a new servo which completely fixed the problem.

I then spent a couple more hours working on the plenum mounting angles.  I have them pretty much ready to drill to the baffles.  I’m sure I’ll have to tweak the angles a bit to get the plenum to sit flat on them.

Started Fabricating Plenum Mounting Angles

I started fabricating the plenum mounting angles tonight.  These are a little tricky because they’re not 90º and they’re all curved.  Here are a couple of the ones around the oil cooler air inlet.

Here’s the angle along the aft edge on the right side.  There’s a fairly severe curvature near the end.

I’m using my shrinker/stretcher to curve the angles.

This is angle above the oil cooler air inlet.  The shrinker/stretcher leaves some fairly deep marks in the aluminum, but these will sand out.

Worked on Fuel Lines

I fabricated the other short fuel line up to the fuel selector as a mirror image of the right side.

I then fabricated the line up to the union that passes through the side of the fuselage.  I don’t have the unions yet, but they should show up tomorrow.

On the outside of the fuselage, the line turns forward.  There will be another union here and a short line from the fitting on the fuel tank.  It’s unfortunate to have this many fittings, but the only other reasonable option is a flex line from each tank all the way to the fuel selector.  That would be heavier and would require periodic replacement.  As long as I don’t have any leaks, these are a much better solution and will last the life of the plane.