Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Prop

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I chose to avoid the cost and complexity of the constant speed prop. I mean, this is a plane that will weigh somewhere around 1,050 lbs and has a 190 HP engine. I think it will perform just fine with a fixed pitch prop!

So, I chose to go with Catto Propellers and Craig Catto sent me a 68 x 75 prop with the nickel leading edges. It’s a wood prop with a composite covering. Light, affordable and easy to install!

Engine Fuel Filters-Part Two

Well, when I mounted the wings, my clever fuel filter mounting scheme fell apart since there was interference with the fitting from the wing. So, back to square one. Fortunately, I was able to come up with an even better scheme and one that eases maintenance later. The photo below tells the tale.

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Mounting the Wings

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Jeff Bearden came out to help me get the wings on permanently. It took us a few hours, some LPS-2, Boelube, liberal expletives, a dead blow hammer and all manner of jockeying the wings around to get the holes to line up, but we finally succeeded. No way do I want to do this again. It will be a cold day in hell before I remove these wings. Nothing like doing this on a Tennessee summer day in August.

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And here’s the obligatory photo showing me doing something with the wing root. I’m in my socks because I had been in and out of the cockpit a million times and was trying to not scratch up the interior. Ha! As if that worked!

Mounting the Prop

IMG_0715I went ahead and mounted my Catto prop yesterday. Very straightforward. I started by torquing each propeller bolt to 20 ft/lbs, then 30 ft/lbs and finally to 40 ft/lbs. As usual, I had to redo my safety wire several times before I was satisfied. Typical.