Project Expedition: A 3500-pound Metal Wing, Tube and Fabric Utility Plane

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  1. Aug 7, 2017 #81

    Chris In Marshfield

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    First step to digging out of a move is the actual digging out part. Great googly moogly, Step 1: Get it all out there:

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    All that crap was in there?

    Step 2: Now that you have a clean slate, figure out where you're gonna put stuff:

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    As was once said in "Jaws", "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

    Thankfully I've got 9-foot ceilings in the garage, so I can take advantage of 8-foot racks. Still have a lot of boxes to sort through. I have a lot of tools unaccounted for. But given the weight of some of the boxes I've moved, I have a pretty good idea where they are.

    Onward! It's going to be a long road.

    P.S. - That little hole in the back left of the garage is mine until we get a second garage built. Thinking small thoughts.
     
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  2. Oct 30, 2017 #82

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    As I continue to set up the new place for airplane work this winter, I've run across a potential provider of aluminum wing strut material. I've been looking for quite some time for suitable lift struts for the Expedition that wouldn't cost a fortune, and a recent post on Supercubs.org reveals that a fellow in the Atlanta area will be offering custom extrusions for experimentals.

    http://www.supercub.org/forum/showt...-Experimental-SC-Piper-Types&highlight=struts

    While the LS-4 strut will probably do the trick, I'm most excited about his LS-5 strut at 5.25 inches from front to back. And that it will be offered in 120-inch lengths, which is exactly what I've been looking for (I need 100 inches). Bob Barrows has a suitable lift strut extrusion, but he only offers them in 88-inch lengths, and he won't have a "special" run made just for me. So I've been looking for substitutes or how I was going to make the attachment fitting a collective 10-12 inches longer to use a shorter strut (Bearhawk wing strut end pictured below).

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    So I'm looking forward to receiving information back from the supplier to find out how much they are and what turnaround time will be on them.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2018 #83

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    Finally getting moving on the basement shop. I posted electrical a while back, but I’ll put it here for completeness.

    My shop is 19’4” x 17’7”. I’ll be putting a bench along one long wall, and another along one short wall, L-shaped. I had to move a couple of basement walls so I could get that long bench. My spars are nearly 17’ long, so had to adapt a bit. Don’t need that shower in the shop anyway. :)

    Got some of the framework for the lower and upper parts built and bolted to the wall. I’ll get the external bracing set up after I put the lower shelf in. This bench top will be 3’ deep, so there’s room for materials and maybe some storage stuff over the bench attached to the walls. I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

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  4. Feb 25, 2018 #84

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    First base finished. Time to get started on #2.

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    Base #2 is complete. Bench tops next. 3/4” MDF is the plan.

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    Got the bench tops cut and fitted this weekend. Need to fasten them to the top, but like the way things are coming together. Three-foot deep bench on the long wall, and two feet on the short wall.

    MDF is awesome stuff. Just ask my wife’s car.

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  7. Mar 25, 2018 #87

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    Bench tops are fastened and got some storage started. Of course, I bought out all of Mendards' drawers and will have to wait for the next shipment. But it gives me a place to start unloading boxes of parts, fasteners, and other things of the sort.

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  8. Jan 28, 2019 #88

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    Apologies for the lack of progress. Life and all that. A few have asked about where the project has gone. It's still here. With winter here and -40F in the forecast for this week, seems like a good time to bring in the rest of the parts from the garage and get moving on the spars again.

    Thanks for those asking about the project and kicking me in the arse to get moving on it again!
     
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