Reinstalled the wheel pants and the baggage compartment bulkhead, thus returning the airplane to flying condition following an extended grounding for the installation of ADS-B out, a back-up battery for the EFIS, a change in aileron rigging, and the annual condition inspection. I’m expecting be in condition to fly again soon - hopefully before Oshkosh.
Cleaned out some trash from the hangar, then started laminating the first spar piece for the starboard wing from the aforementioned 3/16" x 3/4" white ash I sliced more than a month ago. It has been aclimating to the humidity... while waiting for better, ( read not as damned hot!" ) weather. Had some thunderstorms pass thru for the past 3 - 4 days, and that, brought the temps down from sure to bake, to unbearably warm. Well, at least for this old man!
meanwhile at home, I've been working in the comfort of the A/C, with a very cool 80 degrees.. Yep when hangar temps are in the area of 105 deg, and the humidity is on the high side of 85, it's almost impossible to see thru the sweat......
Flight checked wheel pant install on Cuby. Did some pattern work and then went to a fly in. They were still there when I got back. Must be ok! No noticeable increase in mph. It is a Cub so can’t expect miracles.
Breather tube solution: normally I would couple this breather to the engine vent with a length of rubber hose and a couple hose clamps. This is heavy, ugly, and bulky. The hose that will live in an oil bath is simply too fat to fit between the engine mount and my oil cooler duct. A little time on the lathe cut an O ring groove in a length of 4130 and some torch work created a custom fitting that is a nice tight fit on my breather.
A simple O ring that only weighs a gram replaces several ounces of hose and clamps... I like it!
Here it is mounted. I'm just about to shoot in the bracket that holds the Adel clamp to the duct. With that done, a shot of paint and it's ready to go.