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More Progress on Wing Bottom Skin Riveting – 5 hrs

Sunday Nov 27, 2011

My best rivet partner (Denise) is out of commission for a while because she broke her wrist and bruised some ribs in a bicycle accident so my friend Scott came over today and helped me make more progress riveting the bottom inboard skin on the left wing. Many of these rivets are very tough to reach. We spent about 3.5 hours and only made it half way through the fifth rib. If you click on the picture to blow it up you can probably count the rivets we installed. That weird shadow on the wing is from my Wagner house painter which is hanging from the ceiling above the wing (I bounced the flash off the ceiling). I keep thinking there must be an easier way to do this riveting but I can’t come up with one. I don’t see how anyone could do this solo. Is there a secret riveting order I could follow to get better access? Vans instructions are too vague on this.

Other than that I started making the fuel line that goes between the fuel valve and the pump this morning. The first bend I made with my tubing bender through about 150 degrees. The picture below shows the first bend. Those other fittings are for the fuel tank vents which I plan to work on next. It became clear that I will not be able to use the Imperial bender for all the plumbing bends so I ordered a set of those coil spring benders that you slide over the tube to prevent it from collapsing. Avery Tools had a Black Friday weekend deal with 15% off and $1 shipping so I took advantage of that to order a stainless steel hot air box for the firewall and get some more Snap Socs (used to reduce the risk of smiles on universal head rivets).

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