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Tested Wheel Chocks

June 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Saturday June 20, 2015

I tested my homemade wheel chock today. It seems to work great. I put the tow bar on the nose gear and pulled hard. The wheel didn’t budge.

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After passing this test, I made a second set for the other main landing gear wheel.

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Made Wheel Chocks

June 7, 2015 Leave a comment

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I wanted to make some decent wheel chocks that are light enough to take on cross country trips. I have some chocks made of PVC pipe but they are heavier than I would like. I priced some chocks at Spruce but at $20 per pair or more I decided to go the homemade route. I started with three feet of 1.5 x 1.5 x 1/8 aluminum angle I bought for about $5 at Spruce. I cut it into four strips of 6-inch length with enough spare material to make one more. I cut two of them down to 1.25 x 1.25 to reduce weight and I drilled a bunch of 3/4 inch holes to reduce the weight further. Here are two completed parts next to two raw pieces.

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I etched, alodined, primed and painted the two lightweight parts to make them stand out as you can see here. The final weight of each part is about 52 grams. I just need a couple of short pieces of bungee cord to connect them and I will have a completed pair of chocks. I admit these are a knock-off of some shock you can buy at spruce but cheaper because I put some time into making them instead of paying someone else to do it.

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