OAT probe and gear bolt retainers: 3.5 hours

Installed GTP59 temperature probe to bottom left wing outboard of last access cover.

Trimmed gear bolt retainer clips to proper shape and installed.


Empennage and brakes: 3.0 hours

Edge prepped wheel pant brackets. Made bends to brackets to clear gear leg. 

Added micro to Empennage faring tips. 

Trial fit Beringer calipers and axles to gear legs, everything appears to have proper fitment.  
This is the 3rd axle revision I have received from Beringer. The first axle did not allow mounting without obstructing the brake port outlet at the base if the gear leg. The second axle revision did not have the proper bolt pattern spacing causing alignment issues with the caliper flange bolt holes. The 3rd revision is an updated bolt pattern that allows proper alignment and positioning of the caliper. 

Evidently I’m the first guy in the states with Grove gear and Beringer brakes so I get to be the path finder. I did not think they would work on a solution as this is a minority of installations. Thankfully they did, I was about to return the kit for a Grove brake kit.

Air vents & brake lines: 4.0 hours

Went ahead and installed adel clamps to gear tower vent and brake lines. Very tight space so I burned a lot of time to get this done. I also torqued flare nuts in the towers.

Installed and prosealed  JDAIR vents to gear leg covers.


Priming & SB: 7.1 hours

Primed forward upper skin and baggage door parts. Primed and painted landing gear brackets and tail spring.wp-image-427215000jpg.jpg

Had to repaint the tail spring because the idiots at powder coat coated over rust. They lost my business.

Match drilled right doubler to right forward spar.wp-image-1708566474jpg.jpg

Cut rib flanges from stock.


Tailwheel & latch pins: 2.2 hours

Finished match drilling tailwheel assembly. Fabricated a drill guide as the holes on the tailwheel assembly were predrilled. So I big time sweated to make sure the bit exited through the hole on the opposite side as I drilled through the spring. Thanks for the idea VAF!

Fabricated baggage door latch pins.


Forward skin & tailwheel: 5.2 hours

Dimpled remaining  holes in forward top skin. Machine countersunk hinge support spacer, edge prepped, and scuffed all parts. 

Drilled and tapped set screw in tailwheel assembly.

 Got it all trued up and began drilling tailwheel assembly to tail spring.


Gear brackets and floors: 6.2 hours

Torqued gear brackets. Finished seat floor and baggage floor edge prep and match drilling.