Category: Misc

Brake Bleeding, tailwheel changing, and Flying – 4/17/2016

Today we worked on Ethan’s other plane, a 1982 Wag-a-Bond.  He had skis on it this winter and needed help bleeding the brakes when he took the skis off. Remove the cap from the master cylinder, unscrew the small bleeder screw from the bleeder seat/fitting/adapter on the bottom of the brake caliper (**not the larger…

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About the Project

We are building a 2 person seaplane that was ordered as a kit. It is a Searey flying boat seaplane kit manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne.  There are about 500 models of this plane that are currently flying which makes it one of the more popular small kit planes.  The plane can currently be purchased as…

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Wing Stand – 1/31/2016

I found some plans for a wing stand which I think originate from the EAA. We’re going to need something like that as the wings will be more fragile with the cuffs and leading edges which seem to be less tough than their rain gutter cousins.  I made it a little taller and a little…

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Fuel Tank Fitting and Corrosion Protection Dec 6+7, 2015

Today we did a trial fitting of the fuel tank.  We also riveted the cluster bracket which had been waiting for a while. On day 2 we sprayed the inside of the fuselage tubes with CorrosionX protectant.   I brought up the turtledeck and we tried it on the hull Here’s a pic of the…

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Seat Bushings, Ceiling eyebolts for lifting plane – 11/25/2015

Worked on minor stuff today, seat bushings and drilling holes in my spancrete garage ceiling to put in lifting eyebolts.   We used Redhead wedge anchors and eye nuts from McMaster Carr.     New bushing for Seat quick removal   Eye nuts in spancrete ceiling for lifting plane Upper Tailpost Support – had trouble getting…

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Painting gas tank – 10/10/15

Ethan had a friend help him paint the gas tank with green primer on 10/9.  That took about 3 hours to rough it up with scotchbrite pads and paint. He brought over the gas tank  on 10/10 and we spent an hour doing riveting and looking at some lime buildup inside of the tank.  We’re…

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Inventoried Wing parts, tested Gas tank 9/7/15

We riveted some cable clips to the boom tube and did some testing of the aluminum gas tank.  We rinsed the inside of the tank with water and removed at least one aluminum shaving. Then we put some plastic npt plugs in it and did some rudimentary pressure testing.  We’re going to get the fuel tank…

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