Apr 09 2013

Disassembly Has Begun

20130409-082720.jpgApril 8, 2013

After spending some time visiting a friend out at HWY on Sunday, and chipping in on his project, I decided that I needed to get moving on Ace disassembly.

This airplane is going to get stripped down to the bare frame, cleaned, painted, and recovered, so everything has to come off.

20130409-082805.jpgI have decided to get the engine controls sorted out before I pull the A-65. This includes the fuel system, gauges, etc. I want to replace the firewall, so I’ll use and abuse the old one while I sort out all the holes.

This cowl is held on with cowl pins on either side of the fuselage. The boot cowl, or forward sheeting, is held onto the fuselage tubing with a mixture of countersunk machine screws, button head machine screws, and button head sheet metal screws. A good number of screws were missing. Only a couple were damaged.

I also removed the windscreen, which was just a flat wrapped piece of lexan. I intend to replace it with a more classic tri-section windscreen.

I was surprised to find surface rust on the tubing near the firewall. I had expected corrosion on the lower tubes, but not up high. It’s all surface rust, and should clean up easily.

The next step will be to clean the cockpit area to prepare for figuring out the engine controls, gauges, etc. I might pull the fabric first, I might not. I guess it all depends on my mood.