More progress this weekend, as promised Pat hung the #1 prop back on the airplane after completing the prop A.D.
Installing the prop distributor valve.
Torqueing the prop nut
Inside the prop hub prior to installation
Pat should have #2 done this week and we'll put it on next weekend, I'll try to get more pictures then.
In other news, I installed 3 more spar bolts and we only have a handful more left to install. If all goes well we'll be putting those in next weekend also.
Rick serviced the #2 and #3 engine turbo oil tanks that had been refurbed and bled the air out of the oil pump pick up tube. The engine turbos have thier own oil supply and pump to lubricate the turbo bearings. Since the turbo's on Chuckie are still fully operational it's crucial to ensure that those bearings have a correct supply of clean oil. The turbo's can spin at incredible speeds and any problems with the supply of oil to those bearings can cause a turbo to fail. We don't use them very often, but if we need them, we want them to work.
It's all starting to move pretty quickly now, we're hitting a lot of major milestones in quick succession. The spar A.D. was the biggest hurddle and we've all but cleared it. Installing new bolts is much easier than removing old ones. As I've said previously, once the bolts are all back in we can install the inboard fuel tanks, do our leak checks, reinstall the panels and do some engine runs. Thunder over Michigan is looking better and better each weekend!