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The project continues...

With the tail cone drilled off , we left it attached to the holding fixture and unbolted the fixture from the larger "jig". We were then able to lag bolt it to a table and modify it to the 180 configuration. Here you see all cleaned, primed and ready for assembly.

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Here you see the skin cleco'ed on and ready for the rivets. The fixture holds the forward and aft bulkheads in position while the skin is installed.

Below is the instrument panel we fabricated and installed. On the far right will be a EDM 930 engine monitor. Notice we don't need all the space on the lower panel anymore thanks to modern day avionics. We had to make panels to "blank off" the holes. It's painted in a neutral grey with a flattener added in the mix.

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Above and below: I came in at 3:00 am to spray the paint while it was cool enough . When I had the last coat sprayed on it was already 80 degrees . Summer in Texas ..

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We cleaned the firewall and masked it off. We painted the parts that would corrode and look ugly in time. It's the details that take so much time.

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Engine is on !   It's a Continental O470-50 , P. Ponk Silver Eagle Conversion.

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Out of the paint room with the colors on.

Wings are on , tips installed with nav & strobe lights, tail feathers are on.

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The selection of used tail cones were not anything I would install and Cessna wanted $2600. and 120 day lead time for one. This one was manufactured under " 14 CFR Part 21 Subpart K 21.303 , Owner produced parts " here in the shop. You will soon find them available on the "GISMO'S" link on this site.

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First fitting of the " Stene Aviation " fiberglass cowling.

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The Stene cowling was the least expensive out on the market that we found. At first look, it is of good craftsmenship. He must have a real nice mold. I would have liked to have had more material on the aft edge to work with. There isn't much room for trimming for a good fit.
I would like to try one from Selkirk sometime to compare with.  I am going to use Selkirk's cowl flap doors , Stene didn't offer them and to buy new from Cessna isn't cost effective.

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McCauley propeller installed. Ready for first run up.

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Interrior picture , still waiting on a yoke for the right side.

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Panel picture. Cool or what ?

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Cowling fitted and ready for paint.

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Cowl flap doors were a pain to get to fit the cowling but should work just fine.

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The "bump" in the center is for the carb. heat box valve to clear.

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Finished !  Well , some paperwork still to do then ready for the ops flight check.

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