Well, I keep forgetting to make the rod-end bearing tool outlined on Sam Buchanan’s site (http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/odd-ends.html).
Anyway, I was standing in the aviation department at Lowe’s, and I turned around and there were the 1/2″ PVC sections.
All you’ll need is a “T” fitting, a coupling, and a length of 1/2″ PVC. They usually sell the pipe in 10′ sections, but if you dig through the pile, you can usually find a scrap piece that they’ll give you a discount on. I ended up finding a 6′ piece, but half was damaged beyond use. They marked it down from $1.53 to $0.51.
THAT’S AVGAS MONEY RIGHT THERE! WUHOOOO!
Anyway, I just eyeballed the pipe length and used an old hacksaw. It took about 10 strokes to cut through. (Sometimes it’s nice to be working with something that isn’t difficult to cut.)
After cementing the T onto the straight piece. I used a hacksaw on the end of the pip and cut two slots (just wider than a rod-end bearing).
Then, I cemented the coupling on. I had to cut the coupling in half, because the coupling has two halves with a lip in the center.
After letting the cement cure, I took the end to my grinder, then scotchbrite wheel.
Let’s see if it works.
Although now that I am thinking about it, there may be a bigger size bearing I didn’t think about. Hmm.
No biggie, though. Since the coupling side is the harder side to make, I might just cut the T off, and cement a new T on.
30 minutes of Misc empennage work.