Well, admist going to work, running some errands, and doing a MILLION things in the yard, I managed to do two really fun things today.
First, I drilled the VA-112 (Drain Flange) to the lower inboard part of the right tank, and also drilled my fancy new deluxe fuel caps to the upper outboard part of the tank.
The actual quick drain will screw into the drain flange, but for now, I’m just using a rod end bearing lightly threaded in the flange to make sure it’s centered in the drain hole already in the skin.
The drain flange is pre drilled and pre countersunk, so I’ll use that to matchdrill holes in the skin.
You can just barely see the tip of a rod end bearing being useful to me here.
Next, I pulled out my deluxe fuel caps. (This is where you go “oooooooh, ahhhhh.”)
I had to pull off the outboard right tank rib for good clamping access. Looks like I already made a vinyl-removal circle.
For the cap, the skin is already drilled, so you have to align the cap, then clamp, and use the holes in the skin to matchdrill the cap.
After a good 10 minutes of clamping, checking, reclamping, girlfriend helping to hold, clamping, checking, rechecking, I finally got an alignment I (WE!!!) was (were) happy with.
I was drilling really well today. See this curly-cue? That’s some good speed/pressure during drilling.
It was only 30 minutes worth of work, but having the deluxe fuel caps in there made it look really good.
Possibly more tonight.