I finished up countersinking the fuel cap brackets and moved on to the tank attach brackets. These have a bearing, some shims, and three different kinds of nutplates that need to be attached.
As always, first I had to find everything. I had put the shims by the brackets themselves when I was hunting up everything at the start of the chapter, but it took a while to dig out all the nutplates. The MS21051-L08’s in particular were a bear to find. They are in bag #3015. They are the only nutplates in there. The spreadsheet of parts was very helpful! I separated the shims on the bandsaw and carefully deburred the holes (the instructions note to do a good job with this, particularly on the #8 screw holes).
The shims have to be trimmed to match the ends of the attache bracket. The narrow shim in particular has a very slim edge clearance to the outer nutplate hole. I carefully sanded them down on my sanding disk to get the a close clearance.
I marked the “primer line” on the attach brackets and started clecoing the nutplates in as I found them. I’m substituting K1100-08 for the K1100-08D because I’m going to use “oops” rivets instead of dimpling the tiny shims. I’m afraid that the shims will warp badly in the dimpler. The hole on the end, in particular, is way too close to the edge for my to think about dimpling.
I filed the cut marks off of the brackets before running them through the Scotch Brite wheel. The initial edge was a little sharp. So I donated a few more drops of “Blood, toil, tears, and sweat” to the project.
The RV-12 was feeling a bit neglected. The early low clouds had finally risen. My son Ryan came down for the afternoon, so we fired up 3EN and did some pattern work. He is getting ready to start his flying lessons, so I let him do one of the takeoffs and one of the landings. He did a great job!
I primed up the external parts of the brackets and shims and countersunk the brackets. The picture shows a test fit. The bracket lays tight to the skin and the shims have sufficient clearance.
The final step for the day was to rivet the flange bearings onto the brackets. This is where I really like working both right and left together. I’m able to make sure I’ve got everything set up correctly. The nice mirror image gives me some assurance that dyslexia didn’t bite me here. I don’t show the riveting, but it came out pretty nice.
I have a few more things to finish up before diving into the Proseal. I have to rivet some nutplates to the shims and then the shims (with more nutplates) to the brackets. I’m using the NAS 1097 rivet trick here rather than dimpling to avoid warping the shims. I got the light countersinks done, but then had to jet to meet my wife for BBQ at Killen’s.