Latest Work Completed Mantua, New Jersey
The Radical Radial Throttle Quadrants.
December 17, 2016 Finished !
but still lots to do !
First let me thank both Orville and Wilbur Wright... 113 years since they did their thing!
It's been over a year since working on the quads... The over used saying "it only seems like yesterday" applies here.
In my attempt to attach the front quad to the bracket today... I lost a few of the spacer washers on the quad. DAMN ! Found five of the eight. DAMN ! Need to buy some with my next order to Aircraft Spruce. DAMN !
I Jerry-rigged the quad with the remaining washers and attached it to the fuselage. Figuring out the sequence and parts for connecting to the part that makes all the noise... Did a search on the biplane forum and found a post I made earlier this year. Answered most of all my questions, again. Duh ! Figure I'll connect the front and back quads with the same system as the trim tab; .375 x .035 tubing with threaded rod ends and clevis forks. Not cheap... but it'll be a quailty install.
Still need to figure out the length of the throttle cable I'll need and how I'll be mounting it as it runs down the length of the fuselage from the forward quad to the firewall. Will need to run the mixture (and possibly the manifold) lines at the same time. All this got me to thinking that I need to make the motor mount...
January 5, 2017 Connecting
the front and back.
WOW ! It's been a few days since working on this... I purchased an ass-load of washer for 3/16inch bolts; both standard and thin. So... I can fix that throttle that's missing a few. Also purchased the tubing and clevis ends for making the interconnect between the front and rear throttles.
Other than triple-checking the length before cutting the .o35 walled 3/8inch tube and fitting both the threaded rod ends and screwing on the clevis forks... not much to write home about.
Both connecting rods.
Tube, threaded end and clevis fork.
January 6, 2017
Welded the ends onto the interconnects. Period.
These quads... turning out to be more than planned...