Over a couple of days that is. This week I tucked into wiring. I had to drill some new grommet holes in the baggage bulkhead on each side so I could slip some fat strobe wires up one side, and some fat RG400 coaxial cable down the other. Performing this task is difficult. I don’t have a large drill bit that screws into my 90 degree drill, so I had to make do with a countersink. A countersink can, in a pinch, be used as a drill bit. Drill your 1/8″ pilot hole, then push the countersink all the way through. Hole gonna need some cleanup, but that’s OK. I finished up running the strobe and coax for the ELT and tail strobe, along with power wires, then ran two lengths of RG400 cable aft for the GPS antennae up the left side after making a couple of new holes in the baggage bulkhead for some grommets.. This should take care of the eventual two GPS’s, the one in the MGL Odyssey and the one in the GNS430W. Yes, I’m going to get a GNS430W, because it contains 3 pieces of very necessary equipment in one box. On the other side, I ran two high voltage strobe cables and the strobe powerpack and tail light power wires.
I had some leftover coaxial so I ran it through the spar to a spot picked out for the COMM antenna on the left side under the seat panel. When the new load of coax comes in I’ll run the wire for the transponder antenna and reserve a healthy length of wire for the run down the left wing to the Archer antenna.
Not much to look at right now, but this will eventually get cleaned up, fully routed, and fully dressed.
But the fanfrakkingtastic thing is this:
I got the plane on the landing gear today!
To do this, I rolled out my trusty engine hoist.
It’s hard to take a self-portrait with an iPhone 3G, but this is me, positioning the hoist in order to lift the ship high enough to get the gear leg into the tube on the engine mount.
Lifted off the ground with one gear leg on. Judge me by my size, do you?
The plane supported only by its own landing gear.
From the side…
So now I have to cut a couple more holes in the firewall for electrical goodies, but the good part is, I’ve got a rolling airframe on which to hang the engine, which should be done soon. On the down side, it’ll be harder to get in and out, so I’ll have to come up with some kind of platform to make that easier. I have to go back down the Jeffries Tube a couple of times to clean up some wiring, but not too much work back there. Next is running battery and alternator cables, figuring out the wiring busses, actually choosing switchgear, and finalizing the panel design.