Shelley, who is totally awesome, helped me out yesterday by bucking some rivets back in the tailcone. With her help, I was able to rivet the doubler plates for the ELT and marker beacon antennae, as well as install the marker beacon antenna in its permanent home. We then riveted the AHRS bracket along the bottom, which has been hanging in the breeze for weeks now, and after all that, I was able to finish the MKR antenna cable.
I also remounted the EFIS, which was stupid, because I should have taken the opportunity to install the ELT’s remote switch. Now I’ll have to swaddle the EFIS in something to keep metal chips from raining into it when I’m cutting a rectangular hole directly above it. Not a big deal, just annoying.
Finally, I replaced the upper left engine mount bolt. Back when Dave and I hung the engine, I overtorqued the living crap out of it because I hadn’t realized that my torque wrench had already clicked. You can barely feel 15 ft/lbs, and I’d only used that wrench once before, on my Buell, and the torques were way higher. It was pretty easy though. I lifted the whole kaboodle by the engine’s hoist lug, enough to get most of the weight off the wheels, popped the old bolt out, and stuck the new one in. Torqued down to 15 lbs, cotter pinned, done.
Today, I’m off to Michigan, but before that, I get to go to the post office to send my exhaust system to a gentleman in Australia. Hopefully Larry Vetterman sends me my 4-pipe system soon and I can continue the ugly process of firewall forward installation.