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Firestar/HKS Engine Test Run

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:08 pm    Post subject: Firestar/HKS Engine Test Run Reply with quote

John Hello , I am about to attempt to cover my Firefly and I have been thinking about the wings and realized that I my somewhat crippled condition that there must be a good way of mounting the wing on 2 Tripp’s stands so they cans be swiveled to take a lot of the work out !
I remember about 20 years back that someone of us Kolbers added an aluminum cabinet handle to the wing tips to make it easier to lift the wing when folding etc. it looked real clean and I thought that the Handel and the space it left would be an ideal place to attach the wingtip stand to and the inside would be simple to attach to the steel attachment point . Do you or anyone else remember how the wingtip handle was attached? Thanks for your time and anything else you want to throw in would be appreciated . Your friend CHRIS DAVIS

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Firestar/HKS Engine Test Run Reply with quote

Hi Chris:

Not right off hand. I remember a few folks that fabricated the wing tip hand holds. Maybe they will chime in with some info.

john

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Firestar/HKS Engine Test Run Reply with quote

Sorry I don't have what you are asking for, but here is the crude way that I did the MKIII: I have a steel support pole in the middle of the garage that supports the upstairs floor, and I put a extra long bolt through the rear spar pivot point, band clamped it to that pole, and then set the leading edge on two milk crates. One crate near the root and one near the tip. Worked OK. Not great, but OK.

Had to put it on sawhorses to do the leading edge top and bottom.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:43 pm    Post subject: Firestar/HKS Engine Test Run Reply with quote

My neighbor, who did the covering on my Twinstar, used a similar technique, but it allows rotating the wing. We pinched the end of a piece of water pipe (~1 foot long) so it would slide over that attach point, and bolted it. It obviously has a bit of slop in the fit, but won't come off. The pipe rests in a 'saddle' made with 2 long 2x4s with a shorter one between. Height of the center one enough to swing the leading edge without hitting the floor. Wing tip on a padded saw horse (or table, etc, whatever works for you). Obviously requires a helper to move the saw horse while you rotate the wing. When you're ready to rib stitch with a helper, something lower like a milk crate would be needed. 

Something I wish I'd done while it was uncovered is to clip the wing back to the end of the main spar. If the wing is clipped, you can just insert something in the open end of the spar to support the tip. The end could be closed with a plate after covering. I may yet clip it. One side of my hangar has a 30' opening, and I could keep it on that side instead of the main hangar.
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Sorry I don't have what you are asking for, but here is the crude way that I did the MKIII: I have a steel support pole in the middle of the garage that supports the upstairs floor, and I put a extra long bolt through the rear spar pivot point, band clamped it to that pole, and then set the leading edge on two milk crates. One crate near the root and one near the tip. Worked OK. Not great, but OK.

Had to put it on sawhorses to do the leading edge top and bottom.

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