A Stitts Skycoupe Restoration Project

The Stitts Skycoupe is also known as Stitts SA7 D

Friday, September 28, 2012

Work Session 9/27/2012

A great turnout last evening allowed us to make progress on a number of fronts:
  • Repaired small leak to RV-7 fuel tank caused by poorly-cured ProSeal.
  • Rounded corners and debured edges on seat panels.
  • Finish ironing on empennage parts.
  • Positioned old panel and planned new panel.
  • Positioned seat panels and planned further fabrication.
  • Mounted carburetor and cowl and planned airbox.
This productive session was capped with dinner and a lively discussion at Al's Diner.

The next session will be on Saturday, September 29th, starting with breakfast from 7-8 at Al's Diner.

 Terry demonstrates finish ironing on seams.
Jim - "Mr. Methodical" - Cronin makes it right.

Chris, chief panel designer, checks out dimensions of the old panel with the new seats and Terry's RV-9 seat cushions in place.

Above: Seat panels and Terry's RV-9 seat cushions in place. The new panel will be a few inches shorter to allow more room for knees. Right: Andy rounds the corners and takes the edge off the four seat 0.070" aluminum seat panels.

 J-P carefully removes old ProSeal from RV-7 tank.  For reasons not understood, it did not completely cure, leading to a slight leak.   After cleaning, new ProSeal will be applied and the tank again tested.

"Some assembly required" - Airbox boss Joel studies the instructions for installation.

The first iteration looks quite good!  PVC piping was added to mockup air inlet and location of needed opening on the lower cowl.

Below: What it's all about - Joel describes his plans for the airbox and inlet while others listen or adds their thoughts.

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