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(14) Firewall ( Mike )

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:22 pm
by planecrazzzy
Hey Guys,
                Just a few Pictures on the process of my Firewall...

Since a lot of people like it... I'll try to explain a little about it.... it's easy to do
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First , I made it from 24 ga Stainless Steel.... ( .024 )

I trimmed it to size before putting the pattern on it  ( Engine Turning )

I made a grid that measured 1-1/8" squares....

My Scuff pads were 2 inch.....   This way , I didn't wipe out the next row of marks...

One row , you center where the lines "Cross"...

Next row , you go inbetween where they cross....

"MY" project... I went from right to left....

It doesn't matter if it's from left to right....But which ever way you start...

That's the way it needs to be done , the whole way....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:25 pm
by planecrazzzy
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by planecrazzzy
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by planecrazzzy
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by planecrazzzy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:37 pm
by planecrazzzy
The Bottom Lip was bent first... Then the firewall was put into position...

Then the holes were marked with a transfer punch...

Holes were drilled... then the Firewall was bolted in place to check

where to make the final bends on each side , and the top...
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   After the final bends and checking the "fit"

The top corners of the Firewall were welded and cleaned up...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:39 pm
by planecrazzzy
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Last picture

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:44 pm
by planecrazzzy
Last but not least , this picture shows how I tilted the firewall forward...

Also... I made it an inch taller on the whole radius...

This will help slope the windscreen more... Less drag

and I like the way the Tailwinds look that use this technic
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                 Gotta Fly...
                                    Mike & "Jaz" the Flying Dog
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Re: Firewall ( Mike )

PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:15 pm
by Sean_Caranna
That looks absolutely outstanding!

Re: Firewall ( Mike )

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:42 pm
by planecrazzzy
Thanks Sean,
This is what it's all about... Taking an regular piece of material , and making something special...

But this design has it's good points.... Hiding Dents , scratches , and dirt...

Gotta Fly...
Mike & "Jaz" the Flying Dog
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PS I see yer looking for a new plane to build.... Buttercup is pretty easy... a lot of History too ( 1938 )
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