18-06 Bulkhead Union

I had a little time available between work trips away, so I decided to assemble and Proseal the Bulkhead Unions on the root ribs. The manual suggests you do this after rib installation, probably to…


18-07 Sender Float Wire

Having read on the Vans Forum that the float wire sizes in the manual on page 18-10 may not be correct, I made a card template and did a trial fit. As you can see…


18-06 Fuel Tank Vent Line

Flaring I’ve done lots of flaring when landing, but never on a tube! The kit includes 12ft of 1/4″ Aluminium tube, and since each vent line is 4ft 6ins, that left 3ft of tube ……


18-05 Right Tank Progress

I’m gradually working on the right tank to bring it up to the same stage as the left tank. So after masking up the stiffener locations, time for more Proseal! Proseal applied using the Sealant…


18-05 End Rib and Stiffener

End Rib There was a decision to make before installing the outboard end rib. The manual suggests you do this prior to installing the top stiffener, which runs the length of the tank. Seems a…


18-05 Left Tank Ribs

Masking Up To make sealing the ribs a bit faster during installation, I again decided to mask up the skins. Took quite a while, but definitely easier when riveting up. Small Root Rib The manual…


18-05 Drain & Fuel Cap Flanges

Before staring to install the ribs, the Fuel Cap and Drain Flanges are installed. V112 Drain Flange After a “dry” run it was obvious the rivets could be reached with the squeezer, so an easy…


18-05 Tank Stiffeners

Semco Pneumatic Sealant Gun As I mentioned in my last post, I bought a second-hand Semco Pneumatic Sealant Gun from eBay … they are pricey new! I bought some spare cartridges and plungers. I mixed…


18-04 First Proseal Fun!

Preparation Everyone says the best way to stay out of trouble with Proseal (stickiest stuff known to man!) is to be well prepared … so I masked off the areas on the end ribs which…