35-02 to 07 Upper Fwd Fuse Assembly

Fwd Fuse Ribs

Riveting starts with the Fuselage Fwd Ribs … it’s always fun trying to work out the best way to support the workpieces so they are rock solid during the riveting.


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The usual Chinese Puzzle manoevering the squeezer onto the rivets!


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I positioned a 1/4″ drill in the Gas Spring Bracket holes to ensure alignment.


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Fwd ribs completed … I had made doubly sure that the 426’s were flush to avoid future issues … the manual emphasises this point!


Pivot Block Channel

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It’s a good plan to follow the order of riveting advised by Vans … it’s a one-way street!!!


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Thankfully they let you off with a couple of CCR-264SS’s, giving an outing for my pop rivet gun.


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On page 35-03 it gives you an option to trim the C-01436 Pivot Block Channel … as you can see, I’m glad I did : )


Hinge Rib & Channel Assemblies

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No chance for the squeezer on most of these rivets, so the Cleaveland C-Frame proved its worth once again.

It doesn’t take too long to jig the workpiece, and I find this tool gives consistent results when back riveting.


Instrument Panel Stand-Offs

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Using the C-Frame wasn’t an option for these due to the ribs now attached the other side of the sun panel.

So I came up with this arrangement to secure everything for the rivet gun and bucking bar.


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All went OK with an extension on the gun for the rivet set.


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I managed to get the squeezer on the rivets at the bottom of the ribs.


Connector Brackets

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The Connector Brackets have some 426’s, with no easy way to get a gun or squeezer on the case.

So I ended up with this arrangement to back rivet the blighters.


Seal Angles

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The Seal Angles went on pretty easily with the squeezer, except for the rivets near the ribs.

I used the C-Frame technique for these.


So here it is … ready for installation in the fuselage, the next job!

For those of you wondering, the un-primed areas on the sub panel flanges are where there will be Tank Sealant applied when the Forward Top Skin is attached.

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