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Tim...kudos, way to go! Adjust, adapt and overcome and the job gets done. Great example and reminder to us as we work on our projects.
Dave & Sky Turtle
While I was pondering what to do, I bought a bunch of AN fittings and some 5052 3/8" tubes for fuel lines fittings in the cabin. I never anybody regretting using solid fuel lines instead of flex lines. I bought SkyTek's solid fuel line kit for the wings and their header tank, I only going to have a little bit of flexible fuel lines
Trim, Trim, Trim. Eventually it starts to fit. I left some tabs on the corners of the cowling halves to aid in alignment. These tabs were celcoed in to the Skybolt interlocking tabs. The initial holes in the tabs were not the final ones. As I made the top and bottom halves come together there was more adjustments made. I had a center line on the top to keep things aligned. On the bottom cowling half has a slot and the nose gear leg kept that half in the correct position.
A friend of mine that recently completed a Tapanee Pegazair from plans only told me to: Sigh the big sigh, and start cutting. Here's my first round of surgery. His Pegazair cowling had lots of surgery. He started with a RV-8 cowling to fit his Lycoming. Then he had to change the thrust line of the cowling. That required major rework.
Now I have some space between the oil cooler and the oil pump. I rounded the oil cooler's top front mounting bracket, that helped to make more clearance too. If I want more clearance I'm going to have to cut the inlet out and move it forward a bit. But not too far, I don't want the propeller to bump into it.