Jake Reyna's Blog (28)

Solid Rivet removal - Navy Method

Started on the wings today, 26Jan10, and struggled for hours to remove any solid rivets and I have the tools. So I searched the Internet and found "Removing Solid Rivets" by Gil Alexander – EAA Technical Counselor.

It works really well on the big solid rivets. I drilled with a #20, but not as deep as he recommended and used the Riveting Hammer to punch out the rivet. I have a cinder… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 27, 2010 at 7:39am — 5 Comments

Completing the fuselage Upgrade.

In this blog: Side Doublers, Seat Angles, Rear Attachment Uprights, "Z" angle, 2x4 assistant, Bucking Station revision, "T" and ..... links to other blogs at the bottom of this page.


I needed to block up the fuselage after removing the rivets and bolts. The right side was off just a bit, I had problems on the left. Must have been an original manufacturing issue ...




Added by Jake Reyna on January 26, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Side Doublers (6-ZU-3-2) - Holy Moly!!

I haven't had an issues with the fuselage warping, etc. while the Center Spar has been in and out numerous times. I started installing the Side Doublers yesterday, the right side first and had some minor alignment issues after removing the rivets and bolts. I managed to block up the bottom of the fuselage to get it all lined up and I was able to install the Side Doubler.

The Left side gave me more significant problems. I supported the bottom, but once I removed the rivets and bolts,… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 17, 2010 at 2:46pm — 3 Comments

Center Spar Install - The End

The Center Spar is installed, meaning that all the holes are drilled and it all fits. This post includes the Center Spar Installation Template I posted earlier as an idea. Scroll to the bottom for the new stuff. I added some additional detail to drilling the spar bolt hole.

First I back drilled through the bottom doubler.…


Added by Jake Reyna on January 14, 2010 at 12:01pm — 6 Comments

Bucking Station, a riveting place to be.

I started assembling the Center Spar and bucking solid rivets, I remember why I didn't build an RV. Being a lazy guy, I looked for an easy solution. It started ok, using one hand to hold my hammer/bucking bar, I did ok. I wanted something solid and as usual I start at the end. Here is my Bucking Station.

This receiver hitch was just laying around my garage waiting to be abused. It's sitting on 3/4"… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 6, 2010 at 6:53pm — 4 Comments

Front Wing Upright Install template?

This idea came to me on my morning walk, as do most ideas. I'm going to use the Bottom Doubler as an installation template and I think that the completed Center Spar can be used to install the Front Wing Uprights. Here is a picture to setup the thought process.

Using the existing Wing Attachment Uprights, some reference points can be established and it might be possible… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 5, 2010 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Center Spar Upgrade - Final version.

Ready to rivet after I disassemble one last time. This is a large post and will be the last on the Center Spar. I have reformatted and it is now in chronological order. Use this link Outer Spar Uprights install to go directly to the new information. I have added some navigation links. Drill Guide will bring you to the top of this page.

Drill… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 4, 2010 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Center Spar Installation Template

Thinking about how to make the Center Spar install a bit easier for myself. This is Part 23, Re-install the Center Spar

This is just a test setup to share my thoughts. First I drew the center line and then set the currently uncompleted Center Spar flush with the back edge of the doubler. Using the existing holes, I marked the longeron location. I don't want… Continue

Added by Jake Reyna on January 2, 2010 at 12:57pm — No Comments

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