April 13, 2011 – My right tank is complete and (maybe permanently) in place!
I went back to Addison and leak checked the leaks that I repaired last night. Here’s something: the trick with the shop-vac worked! That was in the right tank and it all checked out. The left tank, however, had another leak. It was the one in the previous post with the leak in the corner at the baffle/rib/skin joint. That one checked out, but I found another at about the center of that same end at the attach for the end z-angle. It may have been that the one leak yesterday was so big that other leaks didn’t show up.
So I brought everything home, including the regulator setup. I did the shop-vac thing again. The sealant hasn’t set up yet, and I’ll be out of pocket for the next few days, so things should be nice and dry by the time I get back.
I installed the wiring for the fuel float sender in the right tank. I had to do this now because the float is attached to the baffle and will be inaccessible when the tank is installed.
Then I mounted the right tank. Screws and bolts line up and go right in, and everything looks aircrafty.
One issue I see, and this appears to be very common, is that I have slight pillowing between the screws at the tank/leading edge junction.
I’ll research and address this later. It does go all the way around the tank edge.
I also clecoed the top skins to the left wing in preparation for their installation.