November 16. 2017 – Well, it’s been a painful couple of months since my last update. I lost my bride of 32 years in October. I put a post on the front page of this site.
In the meantime, I’ve been whittling away at the brackets for the eyeball vents in the cockpit.
I had the stock vents from Van’s that need to be trimmed to fit in the stock installation.
I REALLY don’t like these vents, so I finally caved in and bought the smaller vents from Stein. Here they are side by side:
I started making templates out of light cardboard. I wanted to integrate the headset jacks in the same bracket. I’d also done some research on the Bose powered headset jacks, but decided to wait on provisions for those.
These brackets have a small 90 degree angle that will have a screw attachment to the lip of the panel. This way the panel will still be removeable (if the need ever arises).
Once I got the brackets made and painted, I dimpled the skin rivet holes and installed them.