July 9, 2019 – I continued with the inlet ramps for the baffles.
Per the instructions, I continued trimming the inlet ramps to fit the lower cowl.
The forward edges of each ramp are trimmed to cleanly meet the edge of the cowl inlets. But you can see that the angle is different between the ramps and the cowl inlet. So they call for a diagonal bend across the ramps to align the forward edge with the cowl inlets.
I was concerned about this bend on the left side, because the air filter and snorkel for the air inlet will be there. After some research, I decided to go ahead and fit the ramp, then essentially modify it for the air filter.
OK, big note here… if you are installing the snorkel inlet, DON’T trim the forward edge of the ramp. The instructions for the baffles don’t allow for this possibility, but the instructions for the snorkel do. Maybe I should have read ahead.
Here are pictures of the diagonal bends. You can see how nicely they line up with the cowl edges now.
I decided to go ahead and fit the snorkel before continuing with the rest of the baffles.
I temporarily installed the alternator because I’d read about conflicts between the snorkel and other parts of the engine.
No issues with the alternator. There is slight interference between a lower mounting lug on the starter and the snorkel. I’ve seen where people totally removed this or both of these lower lugs. I may not have to do that.
My bigger issue right now is that the forward face of the snorkel is even with the cut edge of the inlet ramp.
Hence my note above about not trimming this edge of the ramp quite so far.
So I ordered another inlet ramp from Van’s.