My Wooden Airplane
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6/15/2009 - 6/20/2009

Engine Prep

Well, I got the crank back from the local crank shop, and although they said it was still within spec, I didn't like the grooves that were still present after polishing. In order to remove them, the crank would have to be reground, and I already mentioned why I would not be doing that with this crank. So, I picked another one and brought it down to a different crank shop to have it reground. I also successfully removed the pilot bushing from one of the cranks, but the other one will need to be taken out on a lathe.

On a more positive note, I spent an evening at fellow EAA member (and Chapter President) Roger Hansen's hangar using his cool bead blasting machine. I was able to bead blast most of the engine parts, and they came out looking really great! Thanks again, Roger!

Total Time: 3.5 hrs.