Wheel assemblies

The lack of documentation on this is almost comical. If this wasn’t an expensive machine I’d be laughing.

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Pulled the assembly apart and managed to get the hub out of the middle of the halves.

Grinding and riveting

I riveted quite a few parts today that hold the fuselage halves together. They’ve been clecoed a long time and I decided to put a ring on it πŸ™‚

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I’ve found the lack of documentation by Zenith in some parts to be really lacking. For example, for the whole wheel and brake assemblies, it says to “refer to the documentation that came with the Matco wheels and brakes.” This consists of parts list and some diagrams. To top it off, the gear gets in the way of the disk calipers and needs to be ground off. Arg.


The quality of the Zenith kit is pretty good, some parts like this make me want to throw something.



Busy work and family day. All I got done was the axles. Hard to believe those four AN4 bolts are all that hold those things on.

Spring gear, kinda a pain to get on

The main gear comes pre notched which is an upgrade from having to measure and do this yourself while keeping everything aligned. The rubber buffers need to be notched and the bracket that holds the gear on needs to be drilled. That part is easy enough, with a drill press in my shop.

Hard part came when we lifted the gear up to fit it inside the bolts hanging from the bottom of the plane. The pre-drilled notches in the gear we’re about 1 mm too close together. So there was a lot of grinding a little bit off of one side, and then the other side to keep them even until they could just fit nice and snug.

I’m sure this seems easy, it required more physical effort then we were prepared for in the heat. Nevertheless Julie and I got it done. Now for a shower and a nap.

Bolts and fuel line routing

Finished all of the bolts in both gear strut fittings and torqued to the specs in the Construction Standards Guide.

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Since I’m going out of order because I need it on the main landing gear to move it around in my 20×20 garage so I can build the wings in here, I needed to button up all of the things on the back of the seat mounts. There are several holes drilled now for the traditional fuel line routing, but since I’m putting in a center console, I may not use them and route through there instead.



Also need to put in the seat belt mounts since they rivet up through the gear channel.

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Seat pans

Since I need to get the plane up on the landing gear to make space for the rest of the build, there’s a lot of related things that need to be done and riveted before access to some areas becomes more difficult.

Gear strut fittings are back

Got new fittings from Zenith and they look much better.

Sad that I have to paint them.

Also started drilling and riveting the rear wing attach points, which I had held back on earlier in the build.