Chapter 23 – Engine Baffles

Chapter 23 – Engine Baffles

This page will cover the planning, construction & installation of the engine baffles.

 

12 September 2017 — In prep for Rough River this year, I sent a note to Mike Beasley, Long-EZ builder extraordinaire, asking if he could bring his O-320 engine baffle templates he created a few years ago.  Previously he had told me I could get a copy, so I figured now was a good time.  Mike actually had soft copies of his templates, sent me those and I immediately went down to Staples and had them printed off.

Here’s a closer shot of one Mike’s engine baffle templates.

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13 September 2017 — Today, since I was on the computer upstairs updating my electrical diagrams, I took a good half hour to familiarize myself with Mike Beasley’s engine baffle templates.  I cut a few of the template pages into pieces so I could better get them organized, and after I had a decent understanding of what was going on I left them alone & headed down to the shop.

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16 October 2017 — As I was getting started in the shop I heard the UPS guy drop off my VAN’s O-320 engine baffle kit.  It was another hour before I could collect it up and inventory all the parts.  I know I will have to make both the standard mods to the baffling kit (i.e. trim for EZ cowling), but I’ll specifically have a significant mod in the forward right hand corner where RVs have their oil cooler located.

Still, I’m extremely happy I got this kit since it gets me about 80% there on getting the baffles finished and installed.  (I’d like to recognize and thank Buly again for his tip to go this direction!)

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Project Update

Hi Folks,

I’m still working out the finer details of making everything fit inside the cockpit, specifically the left armrest currently.  I can see a very real light at the end of the tunnel for all my in-cockpit install shenanigans, and expect to be done with those in the next 2-3 weeks.  

I will be heading out of town for a couple of weeks over the Thanksgiving holiday, but shortly after I return I expect to start working on the lower engine mount extrusions and hanging the engine mount itself in prep for the engine build that will take place somewhere between mid-December and mid-January.  In addition, I’ll mount the firewall in prep for the concurrent canopy and nose builds.

So the big build stuff is coming soon! (including the wheel pants…)

Cheers…

 

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