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.
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.
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!)