I didn’t get a lot of shop time in today. I was up late last night and yesterday’s blog post was a biggun!
However, what I did do was very significant and a huge milestone for my Long-EZ build. I finally extricated that darn broken drill bit from the forward bolt hole of the #3 canopy C8 bracket hardpoint.
It took nearly an hour total using the Dremel tool with a very tiny ball cutter bit. Almost what a dentist would use for drilling a cavity. Regardless, I finally got it without too much destruction, other than an oversized hole.
I filled the hole with flox and then went about installing C8 #3 using AN3 bolts.
Of course to first get the proper length bolts I had to sit in the back seat with my Dremel tool and carve away the semi-circular, half-moon notches (both in height and circumference). I also had to allow for getting a wrench and/or socket around the bolt heads to tighten them.
In the end, to get the length just right on the bolts I needed to add a thin washer to each one.
Here’s the final product. Not bad!
With this being an oversized, non-plans, one-off canopy I’m very pleased that the hard points have lined up as required this far.
Tomorrow I plan on hitting it hard again all day long, primarily on the canopy. I will also try to finish installing the last CAMLOC assembly on the left wheel pant.