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RE: REFLECTOR: fuselage leveling
I got a chuckle out of your jack description; it could have been mine.
Although after about a week, I attached a couple of broom handle clips I
had sitting around in the shop to the side of the 4 x 4 so that I no longer
needed to figure out where I last left the !#@$ hydraulic jack handles.
From: Al Gietzen [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 1999 10:01 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; CBrock5000@aol.com
Subject: Re: REFLECTOR: fuselage leveling
For the rest of the life of your airplane you're going to need a jack for
it; may as well make it now. I used a length of 4 x 4 and made a base of 4
triangles cut from a 1 x 12 attached to the sides of the 4 x 4. Mount a
hydraulic jack on top. Glue a piece of carpet to a 4" length of 4x, drill
shallow hole in one side to fit over the head of the jack for a nice pad
the wing (spar) to rest on. Make a similar stand for the other side with a
height just about right to fit under the spar without a jack. Put the
stand under one side (maybe with a spacer if needed) and the jack stand
under the other and adjust the jack for leveling. Holds the plane up
for wing attaching, gear tests; whatever.
Hope this helps.
>i had fuselage leveled near perfect to mount spar several months ago (via
>horses), now that i am nearly ready to work on the fuel strakes, i would
>to have a better system this time to keep the fuselage level, any
>suggestions? it seems i remember someone placing cinderblocks with a jack
>under each side of the spar. i prefer not placing the fuselage on the gear
>i would like to be able to raise and lower if necessary. any suggestions
>details appreciated. chris brock xl-rg