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11 Oct 2022 17:50 #3662 by Eric Parks
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The mission continues! We added a cigarette lighter socket on the right side. Plan on adding another one on the left. Just about everything is hooked up. We have two engine gauges that will need to be connected tomorrow and we should be done.


The panel is quite the show when powered up now! Lots of lights and graphics as the instruments power up.


We did the required gear retract test and added some air to the gear struts while it was on jacks.
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05 Oct 2022 19:32 #3658 by Eric Parks
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My predictions on when we finish the upgrade continue to be WAY off! We had a medical emergency in my mechanics family followed by a hurricane named Ian so once again we got delayed. However we still got some progress and will hopefully have a little more accomplished than we originally planned. Today I got these pics from my mechanic as I am back at work and won't be able to "help" him.

All the gauges are connected and powered now. We are doing the "wrap up" items now so it's nice to see everything lit up!


The co-pilot headset plugs and USB plugs are now installed on the right. The uncovered area will get a new panel made to complete the look.


Right side panel is close to the final configuration. We still need to relocate the ALT OUT lights.
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23 Sep 2022 14:41 #3631 by Eric Parks
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Everyone gets in on the act! I got to make a new sheet metal backing for the carpet on the cabin sidewall. It looked pretty tired so it got replaced. We used a thicker gauge so we can consider it an upgrade! I'm sure it's quieter or more smooth or.... something!

We missed some workdays this week but we are still on track to finish next week. At least I hope so!
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20 Sep 2022 16:41 #3628 by Eric Parks
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All the leads have been attached to the engine and all wiring has been pulled for the right engine now. Time to start connecting everything and see if it works!


All the wires have to be labeled and kept track of so everything goes to the right place

Today we had some good news. We had been planning on replacing the Starter Relays on the Apache since the Master Relay had croaked after much engine cranking. So we planned on replacing the Starter Relays during this upgrade period. However, try as we might we never could figure out where Mr. Piper has hidden them. Finally I contacted Kent and asked him to direct me to someone that could point us in the right direction. He got ahold of Tom Pentecost at DAS Flightline and Tom sent us a diagram. When we looked at it we realized there were NO Starter Relays, just the Master Relay we had already put in. So we were looking for something that wasn't there! No wonder we couldn't find it!

Also, the "cooling box" (plenum?) around the right engine is in good shape so we don't need to refurbish it any more than just clean it up and paint it. Less work is good!
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20 Sep 2022 16:27 #3627 by Eric Parks
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Jen D wrote: That's awesome! Clem looks a little perturbed! Long hours at the Piper factory?? :silly: :lol:


And now Clem has been stuck inside the sidewall of my Apache! I'd be perturbed too! :P

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12 Sep 2022 10:18 #3609 by Jen D
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That's awesome! Clem looks a little perturbed! Long hours at the Piper factory?? :silly: :lol:

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