Matt's RV-6 Project



Matt Dralle's RV-6 Project
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Date:  10-16-2011
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Instrument Panel Final Assembly - Part 01

Project HOBBS Meter: 50 days

With all of the parts back from powder coat and the interior paint complete, it was time to get serious about reassembly. After the rudder pedal assemblies, I focused on preparing the instrument panel for installation. All of the various components got installed, then the wiring harness reinstalled, and then the support braces got bolted back on. I decided to replace all of the engine controls with shiny new units including a new Throttle, Prop, Mixture, Carb Heat, and Cabin Heat control. Wow, they really made the new instrument panel POP!

As I previously mentioned, I reused the King KX125 TSO Nav/Com from the original installation. The bezel was kind of worn, though, and so I ordered a replacement bezel and the three plastic lens inserts and then installed them on the unit. Wow, POP, again! It made it look like a brand new radio! A note here; I was amazed that I could still get bezel parts for a circa 1997+ radio. I just sent an email to Pacific Coast Avionics (PCA) in Oregon and asked them for the specific parts I wanted giving them the model and serial number of the radio. They ordered them up and I had them in about a week and a half. BTW, PCA's price was about 30% lower then a couple of other quotes I got for exactly the same parts.

After I got all of the parts and harness installed in the instrument panel, it was time to slip it into the airplane. Wow! So cool! I couldn't believe how awesome it looked! And I barely scratched anything getting it in there, either! I added my "industrial looking" #8 socket head, black oxide stainless steel screws and declared it a "work of art"!

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Instrument Panel Final Assembly

Instrument Panel Final Assembly

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Instrument Panel Final Assembly

Instrument Panel Final Assembly

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Instrument Panel Final Assembly

Instrument Panel Final Assembly

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