Sun Mar 21 2010

Installing crotch strap brackets

Although the weather wasn't supposed to be good enough for priming today, the cold and rain held off enough to prime the crotch strap brackets. After getting these primed and before I left to take Kody home, I put them in the oven on "warm" to fully harden the primer. Worked great!

After getting home and having some food, I got the brackets pop riveted in. There are a lot of pop rivets in these brackets...made me wish for a pneumatic pop rivet puller.

Afterwards, my Dad and I installed these brackets on either side of the forward half of the F-704 bulkhead. I may take these back out again and file some relief in the lower edge since they're touching the diagonal tube from of the landing gear weldments.