Ground Adjustable Rudder Pedals

Time: 5 Hours

While I have to wait until Saturday to do the brake and fuel line plumbing when my buddy Glen can come over and give me some pointers I moved on to some other tasks that needed to be done. I grabbed the parts for the ground adjustable rudder pedals and started their work. Back when I was working on the firewall and forward floor I took care of a couple of rivet changed in anticipation of these parts. First up was to clean up the edges of the floor angles. I then laid out the rivet holes, 12 per side, and drilled them on the drill press.

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(null)At each outboard end of the rudder pedal assembly there is a triangular shaped bracket. You need to have a spacer/bushing made out of a plastic called UHMW. This will allow smooth movement of the rudder pedal frame. Van’s gives you some blank stock and you need to shape and drill them per the plans.

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(null)Next I match drilled the 1/8″ holes and enlarged them to 3/16″ for AN3 bolts.

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(null)With the holes drilled in the floor angles I placed them into position and carefully lined them up per the measurements on the plans. I matched drilled them to the forward floor and clecko’d them into place. With the fuselage slid forward so the front end was accessible from the bottom I drilled up thru the lower firewall angle and the forward gear tower angle. This gave me matched holes for the two ends as they hit this angles.

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(null)I reamed all the holes in the parts, cleaning out the powder coating. I also scuffed up all surfaces with scotch-brite pads so that I could prime and paint. While I started priming the UPS driver came and delivered my fuel pump/filter from Van’s.

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(null)I located all the parts for the fuel line runs including the fuel vents. So I should be all ready to run the lines this Saturday. For now I just finished up the painting of the rudder pedal parts and will let them cure for a few days before assembling them.

(null)I think I will keep on this painting roll tomorrow and work on the two roll bars and get them done as well!

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