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    I am rebuilding a taylorcraft ;1946 BC12D-85 0n floats. Project is about 6 weeks from test flight . I bought a new head liner for inside of plane.but it did not come with suport wires. Where can i buy these wires,or have information on how to make same. Thanking You Frank Lensmyer
    frank@banlen.com

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    Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

    Here is a diagram of the headliner wires. Four are the same, one has a different length for the ends.
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    • #3
      Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

      Thanks for the headliner wires information/
      Frank Lensmyer

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        Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

        I have ordered my new headliner and need to make the wire braces.
        The problem I am having is locating 1/8" stainless wire that is long enough.
        Does anyone have a source for the wire?
        I have emailed a couple of wire companies but I thought I would go to the well too.
        Thanks and Happy New Year!!
        Jay

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        • #5
          Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

          The original wires were not stainless, they were mild steel. Stainless is a great idea since the wires rust and really mess up a nice headliner.
          If you have to go to steel wires, make sure you prime and paint them carefully. Any rust spot will bleed through. DON'T powder coat them. The coating will crack when you flex them and powder coating a piece of wire would probablu be REALLY expensive.
          Hank

          Can you even powder coat a piece of wire? I never did like powder coat. I mix my own epoxy and spray from a cheap gun (a $3 HF airbrush). If you don't get all of the epoxy out of a gun, it is toast.

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          • #6
            Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

            I think aircraft spruce has them. But the cheapest and best bet, I found in an industrial supply house called McFadden in Corona Ca. If you want, I can check tiday when I'm there. I bought some there. Need to know the length. Don't tell them it's for acft. they can raise the price. TonyL

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            • #7
              Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

              Hi Tony,
              That would be great! They need to be 54 inches long.
              Thanks!
              Jay

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              • #8
                Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                Mine came from a welding supply store (I used to own one), and are 36" long TIG stainless wires which are butt-welded together to make long enough. The small weld won't show. Most any easily weldable alloy of stainless will do, whatever they have, most likely 308, 308L or 316. Mine have lasted almost 30 years now.

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                • #9
                  Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                  Does piano wire (music wire) come in that diameter? I use music wire to replace carb heat, throttle controls, etc.

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                  • #10
                    Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                    I used a wire that I got from a auto upholstery shop that is use for headliners on antique cars and trucks. This wire comes in 8-10 foot lengths and is .150. Its bendable and flexable. I used a tubing bender to do mine.

                    Norm G
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                    • #11
                      Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                      Good thought, Norm. I think it's called "beading wire" or similar?

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                        Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                        QUOTE=Frank Lensmyer;9944]I am rebuilding a taylorcraft ;1946 BC12D-85 0n floats. Project is about 6 weeks from test flight . I bought a new head liner for inside of plane.but it did not come with suport wires. Where can i buy these wires,or have information on how to make same. Thanking You Frank Lensmyer
                        frank@banlen.com[/QUOTE]

                        I didn't install the headliner as it was too low for my liking.
                        I installed a full skylight instead which made that little cabin seem so much bigger.
                        Robert Bradbury
                        BC12D Experimental
                        C-FAJH C90
                        Sen. 74X39 prop
                        Seaplane 1650 Floats

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                          Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                          Frank,
                          Another though, I have 4 that I made using ss brake line tubing. The tubing is nice but if you should pull it down it dosen't spring back like the upholstery rods. If you want it, I'll give it to you for what I have into it plus shipping. A cheaper way to go is to buy the material and make them yourself using the layout that Robert Lees posted. Anway, contact me if you want the ones I have.
                          Norm G

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                            Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                            Thanks for all the suggestions. I will call some upholstery shops and see what is available.
                            The music or piano wire is the correct diameter but I have only been able to find 36 inch lengths.
                            Thanks!
                            Jay

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                            • #15
                              Re: BC12D Head liner wire suports

                              Music wire from the hobby shop can be spliced by wrapping making a short lap-joint, wrapping it with 24 ga. copper wire and then silver soldering. Not elegant, but will work in a pinch.
                              Best Regards,
                              Mark Julicher

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