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  • Where to find aileron parts?

    I am helping Peter rebuild his ailerons, we got spar material today but I think we may need a few ribs and some trailing edge material, what is a source for finding some? Thanks, Tim
    N29787
    '41 BC12-65

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    Aircraft Spruce has trailing edge material in 10' sections. Aileron ribs should be fairly easy to come by. I would also replace the hinge brackets on the aileron, or at least make sure the hinge pin holes are not any oversized. I have often thought about modifying the brackets for an alternate method for keeping the pins from rotating where it shouldn't.

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      • #4
        Rob, is that spot welded?
        N29787
        '41 BC12-65

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        • #5
          I was thinking like Rob shows, but like a 1/8x3/8 .063 or .090 rectangle tacked opposite of where it contacts the head of the pin.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by astjp2 View Post
            Rob, is that spot welded?
            It is Tim, but I'm sure there are other ways of preventing pin rotation.

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            • #7
              No, I have a spot welder and that would work. I could also sliver braze a tab on.
              N29787
              '41 BC12-65

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              • #8
                Brazing or silver soldering would work!

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                • #9
                  Loctite blue under the head worked for me.

                  Also make sure that the hinge is a tiny bit wider than the grip length of the clevis pin so you have to squeeze the hinge to get the cotter in.

                  That way the head is always being held against the hinge. Adding a washer to the cotter pin end would do that also.

                  Dave R

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                  • #10
                    Well Peter has been stripping paint and varnish off the ribs, we have been acid etching and alodining them, so far we have 4 bad nose ribs, 2, possibly 4 bad main ribs and I and one bad butt rib. He was out there with a wire brush, stripper going to town today for 12 hours. The ones that are good, look good. We got the spars planed to thickness, I have to cut the doublers and then we have to get some plywood and then we can get the steel parts cleaned up, bead blasted and painted. Once that is done, assembly can begin. Once they are assembled, we get to drive down and test fit them. Making progress and I have a plan. Padawon is doing good. Tim
                    N29787
                    '41 BC12-65

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                    • #11
                      I probably have ribs.

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                      • #12
                        need 4 nose ribs
                        5 long ribs
                        1 butt rib
                        3 hinge brackets that are not wore out
                        N29787
                        '41 BC12-65

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                        • #13
                          did I send you some hinge brackets? thought so

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                          • #14
                            Hey, I should go look at those boxes that some great guy named Dave sent me. LOL,
                            N29787
                            '41 BC12-65

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                            • #15
                              Are you working with stamped ribs or pre-War built up ribs?
                              Ray

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