Riveting the seat backs and pushrods3h
November 9, 2022
Today I riveted the control pushrods and the seat backs.
The first thing I did was to assemble the pushrods. The manual recommends priming the inside of the pushrods to protect against corrosion. However, I decided to use a different method. For the primer to stick, the tubes need to be cleaned relatively well, which would be difficult to do. Instead, I used Boeshield T-9, which I put inside the tubes and sloshed around until the whole tube was covered with it internally.
Then I riveted the ends using the MSP-42 blind rivets.
Assembled the elevator bellcrank. Nothing special, a regular job for a manual squeezer.
And, finally, I went for the seat backs. Again, nothing special. I installed most of the rivets using the manual squeezer and the remaining rivets using the rivet gun.
I put the shop heads on the front side of the seat. For one thing, they will be hidden behind the seat. Another reason was to put the manufactured head on the side with the thinner material. However, later I realized that two horizontal rows of the rivets (one for the top angle and another for the hinge that attaches the brace) have thinner material on the front side. I still put the rivets in these holes from the aft, just for consistency.
And this is that. Not sure what's next. My wing crating date is Nov, 28th to December 19th, so hopefully, will get my wing kit soon.