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'46 Runabout 17 Mar 2023 03:09 #124848

Aren't clecoes an amazing tool?!  I hope whoever invented them made lots of money off the invention.

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'46 Runabout 15 Mar 2023 12:43 #124822

When you're out of Clecos, it's rivet time! 





 
           



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'46 Runabout 14 Mar 2023 17:25 #124811

When you're out of Clecos, it's rivet time! 
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'46 Runabout 14 Mar 2023 14:24 #124809

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That’s mesmerizing , wow really amazing to see all that hard work.. coming together all that hard work is going to be worth it!
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'46 Runabout 14 Mar 2023 13:29 #124806

That looks really good.

I’ll let other chime in here, but If you’re not using a sealant between the backing sheets and the existing hull, I’d spray zinc-chromate (ZnCr) or epoxy on the joining surfaces to prevent corrosion between the sheets. I know Feathercraft did not do any of that originally, but I always try to put stuff back better than original.
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'46 Runabout 14 Mar 2023 12:38 #124804

More wet weather gave me time to work on the patch.
The final backing plate needed the skin pulled closed before drilling. It had sprung out when I cut out the bad spot. I had to use a piece of 2 x 4 to make my clamp a long reach and then I had to clamp my clamp because it kept wanting to slip off. Pulled it flat, drilled and used machine screws to hold it closed until they were all drilled.
 

After that the clecos held it closed.
 

Plates are all deburred, countersunk, edges broke, and leading edge tapered to prevent gunk catching under the seat.
 

This is how they fit between the stringers.
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I'm out of clecos.
 




 

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'46 Runabout 06 Mar 2023 11:34 #124663

Backing plate 2 pre-drilled.
Started countersinking holes for plate 1.

 

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'46 Runabout 04 Mar 2023 13:48 #124650

Bad weather day gave me a chance to get one of the backing plates cleco'd into place.

 

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'46 Runabout 25 Feb 2023 18:42 #124600

Considering where it is, I would go close spacing and staggered like the original Feather Craft seams.
 
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'46 Runabout 25 Feb 2023 15:29 #124597

I forgot to ask for confirmation about rivet placement for the flush patch.
My understanding for flush rivets...2 1/2D edge spacing and 4 - 6D pitch.
Since it's a flush patch, I should use 4D pitch for strength?
 

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