This is the start of the stainless firewall parts. Mostly an edge finishing and dimpling exercise. On stainless the edge finishing is even more important because stainless is very sharp after it is cut.
The muffler tunnel made from stainless steel. This won't get primed or painted because of the heat.
Bottom floor skins, note the rectangular cut out of Van"s new landing gear
Box of fuselage parts ready for priming
More fuselage parts
Battery box and canopy parts for priming
Heating inlet flow boxes with regulating gate doors
Priming the area of the bottom skins where they over lap for corrosion resistance per the plans.
More fuselage parts being primed. We like to build all the parts for each section of the plans, fit them up to make sure all is well and then disassemble and prime before final riveting.
More fuselage parts being primed. We had a warm day and must have painted one hundred parts
The star of riveting the firewall parts
There are many rivets in the firewall assembly, but we completed both halves in less than a day
View of the corner where the motor mount is attached
Front view of the completed firewall - Section 27
Inside view of the firewall Section 27 Assembly, note we used a couple 2 x 4's to hold the firewall vertical while we riveted this section
Here we started the assembly of the floor pans to the firewall, yeas it all fit together very nicely even thought it took a few attempts to nest the two assemblies.
We finished Pro-sealing the appropriate seams around the firewall and the exhaust ramp, clecoed them together in every hole and will rivet the assembly next time in the shop