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It worked!!!!!   I just popped the lower cowl out of the mould.  It came straight out, no sticking, no lumps and bumps and divots.  (Well maybe a couple of minor divots!)   Decided

*YAWN* I need sleep...   Tired but happy.    

I am building a Zodiac 650 and I opted for the 3M Carbon fibre wrap.  I also created a dash overlay that I broke up into several dash sections.  Still a few bits to go though.

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30 minutes ago, Blueadventures said:

Nice Marty,  good to fit insulation boots on the ends over the terminals for added contact protection.

I will when I can get some - Jaycar don't stock them.  Might ask around the battery places / auto electricians.

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Hi Marty, we were discussing 912 starts while working on a build yesterday:

The combination of your positive and negative wiring, and the soft start (timed spark retard period) on your engine should give you prompt and faultless starts every time. It works so well, in fact, that the day I get any hesitancy or misfiring on a start will be the day I go looking for the problem.

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The starter motor mounting lug is the place most attach the engine earth

 

I am doing all the avionics and engine wiring on mine now as well. I really love the hinged panel and the equipment tray I put in...so much better than hanging upside down with a headlight on trying to do the wiring

 

 

 

 

 

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Starter motor lugs it is.

 

I like your setup Mark but I think the Sav has a bit more panel space than the 701.   I don't want to lose any legroom so won't put anything below it.

Today I pulled the positive cable through to the battery, measured length and cut it.  Works out to 2.28m which I'm fairly happy with, I was afraid it would go over 3m.  I also drilled out the rivets at the front of the pilot's seat, will need to lift and get below that to fix cable holders etc, and also to join up the isolator switch.

 

On the negative side, (not "bad", just negative!) - I put in another gland through the firewall and ran a short section of 14mm2 from the starter motor lug through the firewall and to the back of one of the bolts holding the regulator on.  Will mount the negative bus bar close to that, and also run 14mm2 from that bolt alongside the positive cable until under the pilot seat, where it'll terminate at the isolator switch.  Then from other switch terminal to the negative terminal of the battery.  I believe that should give a nice solid earth return - happy to take on board any suggestions though!

 

As far as running the cables along the cabin floor under the rudder cable - have others run anything to protect them (eg a cover of some sort) or just left them exposed?  Thinking a "top hat" section length of aluminium riveted to the floor may not be a bad idea.

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I run the cables in a corrogated split conduit its about 30mm diameter and you can run one down each side if you like and it just sits in the bottom corner. You can keep it there by velcro if necessary

 

 

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1 hour ago, Kyle Communications said:

I run the cables in a corrogated split conduit its about 30mm diameter and you can run one down each side if you like and it just sits in the bottom corner. You can keep it there by velcro if necessary

 

 

Plus one for that. Cheap as chips from Jaycar in various diameters and does a great job of tidying it all up. Mine are cable tied at the floor below the front of the doors, and they don't shift at all.

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Looks great, Marty! Will there be pushbutton to test low fuel indicator, and battery discharge light?

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14 hours ago, IBob said:

Looks great, Marty! Will there be pushbutton to test low fuel indicator, and battery discharge light?

Thanks Bob!

The push button for low fuel test is on the harness so left that off for now - there's a hole for it in the middle of the main 4 gauges. Haven't got a battery light but there is a gauge for it, middle top in the right cluster. 

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Some more wiring today - pulled the pilots seat up and connected up the negative coming from the back of the regulator to one side of the isolator switch, and ran another cable from the other side of the isolator switch to negative terminal of battery.

 

Also ran the positive back to the battery - through a cable gland on pilot's side seat front, then a cable clamp riveted to the floor between seat bottom and main gear, up to another cable clamp riveted to an angled tab on the seat back/bottom L angle, to the battery.

 

The worst part was the battery end of the positive cable - because of the way it's run, had to crimp the terminal in place inside the back of the plane.  My crimper is the big bolt-cutter type which when open almost reached both sides of the fuselage - had to remove the flaperon pushrods in order to get close enough!

 

Briefly had cables hooked up to both terminals of the battery (after ensuring the isolator switch was off) in order to tie the last section of negative cable in place.  Took them off again before leaving the shed!

 

In the picture looking down inside the seat, the negative cables are actually vertically removed from the flap pushrod.

 

 

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Received the header tank (2nd hand) from Aerokits today.  All looks good and has complete wiring to the test button - although not to light, so will have to figure that out.  I think the harness that I have on already has the test button and connectors so will probably use that one.

Now obviously the tank sits behind passenger and drain cock protrudes below the aircraft (and I'd always thought of it as a "her" before now!)  and looks like two small bolts hold it in position.

 

Questions for the Sav owners:

 

1. Is there any reinforcement below the tank or does it sit on the bottom skin?

2. Is it fairly well centred behind the passengers side?  Or over to the fuse side and just enough room to clear the rudder cable?

3. How close to the main gear channel does the front of it sit?

4. On top, there's 2 large barb fittings (from the tanks) and a smaller barb which I assume is for a breather.  Where does that line go?

 

Any photos of your installs would be much appreciated!  Thanks.

 

Cheers, Marty

 

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Just sits on floor skin, no reinforcing, upper part is strapped to panel behind RH seat.

 

Haven't seen one with 3 top fittings.

Maybe one for each of the tanks, and the small one added later as a breather. On the Sav the breather goes into the LH inboard tank high up (and the fuel return from engine goes same place on the RH tank.) Having said that, no need for 3 fittings: normally one big one is used to bring fuel in from 1 or multiple tanks, the other big one is the breather.

 

The low fuel switch is a simple reed switch, and when it is made (fuel low) it connects the wire to the aircraft hull. So that terminal there is normally riveted to the hull right next to the tank. The indicator at the panel has 12V on it all the time, the level switch completes the circuit by switching on the negative side.
The indicator test button on the panel does the same thing: completes the circuit on the negative side.

 

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Thanks Bob, that's excellent.  Gives me the position nicely.


Given the 701 doesn't have that nice rounded corner on the fuse sides, I may be able to get it even closer to the side so that port connector isn't so close to the flaperon mixer.

 

So - if one of your big barbs is the breather, where does it run to?   I'm assuming somewhere high!

 

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On the Sav, the breather goes into a point high in the side wall of the LH (inboard) tank: it has it's own fitting there. (I guess it could also be teed into the upper sight glass fitting, provided that tube was level or uphill from the tee to the tank, that would be one less fitting in the tank.)

 

On the pics the RH top tube is the fuel coming in, the LH top tube is the breather. The breather pipe does a very tight bend under the mixer, that steel pipe is excellent as it holds the bend you put in it, and bends without collapsing.

 

You can also see the low fuel switch wiring lug riveted to the crossmember in the bottom pic.

And the cable run in the black corrugated stuff at the base of the tank in the second pic down is the main battery + and - cables and the lead from the low fuel switch going forward.

The other visible wiring is from the Magnum box to the wingtip strobes.

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On the Sav, the breather goes into a point high in the side wall of the LH (inboard) tank: it has it's own fitting there. (I guess it could also be teed into the upper sight glass fitting, provided that tube was level or uphill from the tee to the tank, that would be one less fitting in the tank.)

 

On the pics the RH top tube is the fuel coming in, the LH top tube is the breather. The breather pipe does a a very tight bend under the mixer, that steel pipe is excellent as it holds the bend you put in it, and bends without collapsing.

 

You can also see the low fuel switch wiring lug riveted to the crossmember in the bottom pic.

And the cable run in the black corrugated stuff at the base of the tank in the second pic down is the main battery + and - cables and the lead from the low fuel switch going forward.

The other visible wiring is from the Magnum box to the wingtip strobes.

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