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1albee
 Post subject: Removable Belly Access
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 8:12 am 
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Just finished installing a new ADS-B Transponder, new master cylinders and a alternate static port. My plane has a removable belly access panel that is about 18" X 34" aft of the rudder pedals to the box structure for the flight controls. Without this access panel this job would have been a real pain. I am 6' and about 200 LBS and me fitting into this area without this access would have required additional bad language and spilled blood. I was able to sit on the hanger floor and work through this access to get the work done. I recommend that if you are in the construction phase you consider adding this wonderful feature to your project.

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Rich Brazell
PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 5:08 pm 
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James Grahn
PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:18 pm 
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I wish I had one. I'm still digging to get to my tank. Last obstacle is a lateral angle between WL 42 longerons. It seems to be a grounding bar.
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Ryan Allen
PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 8:23 pm 
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me too. it would be a huge plus to have that access.


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1albee
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:03 am 
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I believe mine was installed some time after the plane was built.
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fytrplt
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:02 am 
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Drill out all of the rivets holding the .040 cockpit floor on and replace them with #8 flathead screws and nutplates. I've done that on three airplanes so far. A two day job max, with the proper tools and supplies. Make sure you use solid nutplates, not "sliders."

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1albee
PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 9:52 pm 
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I would say that having the removable belly has saved me more than two days while working on the plane in the one year + I have owned the aircraft. I don't know if I have the patients (and unskinned body parts) to have made the hundreds of trips in and out of the cockpit each time I needed a tool or part.

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