3/30/18 - Started assembly of the seat structure and laid out all the parts for the tri-gear mounts (black parts). The larger tubes are for the rudder pedals.
4/1/18: The seat structure is cleco'd to the floor pan and to the aft wing spar tunnel support. Cleco'd the main gear mounts in place to pilot drill the mounting hardware.
4/1/18: Dimpled the larger bolts necessary to attach the main gear mounts to the plane. I will be installing temporary fasteners until the final install where I will install the aircraft grade bolts and hardware.
4/3/18: Drilled the hole through the floor pan into the main gear mount then slid the titanium leg into it. Taped the main wheel onto the leg to see about height.
4/3/18: The legs of the main gear are made of solid titanium. Makes me feel great that such a solid metal will deal with the impacts of landings.
4/13/18: Starting the process of aligning the wheels with a 0.7 degree toe in angle. This takes precision using a Sonex supplied tool and a 6' length of 1" aluminum angle.
4/13/18: Measure 3 thousand times so you only have to drill once. This titanium is hard to drill and very expensive. No mistakes here...hopefully.
4/13/18: Making sure everything is square and level before the final alignment measurements. Measured off the floor and it seems perfect.
4/13/18: Can't emphasize enough how much I measured, re-measured, leveled, re-measured before deciding on pilot drilling the titanium. I was nervous.
4/13/18: Drilling through this was tough, slow, and steady with a ton of cutting oil. Going lighter and letting the drill do the work made this eventually drill through like butter.
4/13/18: The shavings from drilling through the gear leg made for some impressive pieces.
4/13/18: After about 12 hours worth of work I was able to get her on all three wheels in one days time.