Had a bit of time in the shop last night, decided to try an get the oil filler neck out of the casting. The neck and cap will later be welded to the valve cover. It fits under the cowling better in it's new position and provides an easy way to inspect the upper valve train once the engine is assembled. The aluminum casting isn't used in the conversion.
To get it out of the casting, it was suggested to me to heat the cast aluminum base close to the oil filler neck. It's just pressed in there and should come out easily.
Into the vice....
I'm currently out of propane for my torch, but I wonder if the heat gun would be enough...
A gentle twist with the channel-lock pliers and voila! Out it came, clean and easy!
Tagged and numbered as seperate items and into the inventory bin.
Now to clean some of the that loose hardware..... there has to be an easy way :)
Time until takeoff
Husband, father and 911 dispatcher. Long time pilot with a licence that burns a hole in my pocket where my student loan money used to be. First time aircraft builder. Looking to fly my own airplane.