Sometimes you see a really cool tool that you think about buying, but you don’t need it at the time – and when you do need it, it’s no longer available. Such is the case with the Terminal Tool.
I had originally bought a hydraulic crimping tool from Harbor Freight, but the dies that came with it weren’t compatible with quality Amp terminals.
Fortunately, a friend and fellow RV builder at KASH had a Terminal Tool. It’s easy to use, and makes first-rate crimps on large cables.
Before fitting the spinner I wanted to have the prop temporarily mounted on the engine. This took a bit of work that happened in parallel with a lot of other tasks. Here are some pics, with words to follow later.
More to follow on this one, but as a teaser, things didn’t go so well after this picture was taken…
…so you’ll just have to deal with the plain, unvarnished facts.
Test-fitting the exhaust.
Problems with primary exhaust flange fit
Swapping out fuel injector servo mounting studs.
Fuel injection servo installed, intake masked off to keep stuff out.
Mounting the engine controls, starting with the mixture bellcrank.
Had a few minutes to spare, so why not install the alternator?
The tensioner arm and pivot bolt still need to be torqued, but that’ll wait until the prop is on and the alternator belt is correctly tensioned.
Working on the instrument panel and controls while waiting for engine parts.
Parking brake control bracket
Panel with control brackets
Throttle and flap switch, the fit here is great.
Background colors for panel labels
Prepping the panel for riveting