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Hey Everyone, Long time listener, first time caller.

 

I have been working on my modified Long Ez for the last 7+ years. I call it the Garaggio Ez, you can read about why on my blog. It has blended winglets, an O-360, AFP injection, P-Mags, Dual Garmin G3X touch, custom cowl, armpit cooling scoops, naca belly induction air scoop, Todds Canopy oversized canopy, and many more mods. You can see more about it on my blog as well.

 

Yesterday was a big day for the Garaggio EZ as it was the first time I saw it all put together wearing its "dress whites." I plan to fly in primer, and as such it still has some ugly spots, but I figure no use painting a "prototype." Here are a few photos and you can find more on my blog.

 

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Congrats on getting her all up and ready :)  I wish you a lovely first flight :)

 

And an even better second flight :)

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Welcome to the CZ, Joe..

 

Nice Job! Your project's turned into a beautiful Long-Ez - - Congratulations!

 

Looking forward to the updates..

 

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.Here are a few photos and you can find more on my blog.

Very nice work.

 

Question for you - in looking at your three tries at the winglets, I see the exterior of the final result but you don't have any mention of the structure inside the winglet. What did you do for structural attachment of the winglet to the wing, and just out of curiosity, who advised you on both the aero (especially the 12" radius) and the structure?

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Kent - it is UV Smooth Prime, rolled on and sanded.

 

Marc - please see your messages

 

I should note that the engine and electrical/avionics are still in the works. It was an airframe roll out only. Still have a ways to go before first flight.

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Kent - it is UV Smooth Prime, rolled on and sanded.

Oooh, boy. A number of folks have had very bad experiences with that stuff, myself included. Be absolutely sure to cover it with the recommended Epoxy Primer before putting on your paint system - stuff just did not stick to the Smooth Prime in many cases. Good luck...

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Oooh, boy. A number of folks have had very bad experiences with that stuff, myself included. Be absolutely sure to cover it with the recommended Epoxy Primer before putting on your paint system - stuff just did not stick to the Smooth Prime in many cases. Good luck...

 

FWIW, I have not had any problem with my Smooth Prime primer under a Nason 2K Fulthane (urethane) topcoat.  Nowadays I use a two part sandable epoxy primer but the Smooth Prime was good for pinholes and I don't see any signs of flaking or deterioration.  No idea what the difference would be from Marc's experience.  Cross your fingers.

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Well. Thanks for the info on the UVSP. I appreciate all your experiences. The good news is I am flying in this primer and intend to take nearly all of it off before I go to re-finish and paint. It is a prototype after all and I'm sure I will have to make changes so don't want to paint yet. As such if it doesn't adhere well, I guess it will just force my hand to paint sooner than later. :) if it does, I know I can use it again.

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I haven't been on canard zone in a while. But since there was a post asking for more updates to show participation, here is my update. 

 

Since the last photos shown, I have been working on systems, electrical, and engine installation. I am making good progress on those fronts. There is something satisfying about the systems work. It sounds simple, but I was happy when I could turn on the master switch and hear the click of the solenoid.

 

In the interest of forward progress and my lack of electrical skills, I had Stein wire up my instrument panel. The price was actually pretty reasonable considering how much wiring they had to do, and how much time I figure it saved me. With my new job, time is less and less available. I highly recommend them if you are considering using them. 

 

We have also spend considerable time working on mounting the oil cooler, fuel injection components, and working on baffles. I am doing a hybrid aluminum and fiberglass baffle system. I have to say the baffles are an annoying project. The go on and come off so many times and it is a lot of fiddling. Doesn't seem like you get much done for the amount of time spent. But I think I am on the homebound stretch for those. 

 

Oh yea, a few other tidbits... i got my prop and the upholstery is done too. :)

 

There are many more details on my blog about all of this. You can find the blog here: http://garaggio.wordpress.com/chronology

 

Here are a few photos to show some of the things I have been working on since my last post. 

 

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Nice work.  I would like to see the underside of your baffles.  

 

I think I'll start a baffle thread: nothing but baffle pics.  All baffles.  A baffle Wiki.  Baffle compendium.  Go-to for baffles.   :P

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Sounds baffling to me but then again, I'm very easily baffled..........LOL....:) On a serious note, I think its a good idea so all can get a handle on whats needed to cool different setups. Might take some of the voo doo out of the equation on what to do and not do.

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Kent - That is probably a very worth while thread.

 

Got a bit done yesterday. I was able to test out some of the wiring. It was half legitimate testing, half for fun. But we tested the stick functions for both front and rear stick. These are autopilot disconnect, aileron trim, elevator trim, and landing brake. We also were able to test the seat heaters. Everything tested out ok except for one minor thing. The seat heater switch is installed backwards. High is low and low is high. Just need to swap two wires on the switches. I will call it a victory. You can read more about it on my blog on the first link. Second link is a short video of the landing brake going up and down.

 

https://garaggio.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/testing-erics-work/

 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HOSkoMY1ARI

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For those that don't know, the Garaggio EZ has since graduated to Flying status  :D

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Nice!  I like that panel, nice and clean, simple.  That thing looks fast just sitting there!

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