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*sigh* - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
I was almost done with my annual inspection. Last night, I was going to put on the last rocker arm and close it up.

And the pushrod wasn't, well, springy. All the other pushrod had a spring, so the rockers would go on without problems. This one didn't. Some quality time with the engine manual told me that the springy things were called hydraulic tappets, and how to get 'em off. Unfortunately, the directions didn't work (most likely because they were not very detailed, and obviously I'm missing something). I'm going to get my mechanic to come over tomorrow and look at it. I'd worry about the cam, but I had it inspected while the cylinder was off, so I'm guessing this just got a bit dried out from not running for 3 months, and a trip through the parts washer will fix it.

So my holiday weekend is going to be spent, yet again, working on the airplane while all my friends go flying.

*sigh* I think she hates me.

Also, while trying to figure out what was wrong with the valve train last night, I was turning the engine through by hand. With the prop off, this is tricky, so I was leaning into it - and managed to mash my left tit between the flywheel gear and the starter gear. I've got a very odd looking bruise on the whole inside of that tit now...

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: July 3rd, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a very odd looking bruise on the whole inside of that tit now...

ouch. last winter i tripped on uneven pavement while running to catch a flight out of JFK, and fell sprawling on my front. the combination of the chunk of cement i landed on and the buttons on my jacket left some weird-looking and fairly painful bruises on my right tit. (although that was far from the worst of my problems.)

as for the engine... offhand (and, mind you, i've never worked on an aircraft engine, just cars, trucks, motorcycles, and an occasional lawnmower or outboard) i'd say you need a spring to match the others. finding one is left as an exercise for the student.

alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: July 6th, 2003 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. Painful!

It's not a proper mechanicing session unless you injure yourself in some small way. I always manage to bruise or abrade something.
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