If you read the link Joey posted about installing the KF bubble doors it says to install fasteners (rivets) along the front edge. I assume they also believed it was nessesary to have a few fasteners tied into the frame. I will look it over and install what I feel is appropriate. I have removed a lexan window that was installed using the 3M tape. I have to say that shit is serious. It really hold on good. I still don’t know that I’d soley trust the tape to hold the lexan to the frame.
The top picture is Joeys plane. I like how the doors look. The bottom picture is my plane. The lexan has a painted border on the outside. Some of the paint has chipped off and makes it look like hell. I plan on cutting the painted border off and using the clear inside preice as a template. This time I will paint it on the inside.
EDMO, you guys definitely have the creative juices flowing. I’m thinking about the white double sided foam or the 3M adhesive with a bolt like I did on the windscreen in the corners. I’m worried the foam thickness might expose the front edge of the lexan to the wing on the top edge. The lexan sets the doors frame depth on the bottom but the hinges set the top of the door frame depth. Does that make any sense? I guess a trip to the hardware store would tell me a lot more.
Joey, I figured you would respond before I told you....lol. I never know when to text you when you are out of town. Adam, Joey is correct. I bought an Avid from California last June. I had another friend do a prebuy inspection on it and it was determined to be in close to flying condition. I hauled it home and set in to cleaning and inspecting. To make a long story short I finally got that plane in the air three weeks ago after four months of fixing little stuff I found. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying what we refer to as a “Barn Find or Hangar Queen”. Ill shoot you my email and phone number. If you want to know more send me an email or call me. Vance
Adam, Joey Myers lives near you and knows a ton about these planes. He is out of town right now but I will let him know you are looking at an Avid. He has two. He most likely knows of the bird you're looking at. I'll have him post here and you guys can take it from there. Good luck and welcome.
I plan to fit the old lexan and outer aluminum skin together with clecos and use that for a pattern. Once I get the new lexan fitted and drilled with new holes I will take the frames out and tig weld the old holes shut. Once that done the frame will go out the powder coater for a new shiny white coating. It should look good when finished.
Turns out that center bar was aluminum and it was glued in place. I was able to knock both bars out easily. The holes around the bottom of these doors are so bad out of alignment that I'm going to weld them up and re-drill new holes. I guess since he could not see through the outer metal skin that he just drilled whoever he saw fit.