Drilling pants

Hours Worked = 1

After the literal blood sweat and tears (and curse words) in the initial setup of the jig, and with 9 operational fingers, I continued on with the fitment of the left side wheel pant.

Since the pant was aligned in the pitch and roll orientation, it was a pretty simple matter to align it in the yaw orientation by just twisting the jig as a whole, and measuring off the offset centerline until the front and rear measurements were the same.

During this process, it was necessary to do a little more trimming around the gear leg, but once I had the necessary clearance, everything was in place. Once aligned, I marked the location of the jig on the floor with sharpie so it would be simple to re-align everything again even after removing and re-installing the pant.

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Next, it was time to match drill the pants to the bracket that holds them in place. I drilled holes thru the brackets where they needed to be, and then taped a little LED nightlight to the inside as close to the hole as possible. Then when I put the wheel pant on, I was able to clearly see where the hole needed to be on the pant, and I match drilled it. This was repeated for all the holes on the bracket.

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Next, you need to form an epoxy/flox pad to take up the gap between the pant and the bracket, as they don’t sit perfectly flush against each other. The best way I found to this is to drill a number of small holes all around the hole that you’ve already drilled in the wheel pant, and inject the epoxy/flox mixture with a syringe. I picked up a number of big plastic syringes from the local animal feed store for like $.79 each. Make sure to wrap the wheel pant bracket in packaging tape or some other type of mold release, or the pants will never be coming off!

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And finally, to doublecheck that everything was perfectly in line, I threw the laserplane on the pant. Everything still looks good!

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