Cowl Fasteners

I had initially planned to only install four camlock fasteners, but upon visiting David Bice, he pointed out that the seal between the cowl door and the lower cowl could be a potential leak of cylinder cooling air. That sounded wise enough, and since the fasteners had come in a pack of 10 instead of 8, I had two extras burning a hole in my parts drawer.

Cam Fasteners

Cam Fasteners


I started with a test in just the u-channel. This just required a 1/4″ hole in the aluminum to allow the body of the fastener to pass through.
Fastener test

Fastener test


It looks like the length is just right. I used the receptacle as a drilling jig to drill the rivet holes. Then I enlarged the center hole with the step drill. All that was left was to add the rivets.
Fastener Rivets

Fastener Rivets


On subsequent fasteners I riveted through the channel and the cowl material, for a couple of reasons. First, if i ever need to replace one of these receptacles, I’d rather drill two rivets than the whole line that attaches the cowl sheet to the u-channel. Also, my plan to dimple the lugs on the receptacles did not work so well, so the two layers of aluminum provide a better countersink medium.
Cracked Receptacle

Cracked Receptacle


I think the crack was in part because the receptacles were pretty old. Some of them dimpled fine, but two cracked. I installed the rest, and ordered replacements for the others.
Finished Camlocks

Finished Camlocks


Finished Camlocks

Finished Camlocks


After those were done I made some aluminum backing strips for the nose bowl at the horizontal split.