When I incorrectly oriented the FAB top during the first assembly, I drilled holes that will need to be filled with the correct orientation. Many of those holes were close to where the filter retainer angles go, so I just made a few adjustments to help them serve double-duty.
This wouldn’t be necessary for someone who did it right the first time.
Next I positioned the thin aluminum top for riveting to the fiberglass. I attached the thick aluminum top to the thin top with regular AN-3 washers between the two. Then I set the filter in place and clecoed the flange around the perimeter. Those washers will make up for a 1/16″ squish on the filter to help ensure a tight seal between the filter element and its respective joining surfaces.
With several clamp clecos in place to help be sure that nothing was going to shift, I marked and started drilling the rivet holes.
The length of hinge that Vans supplied for the carb heat door was made by Bandy Machining, which I thought was picture worthy, since that’s Tabitha’s old last name.
I cut out the shape for the carb heat door:
And started to prepare the steel arm
I attached the hinge, with the one of the pieces inverted, as instructed by Vans.
The fiberglass was slightly oversized at the top, so I took it over to the belt sander and trimmed it flush.
After a little bit of head scratching I was able to locate the steel arm for the door. I primed it to inhibit rust a little.
One optional FAB feature is a bypass door that will allow the engine to get air even if the filter becomes clogged. I can only think of two possible scenarios that would cause this- one would be flight through snow, where somehow the snow was able to get to the filter without melting. Another would be volcanic ash or some debris like that. Both of these are very remote cases, but perhaps there is another that I don’t know about yet. In any case, I had the parts, so I thought it was prudent to install the option. I started by deburring the edge of the little trap door:
Then I located the hole and drilled it using the fly cutter on the drill press.