Friday, August 21, 2009

KR2S (re)Drilling the Prop

Just a short post to show you how I got precise alignment when re-drilling my propeller. You see I got a second hand 72"*66" Bishton prop for a good price but it was off a Lyc O-320. Same centre hub but different bolt PCD and of course too long. Had a local prop builder cut it down from 66" to 60" and fill the original holes and drill them to suit the O-200. Some how this ended up being a fraction off and the bolts would not cleanly line up with the flange.

This photo shows the prop sitting cleanly on the Saber extension I have. Two of the bolts were a clean, drop in fit, two would go with a "little" persuasion and the last two not at all.

Solution ... refill the holes and re-drill them. I came up with a highly precise alignment tool. The 6" Saber extension is CNC machined so it couldn't be off at all. I filled the holes part way up leaving the dowel holes as these ends were already correct.

I had a friend run a 1/4" drill through the centre of two AN6 bolts on a lathe and then inserted these in either end of the extension. Now when I passed this extra-long 1/4" drill through these guides it was held at two points about 6" apart and precisely aligned. When finished 5 bolts dropped straight home and the last went home with a slight push. Happy with this result.

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