my new panel.
There are three
parts to the 1947-48 panel. The outer most portion - Indirect Instrument Assembly
- which is nothing more than a cosmetic cover and light reflector. Under this is
the Flight Panel - which the instruments are attached to. The Flight Panel is
secured to a three part Control Panel - this assembly is secured to the airframe
and originally supported the radio stack.
With the front-cowl boot removed installing the new wiring and poly-flow was quite straight forward.
Wiring in the early stages. We performed as much work as we could pending the arrival of our engine conversion kit. This made things rather difficult as accommodations had to be made for new engine controls, instrumentation, and associated wiring! Most of my assumptions were adequate.... I say again, "most."
This is as far as we could take the panel until the Tyee STC holder coughed up the parts for the engine conversion. Damn near waited a year and then found we had to make some small mods to accommodate the conversion. No show stoppers but what a pain!
Finally the engine conversion kit was delivered... at least most of it, and we could finish up the panel.
I removed the old ARC 300 Nav/Com... there goes 30 lbs... and we installed a slim line transceiver and mode C transponder. Most of our flying on floats in sparse regions of Canada so conventional Navaids were of little use. Now it's just the portable GPS and good old fashioned Pilotage.
The link above, shows how it all looks when incorporated into the original 108 wiring schematic.
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