The Right Rudder Pedal Tubes

I mounted the rudder pedal tubes in my Bede BD-4C tonight and,¬†hooray!,¬†this set is made right and fits correctly. Here is a picture of one of the old (made wrong) tubes. You are looking at the pedal which will be under the pilot’s right foot.

Incorrectly made rudder pedal tube

Incorrectly made rudder pedal tube

The rudder pedal tube should be aligned directly over the brake cylinder bracket and you can see that it is too far toward the center of the airplane (toward the left in this photo).

Here is a picture of the new tube, in place. I have also installed the rudder pedal on top of the mounting tube.

Correct rudder pedal mounting tube

Correct rudder pedal mounting tube

You can see that the rudder pedal is aligned directly over the brake master cylinder bracket. (The top of the brake master cylinder will attach to the arm sticking out of the rudder pedal, directly toward the camera near the top of the photo.)

The next job is to cut up some .063″ sheet aluminum to be shims beneath the brake cylinder mounting brackets. As long as I draw them correctly, this ought to be an easy job consisting of all straight cuts and no bends. Ought to be….

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