Step 2: Mounting the Engine
I initially installed the engine just after returning from the AirVenture Cup Race '03 and Oshkosh '03. I installed the engine originally so I could verify the mount would work, and to fit the cowls to the fuselage.
I had access to an engine hoist. So I didn't bother building the engine stand. I unpacked the engine from its wooden storage box and installed the mount to the engine. One thing you must understand about a dynafocal mount is that you must install all four lord mounts and bolts all at the same time. To simplify this "procedure", I temporarily taped the two halves of each lord mount in place, moved the engine mount into position (it fit perfectly), and slid all four bolts into place. I hoisted the engine into place and positioned the mount against the firewall. All four bolts slid into place and voila, I HAD 200 HORSES ON THE BACK OF MY PLANE!!! I know I'll have the engine on and off the plane several more times, but WHAT A MILESTONE! I am a VERY HAPPY CAMPER!! I just had to roll it outside for a few pictures.
Once back into the hangar I bagged the engine to protect it from dust and epoxy while I fitted the cowlings. And whatever you do, heed the advice in the plans and put alot of weight in the nose. Else, the plane WILL roll over backward.