Chapter 21 Electrical and Panel Installation
I began by making a working template and then transferring it to the instrument panel for the initial instrument cut outs. In this pic I temporarily installesd some switches and circuit breakers .
I decided to used the fiberglass bulkhead as the instrument panel. Here is the stone texture paint after I applied it.
This shows the back of the panel showing the electrical bus bar I built attached to the circuit breakers and the initial static instrument hook ups.
I then began the task of adding the various switches and associated wires.
Above shows the starter soliniod switch and how it was tied into the electrical panel.
I decided to make a sub-panel within the main instrument panel bulkhead that would hold my radio and transponder. This would make repairs or access to those components much easier in the future.
Another shot of the initial wiring prior to the installation of the radio/transponder trays.
The above picture again shows the front of the panel prior to radio installation. I installed an Air Gizmo GPS panel mount to hold a Garmin 296-496 GPS radio at a later time.
This is a pic of the panel cutout with the radio and transponder trays installed in them. This whole removable unit slides into the right side of the main instrument panel.
Above is a couple more shots of the tray during fabrication.
The picture shows the panel in its final configuration. Note the removable sub-panel installed on the right side of the main panel. This sub-panel houses the radio, transponder, and magnetic compass.
The above two pictures of the firewall just shows how I routed the wires through the firewall and the associated oil and fuel pressure transmitters also mounted to the aft side of the firewall.
I decided to go with the Odessey solid gel cell battery. Left is the battery in the battery box located in the nose and right, shows the quick disconnect mounted to the battery box.
The above pics show 2 of my 4 ground busses in the aircraft. The 4 busses are tied together in a harness of ground straps that transverse the fuselage.
Just a shot of me doing some of the wiring of the radios.
This was the day I first turned the power on in the aircraft. Its a bit blurry but it shows the green gear down lights, the low fuel warning light as well as the radio freq lights. Everything worked and no smoke!!!!
Here is the ERacer cockpit as it is at the current time. Note I added an Ipad navigation system to compliment the Garmin GPS and the ignition switch was replaced by 2 mag switches and an external electric plug (lighter socket). I have also added an EFII electronic ignition in place of the left mag.