[February 26, 2009]

I didn't like the idea of the starter and alternator wires rubbing against the intake tubes. So I found some 1/2" spiral wrap from the local auto parts store and wrapped them together. Then I clamped the oil return line and the wires to the intake tube.

I have heard a lot of people complain about the terminal for the alternator breaking off. It seems to be a weak point. Someone on the VAF forums recommended these heavy duty Aluminum Set Screw Lugs from McMaster-Carr. This particular item is #6920K21. At $0.75 each, it's a real bargain. You can see I also used some locktight on the set screw so it won't want to back out.

I used a similiar lug for the starter.

So now the starter is wired up.

I disconnected the starter wire for fear I might accidentally actuate it. I probably won't connect this until right before the first engine start.

With the starter and alternator wires run, I could finish tie-wrapping the starter, master, alternator current and battery bus wires. It turned out super neat and tidy.

Next I drilled the battery bus (right) and main bus(left) fuse blocks.

On the other side of the rib I drilled the avionics bus fuse block. To the left of this block I will mount the E-Bus fuse block. However, I decided to upgrade to a 16 fuse bus, which I needed to order.



Last Modified: August 13, 2023