This page created 5/22/99
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Joe Kendzicky of Atlanta, Georgia, rebuilt Stinson 108-1, N9084K, for his Dad, Ray Kendzicky. He has built a custom instrument panel that incorporates a center stack for avionics. Many who have installed a center stack panel have modified the control column (aileron and elevator controls) so that the controls behind the panel will clear the avionics stack. Joe is installing a "short stack" that does not require a modification to the controls. Here are some photos of his installation (in progress) and a summary of the information Joe sent to me.
To the left of the stack, a Narco Escort II Navcom serves at the #2 navcom, chosen because of the limited space for the short stack. Primary flight instruments are in a modified "T" arrangement, with the airspeed indicator and turn coordinator to the left of the attitude indicator and directional gyro offset downward by about two inches to allow for the curve of the panel. Even so, the curve of the panel was changed slightly as compared to the original to provide more room above the control yoke shaft. At the center, the panel is the same height as the original, but the panel is a bit taller to the left and right of center. Location of the attitude indicator and directional gyro is critical in order to clear the left control column U-joint through full travel of the controls. Joe says, "have no idea how many times I had this panel in and out of aircraft just to fit the six primary instruments." The gyro instruments are driven by an 11 inch venturi.
Only four instruments are original:
The airspeed indicator, fuel quantity, oil pressure, and tachometer
Before any wiring was started,
the panel face had to be painted. Joe used a light gray enamel, 3
coats, block sanded with 1000 grit. He then transferred the
switch and gauge markings with transfer rub-on lettering, then clear coated
, and blocked sanded with 1500 sand paper and hand rubbed. You can't
even feel the letters. The painting, sanding, and lettering took 20 hours.