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Aircraft Repairs and Service

Other than parts accumulation, work has not started.

In 1975, the airplane was hand propped and wheeled itself under power into an empty hangar. It hit in the corner and impacted both wing tips. There was not prop strike. The wings were bent at the tips and pinched the fuselage.

The fuselage was stripped and repaired and has been in storage since.

A donor aircraft has been purchased for the flight surfaces to simply replace the damaged wings.

This airplane stalled on short final, and bent the firewall with the corresponding prop strike.

Other than for spare parts, the donor fuselage will not be used.

The donor wings are low time with 2500 hours, and are complete in every aspect.

The economics of buying the complete wings becomes obvious when looking at the cost and labor for fuel bladders, navigation lights, fuel gauges, control surfaces, wing tips, and of course, the wings themselves. This purchase saves about 4 months labor and (many) thousands in parts.

I am not yet decided if the fuselage will be painted to match the wings, or if the entire airplane gets repainted.

Like the wings, the horizontal stabilizer has vortex generators.

The vertical stabilizer also has vortex generators.

When we start this project, one of the first tasks is to contact the STC holder to transfer the STC.

The redundant parts, elevator, rudder, stabilizers, landing gear, brakes, and interior will be sold after the completion of the project to help offset costs.

The damaged wings and fuselage will be donated to the CAP for crash simulation.

The interior has been relatively well preserved while in storage.

The mold on the vinyl actually washed off easily with dish soap and water. Under the interior panels, the aircraft is clean.

The radios will be updated to 720 channel King Silver Crown.

The ADF will be removed and replaced by an IFR approach certified GPS.

The current opening for the transponder on the right side of the panel will be restored to the original

The left side of the panel will be updated to the "current" six-pack configuration.

The panel in the donor aircraft offers some parts, such as EGT and a Carburator temperature gauge.

The redundant instruments will be retained as spares.

The donor aircraft has the common Airtex interior. It is quite presentable and will be retained until the project is complete.

The initial cleaning of the original interior shows very little damage and degradation as is common with older aircraft.

Because it cleaned up so nicely, the original interior will be used if at all possible.

The biggest concern will be whether or not the vinyl is brittle and subject to cracking.