This is interesting. I'm getting the paperwork in order and it looks like this plane only has 625 hrs total time. Since 1940 it has had 2 left wing spars replaced at different times, 3 spar splices in the right wing, 3 compete fabric jobs and several more paint jobs. The original 80hp engine was replaced at 450 TT and the new engine, a Lycoming O-235 has only 165 hr smoh. It went years without flying several times and has ended up with me for the last 20 years. It was financed in 1975 with the new engine for $5800. I paid $5k for it in 1999, and it flew, but not safely.
I suppose most of you would paint the wing after you install the tank?
This is not a very good fabric job but it's done. I blame this guy I worked with once who did fabric jobs back in the 50s. They would do a fabric job in 2 weeks. He taught me some bad habits.
Now I'm into the side windows. They didn't use soft rivets for the metal strips!
Sliding side windows. I did use soft rivets. If I were not in a hurry, I would find some new window channel. The old stuff is about shot. I think you can only squeeze the rivets. A rivet gun wouldn't work very well.
This is way big.
I have 7.00x6 recaps from Dresser! I asked for a matching pair and got 2 Flight Custom III's, so happy. I also got new 7-8.00 x 6 Goodyear tubes from eBay, mfg date, 2016.
I used good paint and primer on this and it should be easy to keep clean!
I replaced the plywood backing with plastic cardboard. Really light stuff, like the yard sign material. I decided to glue it on!
The window project is ok but to be bomber you want new welting
Marcus Sabathil: Owner of Skookumchuck Voyageur 108
Thanks; This is the rear seat in a model 10, not much of one!
Michael, when my Dad restored our 10A, he left the rear jump seat out of the plane. Before the restoration when powered by the original 90 Franklin, I remember sitting back there on the jump seat when I was 5 years old while flying down to GA from NC with my Dad and older brother. I can't imagine an adult back there--not sure the airplane would get off the ground with 3 adults and the original A-80 in the model 10.
How about this as the place to lay down on the job for the electrical work under the panel.? 🙂
I have been calling to this the Seat Shop for the
past few days. Decided to change the seat frame color to gray. Pretty sure the OEM color was brown.
The "new" upholstery is thicker than the old, so I had to make door handle guards. It's going to be the same for the rudder pedals
Even something as simple as a door latch is a big deal. All the wood in the fuselage is new as is the door trim.
The right door was in good shape but the left door had several cracks. Probably from slaming it closed like a Cessna door.
The left door just fit. I would have been screwed if it hadn't. It's a light weight door, not very stout, but nice looking.
It probably needed a complete ovhl. I keep thinking that I only need this plane for another 10yr's or something, so it can be somebody else's problem.