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Brian
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I agree with Larry, I've been working on a 1966 Austin Healey Sprite for 14 years now. It has traveled with me through two moves, 3 job changes, 2 parental deaths, 1 cancer episode. I do work on it when I can.

If at all possible, keep it.

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Jason Tepool
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Good points. There's not another Stinson like this one and would be hard to come up with another like it. No decisions made yet, but fingers crossed things continue on the path they are now and I'll start having time to work on it again soon if I keep it.


   
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Stinson project = quality of life.

You don't have to finish it. Loving the work while you're alive is the goal.

Call me sentimental.

-Glen

...still working on a dead cylinder in the heat.


   
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Jason Tepool
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Ya I do enjoy working on a project, do wish I had something flying in the stable though too lol. Might start getting some time to dedicate to the ol'girl here in a few weeks. If that happens, it's possible....after I spend some time reacquainting myself to the project and where I left off, that I could have it done in a year.


   
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Jason Tepool
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Alright, so this is old...but still an update from the last time I was posting project status here... and it helps me remember where I left off as I find time and motivation again.

The left wing took a bunch of damage. I've replaced lots of ribs and fixed some other damage. Since I have the Demer tips and you can't get those parts anymore, had to fabricate new ones (with the help of a fellow Stinson friend who was doing the same) and got that all put back together.

Had a fiberglass guy repair the tips for me. Will need to match drill these before I forget and get to far along on the wing finishing.

I also wanted to make the existing doors into observer doors. Before and after...still need to drill holes and cut the windows, but I'll do that after I strip, clean, prime and paint.

Goodbye Grimes position lights and GE 4509 landing/taxi lights (and lots of cash) and hello Whelen LED lights and strobes!

I find I always need more clecos!!! Yay for new boot cowls. And made out of sturdier 0.032 at that!

I live about an hour from Univair...so I get lots of new things from them.

Kind of like this NOS panel overlay. Mine was okay, but it had tons of extra holes in it that I don't need and I like the original clean look. I rearranged the instruments. I got to remove some since I yanked the vacuum system. I went to Univair and Jason let me go in back and dig through the stack of panels to pick the one I wanted. This is brand new, never used, still original paint. A couple of paint chips on it from being stacked up and moved around all these years, but you can hardly tell. I love getting parts from Earl too, but there is a bonus being able to rummage through the parts at Univair. I have a UBG-16 to go in the empty hole on the bottom.

Which brings me to the last time I worked on her, 29 Dec 2016. Got the tip riveted on the vertical stab and then installed the stab. Visible progress! Temp installed the rudder, mostly to get it off the ground. It'll have to come off so I can do the fabric patching and painting. Got some wiring ran to for the new LED position and strobe lights. I've since discovered some alignment issues with the rudder and pulled it back off. I also found that one of my issues is alignment of the tip on the vertical stab, so I'll need to remove it, and since it's swiss cheesed from trying to match it to the stab, I'll get another one from Univair and try this over again to make it look really nice and aligned fully.


   
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Jason,
Lots of good pictures and sounds like you may have gotten inspired again.

My question is how did you get your photos to post in line? Every time I tried that I had to get Brian to do it for me which always discourages me.


   
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Jason Tepool
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Jason,
Lots of good pictures and sounds like you may have gotten inspired again.

My question is how did you get your photos to post in line? Every time I tried that I had to get Brian to do it for me which always discourages me.

Thanks. I think it's a start for motivation.

I have those pictures posted online elsewhere, so I just took the web address for each photo and used the Img button above this box I'm typing in. Paste the web address between the two Img boxes it makes, and that's it. Works pretty good if they're already online somewhere.


   
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Brian
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Having the photos hosted elsewhere and using the links works best. That way you're able to better control the resolution etc. If you do an attachment, then the photos have to sit on the server the forum is on, which has limited hard disk space.

edit- a little more detail:

For example, if you host your photos on flickr, they have a share option and specifically have a "BBCode" share. All you need to do is click on that option, and then paste what it shows you into the message here (photo is example only):

Fireworks over Watsonville Airport by bd moffet, on Flickr

Like the color of your plane!

Brian


   
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Jason Tepool
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I used to host them on my own page, but I gave that up. Now I just post them in an album on my Facebook, problem there is I have no control on where they sit and sometimes the links to them change. That's why all my old posts have no photos. Maybe I should look into flickr or something, hadn't considered that before.

If you mean the color on my plane, thanks. I'm actually keeping the red, but changing back to the original scheme of one Diana Creme line up each side, and not wrapping around the plane...to much protest. I actually had people say to keep the same paint job as this plane is 'famous' for the backcountry flying videos on YouTube from my friend that I bought it from....but I like the original scheme. I almost went to Stinson Maroon as I love it...and I guess I still could do that...but I did buy red paint already lol....now it's a few years old, brand new paint.


   
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Brian
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My plane is currently orange, and I am considering doing a much larger restoration on it (not demetalizing or anything like that, but lots of things that could be made better). If so, I am considering painting it back in original GoodYear yellow and blue.

Then I can contact GoodYear and see if I can put the correct logos on it 😛

Brian


   
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Jason Tepool
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My plane is currently orange, and I am considering doing a much larger restoration on it (not demetalizing or anything like that, but lots of things that could be made better). If so, I am considering painting it back in original GoodYear yellow and blue.

Then I can contact GoodYear and see if I can put the correct logos on it 😛

Brian

I remember you discussing that. I think it would be awesome! I guess when I get to the paint stage I'll have to make one last decision... to use the old unopened red paint I bought, or to switch to Maroon and order some fresh paint up.


   
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Brian,
That Goodyear yellow looks very close to Diana Cream. At any rate, with the blue trim, it really looks sharp. If I had my druthers, I would have Diana Cream base with Boston Maroon trim, which is mirror opposite of what my plane is currently painted. Jason, I have checked out most of FlyingPooch's back country videos. Do you know how he had his mishap with the Stinson?

Dennis Crenshaw. N6102M. Boston Maroon with Diana Cream


   
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N6102M NC numbers(1) by stinsoner, on Flickr

Yay!! Thanks for the tip Brian about pasting pictures from Flickr.

Dennis Crenshaw. N6102M.


   
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Jason Tepool
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Jason, I have checked out most of FlyingPooch's back country videos. Do you know how he had his mishap with the Stinson?

Yes, he's a good friend of mine and we've discussed it. I have several photos as well...and I'm actually going to give him the old crunched up tail once I decide I have all the stuff off of it that I need as a memory for his hangar.

It was at Mile High in Idaho, and simply put, Charlie is a little nose heavy and he had to get on the brakes (new double pucks and 31's) a bit more than normal and with the speed, etc, it went over on it's back. I've pulled some weight off the nose and still working on a bit more...and weight overall to be honest. Once I get it back together will update with a new W&B and see where I"m at and if I need to move anything or add ballast, trying not to.


   
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Jason Tepool
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Decided to keep the Stinson.


   
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