RH J3 Wing. Note dented tip skin.
RH J3 Wing root.
Incorrectly repaired ribs.
Butt rib has several doublers fastened to it. Univair stamped rib works well here for attaching wing root fairings.
A few mice nests in the leading edges.
Dents and dings, luckily this is 1100 soft aluminum and it was easily smoothed out. A new one is $170. :0
Center leading edge patched with brazier head rivets.
False spars had been repaired before.
Cracked false spar at center aileron hinge.
A little rust in the usual places.
Aluminum hinge blocks have been replaced and fastened on with screws using larger holes instead of the 1/8" steel rivets that Piper used.
Strut attach fittings.
Bracket which holds the aileron hinge to the false spar is kinked, cracked and has previously been welded.
Front strut attach fitting has some surface rust.
Some rust on one of the aileron hinges.
Tail wheel spring came apart in pieces.
Center aileron hinge bent.
Pitting inside aileron hinge.
Pitting and enlarged holes for hinge blocks.
Bent and bowed.
The blasting begins.
Bottom of fuselage. Green tape mark holes or sever pitting in the tubes.
Upper longeron and diagonal.
U channel at window is pitted from the inside. Will remove to make sure the tube behind is good.
Holes in diagonal tube.
Holes in the top longerons.
Hole in a diagonal tube off the top longeron.
Pitting and hole just forward of the tailpost.
Pitting at the tailpost.
Pitting at the tail spring attach cluster.
Soft and pitted at top longeron at tailpost.
Soft and pitted diagonals at tailpost.
Hole in the diagonal forward of the tailpost.
Hole in the lift handle.
Sever pitting in the carry-thru at the LH gear/strut attach fitting.
Pitting at the RH strut/gear attach fitting.
Holes above the LH strut/gear attach fitting.
Epoxy primer going on.
Cracked throttle lever.
Good and bad throttle lever.
Bent jury strut tab.
Bent rear tube on right landing gear.
Bowed right gear from the other side.
Left gear had a clunking sound inside. A slight tap revealed inside corrosion.
A quick blast in the bead blast cabinet reveals how bad the corrosion is.
Long shock strut exceeded it's limits at some time in it's past.
The other side of the same long shock strut.
Crack in the short shock strut where it exceeded it's limits sometime in it's past.
Short shock strut.
Same short shock strut deformed on the other side.
The other long strut with an egged out hole.
Egged out hole in the long shock strut.
Long and short shock struts assembled revealing what hit what when the gear rebounded back on a hard landing.
The other side.
Parts blasted and ready for primer.
Black parts painted.
The bowed gear after a little blast.