Brian drops off his Super Cub.
1971 PA18-150 Super Cub. Never been recovered and a little worn around the edges.
Borer prop, Sutton exhaust, Atlee Dodge safety cables, under seat battery, 26" Goodyear tires, Micro Vgs, 160 hp O-320 and a Thrustline Mod. are the current modifications from it's stock configuration.
Oil drained and run on Phillips anti-rust preservative oil to pickle the engine during airframe restoration.
Hmm, looks like something made it underneath the floor around the aileron control horn.
A patch had been installed under the aileron bellcrank so a few slits were made in the fabric.
A couple of containers of Tic Tacs, Altoids, lip gloss, a Bic lighter, an ear plug and an old flight plan emerged from around the bellcrank. :)
Aileron cables attached to the bellcrank at the rear stick.
Put the kids to work helping along with the usual Saturday airport bum. The kids are getting pretty good at this.
Oh no, where did the wings go?
Ah, there they are until Cathy gets her knife out.
Looks kinda funny wingless.
There must be a trick to getting the lower cowl off around the air cleaner and the Sutton exhaust.
There is, have the removable tailpipe installed on the muffler. ;-)
Heat shroud tube came off just like the Grumman Tigers it was fashioned after.
First batch of blasted parts ready for epoxy primer.
Air scoop door held on by the last inch of hinge pin.
Little corrosion on the heat box.
A couple of sheared rivets at the oil cooler mount.
Engine ready to come off.
Engine is off.
Engine less firewall.
Engine on stand with the Bushwheel Mobile in the background.
Headless Super Cub matching the headless Pacer in the background.
The Bushwheel Mobile delivering tires and tailwheels plus a good visit.
Wing attach parts blasted and ready for primer.
4639Y on 31" Bushwheels. :)
31" Bushwheels compared to 26" Goodyears.
Bootcowl removed. Katy the cat helped.
Bill Duncan helping remove the stuck liner tube.
No instrument panel.
Stuff keeps disappearing.
Look, no tail.
Interior panels coming out.
Looks like these have been well used.
Interior panels removed.
It's getting lighter and lighter.
Battery, seat and brakes come out next.
Looking down the tail.
Headliner pulled loose to reveal where a bird once nested.
Bird nest settled on the top longerons.
On the right side too.
Looks like they roosted on the header tank.
Fabric split and halfway off. We are getting serious now.
A little duct tape and she'll be good to go.
Fabric coming off.
The trash that accumulates under the floorboards of a Super Cub.
Like a skinned animal.
Almost bare bones.
A little corrosion in the tail. We will see what the sand blaster reveals.
Even some rust on the fairing between the center stringer and the vertical fin.
F. Atlee Dodge Parts.
Dakota Cub parts.
Paint stripped from aluminum parts.
Brake pedal blocks a little smashed.
Splice in the trim indicator wire.
Not a ver pretty bolt to be holding the tailwheel spring on.
Boot cowl will make a good pattern.
Upper longeron corrosion that was probably caused by a birds nest behind the headliner.
Corrosion in the upper longeron from a birds nest.
Tank lid and VGs removed.
Little previous fabric repair work.
A bumper is installed to stop the window from hitting the quick drain in the wing?
Cove strips from the aileron well being removed. Piper used some sort of cellophane tape here.
Retaining strips removed.
Fabric off the bottom.
First exposure to light in almost 40 years.
The cap screw that was installed in the spar to act as a window stop.
Mu daubers everywhere. She will be a light weight just by getting all these out.
Little tip rib damage and some previous duct tape repairs on the tip bow.
Tip rib damage.
Flap hinges full of dirt and rust. Will clean and blast and see how many are good enough to reuse
More dirt. Good thing this was not in a very humid environment or there would be some sever corrosion.
Duct tape will fix anything.
Little flattening if the rib cap strip. Easily fixed in the rib jig.
Build number and date. They used to sign their name.
The offending cap screw that was installed in the spar by drilling a hole in the spar.
Nav. light wire as installed through the tip bow at the factory.
Busted butt rib. These get replaced with Univair stamped ribs anyway. Makes a better place to install the wing root fairings.
That cellophane tape comes right off the retaining strips.
More dirt collection.
The other wing built on the same day.
The hole in the spar that was drilled to install a window stop. The drill took out some of the spar web and probably made this spar unairworthy.
Stripped down wing.
Butt rib removed along with almost everything but the spars and ribs. Pitot/static lines are still installed.
Bill removing drag/anti-drag wires from the other wing. The damage tip ribs have been removed along with the compression strut.
Bill removing drag/anti-drag wires from the other wing.
A little surface corrosion on the bottoms of several wing ribs.
Corrosion on the tip of the trailing edge of the rib.
The hole that was drilled in the right rear spar necessitating it's replacement.
Trailing edge corrosion where the rib attaches to the false spar.
The damage done to the spar web from the drilled hole and fastener.
Corrosion in the false spar at the flap hinge.
Wrinkled false spars.
Dented leading edge skin.
Mystery hole that looks like it was punched through the tank bay leading edge skin.
A little shot bag work and those $185 each tip skins are as good as new.
Bill blasting tail feathers.
Fuselage mounted on rotisary and ready to sand blast.
Ready to blast.
Fuselage blasted and ready for primer.
Pitting at tail post.
A few bowed tubes.
Pretty good pit in tail brace wire bracket.
Corroded through the lower longeron.
Pitting on the lower longeron below the battery box.
Sever corrosion from the birds nest.
Back side of the D window.
U channel on the left side of baggage compartment.
Hole on the tube under the battery box tray.
Close up of the bottom longeron corrosion caused by battery acid.
Close up of upper longeron corrosion from bird nest under the headliner.
Fuselage and associated parts primed.
Fuselage and ready for weld repairs and upgrades..
Compression strut showed a little corrosion.
Drilling for nut plates to attach boot cowl and eliminate loose screws.
Sutton Exhaust with heat ribbons installed.
Steel parts primed.
Fabricating interior sheet metal.
Cutting out right front side panel for a map pocket.
Rear spars drilled for 2000 lb. gross weight increase doubler.
Modifying ribs for the gross weight increase.
Rivets drilled out and cap strip filed.
A little bow in the cap strip.
Removing hinge blocks from aileron and flap hangers.
A little dis-similar metal corrosion where the aluminum hinge block was riveted to the steel hanger.
The aluminum hinge blocks.
Bead blasted and a little epoxy primer prior to new aluminum hinge blocks being installed.
Epoxy primed spars.
Spars marked for trammeling.
Rear spar strut attach fittings.
Front spar strut attach fittings.
Rear spar ready for "N" strut.
Rear spar, holes in spar cap for doubler used in gross weight increase.
"N" strut installed.
"N" strut installed and ready for ribs.
Doubler over top of rear spar for gross weight increase.
Clecoed on while pulling Cherry rivets.
Screwing on the ribs.
Doubler on rear of strut attach fitting for gross weight increase.
New brackets riveted to ribs to allow proper clearance for spar cap reinforcement.
New bracket clecoed in place.
Gross weight increase completed on the left wing.
Ribs installed and screwed on.
1 lb. 0.1 oz per wing for the gross weight increase modification.
1 lb. 13.9 oz. both F. Atlee Dodge wing tie down fittings.
Installing the Univair butt rib.
Stock Piper butt rib 9.7 oz.
Univair stamped butt rib 14.0 oz.
Univair butt rib and wing attch fittings installed.
Gross weight modificatio and rear spar strut attach fittings installed.
Dozer is worn out.
Wing is trammeled and ready for tip bow and leading edge skins.
Tip bow and leading edge skins awaiting installation.
Right wing parts await assembly.
Wing tip bows epoxy varnished.
Wing tip bow and tip skin fit and installed on left wing.
Wing tip bow installed.
Nose ribs squared and 3/4 wrap skin installed.
Flap bracket and fuel tank straps installed.
Aileron hinge jigged fro bearing block replacement.
Drilling the bearing block in the aileron hinge. A little Boelube to keep the aluminum from clogging the drill bit.
Strobe wire 14.7 oz for one wing.
Piper original tip rib 5.5 oz.
Dakota Cub tip rib 10.8 oz.
Dakota Cub and Piper original tip rib.
Landing light wire 6 oz.
Navigation light wire one wing 2.4 oz.
Original navigation and landing light wire one wing 1 lb. 1.4 oz.
Fitting and attaching new false spars.
Flap hinge and bell crank.
Nose ribs squared.
Aileron hinge installed.
Center aileron hinge.
Aligning aileron hinges with aileron on the wing.
Aligning aileron hinges with aileron on the wing. Bottoms are straight.
Hinges drilled and clecoed.
Aileron hinges riveted in.
Right wing spars and N strut ready for ribs.
Tip bow fittings.
Assembled ready to rivet rib gussets for gross weight increase modification.
Rib gussets clamped in place ready to drill.
Marking to drill tip rib to spar.
Fitting the tip skin.
Squaring up the ribs.
Wings ready for cover.
Wings awaiting fabric.
Light bay with nut plates installed for easy replacement of parts.
Rust behind the rear door channel.
Inverted dogleg installed.
Upper longeron spliced where bird nest had rusted through.
"X" Brace in the top deck.
Seat belt attachment to the floor.
Lower longeron repair under the old battery box.
Reinforced baggage floor.
Bottom longerons cut out.
Lower longerons removed and tailpost is next.
Extended baggage braces welded in.
Dakota Cub jacking lug.
Jacking lug welded in.
New door post tube and "D" window welded in.
Float fitting welded in.
Float fittings welded in.
180 lb/3rd seat reinforcement and extended baggage channels.
Cargo net attach rings.
Floor mounted cargo ring tabs.
Tubes repaired under battery box shelf.
Inverted dog leg.
Tabs for cargo net on extended baggage.
New longerons, tailpost, tail spring fittings, tail brace wire fitting and metal belly tabs.
New "D" window and rear door post tube and "U" channel.
Removable and adjustable rear seat tube.
"X" in rear stringer arch.
Rear seat shoulder harness attach.
Front seat shoulder harness attach.
Adjustable rear seat.
Nut welded in rear liner tube mount for grease zerk.
Tail section repair and modification.
Left side handle.
Tailwheel rebuilt, Baby Bushwheel mod done, painted, plated and as good as new.
Blasted and plated old steering arm and dust covers and painted head to match new fork.
Nut plates installed in wing root to iliminate stripped out screw holes.
Landing light painted flat black after modifying for HID lights.
Ball bearing aileron pulleys, cages, etc.
Bearing aileron pulleys installed.
Fitting and drilling extended baggage.
Extended baggage fit and drilled.
Tail clean out panel fit.
Dakota Cub fuel valve with aluminum fittings vs. the original brass fittings.
Dakota Cub fuel valve installed with Cub Crafters headerless fuel system.
Right front fuel line fabricated.
Left front fuel line.
Fuel valve and lines.
Right rear fuelline.
Right rear fuel line routing.
Left side fuel lines.
Parker beading tool.
Beading the hose ends with the Parker beading tool.
Metal interior being fabricated.
Custom metal headliner and extended baggage.
Top of metal headliner going all the way to the rear spar carry-thru.
Metal interior panels.
Headliner ready to start drilling attachment holes.
Carry-thru at skylight.
Flap ratchet pattern.
Extra notches filed in flap ratchet to allow the handle to be reached easier on take off and one more notch before full flaps.
Outboard aileron rib covered.
Nut plates in the butt rib for wing root fairings.
Precoating metal with Polybrush.
Top fabric on.
Top and bottom fabric on, ready to shrink.
Checking the iron for the 350 degree shrink.
Metal belt buckle grommets at strut attach fittings. Way easier than the plastic originals.
Glued in place.
Pokie had a hard day.
First coat of Polybrush brushed on.
Rib stitched and ready for tapes.
Rib stitched and ready to tape.
Enlarged baggage door area.
Finishing the tapes.
Grommets and reinforcements installed.
Inspection grommets installed.
Stitched and grommets installed.
Starting the elevator.
Better than the masking tape Piper used to keep these wires from vibrating and breaking.
Elevators and stabilizers covered and stitched.
Right wing ready for spray coats.
Sea plane grommet placement.
Polybrush sprayed on.
Baggage door frame fit.
Baggage door frame fit as the flood begins.
Cover so channels stay aligned during welding.
Silver on tail feathers.
Silver on wing.
Baggage door frame welded in.
Inside of door.
Boot cowl started.
Wing ready for color.
Tail feathers ready for one more coat of silver.
Baggage door riveted together, still needs final trimming.
Inside of door riveted together.
Boot cowl fabricated in four pieces.
Boot cowl fabricated and blank instrument panel.
Upper boot cowl with defroster vents drilled.
Inside upper boot cowl showing defroster vents.
Doublers at cowl channel mounts on old galvanized firewall.
New stainless steel doublers fabricated for titanium firewall.
Firewalled matched drilled off original.
Boot cowl and panel blank.
Stiffeners and nut plates in four piece boot cowl for easy access and no drumming.
Surface corrosion on flap leading edge.
Steel fittings prior to removal.
Steel flap hinge removed.
Flap spar with hinge removed.
Some rust showing through.
Little bit of rust bleed.
Some rust bleed through on aluminum.
Corrosion on the aileron spar under the steel hinge fitting.
Small amount of corrosion on the aileron spar under the steel hinge fitting.
Rust on the steel hinge fittings.
Right flap rivet back together after steel parts were removed, blasted, primed nd painted.
Left flap going back together after removing steel and corroded leading edge.
Crack and crease in left flap leading edge.
Corrosion in left flwp leading edge.
Left flap riveted back together.
Left aileron riveted back together with new outboard trailing edge.
Right flap covered, stitched and being taped.
Right aileron covered, stitched and being taped.
Metal headliner fitted.
Wing root panel.
Ailerons and flaps sanded and ready for another coat of silver.
New rudder as recieved. Industrial primer that doesn't hold up to cover glues.
Struts sanded and ready for epoxy primer with new strut that was bowed which will get epoxy over the red oxide primer.
New rudder was epoxy primed and top coated with white Ranthane.
Tail lamp holder modified to accept Whelen A500 strobe.
Struts sanded and ready for primer.
Shoulder harnes mocked up.
Rear shoulder harness through the metal headliner.
Sheet metal interior around adjustable rear seat mounts and big baggage door opening.
Baggage door opening angles to keep from snagging edges.
Baggage door opening and custom side panels.
Tie down rings and transition from metal headliner to wing root covers.
Tie down rings and transition from metal headliner to wing root covers on left side.
Aft baggage transition.
Elevators and stabilzers through silver.
Ailerons and flaps up through silver.
Covering the new rudder.
Wing root fairings fabricated.
Rudder covered and sprayed with Polybrush.
Lower cowl prior to cleaning and stripping.
Nose bowl prior to stripping.
Stripping the paint reveals a little bondo.
Two different parking brake valves.
Little warpage in the exhaust flanges.
Blasting the seta frames.
Blasting the repaired areas of the fuselage.
Seat frames primed.
Fuel tank fittings cleaned up for headerless system.
Exhaust clamps that need spot welding.
Exhaust shroud that need spot welding.
Rudder control system.
Steel tail brace wire fittings being stripped. These seem to rust in time. Univair makes stainless fittings that weather better.
The newer stainless tail brace fittings.
Brake, rudder and flap systems along with seat parts.
Aileron, elevator, trim and fuel system parts.
Fuselage top coated with white polyurethane.
Flat black areas sprayed.
Carburetor and cabin heat controls prior to disassembly and blasting.
Rudder steering arm wear.
Rudder steering arm mounting hole wear.
Wing root panels drilled for Dakota Cub fuel gauges.
Fuel system and trim system installed.
Fuel lines installed.
Jack screw installed.
Installing nutplates for windshield and sjylight installation.
Figuring out what can openings can be made smaller and making a template.
Smaller holes so less cold air comes in and FOD falls through.
Rudder on to drill attachment for veticle stabilizer in the new rudder post.
Floor boards cut and fit with associated pasrt installed to check for interference.
Stringers, trim system, elevator and rudder cables installed.
Straight stringers and no interferring parts.
Angles broken on bottom of side panels. Note that Super Cub floors are not exactly flat and must be shimmed.
Starting to dimple and rivet the headliner after determining it can be installed as one piece. Does away with ugly pop rivets.
Metal headliner clecoed together.
Headeliner being riveted together
Left side of headliner.
Riveting nut plates in headliner.
Finished headliner weighs 4.30 lbs.
Headliner covers around tie down rings on rear spar carrythrough.
Split with opening for front shoulder harness.
Drilling holes for screws to hold side panel and door seals.
New ouside window retainer made and fit.
All the little pieces to finish out the interior around the adjustable seat stubs, baggage door opening, tie down hooks and metal headliner to wing root panel transition.
Interior panels all installed except throttle covers.
Lip on floorboards.
Wing root cover to metal headliner transition.
New left "D" window trim.
New left "D" window trim and cover between headliner, wing root cover and tie down fitting.
Cover between headliner, wing root cover and tie down fitting.
Atlee Dodge rear stick cover fit and mounting brackets installed.
Cabin and defroster controls, trim and fuel selector.
Throttle panels made and fit. Made from 2024-T3 for longevity over the soft 3003 of the originals.
Throttle panels made and fit, back one needs a bit of a trim. The rear one is not open at the back like the factory. A little craetive sheetmetal work.
Trick to bend the stifener at the throttle lever.
Amount of curve in floorboards. Angle shrunk to fit.
Headliner to wingroot panel transition. Trim over left rear fuel line and throttle cover with closed aft section.
Under seat storage. Angle to fit in front to pevent debris going between it and the floorboard.
Side panels with angle riveted at floorboard. All necassary holes minimalized.
Panel and side panels fit tight.
Map pocket, windshield pillar cover and side panels with angles at floor.
Panel bellow door with lip rolled over door opening and tabs with clip nuts to hold the panel. No more screws into tubing.
Sheetmetal fit around large baggage door and metal headliner.
Metal headliner to wing root transition with door pillar covers.
Interior of under seat storage.
Painted tail feathers.
Left wing painted.
Dakota Cub yoke doesn't allow enough clearance between the carry-thru tube and the front face of the yoke on late model fuselages and stabilizers.
Faced of stabilizer yoke compared to the standard part. Extra material was put into the new design but cause a clearance issue. They are now all faced off.
Clevis pin retaining the bungee cable.
Faced off yoke installed.
Machined front face.
4 coats of epoxy varnish sanded in between.
Removing bondo from the nose bowl.
Ugly patch and a small bondo spot.
Little work on the shot back and with the slapper followed by a few thin coats of micro ballons with sanding in between smooths out the nose bowl. One more final sanding should do it.
406 ELT and Whelen strobe power supply which is mounted on studs for easy removal.
ELT and Whelen power supply. Urethane sealant between the tubing and the extended baggage to eliminate oil canning and noise.
ELT antenna mounted on the back side of the extended baggage with some stiffeners installed to eliminate oil canning of the aluminum skin.
406 MHz ELT antenna mounted to the rear of the extended baggage with stiffeners to eliminate oil canning and vibration.
Teflon rub strip to keep the trim cable from rubbing the extended baggage.
Trim cables along the extended baggage.
Extended baggage riveted in with solid rivets.
Urethane sealant between the diagonal tube and extended baggage sidewall.
Belly fabric on.
Right top stringer. 3/8" Channel is formed around a special dolly to go from square to round and then micro-ballons are used to fill the transition between the channel and the stringers. This keeps the paint from cracking in a few years.
Left top stringer. 3/8" Channel is formed around a special dolly to go from square to round and then micro-ballons are used to fill the transition between the channel and the stringers. This keeps the paint from cracking in a few years.
Top center stringer. 3/8" Channel is formed around a special dolly to go from square to round and then micro-ballons are used to fill the transition between the channel and the stringers. This keeps the paint from cracking in a few years.
Left side stringer. 3/8" Channel is formed around a special dolly to go from square to round and then micro-ballons are used to fill the transition between the channel and the stringers. This keeps the paint from cracking in a few years.
Glueing the the sewn seam to the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer.
Fuselage envelope being installed.
The transition between the vertical stabilzer and the center stringer always seems to be the trickiest.
Glueing a nice straight seam down the center stringer.
Center seam glued.
Trailing edge bracket for right wing root fairing.
Attaching the fabric at the vertical post just under the rear wing attach fitting.
"D" window being glued.
Glued on the edges and then tucked inside the window frame.
"D" window frame glued flush at the top where the wing root fairing sits.
Left windows glued. Aluminum "U" clips used to hold the fabric in the "D" window cahnnel while the glue dries.
Right side window and door openings glued.
Lunch time. Paco sleeps on his master while she studies for her next CPA test.
Left side fuselage fabrc after shrinking.
Right side fuselage fabric after shrinking.
Fuselage fabric shrunk.
Nice straight center seam after shrinking.
Poly-Brush and tapes started.
Vertical stitched and inspection grommets with dollies installed.
Exposed tailpost and late model large elevator bellcrank grommet. Rectangular grommets for installing bottom elevator cable installed on both sides unlike Piper.
Front gear fitting fabric doubler prior to taping.
Rear gear fitting fabric doubler prior to taping.
Longeron and stringer tapes.
Center and top stringer tape.
Diagonal tapes under the door and baggage door.
Diagonal tapes under the door.
Baggage door opening and float fitting taped.
Longerons and stringers taped.
Ailerons and flaps painted.
Ready to start spraying.
Two coats of Poly-Brush.
First coat of Poly-Spray.
Second coat of Poly-Spray.
F. Atlee Dodge titanium firewall with the fluted lip cut off and a Clyde Smith shrunk flange riveted on.
Cutting the fluted lip off wasn't too hard once snips were used instead of cut off wheels. Titanium eats up cut-off wheels and sanding discs in short order.
Ironing a few loose pinks and bubbles.
Second complete cross coat of Poly-Spray.
Outside edges of the firewall lip sealed with PRC.
Inside edges of the firewall lip sealed with PRC.
Sanded and ready for final coat of Poly-Spray.
Finally warm enough to spray. Hopefully the last cross coats before color.
Last coat of silver on the rudder.
Last coat of silver on the fuselage.
Bakelite cracked on magneto switch making it inop.
Looks like a mess but it all has a place to go.
Nice tight fit between the boot cowl and firewall.
Where do all those wires go? ;)
Organizing the wiring.
Looks like a mess but it is coming together.
Main circuit breaker that replaced fuses. Clean ground lug.
Starter relay and main circuit breaker.
Insulator and circuit breaker.
Ready to organize the rats nest.
Firewall starter wire insulator.
Routing the oil pressure line from engine to transducer.
Miswired transponder plug.
Primed interior panels.
Old magneto P-Leads.
Making new P-leads.
Wires organized and primer lines run.
New oil pressure restritor hose and aluminum hard line to Electronics International transducer.
Oil pressure transducer mounted so engine can be swung for maintenance without disconnecting.
Starter cable, P-leads and oil pressure transducer.
Lots of wires, lines and cables.
Primer fitting mounted to engine and new line to the primer in the panel.
Gascolator and primer lines mounted.
Main fuel line and defroster defuser.
Headset jacks and Bose jacks.
New top cowl fit with formers clecoed in place.
Boot cowl installed with nosebowl installed in proper position.
Engine, heater and defroster controls run and hooked up.
Engine mount bushings were a little too tight. Note the washer against the engine mount nut.
Extra hardware store washer behind the engine mount nut.
Old engine mount bushings seemed softer and were really squished.
Proper squish of 1.84" on the engine mount bushings.
Made new lower cowl rail supports out of stainless steel that won't rust when mounted close to the exhaust stacks.
Measuring for new cowl door fabrication.
Proper clearance on the exhaust pipe.
Clearance insade that wasn't there before.
Cowl doors drilled apart for new skins.
New sheet metal rolled for left cowl door.
Reinforcing angle fit and drilled.
Former clecoed in place.
Tight around the nose bowl.
Trimmed long to make up for the addition of the Thrustline modification.
Fitting with a clamp and duct tape.
Latches installed and cowl door fit.
Nice and tight around the nose bowl.
Alignment pin makes washer installation a snap.
Old hinge with figure 8 holes and doubler to hide them and new match drilled cowl door hinge.
Hinge riveted on and cowl door installed.
Second left hand cowl door after first wasn't quite tight enough.
Cowl door extended for the Thrustline modification.
Lower cowl lip formed.
New airbox sccop with hinge pin forward to make lower cowl removal easier with Sutton exhaust.
Small dents and dings in the nose bowl.
Plannishing out small dents and dings.
New battery box cover.
Nut plates everywhere.
Fresh air vent door.
Map pocket and interior panel final fit.
Radios interfering with the defroster.
A little defroster vent modification.
Modified defroster "T".
Angle on defroster vent.
Defroster vents test fit.
Large baggage door fit and trimmed.
Final fit of interior panels.
Lights on full intensity.
Cracked solder on the pitot tube.
Brake cleaner and non-eco friendly acid flux core solder with lead is the key to soldering to steel.
Power plug inside the map pocket.
Modified flap handle and ratchet and push button made to length
Custom LED map light bulb and bezel made from a turned down PVC fitting with some black paint. Doesn't get hot, uses hardly any power, bright and lasts almost forever.
Angles riveted, scuffed up and ready for prime, paint, placards and clear coat.
Lock fabricated for underseat storage box.
Catch for the lock on the underseat storage box. Should keep the honest people out.
Atlee Dodge rear stick cover.
Original fit of aileron pulley covers in the floor.
Fit after a little trimming.
Modified flap handle painted and assembled.
Flat black on aft side of windshield retainer strips.
Flat black glare shield, defroster vents, pulley covers and aileron cable links.
Angles in front of rear seat stprage to keep debris from sliding back and underneath. Nut plates installed in storage box to retain the trim strips.
Flap handle and side panels installed.
Storage box and trim primed, painted and installed.
Panel primed and painted.
Windshield strip, pitot tube, aft clean out panels and lower door painted white.
Gray on inside of lower door.
Masking to fix flat black in the top deck where overspray from the fuselage bled under the paper.
All exposed tubes now flat black.
Brown stains from storing new gear legs on new Alaskan Bushwheels. Live and learn.
Placard for standard baggage.
Placard for extended baggage.
Cargo box under rear seat.
and more placards.
Gear and Bushwheels installed.
Oregon Aero seat with seat back in the aft position.
Oregon Aero seat with the seat back in the aft position contacting the 2000# GW fuselage mod. tube. Will probably leave the seat back in the aft position unless carrying something large in the baggage compartment.
Underseat baggage lock.
Underseat baggage lock. Thinking of sewing commercial grade velcro to the seat cushion and glueing it to seat cross tube.
Drilling new tail wheel steering arm to rudder.
BKD bound for striping.
Laying out the stripes.
Starting to mask.
Wing root fairings fit and ready for prime and paint.
Wing root fairings.
All nut plates retaining fairings.
Cracked parking brake valve.
DEA Data Tag
Brian with a huge grin.