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  • #16
    Re: Interchange oxtail feathers between post and prewar

    I think the gut selling is is the FBO at the airport or at least has a business there.

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    • #17
      Re: Interchange oxtail feathers between post and prewar

      Sell? How about donate to a group for parts and help out others for a change?

      There's several planes around here that have sat for years on flat tires, covered with snow in winter, and unairworthy all that time. One was a Taylorcraft F-19 that I've mentioned before. Life simply got in the way of the owner I contacted. But as soon as a prospective new owner shows interest they're relaying what Trade-A-Plane or Barnstormer's says they're worth.

      Which is why they're still sitting.

      Gary
      N36007 1941 BF12-65 STC'd as BC12D-4-85

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      • #18
        Re: Interchange oxtail feathers between post and prewar

        Problem with this particular 41 De Luxe is that it looks like it is missing a lot of the same parts other 41 De Luxes are. Panel is a bodged upslab of aluminum and most of the side trim is missing (door trim is there as well as the grills). There is a set of Banjo wheels in real need of restoration but good luck finding the centers. Original mag switch is long gone and none of the instruments are right, nor do they "look" serviceable. They would be a crap shoot and need to be overhauled at a minimum....after which you would have a full set of the wrong instruments in the wrong panel. There does look to be a full set of the correct knobs, but too much glare to see if they are heat damaged (seen very few that weren't which is why I have been trying to copy the color on my cast ones). Looks like the prop is a painted metal one so it could be good. She could be made flyable again but would take years (maybe decades) to make or find all the little bits that would bring her back to original. As a parts plane I seriously doubt anyone would want to put the work into making parts presentable. As a restoration she looks like the kind of challenge that appeals to me (and others with little common sense). We are also the types that pick up the old, sick looking dog along the road side and clean them up. You have to be kind of crazy but you end up with the most loyal and loving pet you could imagine. Same for this plane. She could be a great plane to fly while you make all of the little goodies that make her a show stopper. But you will loose a lot of money in the process, even if you got her for free.

        You won't be able to justify the work and cost to part her out and you sure won't make a lot of money. If she is restored it will be a labor of love and not for profit.

        Again, if she wasn't on the opposite side of the country I would waste the money and have another near hopeless project. She just crying out to be brought back. I wish she was within trailering distance from me. But you guys know me, I am nuts when it comes to these things.

        Hank

        If someone wants to take her on, I would love to help with info and how I made all the parts for my 41 De Luxe. THis plane could be in the same shape as mine after a operational rebuild, but I spent 13 years getting her from that stage to what she looks like now.

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