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  • #16
    Re: 1939 BL project available

    Originally posted by n8962p View Post

    The front cowls I have are open. The boot cowl actually does look like it was mean for an enclosed cowl, but if somebody changed the engine, maybe they kludged an open cowl onto the existing boot cowl. I can take more pix if anybody wants them, but I think you get the idea.
    The boot cowl is definitely for an open cowl airplane. If you turn it around you will see the stand offs where the cowling mounts, or at least 4 rivet holes where they would have mounted.
    The open cowl you have is also for a Lycoming.

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    • #17
      Re: 1939 BL project available

      Ugh, just looked up a truck rental! That's a big ouch.
      Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
      Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
      KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
      TexasTailwheel.com

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      • #18
        Re: 1939 BL project available

        You can rent a auto trailer for quite a bit less, like less than $100 a day.

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        • #19
          Re: 1939 BL project available

          Originally posted by n8962p View Post
          Well, ok, maybe somebody changed it to a lycoming. It's clearly set up for one, and that's the engine that came with it.

          The front cowls I have are open. The boot cowl actually does look like it was mean for an enclosed cowl, but if somebody changed the engine, maybe they kludged an open cowl onto the existing boot cowl. I can take more pix if anybody wants them, but I think you get the idea.

          Presumably if anybody cares enough, it could be changed back to a C, and have the right cowl put back. I have a Continental engine mount, happy to thrown that in (remember, if nobody takes it, it all goes for scrap )

          I talked to Ryan about this last night, but I'll post it here: This isn't my airplane, I'm acting as an agent for the family of the guy who owned it, who passed away earlier this year. I spoke to the daughter last night, and she thinks she has the paperwork. I'll pursue that angle.
          After 80 years its not at all uncommon to find airframes/engines/paperwork that don't exactly match up, not that big of a deal. As long as there's a data plate, or supporting paperwork to make a new one, it can be worked out. Sending it to the dump wouldn't be the thing to do... While this forum is an excellent resource for information, its a pretty small community here when trying to sell something. I'd suggest you put an ad on Barnstormers, that will reach a much broader buyer base, if you don't get something worked out with a forum member here.
          NC36061 '41 BC12-65 "Deluxe" S/N 3028
          NC39244 '45 BC12-D S/N 6498

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          • #20
            Re: 1939 BL project available

            Originally posted by waltermrich View Post
            You can rent a auto trailer for quite a bit less, like less than $100 a day.
            I'm going to see what I can find. Sounds like I'll need to move fairly quickly, which may be hard with my day job, and... it looks like a 27 hour drive back!
            Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
            Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
            KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
            TexasTailwheel.com

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            • #21
              Re: 1939 BL project available

              Originally posted by waltermrich View Post
              You can rent a auto trailer for quite a bit less, like less than $100 a day.
              What, with UHaul or something? That would be useful.
              Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
              Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
              KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
              TexasTailwheel.com

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              • #22
                Re: 1939 BL project available

                Originally posted by Hank Jarrett View Post
                Looks like she is 1939 BC-65 NC-23698. Photos show tube doors with swing out windows, early instrument panel with the big tach still there (HARD to find and expensive to rebuild!). From the inside of the boot cowl it looks like it had a fully enclosed cowl (not sure of that, but the front sides of the boot look like it. The registry says she is a BC (Continental powered) but the engine sure doesn't look Continental. One problem with the early planes is the FAA doesn't really understand (or care about) the differences between a BC, BL and BF plane. They tend to put them all down as Continental.
                LOTS of work there, but even more potential. Someone needs to bring her back to life. Whoever is willing to show some interest get with me. I would really like to see another pre-war restored.

                Hank
                So, if that was correct, then is that a plane previously posted about here to be converted to a clipped-wing? Just looking at the fuselage pics it doesn't really look to me like it's on it's way to being a clipped-wing, though I don't know enough about those: http://vb.taylorcraft.org/showthread...=2578#post2578

                Also, this link has N23698 as serial #1432 at: http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_N62.html
                Also last registered in Minnesota in 2013: https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInq...umbertxt=23698

                I'm thinking this looks like a different bird.
                Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                TexasTailwheel.com

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                • #23
                  Re: 1939 BL project available

                  FWIW this plane was bought to scavenge wing parts from. The spars were full length. No clipped-wing here.

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                  • #24
                    Re: 1939 BL project available

                    Originally posted by n8962p View Post
                    FWIW this plane was bought to scavenge wing parts from. The spars were full length. No clipped-wing here.
                    That's what it looked like to me. Doubt this is the plane mentioned above.
                    Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                    Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                    KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                    TexasTailwheel.com

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                    • #25
                      Re: 1939 BL project available

                      FYI I discovered a placard on the panel. This airplane was registered as N23850.

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                      • #26
                        Re: 1939 BL project available

                        That does show up as an expired registration for a 39 Taylorcraft BL-65. The Serial Number for that one is supposed to be 1486. Remember that the serial number stamped into the airframe doesn't always match the registration. That would also explain all the Lycoming stuff as it was a Lyc powered plane originally.

                        Hank

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                        • #27
                          Re: 1939 BL project available

                          I really wish my circumstances were different for several reasons, but I think that external reasons make it imprudent for me to proceed. Hopefully someone else can save this bird.
                          Ryan Short, CFI, Aerial Photographer
                          Former Taylorcraft BC-12D owner - hopefully future owner as well.
                          KRBD and KGPM - Dallas, TX
                          TexasTailwheel.com

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                          • #28
                            Re: 1939 BL project available

                            My '38 in my pics was the 14th off the line when the Lyc sng mag o-145 was the hot thing as Cont had the bastard up exhaust. 2 doors TMK wasn't added till 1940. I have 2 large tachs also & 12 0-145 Lycs. Delivered Christmas eve 1938 to Kellog airport down the road, flew around Kalamazoo area till '41 sold to a guy in OK who went to WW2 & didn't return so it hung in a barn 50 years till 1991 when a guy in TX restored it to perfect, color, strie, everything. Now flying in Brazil http://gallery.taylorcraft.org/main.php?g2_itemId=2985 I've owned a lot of Tcrafts & if a man can love a machine this was it.
                            Eric Richardson
                            1938 Taylor-Young
                            Model BL NC20426
                            "Life's great in my '38"
                            & Taylorcoupe N2806W
                            TF#634

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                            • #29
                              What happened with this, "lot."
                              Clark Freese
                              1940 BL 65, Project

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