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  • 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

    Hello all,
    My name is Adam McPeck and I'm from a small town in central South Dakota. I've been reading the forum here for about a year now starting shortly after the purchase of my first airplane, a 1950 Taylorcraft with the 65-8 hp continental. In complete honesty most of my knowledge on these birds was acquired after my purchase. All I knew prior was that it fit the bill for what my need was in an airplane. It was a simple "real" airplane that drug its tail and put out tremendous performance with next to no horsepower. Like all of you already know there is something magical about a Taylorcraft. I'm hooked. Originally I had planned on fully restoring her little by little with some upgrades along the way; However, after ferrying her for an annual I found that my 'little by little' project has now evolved into major up front dollars before I can get her back in the air. I'm sure I'll be posting here often in desperate need of help from true Taylorcrafters as my project evolves! For now I'm seeking the answer to something I heard once and have not yet been able to verify on my own. I've been told that my Tcraft was the only to be made with 65hp in 1950? Does anyone know if this is true or not? Thanks in advance for any and all help!

    -Adam McPeck
    -1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N
    Adam McPeck
    1950 Taylorcraft BC12-D N6627N
    1959 Cessna 150 N7950E
    1948 Beechcraft Bonanza N4578V

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    Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

    Originally posted by Adamo13 View Post
    Hello all,
    My name is Adam McPeck and I'm from a small town in central South Dakota. I've been reading the forum here for about a year now starting shortly after the purchase of my first airplane, a 1950 Taylorcraft with the 65-8 hp continental. In complete honesty most of my knowledge on these birds was acquired after my purchase. All I knew prior was that it fit the bill for what my need was in an airplane. It was a simple "real" airplane that drug its tail and put out tremendous performance with next to no horsepower. Like all of you already know there is something magical about a Taylorcraft. I'm hooked. Originally I had planned on fully restoring her little by little with some upgrades along the way; However, after ferrying her for an annual I found that my 'little by little' project has now evolved into major up front dollars before I can get her back in the air. I'm sure I'll be posting here often in desperate need of help from true Taylorcrafters as my project evolves! For now I'm seeking the answer to something I heard once and have not yet been able to verify on my own. I've been told that my Tcraft was the only to be made with 65hp in 1950? Does anyone know if this is true or not? Thanks in advance for any and all help!

    -Adam McPeck
    -1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N
    Adam, Welcome and first question, have you gone to the FAA website and ordered the CD for your airplane?, that will show alot of paperwork at the beginning after manufacture, stay warm and wish you the best on your tcraft, gary

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    • #3
      Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

      Thanks Gary I'll look into that. All I have so far besides the logs is some extra maintenance info emailed to me from my local FSDO.
      Adam McPeck
      1950 Taylorcraft BC12-D N6627N
      1959 Cessna 150 N7950E
      1948 Beechcraft Bonanza N4578V

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      • #4
        Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

        Congrats Adam. Looks like we both are rebuilding our girls. I did mine once twenty years ago and now I am doing it again. I am over in Wisconsin not to far away so let me know how I can help. I will be getting my Pitts out as soon as it (if ever) gets warm. Maybe I can visit.

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        • #5
          Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

          FIRST thing to do is get the CD and the logs together and make a "paper" airplane. Start by ignoring what is there (in the plane). What the FAA will want is for what is in the plane to be what is in the paper. When you rebuild make the plane match the configuration from the logs. If you deviate AT ALL from the paperwork, make sure your IA/A&P puts paper together approving it. What you are doing is a conformity inspection as you rebuild. You DO NOT want the FAA to look at your newly rebuilt plane and saying it is out of conformity! No conformance, no fly!

          Hank

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          • #6
            Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

            Adam,
            Send pictures, we like pictures. Lol.

            On a more serious note, Hank is correct about the paperwork. I never knew of a 65hp taylorcraft being built after the late 1940's. Howevere as my wife is constantly reminding me, there's a lot I don't know. Let us know if there's anyway we can help and welcome to the group.
            Kevin Mays
            West Liberty,Ky

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            • #7
              Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

              Thanks all for the warm welcome! Attached are a couple of pictures from middle of last year of my family and I enjoying our recent purchase! Especially that little guy, can't keep him out of it! I should probably be careful using the term "full restoration". I planned on flying her while I did a few updates here and there. I purchased at a fair price and thought she would pass an annual with no problem. I'll start threads with pictures in their appropriate categories in the future but in short the biggest two problems I ran into that made the mechanics a little nervous are the ribs on the outside of both left and right ailerons seem to have some 'warping' and are rubbing against the ailerons. One so bad it has a piece sticking out that would catch if the aileron was deflected too far up or down. With the inspection holes opened they noticed some 'repairing' that had been made around those ribs and thought rather than repair and patch, now might be the time cut off the fabric and make sure I know what I have under that fabric for sure. I've got the wings popped off now but have not taken any further action. The other problem we ran in to was the wheel halves are completely shot and from what I understand If I switch to a different wheel (one that they still make) I then have to change out the brakes. Other than that and a carb overhaul I'm ready to go! Assuming everything under that fabric on those wings is up to par!? Thanks again to everybody here for making this newbie feel welcome. The willingness of everyone on this site to help one another and build relationships with fellow aviation enthusiasts is what makes this forum so valuable!
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              Adam McPeck
              1950 Taylorcraft BC12-D N6627N
              1959 Cessna 150 N7950E
              1948 Beechcraft Bonanza N4578V

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              • #8
                Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                Adam: I would suggest you try very hard to find an older A&P that understands these old Rag dolls.
                It's not uncommon for things to bend or twist when fabric is over tightened or shrunk
                & lord only knows how many repairs have been done to the ribs of these old girls
                as I said, most important is finding someone that understands them!
                A local kid just got his aircraft mechanics licence & ask to come to our little strip to look over our two planes
                he marveled at them being covered in fabric !!

                46 BC-12D Taylorcraft
                46 Chief

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                • #9
                  Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                  Adam,
                  Check your private messages. Also, beautiful family ya got there.
                  Kevin Mays
                  West Liberty,Ky

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                    Adam,
                    Beautiful plane. Beautiful family too.
                    Welcome to the Taylorcraft Tribe. Lots of help here so ask all the questions you can.
                    Meanwhile, keep that nice wooden propeller in the horizontal position when you put the plane away! There is a chance that sap will drain into one blade and make it go out of balance.
                    Best Regards,
                    Mark Julicher

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                      I doubt many folks working ramps now will remember but in the old days a vertical prop meant for the line boy to "Fill-er-up"! Don't know if or when that would be a problem, but I NEVER allow line boys to fill my plane! They always seem to over fill and make a mess, which they wipe up with a filthy rag from their back pocket, then wipe your windshield with it!

                      Fill your own tanks! Then you are sure it is done right and the wing caps are on with no leading edge damage from him or the hose.

                      Hank

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                        Adam,
                        You look about as happy and look to be about the same age as I was when I bought my '46 65hp Taylorcraft BC12D, N96927, 50 years ago in 1964! It was my first airplane and I paid $850 for it. I flew it for 5 years and 500 hrs and sold it for $1200 after I bought my Stinson and have wished ever since that I had not sold it. A wonderful, economical airplane. A few years ago I bought another BC-12D that had been damaged and work on it sometimes for when I have to go sport pilot.
                        I even got my Commercial license in my Taylorcraft and my Instrument rating in my Stinson.
                        You got some good advice to make sure you find an older A&P/IA that understands these airplanes.
                        Larry Wheelock, A&P/IA, '46 BC12D N96179, '46 Stinson N584LW, '65 Mooney N79806

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                          Make sure to review the FAQ section in the Resources section of this website- there is some general data there about Taylorcraft models with numbers built and serial number ranges. I found that there were very few Taylorcraft aircraft made in total after 1946. Maybe less than 400 between 1947 and 2005.
                          Mike Rice
                          Aerolearn
                          Online Aircraft Maintenance Courses
                          BC12D N95910 Tale Dragon
                          TF #855

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                            These guys are not kidding when they say look for and old A&P to work on her. Some very fine younger A&P's have never even SEEN an NAS3 carb, and would only mess it up if they tried to rebuild it. Nice looking plane, it's paint looks nicer than mine.

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1950 BC-12D 65hp N6627N (The only one made in 1950?)

                              Chet Peeks book list three 49 models. Model 85. Model 65 and the Travrller BC12-D
                              L Fries
                              N96718
                              TF#110

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