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    Can anyone tell me if the factory (or dealers) routinely offered or install a venturi driven turn and bank/co-ordinator and also a rate of climb indicator ? The panel is unmolested and these gauges look like they were installed at the same time as the original Tach , Airspeed, and altimeter. Thoughts?

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    Some Deluxe models had a T&B and ROC (like my 41) from the factory. Many also could have had an ash tray in one hole instead if the buyer didn't want the extra instrument. The old advertisements said that if you added a wet compass (they were not standard on pre war planes....go figure), T&B and ROC the plane was considered full IFR. What a hoot!!! For full IFR they also required a sensitive altimeter. Second photo is of the original ash tray. (Not mine, wish I had one for display)




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    • #3
      Thank you Hank! The panel is in perfect condition then . All instruments appear original also.!

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      • #4
        I found the ad copy of the day provided rare information.

        Here is a list of available extras from a 1946 BC12D ad:
        (my personal favourite.... "Streamlined, Chrome-banded Wheel Pants")

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        Scott
        CF-CLR Blog: http://c-fclr.blogspot.ca/

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=Hank Jarrett;n183826]Some Deluxe models had a T&B and ROC (like my 41) from the factory. Many also could have had an ash tray in one hole instead if the buyer didn't want the extra instrument. The old advertisements said that if you added a wet compass (they were not standard on pre war planes....go figure), T&B and ROC the plane was considered full IFR. What a hoot!!! For full IFR they also required a sensitive altimeter. Second photo is of the original ash tray. (Not mine, wish I had one for display)




          Hi Hank, just sent you a PM, gary

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          • #6
            I would like to have the listed items in my Taylorcraft today , I wonder what the total would cost today would be as compared to 1946 ?

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            • #7
              Anyone ever found a photo of the clock? Wonder where it was mounted and what it looked like.

              Hank

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              • #8
                Have never seen a factory-installed one in a Taylorcraft but this one was said to have been manufactured in 1941 by Elgin and had gold-plated works. The following year this model was adopted by the U.S.Navy, marked accordingly and nickel replaced gold. Ask me what I paid for it just not here.
                It's going on the panel if I can make room. (...Who needs two glove boxes?) Click image for larger version

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                • #9
                  Our clock is mounted in the left glovebox door. It is similar to the one in Bill's picture, but only has 2 mounting lugs.

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                  • #10
                    Wow! My 45 had one like that in the LH glove box door when I got it. It also had a NARF Alameda overhaul tag on it and at the time I was an engineer on the A-6 program at NARF Norfolk. I "assumed", maybe incorrectly now, that a prior owner had "found" a clock that had fallen off a truck and put it in the plane. I tried to turn it in (with an explanation of how I came to have it) since I could easily loose my job if I was accused of stealing a Navy clock from the facility (they were very high theft parts). No one would touch it and they wouldn't let me turn it in because they had no way to document where it came from. I took it to the instrument shop and when no one was looking left it on a table in the clock repair area. Always wondered how they accounted for it in a secure building. It was a really nice 8 day clock and worked great. What makes it weird it NARF was an acronym from WAY after the war. In 1945 NARF Norfolk was called O&R Norfolk.

                    Still have the door with the hole in it by the way.

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