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  • waltermrich
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    Great story , How did you locate the airplane, owning a Taylorcraft your grand father had would give one a great sense of pride and care of ownership , Carl Carson of Cedar Rapids kept and maintained his Dads Taylorcraft for decades, Thanks for posting

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  • jmvolpp
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    Yes - stop by sometime for the regular meeting of the minds before lunch on Saturdays.

    Mike V.

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  • patricktjms
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    The 337 states that it was recovered with TSO C15 Grade A fabric. I would assume this is cotton? I wondered the same thing about the age of the covering. I will be restoring the plane here in my garage south of muncie. Once it's ready to put the wings on it I'll figure out where to hangar. Is that a picture of yours at Reese? This plane has been there a time or two in the past.
    Last edited by patricktjms; 02-03-2016, 20:28.

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  • jmvolpp
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    Hi, Patrick. It's nice to know of another Tcraft in the Muncie area. Are you restoring her at home or is she hangared hereabouts?

    Mike V.

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  • Mark Bowden
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    Welcome Patrick,

    Great story and happy you have her back in the family. What is the fabric, Irish Linen or cotton and is it really 46 years since last recover? Best of luck getting back airworthy after 16 years and happy to help too. We have a long family history with ours too.

    Mark

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  • patricktjms
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    I plan on getting some pictures uploaded as soon as I can. The plane originally was sold to a person in Farmland Indiana and then sold to my grandfather who owned the plane up until 1954 when he sold it in November. the plane then went to Portland Indiana to be registered to the Taylorcraft Flying Club for a few years before going to Bear Field and then to a doctor near Lafayette Indiana. It was restored 3 years later in 1970 having been stripped, primed, all wood varnished, and recovered. Somehow shortly after the registration was revoked from that owner and he sold it.

    It went through one more owner before finding a home in a private hanger at a grass airstrip from 1973 until now. The plane was airworthy and flying in the fall of 1999. It is complete, has 2 areas that need repaired on the fabric, one underneath between the gear, and one at the strut attachment point under the right wing. I am told it has a small leak in the main tank, and needs new tires. The wing tank has never been used. There is a 337 on file for a Motorola Airboy radio in the left glove compartment but it is not there.

    Other than those obvious things, everything seems to be in really great shape. Not sure how it runs yet as I figured the tank will come out and be cleaned and sealed first. The plane also received a metal prop in the 1960's. Again, i'm just glad to get it back to the family regardless of the condition or airworthiness.

    We have several b&w photos that my grandfather took from the air of different things over the years that are also documented in the log books. Tornado damage, pictures of the farm, pictures of various gravel pits, things like that. The CD from the FAA contained 104 pages and I also have all of the log books. I have not looked at the total time on the plane at this point but I see no 337 for overhaul or anything on the engine. That might be an issue. I find it hard to believe it hasn't been freshened up in 69 years.

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  • M Towsley
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    Welcome, Patrick!

    Great story, any pictures now, (or then), would be great. Best of luck with the restoration.

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  • Robert Lees
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    Hello Patrick,
    What a wonderful story (but brief history) .

    Welcome here (to you and your father). Let us know a little more please...your own interest in Taylorcraft, and the history of your Grandfather & father.

    Rob

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  • Dick Smith
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    Patrick, welcome to the Taylorcraft "Tribe"...There is a lot of encouragement and help available here, so don't be hesitant to ask for help. I've had a 1947 Taylorcraft N5207M
    since the middle 70's, here in Alaska. It's a constant source of enjoyment and utility.
    Wheels, floats or skiis. Again, welcome. Dick
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  • patricktjms
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    N5248M finally found

    Hello all. I just acquired N5248m serial# 10548. A 1947 BC12D. It was my grandfathers airplane that he flew from our farm and a local airport in east central Indiana. I spent the last 3 years searching for it and finally found it and was able to purchase it. Fully restored in 1970, it hasn't been in the air since 1999. The important thing is that it is coming back home. I will be restoring it slowly over the coming years.

    My father was able to go with me to see it as it was the first airplane he ever rode in. He was 7. It was a nice reunion for him after not seeing the plane for 62 years.

    There seems to be a wealth of knowledge here and I have learned much already.

    Thanks for having me.

    Patrick James
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