I've never owned an aircraft, so any advice will be appreciated. I've been flying since '78 (military and airlines). Only 2 hours of tail wheel time (Stearman, and Carbon Cub at this year's Sun'N'Fun!). In fact, that's the only light GA time I've had since the early '80s. I have been waffling as to certified SC (or something like it), 180/185, experimental, kits, and even some LSA. Friends tell me a good certified SC would probably be best since it has better useful load, would serve my mission better, and most of the depreciation is gone. Problem is I need guidance on what to look for in a "good" used Cub. I think I would prefer a 160 or 180HP.
Since I live in Dallas, most of my flying will initially be local pattern work and short day trips (after I get dual for tail wheel endorsement). Plan is to eventually head to the mountains out west for some backcountry flying once I get comfortable with the plane. Also would like to get my seaplane rating. I've done the fast flying so I'm looking forward to low and slow. Also, I'm not interested in IFR...I do that for a living.
I'm going to OSH next week and plan on touring the cubs up there. Question for all of you....what basic things should I be looking for (other than the overall appearance) to get a better feel if a cub is a good buy or not? I'm not really interested in some "rode hard and put up wet" aircraft that needs a lot of work to restore it...I had just as soon go with a kit before I go that route. I've been reading a lot of comments on this forum and others, so I am becoming more educated on these types of aircraft. I also see so many of these ads on Trade-a-plane and Barnstormers which say the aircraft have been "rebuilt". I realize that is a subjective thing...one guy's idea of a good rebuild may not match my expectations. And before I put the money down, I will definitely have a thorough inspection done.