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    Kiwi restoration

    Hi all

    Well after a year of following this forum I can now contribute. Two mates and I have just purchased a PA-18 and are about to begin the long journey of restoration. This thing has been sitting in a farm shed in New Zealand for the last 20 years but all things considered is in remarkable condition. Thanks in advance for the wealth of information and knowledge we will no doubt be seeking!


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    A little wash job and air in the tires, and you should be ready to fly!

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    Funnily enough we pumped up the tyres and they are still up 2 weeks later! Even gave it a wash.20170917_151742.jpg
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    Whats your location?
    Just finished building a back country cub

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    Show us some pics as you tear it down. It will be interesting to see the layout and condition of a bird that's sat for 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron View Post
    Whats your location?
    Hi Ron. Invercargill. I see you are in Wanaka. Was up there on the weekend visiting a mate. A mutual friend I believe, Rob B. Went flying with him in UCR.

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    Looks in remarkable shape,must catch up some time
    Just finished building a back country cub

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    For sure. Will be back up staying with Rob at Labour weekend. Would be keen to have a look at your machine.

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    Apart from the birds nest and crap it is pretty good. Very dry and so far no obvious corrosion/rotting. Heres a couple more pics prior to starting work.20170613_190309.jpg20170917_104626.jpg20170613_190128.jpg

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    Just do the motor and fly it until you have a reason to fix the fabric.
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    looks good,never a dung duster?
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    Love it ! Finding a 90 horse Cub in a barn. That radio sure is an antique. Those cow flap flaps look functional. The fabric looks so nice (from the other side of the globe) it would be a shame to rip it off. If you do take it off, do it neatly in order to use it as a pattern for the new inspection and cable openings.
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    What radio is that?

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    Looks a bit like a LTRA-6 out of my first 180.

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    Nope. We have the complete set of logbooks from day 1. Had a short stint in Fiji early on and some time in the Nth Is training but most of its life down south.

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    Hiya Web

    She's old school alright!
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    Can anyone help with the process for removing the firewall? We want to get it on a rotator. We have the engine and bolt on stuff out, I assume it comes off with the boot cowl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arronppl View Post
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    Hiya Web

    She's old school alright!
    Awesome! Does the radio still function?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Love it ! Finding a 90 horse Cub in a barn. That radio sure is an antique. Those cow flap flaps look functional. The fabric looks so nice (from the other side of the globe) it would be a shame to rip it off. If you do take it off, do it neatly in order to use it as a pattern for the new inspection and cable openings.
    Yea the fabric is in good condition but we will be recovering it. 20 years is a long time to sit around and we want to make sure everything is checked and ok. Plus restoring it is half the fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wireweinie View Post
    Awesome! Does the radio still function?

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    Haven't actually tried it. Will let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cub Builder View Post
    A little wash job and air in the tires, and you should be ready to fly!

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    If the fabric condition checks out OK,
    I'd be inclined to just do an oil change & annual inspection
    and see how it flies!
    Sometimes those engines that've been sitting will surprise you on how well they run out.
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    Sorry, mistaken on identity of radio. It's a tuner as was the LTRA-6. I still have that old 180 radio, a Wright Executive 60, maybe the first digital.

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    Congrats team, I'm jealous of your journey. You could just get the fabric tested and it might be fine, look forward to seeing the old girl in the air!!

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    The firewall is riveted to the bootcowl. It co,es off as an assembly. Pull the windshield and the two cover plates around the V tubes behind the windshield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zk Boy View Post
    Congrats team, I'm jealous of your journey. You could just get the fabric tested and it might be fine, look forward to seeing the old girl in the air!!
    Thanks. Looks like a similar project to what you have done. Some awesome footage around of your adventures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    The firewall is riveted to the bootcowl. It co,es off as an assembly. Pull the windshield and the two cover plates around the V tubes behind the windshield.
    Thanks Steve, much appreciated. Managed to get it off last night.
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    Here's a couple more pics of the interior.
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    Getting well through the dismantling stage now. So far no surprises, everything looks in great shape.

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    Looks a bit like my Auster project! I'm in Christchurch with hangar at Rangiora. Cheers Baz

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    Quote Originally Posted by baz62 View Post
    Looks a bit like my Auster project! I'm in Christchurch with hangar at Rangiora. Cheers Baz

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    Might be up that way at Xmas. If so I will look you up.
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    Yeah do that. If you hear someone looking for a project a friend who is rebuilding a T7 Auster has imported a whole lot of NOS ex RCAF Auster spares. Included is a MK 6 Auster airframe which he wants to sell.

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