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    Cessna 180 or 185

    Well,,,,, I went and bought a remote hunting camp up on Big River, the Western side of the Alaskan Range. I have flown the Super Cub over a few times. Long flight and short on fuel happens alot. Just a tough call on getting thru the passes. So I'm looking for a fast mover, a nice light 180 or early 185. BUT, I'm open to all airplanes. Not looking to steal one, just a nice plane at a fair price. Float mounts would be great and preferred, as I live on Big Lake in Mat-Su Valley. But my remote cabin is wheels only. So again, I'm open for the right plane and / or deal. Thanks in advance.....Scott 907 203-7703
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    Whatever you find I would look hard for extended range tanks.
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    Early 180 has 60 gallon tanks standard, with allegedly only 55 usable-- so about 5 hours total at 11 gph, 4-1/2 hours at 12 gph.
    Went up to 65 gallons in 1957.
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    Congrats! Pretty country over there. My 180 has no problem round tripping even under crappy weather going the long way around the Windy. Good luck finding what you’re looking for, and maybe you should include a 206 in your search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    Early 180 has 60 gallon tanks standard, with allegedly only 55 usable-- so about 5 hours total at 11 gph, 4-1/2 hours at 12 gph.
    Went up to 65 gallons in 1957.
    That 55 gallons is only usable in the air, when the tail is down on the old 180s it has a hard time getting to the fuel port even if you 10 gallons left. I fuel manage on long flights to minimize the effect.

    Congrats, Scott!

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    DITTO: On the long range fuel. Don't even consider a plane with the standard tanks. EX: One gorgeous CAVU day my wife and I went on a day trip picnic to Pedro Bay on Illiamna from Burchwood with the 185. On the way home Merrill Pass was socked in. We couldn't climb over IFR because it was snowing at 7,000 feet. So we tried Lake Clark pass. It too was socked in. So we spent two nights sleeping in the airplane on a lake near the middle of that pass. On the third day we managed to get to Kenai where I refused to extend the traffic pattern to let a Twin Otter land. Why? The fuel gauges were on E. I had less than ten gallons remaining. We started out with 104 gallons. Long range tanks plus Flint internal tip tanks. https://flintaero.com/kits/internal-tip-tanks/ You don't have to fill them, but they sure do come in handy.

    A 180/185 gets better miles per gallon than a PA-18.

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    Here's my 42 acres with cabin, i bought it 2 years ago with my hunting partner Ray (he flys a pa14) Great hunting area. Big moose, brown bear, caribou and yes dall's are in the hills. Photos of cabin, the camp fire veiw, and my SC at Rohn BLM cabin strip for a pee break... Scott
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    Hey thanks for all the heads up, I pretty much h knew all input sent my way, and I think you for it anyways. Got an offer for a Canadian 206 worth looking into. But as of now, no plane found, so send more leads...Thanks in advance....Scott

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    I know who I want for my new best friend.
    What a great area for a camp.
    LR fuel is great, although with storage capacity in the Skywagons you can always throw four "liquid containment bags" in there. Not as safe, and not as easy, but still... 20 extra gallons is doable for $400.

    I guess you've already seen the below, but it's a good refresher for year changes. With an upgraded engine (~285hp), the fatter newer ones will get into many places the light, old ones will.
    http://skywagons.com/content/cessna-...n-year-changes

    Previous poster was right - you can really put on the miles if you pull back on the go-fast knob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyR View Post
    LR fuel is great, although with storage capacity in the Skywagons you can always throw four "liquid containment bags" in there. Not as safe, and not as easy, but still... 20 extra gallons is doable for $400.
    This is true. However if there is no convenient place to land or you are at high altitude when you wish you had more fuel, you would be thankful that all you need to do is to throw a switch that says "more gas". There have been many times when I was thankful that the fuel was usable without landing.
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    Still looking...text or call me if you have a clean 180 or 185 for sale. Open to all planes but it must have float rigging. Scott

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    Check on the BCP (backcountry pilot) website for Gunny’s “ad.”
    https://backcountrypilot.org/forum/f...modified-22512

    Quote Originally Posted by scott the cub guy View Post
    Still looking...text or call me if you have a clean 180 or 185 for sale. Open to all planes but it must have float rigging. Scott
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    On the issue of range, keep in mind that an injected 185 is a lot more likely to run LOP than a carbureted 180. I go 130 knots true on 12.5 gph with 8.50’s.

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    A local guy I know has his 64 G model 180 listed for sale.
    $125K, including Edo 2790's.
    Right now, it's about halfway down the second page of C180's on Barnstormers.
    I've never eyeballed his airplane up close, but he flies it a lot & I think it's probably a good one.
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    1974 C-185- RSTOL 156,000 USD • $200,000 • FOR SALE
    1974 -185FRegistration : C-GBOB Serial number : 18502448 TTSN : 2815 Continental Model : IO-520 DSN : EC1547A TTSO : 1179 Time since major repair : 300 hNew VAR crank Prop Hartzell Model : HC-C3YF-1RF SN : 159332-9-DTTSO : May 2017 – 30 hrs Avionics Equipment Included: Garmin 496VHF Bendix King 155 TSOKMA 28 Audio Control/Voice Activated IntercomTransponder mode C Kannad 406AF ELT VORADFRobertson STOL kit installedBubble windowsEDO 3430 floats + wheel gear Optional bench seaPRICE IN CDN FUNDS located Nothern QuebecAPPROX 156,000 usd • Contact
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    There is a very nice 185 in Sitka for sale. Low time 550, new paint, Aerocetts- ready to go.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    aktango -
    is that 185 still for sale? I'm not looking, but my friend is and I thought that had sold.

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    I knew of that plane, just over my price range.....thanks for all the posts, but I'm still looking

    Scott

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    I know another local guy selling a C180 with a carbureted 550--
    the previous owner had it on and off floats, but don't know if the current owner / seller has the floats for it.
    It's not advertised, but I think he wants around $135K for it.
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    That, I would look at, at the higher end of what I'd like to spend, but with a 550 in it., Id look at it.

    What's the contact number?.....Scott

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    I think the sitka plane is available, will check. Price is not high for what you get.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Scott - after you price out the 550 conversion you’ll see the plane is probably a pretty good deal!


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