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    Don's Dream Machines

    Debbie and I had the privilege to visit with Don, Lee, and the folks in the cover/paint shop yesterday at Don's Dream Machines, (EKY) Bessemer Airport AL.

    They're going to work on the C-85 in our Vagabond.

    Visited their cover/paint shop where they had at least four projects. Saw a finished Cub project that has already received more than one Grand Champion award. Needless to say it was beautiful.

    Lee on the left with Don:















    Could not pass up taking photos of this rare and beautifully restored de Havilland Dove with Lycoming 720s for power.



    One Fine Cub:



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    1) I thought Don retired and/or closed / sold the business.
    2) ingenious way to store airplanes, on their nose to take up minimum space.
    I think I saw a photo once of a bunch of airplanes stored that way, when GA was shut down on the west coast during WW 2.
    3) I really like those old-fangled "Strong as the Nation" prop plates.
    Does anyone know if they are available for sale somewhere?
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!
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    I found this one at the fly mart at Oshkosh in the mid 90s. No idea why the picture is sideways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey Gray View Post
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    I found this one at the fly mart at Oshkosh in the mid 90s. No idea why the picture is sideways.
    Don Jones had replicas on ebay but don't see them now

    How about a sticker? https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Contine...ss!13326!US!-1

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    Don Wade is one of the new owners of Don's Dream Machines. Don is on the right in the above photo. Believe Don and his brother already owned C&D aviation in Bessemer AL. They are fabric airplane people! They rebuilt the EAA raffle Cub for EAA Air Venture this year, it's on the cover of April 2018 EAA Sport Aviation magazine.

    Don will be attending Sentimental Journey next month, too.

    Bet Don knows where to get the Continental propeller plates. I would like one, but don't believe it will work with my tapered crankshaft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    1) I thought Don retired and/or closed / sold the business.
    2) ingenious way to store airplanes, on their nose to take up minimum space.
    I think I saw a photo once of a bunch of airplanes stored that way, when GA was shut down on the west coast during WW 2.
    http://blog.modernmechanix.com/plane...es-save-space/

    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    Was done in several places....
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    I think the prop plates were covered with that steel piece. I like the looks of the tapered shaft, so my Stroker has a brass replica of the prop hub nut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob turner View Post
    I think the prop plates were covered with that steel piece. I like the looks of the tapered shaft, so my Stroker has a brass replica of the prop hub nut.
    Bob, Do you have a photo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    1) I really like those old-fangled "Strong as the Nation" prop plates.
    Does anyone know if they are available for sale somewhere?
    Found this on Ebay a little while ago:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Continental...ty!28164!US!-1
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    Is this the same thing Fresno Airpart Co

    https://www.fresnoairpartsco.com/pro...re-impervious/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ST3V3K View Post
    Is this the same thing Fresno Airpart Co

    https://www.fresnoairpartsco.com/pro...re-impervious/
    Yours has a great price compared to the one I found! Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideandfly View Post
    Yours has a great price compared to the one I found! Nice work!
    This is the one on eBay

    I am offering a Very Nice, Unused Continental A65, 85, 90, O200 Propeller Cover Plate. Acid Etched, Stainless Steel, this is substantial, not just a thin aluminum plate, but 1/4 Stainless deeply etched in two colors. It fits on top of the crush plate and is held in place by the hold down bolts. Highlight your aircraft with "Powerful as a Nation".


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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    This is the one on eBay

    I am offering a Very Nice, Unused Continental A65, 85, 90, O200 Propeller Cover Plate. Acid Etched, Stainless Steel, this is substantial, not just a thin aluminum plate, but 1/4 Stainless deeply etched in two colors. It fits on top of the crush plate and is held in place by the hold down bolts. Highlight your aircraft with "Powerful as a Nation".


    Glenn
    Glenn,

    See the reason for the price difference.

    Thanks,

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    I got busy on amazon and found not only a Continental shop sign, but also a Cessna shop sign and a Continental key chain tag (modified from a lapel pin).

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    This is what the cheaper one looks like after a few years, on a L4 at island Bobs



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