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    Just as long as you didn't spit out your dentures!

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    If you are trying to find a GOOD place to get it done obviously you are a year or two late in starting the process. As far as getting cub flying for next summer, pick what really needs to be done and do that one part first. Wings/motor/fuselage break the project down into three or four parts and do them as time allows. Hopefully you have not taken a knife to the fabric on the wings and fuselage at the same time. It will be a rat cub for a few years but it will be a summer flying plane and not just holding down a set of sawhorses for the next two years. I did the bottom end of my motor and painted the front metal this past winter, will do a bit of fabric work soon but was able to fly ALL SUMMER!! Just another way to skin the cat.
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    Hey, I’ll be first to say I don’t know mike, but I’ve gotten quite a lot of advice and lots of pm for guys that want the work. I just dont do well with the sarcasm. If you’ve got something constructive to say I’m all ears that’s why I’m here and I really appreciate the guys that pm me and the guys with advice. But for someone to say there’s no way and I’m being “unrealistic!!” And then throw more fuel to the fire on top of that. Well I don’t need that here. So again thanks to all those that responded with advise and offers of help, the smart asses I don’t need or want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    Just as long as you didn't spit out your dentures!
    Nah. But I had to re curl my moustache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer Ted View Post
    Hey, I’ll be first to say I don’t know mike, but I’ve gotten quite a lot of advice and lots of pm for guys that want the work. I just dont do well with the sarcasm. If you’ve got something constructive to say I’m all ears that’s why I’m here and I really appreciate the guys that pm me and the guys with advice. But for someone to say there’s no way and I’m being “unrealistic!!” And then throw more fuel to the fire on top of that. Well I don’t need that here. So again thanks to all those that responded with advise and offers of help, the smart asses I don’t need or want.

    Ted, Got a guy who is known by reputation in the acro community for complete rebuilds of show quality jobs. Has done 2 for me including my bush plane. Started my last one in mid summer, delivered it early spring next year. Very reasonable price and fast. You only pay for materials as the build progresses. Labor collected at completion!
    pm me if ya want his contact information.
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    I think someone nailed it when they highlighted the difference between "restoration" and "Inspect / Repair as Necessary". One last caution would be that it will always be a whole new ballgame when the skin comes off. Either a "Wow, this is near perfect" surprise...it could happen...or a "Holy moly, there's a lot to do here" sort of surprise.

    Without wanting to fan the flames, I suspect most good tube and rag shops are booked out quite a ways and, based on my non-internet life and some of the work I do writing nasty letters and such, I'd be leery of anyone that promises a hard deadline for work on tube and rag Pipers without seeing the skin off...whether that deadline is 3 months or 3 years.
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    I would offer another caution. Those shops that are not really into Super Cubs, who don’t frequent this website will quite probably leave you with a few significant gaps in your restoration. The guys that are on this website know all of the tricks we have learned and all of the little things that can be done to turn your super cub into a high-end airplane. The shops that are not on this website are simply going to rebuild it “as is” and things like attaching the seatbelts to the floor, reverse dogleg, X brace,etc may be overlooked.

    I have helped a couple of people look for, and buy, super cubs and I have seen this on several occasions. They think because they recovered the airplane and put a new engine on it it’s worth 200,000 because that’s what they see on barnstormers. Then when you start asking detailed questions about the modifications you find out they don’t know anything about Super Cubs and all the possible modifications and the airplane is simply not worth anywhere near what they are asking because they did not make the appropriate improvements during the restoration.

    If it is a certified super cub, and you want a really nice one, it’s going to have well over 20 STC’s.
    This is somewhat depending on your mission and what you want. Perhaps what you really want is an original super cub and don’t care about all the modifications. But if you give it to a shop that does not know Super Cubs and tell them you want a really first-rate plane and restoration you may not get what you’re asking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer Ted View Post
    Hey, I’ll be first to say I don’t know mike,... I just dont do well with the sarcasm.
    I was NOT being sarcastic


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    Like most businesses I'm struggling to find new hires. A buddy sums it up well. The guys you want are already working. The guys not working? You don't want to hire them.
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    I just started working a a flight school last month as their only IA, we are bringing in kids fresh out of A&P school because we cannot find experienced mechanics. One kid is green but willing to learn and another was trying to look up how to find top dead center in the manual because he didnt know how...I am hoping to find someone to mentor, I pay cash and its a weekend thing when I work on customers airplanes outside of my 9-5 job.

    As of right now I have gone through 3 apprentices in the last 3 years, one felt it was beneath him to remove panels and to clean parts like tail wheels so I can inspect and reassemble, another started sniffing a girl and ran off, and the last thought he was worth 60K a year working weekends. I am hoping to find someone who can specialize in antique aircraft. What I get frustrated with is the fact I am using my tools, supplies and certificate, and apprentices think they are worth a fortune.

    Then you have to deal with customers who want to argue about actually doing an annual and fixing things. Why do some owners feel it is necessary to jeopardize my certificate? I am not an expert on all things aviation, but I do try to be honest and I have traveled to help someone out. Being in the business is challenging and its mostly people who make it so. Tim

    Oh and I have been helping a customer build a set of ailerons for a '41 Tcraft, new spars, leading edges and a lot of corrosion clean up. We started 6 months ago and I am hoping to get the leading edges on this weekend, he did all of the clean up and corrosion removal, it was stupid crap like getting real spar varnish and resorcinol (2 month for non expired resorcinol to build wood spars) that was a very time consuming problem. Its crap like that which can eat up a lot of time. If you are just replacing parts, and covering, it is easy.
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