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    Bidding Farewell

    A little over 7 years ago Dave Tunge called me and asked me what a particular Super Cub might be worth. When I told him what I thought it was worth he told me I could get it for less than that. I told him I was not in the market. After a lot of back and forth my family and I made a road trip to South Dakota and Lee and I brought N14043 home to Texas. She was rough around the edges with over 12k hours on the airframe all as a power line patrol plane and a high time factory reman engine and pretty stock except for VGs and Dakota Cub brakes. Over the next 7 years I flew it and modified it and flew it some more and on and on. I learned a lot. I did everything in moderation. Installed a mod and flew it a lot so I could see what it did to the airplane. I got to enjoy SuperCub.org and the get togethers from a different perspective instead of in someone else's Cub or my Pacer. It also helped me in my business in the modification and rebuild side. I could now describe what changes certain mods made, good, bad and indifferent. It has become a part of me and who I am. It will serve the new owner well and I will be sad when it leaves in a few months. N14043 has been a great airplane for me.
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    Over the years I have rebuilt 5 Super Cubs. None had ever been recovered and I learned a lot working on planes that were close to how Piper built them. Each one was different, reflecting the owners, needs, wants and mission. The last one I actually bought as a wreck and partnered with my daughter. We had planned to rebuild it as a spec plane but the shop always gets in the way of my projects like that and we weren't going anywhere fast with it. One Sunday morning I got a text about a SC for sale and a lot of photos. It had a lot of mods but unfortunately the airplane had some issues. The person looking had a budget and a wish list and that got me to thinking. I showed him my project and we came up with a plan for me to rebuild it to his liking. Of course it took me way too long and we ended up going a bit further on mods etc than we had initially planned. What we ended up with was a Super Cub built pretty much the way I would build it for myself. After 2 years of flying it he discovered he had a different mission. I guess I was kinda heart broken. I tried everything to convince him not to sell but in the end I understood. I listed it and had a few people call but nothing really panned out. It had a big price tag but to me it was worth every penny of it. Everything had a purpose and I included all the little details I like as creature comforts for the pilot and also those that make it easy to maintain and to last. He asked me about buying it but it was not within my budget. Well, that is what I thought any how. He made me a deal that was hard to refuse. I thought about it a while but really couldn't picture it being mine. Cathy said buy it, my friends said the same so I kinda mentioned I might want to sell mine and then last Friday I sold it. Someone sees in my old Super Cub what I see in it and bought it. It will probably get flown a while and then get recovered as it really needs. Sunday I picked up my new to me, restored by me 1982 160 hp dream Super Cub. I have often imagined how I could rebuild my own but always came to the same realization, if I am in the shop I am usually working on someone else's revenue generating Super Cub and usually reserve my Sundays for flying. Never in a million years could I have dreamt that I would end up owning a Super Cub rebuilt the way I wanted it, but it has happened. I have to thank Jason and Kim for the opportunity to be the care taker of N91246 and for them to know how very grateful I am. I don't have it dialed in quite yet in my book but the guys at the airport seem to think I do. The one thing I had to promise that anyone who has ever seen 14043 will understand, I have to wash it from time to time. Thank you Jason, SJ and everyone on this site for the friendships, support and knowledge to be able to work at what I enjoy and continue to have fun doing it. It has been an amazing 20 years and I hope to have at least 20 more.
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    Steve Pierce

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    A huge congrats to you, Steve. A beautiful bird!

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    I still think that seven years ago you hatched a plan to get some knucklehead to pay for the restoration of your Super Cub. Well it worked.
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    Well deserved....It's a beautiful Cub....hey, we only got one shot at this life, so grab all you can. Thanks for always helping us on sc.org....you are always helpful and I really appreciate that! Enjoy that awesome Cub Steve.
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    Now that you have something nice you need to stop flying with the riffraff

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    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightflyer View Post
    I still think that seven years ago you hatched a plan to get some knucklehead to pay for the restoration of your Super Cub. Well it worked.
    Any chance I can have first dibs on your next cast off?
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    Now that is a great story with a great ending for everyone. It was just meant to be.
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    You look good standing next to it and deserve it!!!!!

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    Thanks for telling us, it is such a great story. You deserve our gratitude and respect because you just can not help but be helping others. I am one of the others you have helped. That could not have happened to a more deserving person. Thanks for what you do, Steve. Enjoy your new ride to the fullest.
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    Atta boy, Pierce ! Now come see me with it.
    BTW, my paint job looks pretty good in that photo
    "Sometimes a Cigar is just a Cigar"
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdrvr View Post
    Atta boy, Pierce ! Now come see me with it.
    BTW, my paint job looks pretty good in that photo
    It’s not the right color but I think it will work fine for ya. We going to take bets on how long it stays clean?
    Congrats, let’s go get it muddy soon.


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    Awesome! Puts a lump in a guys throat! Congratulations!!
    Don't take life too seriously ... no one gets out alive!

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    Congratulations! Beautiful airplane.


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    Cool story Steve. You avoided that feeling of buying someone else's problem, know what I mean?

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    I know what you mean. My 180 flew away yesterday. But I have a J3 to fly.
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    This is the best news of the week!

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    Awesome and congratulations Steve!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    I know what you mean. My 180 flew away yesterday. But I have a J3 to fly.
    What!? Are you buying an A10 project and going to do the Airshow deal now?
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    Nice Cub Steve, enjoy it!


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    Great story and congrats on the new Cub

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    So happy for you Pierce! You should be the recipient of your expert workmanship! Come visit. We can help you get it dirty.
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    Excellent. Steve your workmanship is in my opinion without comparison and I will admit I have felt a bit guilty flying 604 and then seeing what you were flying while your own projects get pushed aside.
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    nice looking cub now go fly it

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    After looking at some more of your pictures, Steve, I do have one suggestion, You might want to recalibrate your estimate of where the wingtips actually are. Or I guess, trim the branches back along the river there.
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    A beautiful Cub and a beautiful story of how it came to be—many congratulations! The bird has come home to roost

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    Life is a Circle My Friend
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightflyer View Post
    I still think that seven years ago you hatched a plan to get some knucklehead to pay for the restoration of your Super Cub. Well it worked.
    You caught me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Now that you have something nice you need to stop flying with the riffraff

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    Everybody I fly with has nice Cubs, I was the brunt of all the jokes. I have to reidentify myself now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearhawk Builder View Post
    Cool story Steve. You avoided that feeling of buying someone else's problem, know what I mean?
    Been down that road way to many times with other folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Everybody I fly with has nice Cubs, I was the brunt of all the jokes. I have to reidentify myself now.
    Like I told Tom after he finished rebuilding his Cub, you will never take the same chances after you spent the time making it nice. Your going to miss kickin ass with skill in a rat.

    Glenn
    "Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you!"
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    I'm happy for you, Steve. I've always thought it must be hard to put so much work into a plane, push it out the door and see someone else take it away. I know most mechanics put heart and soul into those kinds of rebuilds.

    So, congratulations on "recapturing" one! And, good for you! Hop in that thing this summer and come up to Montana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Like I told Tom after he finished rebuilding his Cub, you will never take the same chances after you spent the time making it nice. Your going to miss kickin ass with skill in a rat.

    Glenn
    But on the other hand his old cub was looking at a rebuild, and he said he doesn’t have the free time to do it. It was hard working full time, getting off work and working after dinner through 3am on your own plane. The tail on mine was twisted, the reason for rebuilding.


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    I wish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Like I told Tom after he finished rebuilding his Cub, you will never take the same chances after you spent the time making it nice. Your going to miss kickin ass with skill in a rat.

    Glenn
    It was a very hard decision for that reason. The peer pressure was horrible but I saw the writing on the wall. I have projects that I have owned for 20 plus years that are just sitting. I have said many times I am going to work 8-5 and work on my own after hours, never happens.
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    Congrats Steve! Thanks for sharing the story. Amazing how things work out sometimes!! Enjoy the heck out of it!!
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    Congrats, Steve. You only live once.

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    Great news and great story Steve. Planes are very personal to me, so it is something to let an old friend go because you have an even better one available that you know well. I have been able to sell only one plane and that was because I promised the seller he could buy it back anytime he wanted to. An old timer with tears in his eyes when I bought it. Made me feel good he got it back. Enjoy the heck out of that beauty. As others have said, you deserve it!
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    Hot dang Steve, You need to wear a tuxedo flying that thing. Wow!

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    Nice plane Steve! Get it over quick and go poke a hole in it so you won't feel too bad later. I had an A&P do that to mine once. Needed a drain there anyhow he said.

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    Steve, curious.....did it come with "lifetime washes and detailing"?
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