It begins.....wings off

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It begins.....wings off

Postby Poncho73 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:44 am

Well last week I started de-fueling, flap, aileron removal. Then cables and electrics on Saturday, finally today in -2c temperatures....in sunny Canada, we popped the wings off. Over the winter, new skins, fuel ines, PPonk and a ton more.....nothing money can't fix. :D. I will upload a picture once I minimize the size
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby bagarre » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:38 pm

Ahh, the excitement of opening a fresh can of worms. :wink:
I'm entering the second year of my one year project and I still think I'm a year away from finishing it.
Are you just re-skinning the tops?
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby c170b53 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:54 pm

Bought my plane from Brampton, did my first take- off in a 170 when I left with it. Have a few co-workers there as well whom are retired now, so I know there's lots of talent in the area. Care to share tHe project/plan? I think David nailed it,
It's may not seem to be a slippery slope to perfection, it's a cliff.
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby Poncho73 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:25 pm

Hopefully this uploads...I hope it is not a two year project but I'm OK if it is I have other airplanes I can use in the meantime, just none as fun as the 170.
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby Poncho73 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:43 pm

It will be new Ceconite skins and repaint. While the wings are off, realizing next year will be the birds 70th birthday, I think it is time to do some major inspecting including some AN hardware replacement.

Basic Plan...to be amended daily.... :D : new wing skins, all wing wiring to be replace, and landing light motor overhaul
tailplane removal and inspection, including attachment bolt replacement.
landing gear removal and box inspection, P Ponk mod to be installed after gear leg cleaning and repaint.
Control Yoke remove and inspection and repaint.
Icom- IC-A220 to be installed

Going forward the list will grow I'm sure.
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby bagarre » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:16 pm

Not a bad time to have a good look at the control cables and pulleys.
My 170 only has 1400 hours TT but both rudder cables had lots of broken wires at the rear fairlead. The only way to really check them is to get them out of the fairlead and give them a bend. Had a few seized pulleys too.
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby Poncho73 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:21 am

c170b53 wrote:Bought my plane from Brampton, did my first take- off in a 170 when I left with it. Have a few co-workers there as well whom are retired now, so I know there's lots of talent in the area. Care to share tHe project/plan? I think David nailed it,
It's may not seem to be a slippery slope to perfection, it's a cliff.


What year was that you bought the 170 from Brampton? And registration....
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby c170b53 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:40 am

C-FIHK; bought it from Earl Smith in 95. It was painted beige, with brown and orange accents, had been kept outside on the grass and was in poor shape to say the least.
We returned CFIHK to Brampton after the convention in 2014, parked a couple of nights by the flying club before flying back to the West coast.
Hope you have a great heater for that hangar so you can keep to your production schedule :D
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Re: It begins.....wings off

Postby Poncho73 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:07 pm

c170b53 wrote:C-FIHK; bought it from Earl Smith in 95. It was painted beige, with brown and orange accents, had been kept outside on the grass and was in poor shape to say the least.
We returned CFIHK to Brampton after the convention in 2014, parked a couple of nights by the flying club before flying back to the West coast.
Hope you have a great heater for that hangar so you can keep to your production schedule :D


OK, Earl is still around and as a matter of fact I had lunch with him a couple of weeks ago. I will let him know IHK is going strong....small world.....I thought the reg was familiar.

I have no heater or door on my hangar :( ......however, I have a friend with a heated hangar and I will likely move the airplane to his hangar next month.
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