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ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby BoisePhil » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:18 am

Well, I’ve lurked on this site for long enough so I guess I’ll join the feeding frenzy and announce that I’m yet another guy looking for a ‘53-‘56 170B. I want the same things most others want but most important to me is a straight airframe with minimal corrosion, a panel that has either been rebuilt or remains fairly original, NDH or excellent repair work, and a mid to low time engine. Paint is the least important to me. A bonus would be a Sportsman STOL kit. I’m a cash buyer and can travel on short notice anywhere in the country for the right airplane. I live in Idaho and am anxious to join my buddies in the backcountry as well as travel with my wife around the Pacific NW. I’ve been a pilot for 50 years and have finally reached a point where I can realize my dream of ownership. Woo-hoo! Thanks for your consideration. Phil. 208-871-8520. phil4id@gmail.com
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170 B

Postby DaveF » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:29 am

It's not (sigh), it's (yay)!

Don't worry or get anxious, you'll find the one you want. It just might take a little while. Take your time and enjoy it.
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby BoisePhil » Wed May 09, 2018 5:19 pm

Well, I tentatively found one! Actually found 4-5 pretty decent ones. If anyone wants to know my method I’ll be glad to share it after I close on my deal at the end of next week.

Phil. :D
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby 170C » Wed May 09, 2018 8:03 pm

Always interesting to see how vrs folks search and find the aircraft they are looking to buy.
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby BoisePhil » Mon May 14, 2018 5:39 pm

Nope. Still looking...
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby N2625U » Tue May 15, 2018 12:43 am

The local A/P knew I was looking for a plane 15 years ago and what I was looking for. When he went to a seminar to get his AI renewed found a plane for me from another A/P. You never know when and where you'll find what you are looking for.
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby DaveF » Tue May 15, 2018 1:22 am

That's how I found my airplane. My mechanic called and said "Stop looking, the airplane you want is in for annual and it's for sale."
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby BoisePhil » Sat May 19, 2018 4:49 pm

Well I would love that to be my story!
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby piclr60 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:59 pm

Give me a call. selling my 170B 1952.

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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby BoisePhil » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:08 am

Well, I gave up looking for a 1954-56 170B. Hardly anyone wants to sell. I sent out 140 letters to owners all over. I picked mostly airplanes in the West where corrosion is less of an issue. I think I got 12-14 responses. Never found one that just seemed right. So I switched gears and started looking for a 1956 Cessna 182. I scoured the Aicraft-data.com website and sent letters to 150 owners across the Western US. I think I got 15 responses. Most airplanes about the same price as a decent 170B. I made one “mistake” in copying down 1956 call signs and addresses and got one 1958 in there. The owner of that particular airplane called me and I bought it last week. It was in an estate and I can honestly say that it really paid off to wait and be picky. I think I got the deal of the decade. We’ll see when I get the mechanics bill for 10 days of work. 8O
Many thanks to Bruce and George for the tremendous amount of wisdom and expertise they generously shared. I hope I wasn’t a PITA!
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby TravisL » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 pm

I'm glad you were also able to find a plane. I gave up on the 170B a long time ago and decided I just wanted a high quality 170...which ever year model. I finally found one and brought it home over the weekend, a 1949 170A.
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:39 pm

Congratulations Phil. A '58 180 I could be real interested in and don't blame you at all for buying it even though it doesn't have round tail feathers.
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby DaveF » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:26 pm

BoisePhil wrote:I hope I wasn’t a PITA!

Not at all. Nothing is more fun than helping another guy buy the right airplane, and nothing is worse than seeing someone rush and buy the wrong one. Those early 182s are very capable and fun airplanes!
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby hilltop170 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:15 pm

And can be converted to a taildragger!
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Re: ANOTHER (sigh) guy looking for a 170B

Postby gahorn » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:49 pm

ANY of the 1950 thru 1965 Single Cessnas in good shape are fine airplanes. (Not sayin' fine airplanes are limited to those, but that those are paramount favorites of mine.) Congratulations...and STAY WITH US! Bring that nose-pusher to Convention!
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