Dec 10 2012

EAA Tech Counselor Visit

20121210-124402.jpgA longtime friend and EAA Tech Counselor paid me a visit yesterday and proclaimed N173DP to be an excellent candidate for a cosmetic restoration. He looked over the structure, welds, wood work, and engine. Everything looks great!

We identified a few areas needing attention, such as the carb and possibly the mags. The plugs, cylinders, and piston tops look free of corrosion, but we’ll do a “gasket overhaul” of the A-65 before the airplane is flown.

The previous engine had an electrical system, and the oil temp and pressure gauges will need to be replaced with the mechanical type, so I’m on the lookout for a nice set of gauges.

The throttle and carb heat cables will get replaced, and the primer will get an overhaul. The gascolator needs a good cleaning, too.

I’m looking into replacing the “flipper” pitch trim with a Wittman Tailwind type trim system. Simple and light compared to the old, heavy, somewhat unattractive external trim system.

I’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of questions along the way.



  1. Judy

    Wow, I’m so happy for you Wayne. This is so cool. I couldn’t be happier for you – congratulations on your new wings – a Baby Ace! Paul McCord in Indy has one. Is yours a 65-8?

    1. Whiskey Bravo


      Mine is a 65-horse Continental, too. It had an 85 in it previously with a starter, battery, etc. Swapping all that out should shave about 100 pounds off the empty weight!

      When I get it in the air we’ll have to meet up over Ohio or something. :)


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