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LP-65 on TradeAPlane
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Steve Weaver, in Phillipa, WV has dropped his asking price $10K, to $<20K, which is pretty reasonable, as she appears to be in lovely shape. She’s been listed on TAP for many years now, it will be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston on Wednesday.

Oshkosh bound???
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I thought it might be prudent to perform an annual inspection on 41VermonT yesterday, before heading west to the big EAA convention.  Weather forecasts said we could make it in one day, today only,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Aug 7, 2018.

Another member's project on Barnstormers...

I see on Barnstormers.com that member Karl Engelskirger is selling his 1930's race plane, "Mike."  Does this mean he'll soon be starting the restoration of his 35-70?Continue

Started Apr 17, 2018

Texas Flyabout on Barnstormers
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PORTERFIELD 35-70 • $25,000 • FOR SALE • 1935 Porterfield 35-70. Approximately 1400 TT, 300 TSMOH, restored in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Mar 6, 2018.

 

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Andy Gelston and Marian Madalin are now friends
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Marian Madalin left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thank you for your encouraging thoughts , Andy. Unfortunately, I am just a nonprofit who wants to open a free and public museum in my country. So I'm not looking for something to buy, I'm looking for a donation/sponsorship of an old…"
Thursday
Andy Gelston left a comment for Jerry McKnight
"What engine does your Eaglet replica have, Jerry? Andy"
Thursday
Andy Gelston left a comment for Marian Madalin
"Welcome to our little club for the skinny birds, Marian!  Porterfield’s were built back when people didn’t have much to eat, so they didn’t grow very big.  If you are less than 183 cm tall and weigh less than 82 kilos,…"
Thursday
Andy Gelston replied to Matthew Brindley's discussion Contact Information For MR. Rankin?
"Have you been able to contact Brad Rankin, yet?"
Thursday
Andy Gelston commented on Victor Briley's blog post Need steel channel to repair rudder on 1940 CP50
"You’ll have to measure them up and make replacements out of sheet as “owner manufactured parts,” Victor.  Do you have the factory drawing for the rudder assembly?  You’ll need it for the 337 Form."
Thursday
Andy Gelston left a comment for Allison R Hoyt
"How is your Porterfield project going, Allison?  Which model are you now restoring?  Any projection for when she’ll be flying again?  Keep up your momentum on her: it’s the only way to get her done! Soft landings,…"
Thursday
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LP-65 on TradeAPlane
"The 1500’s are easier to find, but they’re not legal on the Collegiate unless you get a field approval (one time STC). I fly off SC-1’s and they work great, as long as the rigging is in good shape... Andy"
Wednesday
john elliott replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LP-65 on TradeAPlane
"Just bought it and joined the club. Looking forward to learning all about the Porterfields. Anyone have recommendations on skis?  I know the SC1 are on the TCDS. Anyone have used federal 1500's?"
Wednesday
Andy Gelston left a comment for john elliott
"Welcome to our wee Club for the skinny birds, John!  There’s lots of good info in the archived forum & blogs.  Which Porterfield do you have? Soft landings,  Andy"
Wednesday
Andy Gelston replied to Matthew Brindley's discussion Contact Information For MR. Rankin?
"This email address is 11 years old, but you can try it: ranair@asde.net The phone number for Rankin Airport in Maryville, MO is 660-562-7450 I’ve spoken with Brad a couple of times and he said he intended to go through and organize all…"
Feb 11
Bill replied to Andy Gelston's discussion LP-65 on TradeAPlane
"January 26, 2019 Andy, This is for everyone who might be interested in the PC offered on TAP.  I wrote Mr. Weaver and asked what else had been done to the plane other than what the ad said. He replied that it had new cables, all new wood,…"
Jan 26
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LP-65 on TradeAPlane

Steve Weaver, in Phillipa, WV has dropped his asking price $10K, to $<20K, which is pretty reasonable, as she appears to be in lovely shape. She’s been listed on TAP for many years now, it will be nice to see this old gal go to a good, loving home and GET FLOWN ON MANY ADVENTURES that are written up here on the website. Who has $20K burning a hole in his/her bank account and wishes to live grandly?See More
Jan 20
Mike Dirksen left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Hello Andy. I joined to learn about the Porterfield. Have never owned one. After 20 years in single engine GA aircraft, I started flying ultralights. I built my last ship, a single place SkyRaider (Kitfox spin off) that weighed 364 lbs. The…"
Jan 12
Andy Gelston commented on Daryl Johnson's blog post No Title
"I saw a decal set on eBay...just search for ”Porterfield Aircraft”, and you’ll see them from the Philippines.  These “Porterfield-Turner” decals were used on mid-production Collegiates and Flyabouts, not the…"
Jan 12
Andy Gelston left a comment for Mike Dirksen
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Mike!  Are you thinking about buying a Porterfield?  Most new members wonder if they’ll even fit in a Porterfield, as they aren’t built for the corpulent nor the claustrophobic: six…"
Jan 12

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NC41VT, 1941 FP-65, S/N 875 Has a Franklin 90 installed by Angelo Forte, under a one-time STC, in the mid-50's, and has had the seaplane conversion done to it (would that make it a FS-90?). I just need a cheap set of Edo 1320's now!
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NC41VT and I are now back home in Vermont! How we got here...

I'm sitting in KMHT, writing this while waiting for my flight which should be wheels up in about 10 hours.  I fly to Newark, then to Seattle, then to Great Falls, and should be wheels down at KHLN about midnight (about 31 hours from now).  Hey, I live in New England!  We can't get anywhere from here!  41VT is at Boulder (K3U9) Airport, about 25 miles south of Helena, MT.  I'll buy a used bike  Wednesday morning (I hope), and pedal on down to Boulder to start prepping myself and 41VT for our…

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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Ad for NC41VT, a FP-65 converted to a FS-90

DESCRIPTION: NC41VT is a 1941 FP-65, S/N 875, with an STC’d Franklin 90 installation, completed by Angelo Forte in the mid-50’s, turning a Flottorp wood prop.  She has fresh Polyfiber covering and finish with the factory red and silver color scheme (ball with 2 stripes on each side).  Medium weight fabric was used throughout, with heavy weight fabric used on the belly and lower surfaces of the horizontal stabilizers and elevators.  The instrument panel is the deluxe version, made to…

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Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:30pm

Update on my '41 FP-65 project

After tinkering for over three years on my Collegiate, the novelty finally wore off for Pokey Gordon and he asked me to remove the old girl from his shop in Helena, MT.  Club member Tim Talen, who has a hangar in Boulder, MT, about 30 miles south of Helena, came to the rescue and arranged for a Boulder friend of his to rent a truck and haul the project to his hangar. 

Tim's is a master restorer who specializes in Interstate Aircraft.  I restored an Interstate Cadet back in the 80's…

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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Seen on Barnstormers: 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 for $25K

FOR SALE • 1940 PORTERFIELD CP-65 Collegiate $25,000 LSA Qualified. First Collegiate 499.9 SMOH. 5519.1 TT. Hangered since restoration in 1967. Flying Airplane. All logs Books available on PDF. Current annual good to 01/31/2014. Located at AJO. Corona municipal airport, CA USA. Telephone: Contact Eric 951-247-9541 • Contact…

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Posted on March 3, 2013 at 1:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:53pm on February 21, 2019, Marian Madalin said…

Thank you for your encouraging thoughts , Andy. Unfortunately, I am just a nonprofit who wants to open a free and public museum in my country. So I'm not looking for something to buy, I'm looking for a donation/sponsorship of an old frame. 

At 1:33pm on January 12, 2019, Mike Dirksen said…

Hello Andy. I joined to learn about the Porterfield. Have never owned one. After 20 years in single engine GA aircraft, I started flying ultralights. I built my last ship, a single place SkyRaider (Kitfox spin off) that weighed 364 lbs. The Porterfield office looks huge to me. My Porterfield interest was kick started by the possible availability of N32362 here in Sonoma. I want to learn about the advisability of Porterfield operation at my home airport before making contact with the owner.

At 7:41pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

That'd be a twofer. Never flown a Porterfield. Never flown off of skis! That would be super fun! If I have an open weekend (with a 5 month old baby, those are tough to find!) I'll let you know! Thanks very much for the invite. 

At 1:32pm on December 4, 2018, Chris Porter said…

Thanks Andy! Lucky for me I'm under 180 and just a hair under 6 feet tall. Maybe I'll get up to see 41VermonT one of these days. 

At 11:08am on July 13, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

Sounds great - I will stop by sometime in the next few days.  I have a friend visiting who has flown Werner Griesbeck's bird in BC.  So he can show me which is the front and which is the back.

At 2:54pm on July 12, 2018, Eric Kaufmann said…

"Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?""Andy - my apologies for a tardy (understated) response . But I am still interested in trying 41 VT on for size - any chance a day next week would work?"

At 11:04am on May 10, 2018, Charles D. Byram said…

Hi Andy and all! Thank you for adding me to the club.  I don't have any brochures, paperwork or etc. from Uncle Parker's days as a Porterfield dealer myself. I will check with my cousin Mary Ann to see if she might have something she could share. I got into the kid raising business years back and have not done any flying by myself since. I attend and volunteer at airshows and have been fortunate to ride in some antiques and warbirds but never a Porterfield.

At 7:54pm on March 25, 2018, Wade Laney Eakle said…

Thanks Andy, there's a 1940 CP-65 for sale there that I just had a pre-purchase inspection completed on, resulting in a thumbs-up. Still waiting to hear from the airport owner if there's hanger space available. 

At 1:11pm on March 20, 2018, Jim Holdeman said…

Hello Andy,

I would love to "supplement" the Bonanza with a Porterfield. I like old cars (63 Studebaker Lark), old trucks (78 Dodge D-100), old motorcycles (82 Goldwing, 67 Triumph), old airplanes (53 Bo) probably because I was born in 52 ( although I don't consider myself old...that "old" bar gets moved up as we age), and have a special appreciation for old yet useful things that were well crafted when they first were built. Plus, I believe having these old machines are of no use if we don't use them. So, all of these vehicles get used and maintained since, I believe, their useful life is not over with. And I enjoy the fact that in a modern cookie cutter society, these vehicles not only allow me to enjoy yesterday today, they have an identity all their own. A Porterfield would fit very well into that mode of thinking. Something to think about.

 

Thanks for the encouragement,

Jim

At 5:07pm on January 29, 2018, Leslie R. C. Chill said…

Iv'e owned quite a few different birds in my time but never a skinny bird- maybe if Santa is kind to me I will acquire one !

 
 
 

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