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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

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.

What's happening at Rankin Airport
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I spoke with Kevin Rankin, Joe's son, who inherited the Rankin Airport (78Y) when Joe passed.  Kevin's son, Brad, inherited Porterfield Aircraft.  Everyone is busy, but fine, Kevin will soon be a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Apr 2.

Reduced 35-70

I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year.FOR SALEREDUCED.. TO $25000...REDUCED Jan 8, 20181935 Northwestern Porterfield 35-70NC15444, Serial # 786Posted October 23, 2017Comes with a…Continue

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Andy Gelston left a comment for Charles D. Byram
"We have several members with Collegiates in your area.  If you're not too tall or too big around, you should be able to fit in one of them so we can correct that omission in your life."
May 10
Charles D. Byram left a comment for Andy Gelston
"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…"
May 10
Andy Gelston left a comment for Charles D. Byram
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Charles!  Do you have any photos, sales brochures, or other items from your uncle's and grandpa's dealership?  What do you fly now? Andy"
May 10
Andy Gelston replied to Bill Skinner's discussion Sensenich Propeller
"Hi Bill: This would be a cruise prop for the slower Pipers and Aeroncas, and a standard or climb prop for the better airfoiled Interstates, Taylorcrafts, and Porterfields.  I haven't seen any actually fetching $3K for a wall decoration,…"
May 3
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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?See More
Apr 17
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"Yep, shellac still does a good job of sealing the cork off from gasoline, but so does a fuel resistant epoxy, which also helps bond the cork to the welding rod."
Apr 2
Galen Wayne Hutcheson replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"Andy, I used this treatment years ago on advice from a older A&P who recommended using this. It was my Porterfield LP-65, my very first airplane. It does take a good sized cork, but a cork alone is porous and needs sealing. Shellack appeared to…"
Apr 2
Andy Gelston replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"Thanks, Galen!  I should have just read through the early posts here and would have seen that the cork should be 5-1/4" long (= 3 wine corks) to get enough buoyancy to float the welding rod.  I didn't have any orange shellac,…"
Apr 2
Galen Wayne Hutcheson replied to Andy Gelston's discussion What's happening at Rankin Airport
"I put a good coat of schlack (sp) to seal the cork and that fixed the problem. Galen"
Mar 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's photo
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"Thank you, Bill, this is very interesting!  It looks like ol' Ed didn't quite have biplanes out of his system from his American Eagle days.  That "thread through the needle" main gear suspension is quite…"
Mar 31
Andy Gelston commented on Bill Skinner's video
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"Thank you, Bill!  I especially enjoyed hearing your Dad talk about how production ended up going to Minnesota, and also about the AD requiring the aileron counterweights being issued solely for public relations.  I wish your parents had…"
Mar 31
Andy Gelston left a comment for Wade Laney Eakle
"That's great news, Wade!  I hope you're able to find a nice hangar for reasonable rates at Sonoma.  You wouldn't want to have to tie down at Calistoga... If you need any background on the CP-65, there's a LOT of…"
Mar 26
Andy Gelston left a comment for Galen Wayne Hutcheson
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny bird, Galen!  We're honored to have someone with your background join our membership. Andy"
Mar 26
Wade Laney Eakle left a comment for Andy Gelston
"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. "
Mar 25
Jim Holdeman left a comment for Andy Gelston
"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…"
Mar 20
Andy Gelston left a comment for Jim Holdeman
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Jim.  If you'd like a low and slow supplement to your D model, the Porterfield would be a good choice, provided you're not taller than six feet and/or heavier than 220 pounds.  Would…"
Mar 20

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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 — 5 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 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 !

At 11:05pm on October 22, 2017, Don Murray said…

Thanks, Andy.!  The Collegiate is my current heartthrob. :-)

At 9:14pm on September 11, 2017, Roger Allen said…
I'm the proud to say that I'm now taking care of my good friend Richard Finley's CP 65
At 11:44pm on September 9, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Hey Andy! Say, is there any place I can get a complete plan or drawing set, while I keep an eye out for the right project and save $?? Thanks!

At 3:24pm on August 24, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Thanks Andy!  I'm still snooping through the site art this point.  Where are folks finding drawings, etc?  And are most parts needing to be fabricated more so that finding spares?

At 4:44pm on August 23, 2017, Mike Austin said…

Hi Andy - a pleasure to meet you!  That local Porterfield sold a week after it was posted.  That's OK - I'm in no hurry at all, with other projects to finish first, but I'll save my pennies and keep an eye out.  As far as being a tight fit, I'm a short guy at 5' 4ish but pushing 200.  Does that make me too heavy?  Also I was wondering about the scope of a Porterfield restoration, as opposed to other planes:  comparable in time and skill and $ as, say Piper's? Much harder, and really for seasoned restorers and not beginning ones? etc.  Sorry - lots and lots of questions!

At 11:45am on April 8, 2017, Jim Mullin said…
LeRoy was more than generous with his time. I hope I remember a good portion of the information he's shared. I spent two days up there and almost countless phone calls. I have a hanger and feel a privilege and responsibility more than ownership. I have a daughter in Brooklyn so there's a good chance we could meet in the next year.
 
 
 

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