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A65 main bearings
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I’m having my Continental overhauled, and the shop is having major difficulties obtaining the main bearings (20thou over). Apparently the supplier is having trouble with the paperwork. Anybody…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Oct 10.

Joe Rankin
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Hello, while going through the owner history of our Porterfield NC 27249, I see that it was owned for a brief period in 1956 by John W Rankin of New Castle Delaware. It made me curious as to whether…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Jun 13.

Shoulder harness
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Hello, does anyone have any information about adding shoulder harnesses for these little birds? STCs, suppliers, etc? Thanks! MarkContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Feb 3, 2020.

Any Washington State Skinny Birds?
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Hi, my wife and I have a beautiful LP65 (with a 65 Continental) based at Arlington airport (KAWO) If there are any Porterfield folks around here it would be great to meet up and compare notes and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Gelston Jan 1, 2020.

 

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Mark replied to Mark's discussion A65 main bearings
"Hi Eddie, I sent Harry an email a couple days ago. I bet he gets lots of them and has to weed through them. Or maybe he’s done doing it."
Oct 10
Andy Gelston replied to Mark's discussion A65 main bearings
"Here’s the website with his ruminations: http://www.bowersflybaby.com/tech/engines.htm#harry"
Oct 10
Mark replied to Mark's discussion A65 main bearings
"I don’t think that’s the problem per se. Talking to the parts guy at Aircraft specialties he explained the long story about it. I talked to Don over at Don‘s dream machines and they’re having the same problems waiting on M 20…"
Oct 8
Andy Gelston replied to Mark's discussion A65 main bearings
"IIRC, installing .020 over bearings requires an STC. Is that what the issue is?  Check with Harry Fenton, he's the A-65 guru."
Oct 8
Mark posted a discussion

A65 main bearings

I’m having my Continental overhauled, and the shop is having major difficulties obtaining the main bearings (20thou over). Apparently the supplier is having trouble with the paperwork. Anybody anybody else experiencing anything like this right now regarding these 20 over main bearings? Thanks Mark
Oct 7
Mark commented on Steve Ahrens's video
Aug 30
Mark replied to Carl Gingras's discussion N32428 is Flying Again
"Gorgeous! You’ll absolutely love it. I built up my tail wheel time in a Cessna 140 which is another great airplane. But the spring gear can be challenging to master. Our Collegiate is a much more forgiving tail wheel aircraft in my opinion.…"
Aug 30
Mark replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"Hi Steve, the Bendix mags have only been on the engine about 75 hours. There hasn’t been any problems with them at all. I had to pull the engine back in early May and sent it to Georgia to get overhauled. They can’t call it an overhaul…"
Jun 16
Mark replied to Steve Ahrens's discussion 8081 (N37733) in her new home
"That’s great! It’s nice she has a low wing hanger partner to keep her company. Did it still have the Eisemann mags? Our Continental did and they were problematic. Cliff at Aircraft Magneto Service informed us no one would  work on…"
Jun 15
Andy Gelston replied to Mark's discussion Joe Rankin
"That’s a good question for Brad Rankin! Most of our old girls have pretty checkered histories of pampering, neglect, and being put to work teaching students how to fly. Some have been in the same family since they flew out of Kansas City."
Jun 13
Mark posted a discussion

Joe Rankin

Hello, while going through the owner history of our Porterfield NC 27249, I see that it was owned for a brief period in 1956 by John W Rankin of New Castle Delaware. It made me curious as to whether he was related to Joe Rankin the owner of the type certificate. It’s amazing to me how many owners there were over the years of our bird. At one point in 1944 it was on by the Defense Plant Corporation Washington DC.See More
Jun 13
Mark posted a photo

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This is my wife’s grandfather and his friend in 1940 or 41 with our Porterfield. Her grandfather is the tall cool looking dude on the left.
Feb 12, 2020
Mark replied to Mark's discussion Shoulder harness
"Got the photos, outstanding! Thanks Andy. I’ll get some ordered up. Much safer than just the lap belts. "
Feb 3, 2020
Andy Gelston replied to Mark's discussion Shoulder harness
"Try going to your local library and see if they come up on one of their computers...or I could email them directly to you."
Feb 2, 2020
Mark replied to Mark's discussion Shoulder harness
"Hi Andy, I’m sure it’s my analog brain but I can’t seem to access the pictures."
Feb 1, 2020
Andy Gelston replied to Mark's discussion Shoulder harness
" stowing the front; attachment to the V’s (zoom in, if you need to); belt tag w/part #"
Feb 1, 2020

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About Me:
My wife and I are the proud owners and caretakers NC27249, #738, a 1940 LP65 (with a Continental 65). This airplane was purchased new by my wife’s grandfather who owned it until about the time the war started. My wife’s father was able to reacquire it in the early 90s in need of restoration. It sat for many years, and was finally restored to pristine conditions in 2015. It’s so cool that my wife and I both get to fly her grandfathers airplane.
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LP 65 hub caps

Hello, I've heard that L5 Hub caps will work on the Porterfield. Anybody have any ideas of others that might? I think they would look sharp on our old girl. Thanks Mark NC27249

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

Landing Gear Rubber

I recently replaced the landing gear rubber on our 1940 LP65. The old ones were cracked and sagging and in dire need of replacement. I talked with Leroy Blum about this via the telephone, and he was very informative. I acquired the rubber stock from L.A. Rubber at a reasonable cost. On this website, I found a link to a photo of the original blueprint showing the proper dimensions (diameter, square hole size, and radius of corners) Near our airport, Arlington Municipal (AWO), I found an… Continue

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:44am on July 11, 2015, Mark said…
By the way ours is an LP65, NC27249
 
 
 

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