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Need fuselage drawing for LP/CP65

Fellow club members: I have engaged a vintage DAR. To assist with the engineering analysis for a C85 conversion for the 65 Porterfield. I need the fuselage drawings to help get the analysis going.  My DAR has contacted the Rankins and they will try to help, but their drawings are still boxed up and things are difficult to find. If anyone has the drawings I would be very interested in getting a copy.  Please help if you can. I am certainly willing to pay for copies.  The analysis will not be…

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Added by john elliott on March 19, 2019 at 7:04pm — 3 Comments

New Member looking for Lycoming 145 Parts

I just picked up an LP 65 Porterfield and I am looking for head gasket sources.  JP Hackenburg phone number no longer works and El Reno is closed. Any ideas where we can source head new gaskets and engine work?

Added by john elliott on March 4, 2019 at 11:53am — 1 Comment

Old planes request for new museum !

Hello. Sorry to disturb you. I want to open a new aviation museum in my country.
Please visit: www.aerospot.eu/?lang=en.
I alread received a free SZD-30 glider from Germany and I will also bring a helicopter airframe. Can anyone donate his old plane for my static display project ? Thank you.

Added by Marian Madalin on February 21, 2019 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Need steel channel to repair rudder on 1940 CP50

Does anyone know where I can get tapered steel channel for the rudder of my CP50? The 2 bottom channels are cracked and need to be replaced. If I can't find a source to them, I will attempt to bend some out of .040 4130 steel strips.

Added by Victor Briley on February 20, 2019 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

I need a new windshield for cp 65 collegiate and also decals. Any info would be appreciated. Daryl Johnson dej1946@gmail.com

I need a new windshield for cp 65 collegiate and also decals. Any info would be appreciated.

Daryl Johnson

dej1946@gmail.com

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Added by Daryl Johnson on September 20, 2018 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Question about Headknockers - aileron balance weights

I have a 1940 CP50 that I am restoring from the ground up.  I  built new ailerons and transferred the lead weight from the old aileron to the leading edge spar of the new aileron.  While in Osh Kosh I saw a LP65 with headknockers for balance weights. My CP50 was not equipped with headknockers. I searched for AD's but could not find any for the CP50. Does anyone know if the headknockers was an STC or some other add-on? My ailerons are quite heavy at the trailing edge. I have always been told…

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Added by Victor Briley on December 20, 2017 at 9:32pm — 18 Comments

G-AFZL in the wars again

ZL suffered another nose over incident at the end of August. This time it was Paul, he forgot to reset the throttle starting the engine after blowing out, resulting in the engine revving up at the next swing and the aircraft nosing over the chocks. Luckily the prop missed Paul, but buried itself in the grass. We sent the engine away for a shockload examination and fitted a new prop. No other damage luckily and she's now signed off again, although the weather has turned damp and cloudy, so…

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Added by Steve Sharpe on October 24, 2017 at 5:31am — 3 Comments

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

Added by Mark on July 24, 2017 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

questions about the Collegiate

Was there ever an STC for electric start on the Collegiate?  (LP or CP)

Is there any guidance on putting in a radio/xpdr/ elec. sys?

Can someone please measure the interior space for the pilot seat area?  Width.  I'm worried I'll be jammed in.  "Skinny" is not me.

I'm a large person and have been considering buying one, but I'm worried I won't fit in it.

Is there any seat fore-aft adjustment?

Can someone send the W&B chart to me?

What are the…

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Added by Marcia Mason on June 22, 2017 at 11:29am — 8 Comments

Firewall attach angle on engine mount

Anybody remove angle attachment on engine mount?
I would like to use different method of attaching firewall to
Engine mount

Added by William A Collins on May 22, 2017 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

I have completed restoration of a 1940 LP-65 Porterfield. It has been flown twice. I restored it as a favor to a late friend and his son. I never intended to keep it. One plane, a Cessna-172, is enou…

I have completed restoration of a 1940 LP-65 Porterfield. It has been flown twice. I restored it as a favor to a late friend and his son. I never intended to keep it. One plane, a Cessna-172, is enough for me. I am hoping to recover my restoration expenses. Continue

Added by Hal Wyborny on December 30, 2016 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

WANTED: Speed Ring Blueprints for 1936 35-70

Give me a call if you know how I can obtain a set of speed ring blueprints for my 35-70 Porterfield ... (Leblond engine).    Howard Coombs 407-539-4324 or howardgin@bellsouth.net.  Thanks!

Added by Howard A. Coombs on August 2, 2016 at 9:42am — 1 Comment

Fabrication Drawings

Hello All,

I would like to secure fabrication drawings for the main landing gear and motor mounts for Franklin and Lycoming 65 hp. engines. Thanks

Best Regards

Bob

Added by Bob Hayden on July 4, 2016 at 2:26pm — 1 Comment

Porterfield Formation flight to Ottumwa!

We're excited to post the plans for our 3-ship Porterfield flight from Cable Airport (CCB), Upland, CA to Ottumwa, Iowa, for the Antique Aircraft Association flyin, over Labor Day weekend.

We'll leave here with our 3 Porterfields  (1940, 1941 Collegiates, and a CP 75) around August 25th, and plan to arrive at Ottumwa August 30th.  We're…

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Added by Jerri & Chris Bergen on July 3, 2016 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

CP65 651

Hi guys, I'm very happy to be here as my Dad and I are the new care takers of CP65 651. We recently aquired her and just completed an extensive annual as she had not flown in several years as her previous caretaker has passed away. I have put several hours on her the past week. What a fabulous airplane to fly. The fabric is still in good shape and will allow us a year or so to enjoy the airplane as it is. We will eventually do a full restoration and will be looking here for advise. Our goal is… Continue

Added by Chris Yates on January 24, 2016 at 9:12pm — 3 Comments

NC25577 on Wikipedia

Today (28 Dec) Porterfield NC25577 appeared on the main page of Wikipedia, as supporting cast in the Ercoupe RATO picture taken at March AFB in 1941. N25577 is listed on the FAA register to a balloon, so what happened to the Porterfield?

ZL flying again with new tailwheel spring and rudder horn - obtained via Ebay from the USA, new old stock.

Added by Steve Sharpe on December 28, 2015 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Rudder tailwheel steering yoke

Hi everybody

The ongoing saga of G-AFZL - Today the tailwheel spring broke while taxying. Luckily at base, on grass. No collateral damage to the rudder/tailpost or fabric. Trouble is the aluminum yoke for the tailwheel springs is now in 3 pieces. I doubt if it is repairable. Does anybody have, know about, know where we can get a replacement? Looks like we may be grounded again for a while, pity as ZL has been flying very well for the past year since the rebuild and given us no…

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Added by Steve Sharpe on November 20, 2015 at 1:41pm — No 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

Added by Mark on October 12, 2015 at 10:22pm — 1 Comment

New Member w/ Questions (FP-65)

Hello All.  I'm just joining.  I have an opportunity, but not yet committed, to restore an FP-65 (N34711).  It would be my first restoration attempt.  I don't even know what I don't know. . . if that makes sense.  I'm trying to make a decision whether I want to commit.

 

As near as I can tell, the fuselage is in good shape.  The rudder, horizontal stabilizer and elevators are in good shape.  Nothing is covered.  I have the landing gear and wheels and one set of shock discs…

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Added by Chris Maley on October 5, 2015 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

Plane for Sale on Main Page

I was looking at the planes for sale on the Main page and noted a blue PC for sale.  I can find no date on the ad except an annual of 2009 so I assume it is at least 6 years old.  (If this is wrong, let me know.) I can find no N number so my question is what happened to the plane, who bought it  or (really a long shot) is it still for sale?

Bill

Added by Bill on June 29, 2015 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

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