Keep the Skinny Birds Flying Safely
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 although not sure if they are serviceable. The ailerons are built but not covered. There's a box of wing ribs and leading edge ribs although I need to inspect them. I'm not sure if they are all there as I don't know how many are required. I would need spars obviously. The instrument panel is available as is the fuel tank.
There's basically nothing firewall forward. My AP recommended going with an A-65, rather than the Franklin, because he has several available that he can offer reasonably. With that said, I would need to come up with an engine mount for the A-65.
As far as parts are concerned, I'm trying to figure out if it's reasonable that I can still find parts to complete this project, i.e., windshield, cowling or anything else that's obvious. Also, what's the availability of drawings, i.e., wings for instance?
I have the data plate, logs, etc., and it's currently registered. The current registered owner is now deceased. I would need to sort this out as well.
As I mentioned before, I don't know what I don't know. It seems a little intimidating for me. I do have an AP for advice / oversight and very limited number of local resources.
Also, I've not seen a Porterfield in the flesh. With that said, I'm 6'1". How's the fit / comfort for someone like me in the front seat?
Honestly, I had never heard of a Porterfield until 1 month ago. The more I research, the more I like. It's exactly what I'm looking for. If I could get this one in the air, I would unload my 1962 Cessna.
I apologize in advance for bombarding everyone with so many questions.
Thanks in advance for any advice, recommendations, encouragement someone may be able to offer.