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Andy Gelston
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  • Grantham, NH
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Andy Gelston's Discussions

FP-65 engine mount wanted

PORTERFIELD FP-65 ENGINE MOUNT • WANTED TO BUY • Franklin motor mount for a Porterfield…Continue

Started Jan 2

Chuck Lebrecht has flown west

It is with great reverence that I announce the passing of Chuck Lebrecht, the man who kept the Porterfield Club going for many decades before Tom Porterfield took his place in the front seat.  Chuck…Continue

Started Dec 26, 2021

It's almost Christmas: give an absolute hoot (don't pollute)!

I'd sure like to see how he'll fit a starter behind a Lycoming O-145 inside a LP-65 cowl...from Barnstormers.com:…Continue

Started Dec 9, 2021

Andy Andraka’s Eaglet project on Barnstormers

1931 B-31 AMERICAN EAGLET • $13,500 • OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY • Complete project, registered as…Continue

Started Oct 3, 2021

 

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FP-65 engine mount wanted

PORTERFIELD FP-65 ENGINE MOUNT • WANTED TO BUY • Franklin motor mount for a Porterfield model FP-65 any condition. • Contact Robert Hayden - ANTIQUE AERO PLANE FOUNDATION , End User - located Placentia, CA United States • Telephone:…See More
Jan 2
Andy Gelston replied to Tim Berridge's discussion Wheel landings
"Yes, as it is for most light planes like the Porterfield.  Wheel landings are the norm for larger aircraft with conventional landing gear, like Beech 18s, DC-3s, and B-17s, as there's a lot of mass in the back to prevent them from going up…"
Dec 30, 2021
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Chuck Lebrecht has flown west

It is with great reverence that I announce the passing of Chuck Lebrecht, the man who kept the Porterfield Club going for many decades before Tom Porterfield took his place in the front seat.  Chuck restored a CP-40 Zephyr, and later donated it to the AAA Air Power Museum in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Chuck and his lovely bride lived in Ocala, Florida for several decades after retiring and moving south from Illinois.  His bride passed earlier this year, so Chuck moved back home to Illinois. He experienced…See More
Dec 26, 2021
Andy Gelston left a comment for Mike Asscolese
"Welcome to the wee club for the skinny birds, Mike!  Are you interested in a flyable, or a project Porterfield? Flat engine or round engine? Have you ever sat in or flown a Porterfield? They're designed for smaller people, if your much…"
Dec 23, 2021
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

It's almost Christmas: give an absolute hoot (don't pollute)!

I'd sure like to see how he'll fit a starter behind a Lycoming O-145 inside a LP-65 cowl...from Barnstormers.com:PORTERFIELD LP-65 • $24,900 • FOR SALE • A breath-taking total restoration of a classic WWII era primary trainer. Fly solo from the front seat. An absolute hoot to fly. Has a spare overhauled pickled engine. Add $2,500 to price with electric start. 510 hrs A/F TT, 210 hrs SMOH O-145 B-series Lycoming…See More
Dec 9, 2021
Andy Gelston left a comment for Tim Berridge
"These old girls fly better than they look."
Nov 18, 2021
Tim Berridge left a comment for Andy Gelston
"Thanks Andy! I was struck by the beauty of the design. Glad to be here."
Nov 18, 2021
Andy Gelston replied to patrick cole's discussion 1939 porterfield for sale
"You could try attaching it to this forum so others can see what shape the old girl is in."
Nov 17, 2021
Andy Gelston left a comment for Tim Berridge
"Welcome to our wee club for the skinny birds, Tim.  There are quite a few projects out there, and a few flying gals, that could be purchased.  If you've never been in a Porterfield, their cockpits are rather diminutive: if you're…"
Nov 17, 2021
Andy Gelston replied to patrick cole's discussion 1939 porterfield for sale
"Pat sent me some photos of her and information about her, several years ago, and I worked up an information brochure on her (though I'm not sure just which thumb drive it's stored on). Do you still have that, Pat?"
Oct 28, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Andy Andraka’s Eaglet project on Barnstormers

1931 B-31 AMERICAN EAGLET • $13,500 • OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY • Complete project, registered as standard category, with full drawings, and large stock of several Szekely SR-0 engines/parts. New fuel tank, overhauled carb, and all the difficult to find parts needed for an easy restoration. Unique opportunity to fly a Flivver with tons of 1930's charm. Trades considered, transportation to New…See More
Oct 3, 2021
Andy Gelston commented on Matt Haines's video
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Painted Hills Loop by Air - Porterfield Collegiate

"Thanks, Matt!  I hear the Northwest calling me..."
Sep 25, 2021
Andy Gelston posted a discussion

Trade-A-Plane Collegiate

If you like white, TJ Neff is still advertising his pimped out LP-65 with a spare, pickled O-145, for $24.9K.  He’ll add an electric start for an extra $2.5K.  She already has an electrical system and strobes (I’d like to see the 337’s for them, and the starter).See More
Sep 15, 2021
Andy Gelston left a comment for Luke Lebrecht
"I’m saddened to hear of your Grandpa’s stroke. I'll be keeping him my prayers and I hope the Army leave approval goomer is compassionate."
Aug 26, 2021

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About Me:
Enough about me, let's talk about you...
Do you own a Porterfield Airplane?
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!
Are You a Pilot?
Why yes, I fly...

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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 10:21pm on November 18, 2021, Tim Berridge said…
Thanks Andy!
I was struck by the beauty of the design.
Glad to be here.
At 5:38pm on August 26, 2021, Luke Lebrecht said…

Howdy hey thanks for the welcome! He talked about the Porterfield Club ALOT! He truly loved it. Unfortunately about a week ago he had a massive stroke and his time is nearing an end. I hope the Army approves my leave so I can go see him one last time. I look forward to seeing everyone's posts on here and learn a thing or two! Im glad he opened my eyes to aviation (Im normally a car guy) and maybe one day Ill be up in the air too.

At 11:22am on July 24, 2021, Dan Roose said…

Hi Andy,

Thanks for letting me join you all. Looking forward to finding an aircraft at some point, a Flyable one first with a project a little later. 

At 9:29am on May 3, 2021, Steve Ahrens said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Andy. I’m looking forward to doing my tail wheel endorsement with my new bird!

At 5:49pm on April 26, 2021, Robert Ferguson said…

I'm 2005 lbs. and 5ft. 11 inch's a little tight, but with practice no problem.  Okay once in.

At 12:47pm on December 8, 2020, T Doug Stewart said…

Hi Andy. I’ve not received to data pack yet on the 90 Franklin install. Actually I made a error on the engine I’m overhauling for my FP 65. It is actually a 80 hp with starter and generator. I’m hoping to use your data as the basis for this engine. Would also like to get info on other installations of 80 or more hp. The starter and generator do not stick back any further than the mags. I’m thanking one of the small lightweight starters just might work. From my measurements it seems that the gas tank and starter clearance are the issue. Thanks for your help

At 10:22am on November 3, 2020, Carl Gingras said…

Thanks for the welcome. Greg hadn't started on the project yet. He has a bunch of other restorations going on right now so that how I ended up with the project. He is guiding me as this is my first restoration. I currently fly a quicksilver gt400, and this project is a viable means to get into a 2 place aircraft. 

At 1:01pm on October 27, 2020, T Doug Stewart said…
Andy I have a 41 fp65 that I plan to have flying summer 2021. I see you have a Franklin 90 in yours with a one time arc. I just bought a 90 with starter and gen. It will be overhauled to new specs this winter. Can I please get a copy of your STC. It will make it much easier to get mine approved. Thanks in advance
At 1:16pm on May 9, 2020, Allison H. said…

She is a project. I bought her from Jason Algra back in 2015, then immediately had to find a new job. Been concentrating on flight training but 368, also known as Maggie Lou, is never far from my mind. She's housed at the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, TX. 
I'm really hoping factory drawings are still available. I'm used to working from parts catalogs. 

At 5:06pm on April 2, 2020, David Trost said…

Is there a place where I can find any airworthiness directives for the Colliagiate?

 
 
 

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