Well despite the lack of updates here on the website, we’ve been busy the past several weeks in the hangar. Work continues on the Bulldog, as well as on the newly polished Cessna 120. But our new Fairchild 22 has received some care over the summer and is on its way to receiving a cosmetic overhaul as well as a few changes under the covers.
When we acquired the Fairchild 22 last winter, it was a great addition to our existing Fairchild line. Like both of our previous Fairchild’s, a PT-19 and a F24, the F22 arrived in good shape, with just a few things needing attention. Of course once you get the airplane in the hangar to take care of those small things, it seems worthwhile to attend to a few other small details. And down the rabbit hole you go.
Actually it hasn’t been too bad. The main thing we wanted to touch up was finishing the edges on the sheet metal work. We ended up making new landing gear shock strut fairings that blend in to the top of the wheel pants. We also added a fairing for the wing strut to the fuselage and landing gear.
While working on the landing gear, the brakes got an overhaul and we added new tires.
In going through the airplane, Jim noticed the fuel selector was stiff and the strainer was gunked up. We pulled the upper fuel tank from the wing and found it was definitely filled with plenty of nasty petroleum byproducts and the fuel line was plugged. So both received a good cleaning and the fuel system should flow a bit easier now.
And we didn’t forget the original idea. All of the sheet metal came did come off to crimp the edges and were finished nicely to match better, hemming much of the sheet metal.
We also pulled the rocker box covers off the Menasco and adjusted the valves, installed new plugs and adjusted the timing. And why not polish the prop while it’s off?
There are a few more things we’ll be tidying up on the F22 before putting it back together and getting it back in the air this fall.
In the meantime, we have been lucky to have a few more airplanes join the collection including a rather old Cessna and a Stinson that will be very familiar to many pilots here in the Puget Sound area. More on those in the coming weeks.