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Thread: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

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    Default Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    OK, where do I start?

    I'm new here - no experience, but a lot of enthusiasm. I'm hoping some kind-hearted members will take pity on me and my affliction and hold my hand for some of my proposed journey.

    The story so far. Back in '73 a local PA22-108 had a mishap at a rural airfield. It was "withdrawn from use" and disappeared. It has become my barn-find if I want it (and the price is right). From what I've seen it mostly there, albeit in a disassembled state - sans engine, prop, windscreen, and some instruments. Evidently the damage that resulted in being withdrawn from use has been repaired, quite some years ago I assume. The entire airframe has been recovered - fuselage, wings, stabilizers, elevators, rudder, ailerons and flaps. Yes, flaps(!) No paperwork certifying the repairs, covering, and any STC for the flaps/wings is available.

    I'll leave it there for now. Comments please? Observations, warnings, advice, suggestions etc all welcome.

    Thanks in advance

    J

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    Default Re: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    Hi Johnny,

    Welcome to the site. You will get lots of help here.
    I would have thought the very first thing you need to do is speak to your local Airwortiness Authority to find out what they want to see, paperwork-wise.
    I am not familiar with NZ rules etc. but here in the UK you can either have your aircraft on a normal airworthiness certificate or on a Permit to Fly (a simplistic explanation).
    I would be concerned about the flaps - a Colt doesn't have flaps!
    Paperwork could be your biggest hurdle irrespective of the fabric and airframe condition etc.
    TonyN

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    Default Re: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    Hi Tony, thanks for your observations. Yes, I thought exactly the same thing re flaps as soon as I saw the wings. Are Tripacer/Colt wings interchangeable? They are both PA-22 type certificate, yeah?
    Last edited by Johnny Falcon; 03-09-2018 at 03:18 AM.

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    Default Re: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    I would talk to your FAA/CAA. The wings are interchangable mechanically except for the control of the flaps but paperwork is a different issue.

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    Dig up as much information as you can. With out logs your paperwork could be overwhelming.
    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    Default Re: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    Thanks Steve and Stephen! I intend to get as much information as possible. Apologies for the out-of-focus image. Note the flap handle in situ. It seems efforts were well along the way for this change to be incorporated into the rebuild.
    20180307_114322.jpg

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    Default Re: Potential Colt Restoration - HELP!

    Might be easiest to get Tri-Pacer paperwork.

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