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    Default Fuselage repairs

    Looking for someone to replace lower longerons and do service bulletin 819 on a Tri-Pacer preferably in the Colorado area. Anybody know of a good and fair priced contact for me? I have all the replacement tubing already purchased. What might be a fair price for such a job? Thank you Greg


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    Default Re: Fuselage repairs

    Costs will vary depending on how far you need to go in replacing the tubes. You will need to remove fabric, floor boards, electrical, etc. Doing the welding on the bottom of the plane will not be easy. Replacing small sections could take a few days, replacing entire longerons may take weeks. The cost of the tubing will be your least cost. You can save by doing the prep work yourself.
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    Thanks Stephen, the airframe is stripped down to the tubing, all pulleys,cables and fabric has been removed so not much left. I thought I had someone to do this and he has gone sideways on me, so Iím on the search.



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    Great, if possible you can rotate the fuselage for good access and complete all the necessary welding. If you are not a welder, you could cut out the bad tubes and fit new tubes for a welder. This is not overly completed welding. Work with your IA so it meets his requirements.
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    Local EAA chapters should know someone proficient welding aircraft tube fuselages in your area, too.
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