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    Question Serial Killer

    I have a collection of parts reported to be a PA17 on an out of date registration. The stamped serial number tab on frame starts with "15". Can that be registered as a 17?? Do I still just have a collection of parts?

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    I would say you have a 15. What kind of parts and what's your goal?

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    I have a genuine PA17 and my fuselage frame ID plate also starts with a 15.
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    D.GRIM I bought it to rebuild a bent Wagabond. After looking it over, I think it should remain a Piper. It has dual controls, bungee gear, left door. I am currently trying to repair the paper trail!

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    My 17 has a 15 serial number. It was converted to a 17 with a factory kit in 1950, installation of which only required a log book entry at the time.

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    I don't have the data plate in my possession, former owner is looking. Should it show a re-stamping if converted? I am hoping a records file from OK City will help. Can't bring myself to waste a real Vag

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    I suspect lots of early PA-17s had fuselage numbers starting with 15. Piper rarely threw anything away, so any PA-15 frames left over once they started building -17s were used. If in doubt, get the build sheet from a Clyde, it will tell you the frame number used to build that given airplane.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dgapilot View Post
    I suspect lots of early PA-17s had fuselage numbers starting with 15. Piper rarely threw anything away, so any PA-15 frames left over once they started building -17s were used. If in doubt, get the build sheet from a Clyde, it will tell you the frame number used to build that given airplane.


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    Newbie here, hoping to reply.....who is "a Clyde"?

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    Clyde Smith, Cub Doctor. He salvaged all of Pipers build records at Lock Haven out of their dumpster when they left. He can send you a copy of Pipers original build sheet.

    http://cubdoctor.com/

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    Clyde Smith is my newest hero! His records show that my fuselage was built as a 17, using frame 15-xxx. If former registered owner can't find the data plate, how much paperwork and pleading with OK City lies ahead??

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