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Thread: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

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    Default Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    Good Afternoon! (Or morning)

    Iím thinking of joining the Short Wing Piper club with a potential purchase of a PA-20. I need some help finding a mechanic in Washington with PA-20 experience to do a pre-buy. Anybody have some leads, or interested?

    Thanks!
    Mark

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    Default Re: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    These aren't very complex planes, plain simple plaines. If its in annual and flying regularly you could give it a good lookover yourself to start. Pull some inspection covers and get a cheap wifi cam scope and a 10 inch tablet to view cam on and look up in the wings, pull back of the back seat up and get a bright flash light and look in tge tail. Tap on the bottom of the fuselage with knuckles and listen for loose metal corrosion. See what the logs show for damage and when the fabric was done and engine rebuilt. If you like what you see after that than hire a local mechanic to give the engine a check up.

    I bought mine that way, but it was in real nice shape and been hangared since its rebuild in the 80s, it one first place Clipper at sentimental journey in the early 90s, I am not a mechanic but it was easy to see myself it was worth the 25 grand it was for sale for and would be a good reliable plane for many more years.

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    Default Re: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    We have members in the Pacific north west who can hopefully chime in. Have you read this thread? https://www.shortwingpipers.org/foru...ase-Inspection

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    Default Re: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    In what part of WA is it located?

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    Default Re: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    Quote Originally Posted by Jspey View Post
    In what part of WA is it located?
    Yes Mark,

    Where do you live? I can direct you to an IA who has owned a Pacer for many years and lives in North Seattle.
    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    Default Re: Need pre-buy in WA for PA-20

    If you are in SW Washington, Dana Anderson is your man at KHIO Portland-Hillsboro Airport.
    He has maintained our six Shortwings at KHIO for 15~20 years, owns/owned numerous fabric planes and has a good eye for the little "gotchas".
    And he's a fair and decent businessman.
    Plus he has a cool summer job: https://www.nwplanerides.com/
    Email: 1929travelair@gmail.com
    Phone: 503-701-7590

    Tell him Glen sent you.
    Glen Geller
    1955 PA22-150 "One For Papa!"

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