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Maintenance...

Champion Sparkplug

It's not always clear where routine maintenance becomes a major overhaul. But as the plane neared 20 years and needed an engine overhaul, it was more than clear that the paint, seats, glass, etc — in short, most of the plane — needed a major facelift.

So this section shows the various stages of the rebuild. Yes, there is a logical sequence to the overhaul as it makes no sense to rebuild the engine on top of a fresh paint job.

The engine overhaul was handled by Mattituck and not covered here.

Pre-Paint
  1. So, engine and major mechanical first
  2. Then glass
  3. Then paint
  4. Then the complete interior
  5. Lastly avionics. Why last? Because when I started this in 2000, it was clear that the shift from steam gages to glass was underway and would arrive in a few years.

    Scheduled Maintenance

  • Changing the Shock Discs is not as difficult as it seems. You do need a special set of tools
  • Engine baffling unbaffled

    Rebuild

  • We replaced all the plexiglass just before the aircraft was painted
  • The interior involved new insulation, wiring, coax, plastic interior panels, seats and carpeting
  • Painting the plane involves some careful planning. I tried to think ahead and move any antennae or complete any maintenance that involved body work FIRST
  • Avionics made huge gains in the 21st century. See what I was able to retrofit

    Disclaimer

  • It is assumed at all times that you have proper supervision, materials and documentation