Cessna 170 Renovation Project

I have been informed that aviation is a disease; and several family members would happily agree. I started out looking at a kit to build and really like the combination of buildability and utility of the Zenith kits. However, I have come to feel they have their tail-wheel at the wrong end so I’m now headed down the path of refurbishing a 1948 Cessna 170 Rag-wing.

The plan is to make it airworthy and as pretty as possible in not more than 500 hours. Famous last estimates and all …

It’s nerdy but important to note the difference between renovation (make new) and restoration (put back like it was). I’m planning to get her safely flying and fly her. She will not be show plane pretty and not everything will go back original, especially the panel. She will not fly on the C170 certificate of airworthiness, but rather on a permit-to-fly specific to this aircraft. This is a process managed by ILAS under IAA oversight, in many ways (but not all) similar to Experimental via EAA under FAA oversight in the US.

Recent Log Entries:

Panel Progress (9 June 2020) - The CAD file has finally been applied to metal. 6061-T6 Al .0625in thick. The work was done at Watermark Engineering in Dublin; the owner is an avgeek who is plans-building a Fiesler Stork replica. Using their punch press we (the operator with looking on) punched out the panel and the shock-mount instrument sub-panel. First up […]
Prepping – No not that kind! (30 May 2020) - I’m not a good painter. Which is why of course I decided to do it myself. However, I’m not really painting the aircraft, just patching and matching the donor tail. I installed some “curtains and I’ve ordered in some new LED flood lights, so at least I can see what I’m doing. I spent a […]
Bending, Drilling, Cutting, and Filing (30 May 2020) - I’ve never so much as bent a piece of metal before this project so getting from zero to making panels, the new heating system and various doublers has been interesting. Since I got her I’ve been looking up at a raggedy hole in the roof of the cabin where the NAV antenna used to be […]