Arrived in Dublin!

After being delayed by Irish Customs, which ended up costing an extra EUR1,000; which I really appreciated; N4180V has arrived in Dublin. Her export deregistration paperwork is on its way to the FAA and she will never fly with that tail number again. Having looked her over for only about an hour, I am sorely tempted not to uncover the wings. They look as though they were done not that long ago and there is minimal damage to the ceconite.

We had thought to change up the paint scheme, but after looking through the TIC170A 170 book it appears that this is the original paint scheme (although definitely not the original paint.) I’m now inclined to keep it and while the pattern of the interior fabric was described as “something straight out of Mad Men”, that makes it exactly appropriate to her age.

Next steps are:

  1. lots of reading of logs, STCs etc. that came with her
  2. Cleaning everything
  3. Beginning the strip out of the interior
  4. Making a list of what to fix, remove, replace, etc.

Happy news: 2 of the 3 mods I was planning: 4-point seat belt harness, and landing light replacement, have already been done. Spin-on oil filter was done on her previous O-300 but I don’t know yet if the replacement engine has it. If not, that will definitely be added probably using the STC that’s already in her log book.

Project hours allocated to completing the shipping drama, continuing research, getting her unloaded and unpacked.

On the way

Organizing the shipping ended up being the most stressful part of this so far; largely because the shipping agent was not good. Hopefully things will go smoother when the container arrives.

I have joined The International Cessna 170 Association (TIC170A They have a wealth of information, STCs and all kinds of excellent 170 history along with active forums where I expect to ask many questions during this project.

I found a light industrial unit with office space and a small warehouse/workshop area, which I need for work. Unfortunately the one that is ready now is already gone and it will be August before another is available.

Time spent just organizing things has been in bits and pieces but added up to another 5 hours!

Decision Made

Problem is she’s still in Huntsville, TX and I’m not! Shipping her to Ireland is theoretically not that difficult to arrange, but …

A local A&P took a load of photos for me and he’s all set to pack the parts into a container. The shipping agent has gone silent and not confirmed the container will be there when it’s supposed to be.

I found a prop in PA, which I bought and is being shipped by FedEx to TX in time to go in the container.

ILAS project book has been requested and should know more about that in the coming weeks. The engine will go out for rebuild on the yellow-tagged crankshaft (coming in the box).

Paperwork for the transfer has been completed and is being snail-mailed separately. Once I have that she’ll be de-registered with the FAA and will cease to be N4180V. Eventually she will go on the EI- register.

Now I need to find somewhere to work on her. Once she gets here there will be a full assessment of the work required and a project plan.

“Begin at the beginning”, the King said!

This is where the description of the work done will go. For this one the work was several hours of figuring out how to use to make this WordPress site use a custom post type for Kit Log Entries. I will add a custom widget to show a summary of hours spent on each section of the aircraft. I have added a custom taxonomy to differentiate the aircraft sections. The objective is two-fold: to publicly shame me into keeping up the work rate and as a builder’s log to satisfy/facilitate the inspector-type people!

The Cruzer-STOL is/was/may some day become (my proposed) mashup of the two Zenith CH 750 models: Cruzer and STOL. I’m planning to build the Cruzer kit with VGs added to the leading edge of the wings to reduce stall speed and the wheel pants deleted. In fact the undercarriage will likely be the big wheeled STOL version. I’m hoping this will give more STOL and rough field capability while maintaining a lot of the cruise speed improvements of the Cruzer; a compromise of course.