A4 c skyhawk restoration

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tectair

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m_06f8808e280450091cec65161efa9984.jpgm_57ee7658bd764c399bb0ebe3a6e62d11.jpgm_4fa7504dfcea0e9deda4bc49d282daf9.jpgm_66c28e321f5c463f845786cdf699afa3.jpghere she is....over 6 years of painstaking labor, and do you like the rotiserie i fabricated from the stand that came w the tail section?m_3545a48329cb40af8c4e7155f1c588fd.jpgOK WE ROLLED THE A4 OUTSIDE THE HANGAR, AND BUSTED HER OFF!!! FIRST THERE WAS A PUFF OF BLUE SMOKE, AND THEN SHE SPOOLED RIGHT UP! WE GOT A COUPLE MINOR ISSUES TO DEAL WITH, BUT IN A COUPLE DAYS SHE'LL BE READY FOR A SECOND RUNUP!
 
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I worked with a guy who worked as a Marine A4 mech, and when he left, he became a tech rep for Douglas and was the last tech rep for the A4s. I think he worked A4s from '69 to one month before the first Gulf War. By luck he came home or he would have been captured. He also has about 1000 hours of "riding" in the back seat of the TA4s. Except for takeoffs and landings, he would act as auto pilot for the guy in front.
 

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That's one of my favorite planes! I wish I had that kind of pain! Can you give us some more details on the project? In depth details would be nice!
 

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yeah, i know...i contacted the nzaf to see if they wanted em restored, but they never replied! i just love your country, and would love to move there! tom
 

tectair

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l_747eff722e19450dac218029f789e585.jpgwow, what kind of werk did he do? what was his specialty? i thought the hydraulics were tough, but the electrical,(which i'm still doing), is the most hair pulling , profanity yelling, mission i ever tackled in my life!
 

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View attachment 9417wow, what kind of werk did he do? what was his specialty? i thought the hydraulics were tough, but the electrical,(which i'm still doing), is the most hair pulling , profanity yelling, mission i ever tackled in my life!
Wiring looms are easy, IF the wires are colour coded. Looks like the manufactures deliberately made it difficult. I used to manufacture auto looms.
 

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Aircraft wiring are labeled instead of color coded; not enough colors. I have had to mess with Cannon plugs with 100 wires or more. I worked with a guy who installed wiring in the Apollo capsules. One Cannon plug had 2000 wires in it; he said it took 6 months of training to learn to put it on without bending the pins.
 

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Great work, I look forward to seeing it fly as much as you do. It would be great to see more of the vietnam era warbirds on the airshow circuit. A7, A6, F105, F100, F4 Phantom....etc...etc.

I'm sitting down when I ask this.....how much did this cost to do?

Cheers,

Ed
 

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A friend of mine has a good bit of time in them.

He worried every day someone would find out how much fun he was having flying it and take it away from him! He finally got out of the military and now flys an MD-11 freighter.

I see a nice looking non-flying A-4 in Cape Girardeau, MO every time I drive up I-55.

Regards,
Wally
 

tectair

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wow 2000 wires, i would quit! no my biggest cannonplug has 55 wires, but the biggest ouch is having to de pot them(which douglas did very well!) cleaning them up, repaint, and solder new wires in them, WOW!
 

tectair

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no colours here mann, just numbers like...F465A20N. i even invented a great way to mark them cuz a laser wire marker was out of the ballpark!
 

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He said it was a pretty big deal. He joined right after the Apollo 1 accident so they only cared about perfection. I think they had to ohm and meg each wire multiple times before they called it good.
 

tectair

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yeah, i ring em out w ohmeter, then call em done. right now i just finished the 1960 era attitude indicator, its got about 200 wires, and i didnt even start compass yet.
 

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Someone was restoring one in a hangar near me a couple of years ago when it suddenly disappeared. Sold I think.
Very interesting project you have there. I'll be following along.
 
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