Recovering my Cub

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Joe Fisher

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I know it is not a home built but it is what I am working on and I expect that some would like to see this work.
First some history about my Cub and I. In the winter of1969 I had flown off the 40 hours on my first airplane Low Slow Joe. At that time my new game on Sundays was to go out and find coyote hunters. When I would spot a coyote I would circle him so the hunters could keep track of him. When I would get cold I would land on a road and get in a pickup and warm up. The third Sunday the group I was with offered me a CB so we could communicate. The next Sunday they asked how much an airplane like that would cost that would carry 2 people. I told them about $2000. Charley Martin said he new where one was if it was something we could use he would buy it. So I met him back at the airport and we drove out to one of his neighbors farms and there was a farm building full of irrigation pipe with this Cub hiding in there. I looked at as best I could where it was and asked the owner if he had the log books .Holley cow it was even in annual. Charley asked owner much. And he said$1800. Charley said Ill take it. We went to Charley's house and brought back his 3 high school sons and started moving irrigation pipe. Shoveled some snow use a pick up to make tracks in the snow for a runway and just as the sun set I took off for the airport 10 miles away.
We would spent Sundays hunting coyotes Charley or one of the boys would ride in the front seat when we would see a coyote we would open the door and start blasting. The rest of that winter and the next we never actually hit a coyote. But we sure had fun and Charleys family all try ed taking flying lessons. Most of the time the Cub was just mine to fly and I had a lot of fun with it.
In June of 1972 I met Diann my wife and I took her to Derands Sky Ranch to the EAA chap.80 pick nick for our first date in the Cub. We were married June 2nd 1973. In 1974 We bought the Cub from Charley for what he gave for it.
In 1979 I recovered the fuselage and in 1980 I recovered the wings. I used it for instructing at Crete Nebraska,Washington,Mo and here in Kansas until October1993 when the engine broke a valve and pretty much ruined the engine. I couldn't afford to fix the engine so it has been siting ever since. Well now I am retired and I can fix it.
Last fall we were out flying R/C and my 7 year old Grand Daughter asked when can I go up.
I was just going to build an engine out of the stuff I have here but when I tried testing the fabric I derided it would pass for now but I would like to have it flying for at least 10 years so here I go.
Oh well now you see what it looked like when I started. I am using a wire brush on an angle grinder to remove the old epoxy and primer then I will sand blast. The sand blast will get what I can't with the wire brush it also created a ruff surface that will hold the primer. I will use Zink Phosphate primer then over coat with epoxy. '

Joe Fisher

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It may not look like it but I have been busy. I have spent this week grinding the old primer off the tubing with the wire brush on the angle grinder. I found two small peaces of tubing that need to be replaced. Some fixing on the bird cage and replace the rear window frames.

Joe Fisher

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Today I was cleaning the landing gear. I guess there was a reason why I decided to recover my old airplane. The left strut is almost broken off . The crack goes about 3/4 around the tube. I am going to replace the short shock struts they are really stressed. It did a lot of take offs and landings on ruff ground with a heavy load.

Joe Fisher

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The lower longeron almost always rust out between recoverings. On mine I cover the fuselage so the fabric is not on the bottom. This time it is the small diagonals that rusted. Yesterday I cut out the bad stuff and made the replacement tubes today I welded them in place.

Joe Fisher

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Last week I started covering the inside of the cabin.

Joe Fisher

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The month of May was rainy and damp not good for glue and dope so I haven't made much progress. Today it is hot and sticky but with the air conditioners running I started to put the fabric on the out side of the fuselage. I had put the fabric in side and stitched the tail feathers Got the right side all glued on today hope to get the left side this far tomorrow.

Joe Fisher

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Yesterday I covered the right side this morning I covered the bottom. This afternoon I put on the first coat of dope and marked the rudder cable out.

Joe Fisher

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I got the envelope on the right wing in July. I put the first coat of Rand-O-Proof the day before we went to Nebraska where I broke my left leg August 1. I don't move real good yet but I stopped using my cane and I can walk kind of slow but I can walk with out assistance. Last week I started rib stitching it went real slow at first took 2 hours to stitch one rib. I worked into it and yesterday I did the last 4 ribs in an hour. Today I put the tapes on the bottom side. Hope to put the tapes on the top tomorrow. Bach in December I got a chance to buy another A-65 with 600 hr since overhaul for about half what I was expecting to spend overhauling one I have. I replaced the brake drums with the Grove brake disks. The old expander tubes still worked last time I flew it but they may not now.

Joe Fisher

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I have been working on the left wing. I took off the leading edges off mostly to remove the mud dobber nests I think in the last 35 years this airplane must have collected 50# of dirt.

Joe Fisher

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Put envelope on left wing yesterday.

Joe Fisher

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Ok I got the left wing stitched and taped. I was kind of lazy and just took my time my feet get really tired standing for very long. Today I put a new trailing edge on the right aileron. I still have some work to do on the aileron to make it ready for cover.

Joe Fisher

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I put new pictures on my albums Cubs and Cubs 2. My old computer quit and I have a new laptop with Windows 10 and it is really hard for me to use.

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