Thanks BillMy understanding is that the bungee tool that works on Piper aircraft is not what will work correctly o n the Taylorcraft.
The ones I have borrowed for T-craft are in fact a pain to use, but work fairly well. They have a locating pin that sits in a little hole in the middle of the crossbar tube of the fuselage. It does more than just stretch the bungee, it keeps it in the right place on the airframe.
Toobuilder I suggest you get to the bottom of this, verify or de-bunk the statement I just made (from 15 year old memory), and if necessary borrow a T-craft specific bungee tool. The stories about successful use of bumper jacks and long 2x4 levers and all that (on the T-craft) are very suspect in my mind. The stories about airplanes collapsing, and tools flying across the hangar, and jackscrews puncturing the fabric... those I believe immediately.
If you absolutely cannot find a T-craft tool on the vb.taylorcraft.org discussion forum, let me know and I will go over to "the drunk tank" (one specific hangar and QB gathering place at Whiteman airport) and see if a particular T-craft guy there has one I can borrow for you.
Being a landlord (last century) was worthwhile, financially, but it was a relief when I sold and quit worrying.Im involved in restoring my rental house to correct the damage done by my last tennants. I need to jump on this white hot housing market while I can - time to get out of the landlord business!
I got a couple of short flights in yesterday. There were a few bumps down low mostly because of winds that were a bit higher than forecast.Flew my Cessna 150 in formation with a Cub, had to slow to 70 mph and it was bumpy at 1500 ft. And wouldn't you know, I couldn't get my phone to take pictures, maybe next time.
If the J-3 runs well, it will of course count for something. A roaring good time, and probably an adventure or two
Typically eastbound flights in my area and cruise altitude would see a 10-15kt tailwind. I got a one knot push...Wishing you tailwinds.