# Where have the parts gone ???

Discussion in 'The light stuff area' started by MadProfessor8138, Jan 7, 2019.

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I left ultralights for quite a while but I'm currently building an aircraft that will be using a Rotax 670 and I will be moving back towards the light experimental area of flying.
Back in the day.....PARTS WERE EVERYWHERE and were easy to come by......friends,airport,discussion groups,barnstormers,ebay,etc.
For the last several months I've been looking for parts and have found that they are almost nonexistent now days.
I realize that things changed drastically when Sport Pilot/LSA came around and many planes got sold,parked or parted out.
SO WHERE ARE ALL THE PARTS ??????????
Is there a discussion group on Yahoo,Facebook,etc,where everyone is wheeling and dealing parts?
For the past several months I've been looking all over for a Rotax c/e gearbox and have had zero luck.........
Where is everyone at now ????

Kevin

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They are all under beds and backs of hangars rotting because some old guy will not let them go for what they are worth today. When the family has to clean this stuff out after owner passing, it ends up in a landfill for family cleaning out property. I bet less than 25% is recovered.

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That's a shame because there are a lot of people trying to find parts that are just being discarded or horded.
I've been searching for almost 6 months trying to find a c-box with 3:1 ratio and have only had one lead....the guy wanted $1,300-$1,400 for a c-box that had 300-400 hours on it.....overpriced in my opinion.
I remember the days when that was a $300-$400 gearbox,with low hours.....times have definitely changed.

Kevin

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To find things sometimes takes exhaustive search. I finally after days (over a period of months) found a replacement coil for one of my 210cc Solo's, it was new and in Turkey. (now here)

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There’s a FB group called “ultralight Aircraft. /Buy./Sale./Trade.” that you might check out. I see all kinds of funkiness out there. Perhaps you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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I just joined that Facebook group last night as a matter of fact....thanks for pointing it out though.

Kevin

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Hang out a shingle or put out a feeler, that's what I do. Of course, I'm a total bottom feeder like a catfish. You never know, maybe you get lucky and someone finds you. My first plane project was off ebay for $38, my second off barnstormers for$99, my third was free just cause I am friendly and chat up the mavericks, rebels, hippies, unkempt, hooligans, crazies, outsiders and pariahs. My kind of people. They give to me, I give back to them, we scratch each other's back and keep each other in the loop and in the know inside my little email clic.

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Facebook was interesting to meet and talk to some notable old fogeys in aviation, but I never found any deals there. Even the most computer inept grandpa or grandma is on Facebook, which is why I got the heck off Facebook.

You can also try your local EAA chapter maybe. The old guys know some things or know some people who know some things or know who you could talk to to find some things.

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Unfortunately, even Aircraft Spruce doesn't carry a lot of ultralight parts anymore. Not like they used to. There was a time you could get almost anything, right out of the catalog.

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I ordered a catalog from L.E.A.F last night and a funny thing happened......when I hit the submit order button it gave me a message that my request was being sent to Wag Aero.....

And when I called CPS a few weeks ago....it connected me with ACS the first time.
I called back and got CPS the second call...

Kevin

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I also had a look for a c box to try on an industrial twin. But 4 figures for a well used one? Nah, I'll build a belt drive.

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CPS and ACS are the same company now; even though they maintain two websites you can tell they're the same. I don't know about LEAF and Wag.

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CPS?

Clearly, i need the current version of the decoder ring. ;-)

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CPS......California Power System