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by John Baker
Sun Jul 26, 2015 22:16
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4892

Re: Oshkosh 2015

Aeroncateers, My wife Sukey and I returned home from Oshkosh Saterday evening, driving over two days. We had a good time, though I did not get to see everything or everyone I wanted to see. I looked for Richard Holcombe's Champ but misremembered the location and did not go far enough south. I did se...
by John Baker
Wed Jul 15, 2015 20:21
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4892

Re: Oshkosh 2015

Richard,

Fly safe over the Rockies. I know you've done it before and know the way. We will look for you and other Aeroncateers.

We are leaving tomorrow morning, driving from Virgina, taking it slow and stopping to see friends on the way. We plan to arrive I Oshkosh on Monday.

Tailwinds...
by John Baker
Tue Jul 07, 2015 13:57
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4892

Re: Oshkosh 2015

Aeroncateers,

My wife Sukey and I are still on track for Oshkosh, checking in on the 20th and checking out on the 24th. Looking forward to seeing you there. I'm hoping for sunny and pleasant Wisconsin weather.

Tailwinds...
by John Baker
Thu May 28, 2015 02:26
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4892

Oshkosh 2015

Aeroncateers... Serious health problems since 2010 have limited my aviation activities, including attendance at Oshkosh and other fly-ins. This year my wife Sukey insists that we attempt the trip together. It will be a boost to have my best friend and supporter with me. It seems the best way for us ...
by John Baker
Wed Feb 04, 2015 16:54
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Chief airplanes
Topic: Chief Door Restraints
Replies: 6
Views: 2496

Re: Chief Door Restraints

Mike, On my former Chief, N86176, I had the original style catches that clamp arount the rear struts. The material was polished stainless steel I believe. To protect the bottom of the door and the paint, a small plate of thin stainless, approximately 1 x 1 1/2", formed to wrap around the lower edge ...
by John Baker
Thu Jan 22, 2015 22:17
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Champ airplanes
Topic: Observation
Replies: 3
Views: 1844

Re: Observation

Mike, Your observations are correct. The original stock 11AC Chief did not come with a turn and bank or ball and needle. My Chief, N86176, did not have one. But then the same was true of the original 7AC. The 11AC did not have steps, probably because it is not as necessary because of the seating arr...
by John Baker
Sun Nov 30, 2014 17:07
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Chief airplanes
Topic: Shoulder harness
Replies: 14
Views: 3923

Re: Shoulder harness

I had success using an angle drill/driver to drill a hole at each end, then using a Fein Multimaster to cut the area between the holes to complete the slot. Now that the patent on the Fein has expired, there are numerous less expensive competitors. A handy tool for cutting in tight spaces.
by John Baker
Mon Sep 15, 2014 00:00
Forum: Airplanes wanted or for sale
Topic: Chief Project in Oregon
Replies: 1
Views: 1718

Re: Chief Project in Oregon

Kevin sent me an email to let me know he sold the project. It went to Cresswell, Oregon.
by John Baker
Sat Sep 06, 2014 22:59
Forum: Landing gear, wheels and brakes
Topic: Oleo Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: Oleo Tool

Mike,

I added your photo and a few comments to my webpage on oleo maintenance at this link:

http://www.hangar9aeroworks.com/Aeronca ... strut.html

Let me know if corrections are needed. I just used the PhotoBucket photo - seemed to work okay.

Tailwinds...
by John Baker
Sat Sep 06, 2014 18:58
Forum: Landing gear, wheels and brakes
Topic: Oleo Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: Oleo Tool

Mike, I like it! Much better than the safety wire method that, for me, has been successful on occasions and frustrating on other occasions. In fact, on my most recent oleo job, I reverted to using a bar clamp and a sand bag, as mentioned by Carl White years ago. Your tool makes the operation safer a...
by John Baker
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:03
Forum: Airplanes wanted or for sale
Topic: Chief Project in Oregon
Replies: 1
Views: 1718

Chief Project in Oregon

Aeroncateers, I received the following email from Kevin Moore in Oregon. He has a Chief project with a C-90 available. He asked if I could help him get the word out. I am sharing this, but have no personal knowledge of the project, the price, or any details and do no know Kevin. I thought some of yo...
by John Baker
Sat Jan 18, 2014 20:26
Forum: Post-War Aeronca Chief airplanes
Topic: oleo spring length
Replies: 6
Views: 2287

Re: oleo spring length

Mike, I've measured several new springs that were between 11 1/16" to about 11 1/8". I forgot to measure the latest springs before I installed them this past year, but the Champ seemed to sit a little taller and prouder on the gear, so I suspect they were close to Richard Murray's 11 1/4" measuremen...
by John Baker
Mon Jan 13, 2014 14:05
Forum: Aeronca General items
Topic: Side Windows Trim
Replies: 5
Views: 2594

Re: Side Windows Trim

My 7AC Champ is also trimmed like the one in the photo. You can see the wood vertical piece behind the plexiglass, which might lead one to think a piece is missing. It is the same as Richard Murray described.

Tailwinds...
by John Baker
Wed Jan 01, 2014 20:29
Forum: Restoration
Topic: Bob Carr
Replies: 4
Views: 1834

Re: Bob Carr

Bill,

Thanks for letting us know. Bob built the spinner for my Chief, N86176, and later built a spacer to compensate for the uninstalled McDowell starter, and then made another spinner dome when I switched to a wood prop. Bob was a true craftsman.
by John Baker
Wed Aug 14, 2013 07:34
Forum: Fly-Ins and Aeronca related events
Topic: Oshkosh Meetups?
Replies: 13
Views: 2982

Re: Oshkosh Meetups?

Richard, I truly enjoyed your photos, particularly those taken while flying the Columbia River Gorge. My wife and I vacationed in the Northwest about three years ago and saw many of the same sights, but from the ground. It liked your Oshkosh photos too. Thanks for posting the one of my neighbor's ye...