Update from Reggie, Feb 2014:
The restoration is moving forward, with steady progress. The wings have been reconstructed and awaiting re-covering. In the photo’s Bob and Pete are sanding the fuselage in preparation for repainting. Bobby and Bob are discussing how to construct a new window frame.
The PA-22 Restoration reached a milestone yesterday (Saturday November 14th, 2012) with the installation of the first leading-edge surface of the first wing re-assembly. With the fuel tank installed, the landing light being being re-configured and re-assembled (nice job Bob!), the wing is nearing completion, ready for covering in the spring.
With all the lessons-learned in this wing restoration the assembly and preparation of the second wing should be completed faster….not that we’re in a rush. We made this aircraft purchase a project to give members an opportunity to see how restoration happens, to learn new skills and new experiences and to have fun doing it! This was all evident yesterday as it was demonstrated how to roll the aluminum wing surfaces, use drilling tools and techniques, precision in measuring and marking etc etc.All part of an active morning at the chapter.
As a reminder, the restoration team gets together Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings. It’s been good to have more members have been getting involved in recent weeks, or just dropping in to encourage the team. With the cold and dark winter months ahead why not consider joining us? Coffee and the occasional donut are on-hand to sustain the team and visitors. We’ll see you there. MP.