Cessna AT17 Restoration

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Stony Jim
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:38 pm

Laid the wings down. Lifting the wing.
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Wing up and level awaiting the dollies.
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Wing on the dollies
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Now to post this before Verizon screws up again. Third try :x
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:03 pm

Hung one engine on the wing to fit the cowling on it and to fabricate the fuel lines, oil lines, and what ever else needs doing.
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Here it is with a stand under the prop shaft so it doesn't flip it all over on the floor.
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:23 pm

Not a lot to post- Cold :x
Check the above pic, our heat consists of 2 of those torpedo heaters and a hot air furnace that really struggles to keep its self warm :(
Needless to say, we haven't been there in single digit temps we have been having :cry:

Hope to have better news soon. Warm up please :)
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:10 pm

Update on the limited progress on the Bob Cat.
Weather has been NASTY! We all have been staying home next to the fire!
We have worked 2 days since New Years day, and not gotten much done! :( :(
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:43 pm

I was all set to head up there last Friday, when my 10 year old daughter decided that she was going to do her best Linda Blair impersonation on Thursday night, so I had to stay home with her. I'm going to try go get back up their in mid-April. Hopefully it will be warm enough that I can bring the Austin-Healey up there!

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Fri May 16, 2014 11:01 pm

I finally got back up to Fawn Grove for the first time since October. A long overdue visit!

Fuselage
ImageDSC_0019 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Engine hung
ImageDSC_0022 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Working on the Cap
ImageDSC_0025 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Seat test fitted. Yes you literally sit on the wing
ImageDSC_0028 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Fri May 16, 2014 11:03 pm

Overhead view:
ImageDSC_0032 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Instrument Panel:
ImageDSC_0046 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Circuit Breaker Panel:
ImageDSC_0053 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:22 pm

Long overdue update.
Yes, we are still working on it :D

Slowly, we are getting the instruments in the dash. Still have more to install when we get them.

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Here is a view of what's behind the panel. Some crowded, isn't it? :|

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:04 pm

Frank installed the fuel selector box today:

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Here it is on the floor right between the front seats. You have to step over it from behind to get to the seats!

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I might add that Frank turned 90 2 weeks ago :D To watch him, you would think maybe 70?? :D :D
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:06 pm

Some pics from today:

Fuselage back up in the rotisserie:
ImageDSC_0004 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Top of the fuselage is now covered, although it's tough to tell in this pic:
ImageDSC_0005 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Barry working on the cockpit
ImageDSC_0009 by onyxsax, on Flickr

The remarkable Frank working on the trim tab controls. I could only wish that I will be as spry and be able to retain the kind of skillset when I'm 90 years old!
ImageDSC_0013 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Woodwork up near the front is close to completion:
ImageDSC_0014 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:08 pm

Barry and Dick talk wiring:
ImageDSC_0015 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Barry, Bill and Frank discussing the underside of the plane:
ImageDSC_0019 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Close up of the canvas covering the fuselage. Hard to believe this is all that separates the occupants of the plane from the elements!
ImageDSC_0023 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Instrument panel close to completion:
ImageDSC_0036a by onyxsax, on Flickr

Both engines are now mounted to the wings:
ImageDSC_0007 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:20 am

Sorry I've been slow in posting these. I made it up to Fawn Grove back on the 14th of this month.

Bill working up near the nose of the plane:
ImageDSC_0002 by onyxsax, on Flickr

In the rotisserie, cocked at a 45 degree angle:
ImageDSC_0004 by onyxsax, on Flickr

(L to R): Dick, Tiny, Jack and Barry discussing the next work on the motor
ImageDSC_0006 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Gene and Barry discussing wiring. Those are generators on the cart:
ImageDSC_0010 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Jack and Tiny figuring out the wiring at a junction box:
ImageDSC_0016 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Gene looking up one of the diagrams on a microfilm reader. When was the last time you saw one of these outside of a library?
ImageDSC_0018 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby SaxMan » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:24 am

This doorstop came off the most famous Cessa Bobcat of them all: Songbird from the "Sky King" TV Show.
ImageDSC_0019 by onyxsax, on Flickr

A look at the underside of the throttle quadrant:
ImageDSC_0021 by onyxsax, on Flickr

The gang gathers around the table. You couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to associate with!
ImageDSC_0025 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Bill working on the rudder cable, while Dick works on the wiring for the flap motor:
ImageDSC_0031 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Bob making repairs to the wooden doorframe:
ImageDSC_0033 by onyxsax, on Flickr

Frank showing off the cockpit to his cousin:
ImageDSC_0036 by onyxsax, on Flickr

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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Stony Jim » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:34 pm

Time long over due for updates on this project.

Been slowly covering this bird with Poly-Fiber fabric.

This is a pic of Bill ironing it to shrink it.
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Now totaly covered, this is what it looks like from the inside looking aft.
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Test fitting the cabin door after Poyly-Fiber has been installed.
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Re: Cessna AT17 Restoration

Postby Dieselrider » Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:25 am

Thanks for the update Stony Jim.
Fascinating stuff.
If it was easy, anyone could do it!


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