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It was a 1967 I believe that was last year of the Continental O300 six cylinder. Plane was in very good condition always hangered and spent almost all but the first year of it's life in Michigan. I used it to get my instrument rating.
Enjoyed it a lot but eventually just sort of lost interest. The last few years I had it only flew it about 15-20 hours per year. About that same time started taking aerobatic lessons, but being financially conservative just couldn't spend the money on an unlimited class aerobatic plane and didn't have the time and location to build one.
Being honest about it there are times I miss just going for a ride to nowhere on a nice day but am fortunate to have friends that are always telling me to call them to go flying. I think they just want an excuse to go.
Tom has a Super Decathlon and current chutes so I still get to go play a bit. I find I've lost my tolerance for aerobatics and really only want about 20-30 minutes before I start feeling bad.
 

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Jim, I have three planes, 1959 Cessna 182, 1977 and 1979 Piper Super cubs. the 79 is going thought a ground up restoration. here's photo of my 77 out on the Kink Glacier this past winter.
 

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Luckily I don't do airplanes but a certain unnamed idiot (who shall remain my brother) does. On occasion I tell myself I'm going to call the auction broker and have a sale on said idiot's outbuilding half full of the parts he's acquired. Especially the wizard (Merlin?)engine with the "two stage" supercharger that he still hasn't found a use for other than to start & run every once in a while just to be an insult to the peace and dignity of the neighborhood.
 

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Being a forum member and a/c owner I’m compelled to bite:
Just a lowly Cherokee 140, but not so lowly avionics suite:

BTW: I’m a CFI,CFII, MEI
I do use the plane as a trainer to pay for the upkeep.
 

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Luckily I don't do airplanes but a certain unnamed idiot (who shall remain my brother) does. On occasion I tell myself I'm going to call the auction broker and have a sale on said idiot's outbuilding half full of the parts he's acquired. Especially the wizard (Merlin?)engine with the "two stage" supercharger that he still hasn't found a use for other than to start & run every once in a while just to be an insult to the peace and dignity of the neighborhood.
Depending on the version of Merlin, that could be a pretty valuable noisemaker to have laying around.
 
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Depending on the version of Merlin, that could be a pretty valuable noisemaker to have laying around.
AHHHHHHHHHH Dave you let the cat out of the bag. I was going to offer Selena $100 and I would come pick up that a piece of junk so she wouldn't have to hear the
noise. :)
Yes if it is a running Merlin it might be worth a few $$$$$$$$$$$.
It would be interesting to see how and what it is mounted on to be able to run.
After the war there were a lot of them in this area used to run rice field pumps.
A few years back I spotted one along with other junk that was in pretty rough shape. It was free just get it out of the place. I was going to get it so I could make a lamp out of the crankshaft. The problem is the loading and unloading they are heavy.
 

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AHHHHHHHHHH Dave you let the cat out of the bag. I was going to offer Selena $100 and I would come pick up that a piece of junk so she wouldn't have to hear the
noise. :)
Yes if it is a running Merlin it might be worth a few $$$$$$$$$$$.
It would be interesting to see how and what it is mounted on to be able to run.
After the war there were a lot of them in this area used to run rice field pumps.
A few years back I spotted one along with other junk that was in pretty rough shape. It was free just get it out of the place. I was going to get it so I could make a lamp out of the crankshaft. The problem is the loading and unloading they are heavy.
Oddly enough, according to the ledger he bought the thing in Texas roughly about the time I was 8 years old where it had been used as an irrigation pump. He has put a lot of time and labor in the thing since that time. If you have an airframe the machine would fit I will send both the engine and the certain unnamed idiot to you for a minor fee with the proviso you must keep both.
 
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Hey JCK,
I had one of those "Just a lowly Cherokee 140," that I bought new in 1967 for $10,190 and put it on lease back to a flight school. I also got my Commercial and Instrument in it using my GI Bill.
Nice panel in yours. What year is it??
 

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Just these. My son's faves...
 

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Hey JCK,
I had one of those "Just a lowly Cherokee 140," that I bought new in 1967 for $10,190 and put it on lease back to a flight school. I also got my Commercial and Instrument in it using my GI Bill.
Nice panel in yours. What year is it??
It’s a 1968. Was retrofitted at the factory to 150hp and 4-seats for sale/delivery. Serial # puts it mid ‘67 production, but original airworthiness certificate puts it a February’68. It’s only got 5800hrs TT. ‘04 paint and engine o/h. Garmin 430 installed in ‘08, upgraded to 430W in ‘14. I (had installed) installed the Bendix (formerly TruTrac) AeroCruze 100 auto pilot.
Flys like a dream! My 7yr old granddaughter (and sister) says it’s hers!
 

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The AT-6 (later the T-6) was the Air Force version of the SNJ. They were used as sort of an air taxi during WW II and I was to see many of them coming into, and leaving from, Memphis. To this day, I don't know the reason, but as they approached the Memphis Air Base, they would rev up their engine with a brief roaring buzz.

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Placing the prop control forward to max rpm (governor controlled) puts the propeller into “flat pitch” increasing aerodynamic drag. Analogous to down shifting a truck to use engine drag to brake the speed. Combined with flaps and extended landing gear, it allows a greater descent rate without building up speed... typically during landing approach.
 

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Swapped our Plymouth mini van for an out of license straight tail 182 (high time engine with a bad jug - installed new valves and guides). Put about 400 hours on it. Friend was AP with IA so he'd watch over my shoulder and sign off on my work and annuals. Pulled 60 pounds of old wiring and radio gear out of it and put in some new. We took a 2 week cross country vacation to the east coast from LA. We weren't using it much so I sold it. After all was done those 400 hours cost me less than $500. Guy I sold it to went through the engine and painted it.
My friend still has his Globe Swift he bought just out of high school in 1968. He sent me a pic yesterday of a Swift he putting a new belly on after a gear up landing. http://www.aeroplanefactory.us/index.html
 

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No longer have a plane First a surplus Piper. It could fly backwards. Had a really nice C-170 I sold to a fellow in Healy Alaska but I had to deliver it...which was fun. My most fun AC was an early Ercoupe. Flying brick but a fun one. Others were a T craft for a short while a Tri Pacer. Another fun one was a Helio Courier but not very practical for me.. Last plane I flew was a Helio Courier. I always wanted a Maule. I actually made a bit of a profit on every one. I also bought an abandoned(3 years) C-310 . Got it cheap...2167.00 in a sealed bid.. Pat the seats and get high...if you know what I mean. Had a friend who was an A&E who got it flying for a nominal cost. Flew it one time...Too much fuel use. Sold it for a very good profit
 

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As an old guy who grew up where a LOT of surplus WW2 aircraft were stored I can say going to air strips or around air strips was always interesting. From trainers to transports to combat aircraft-- always amazing. And all were for sale by the government by sealed bid or had been bought and many were for sale. I saved my nickels and pennies and dimes and asked my mom if I could buy a P-51--they were $500-$1500 at the time. And she said "No", of course. My dad would probably have gone along with it. She got tired of hearing that story repeated.
 
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