This blog is to chronicle my attempt to restore a 1972 Piper Cherokee 140e. This plane is the 'dog' of the airport and has been sitting untouched for 10 years. I purchased the plane and am attempting to restore it to flyable condition.
So the plastic "glass" window on the dash instrument cluster was cracked. I finally got around to replacing it. Easy peasy job but if anyone is curious as to what that panel looks like without the plastic cover here are the pics!
Interesting the 2 screws also hold the cluster securely to the dash, snugged those screws back up night a tight so everything is all firm and held in place.
So a few weeks ago the suction cup that holds the iFly 740 gave way and the unit fell to the floor and cracked in flight. Fortunately it was only the touch layer that was broken and not the screen itself (the cheaper option)
But that got me thinking I've got to ditch these suction cup mounts cause they always give way at the worst times. While the unit was shipped back to iFly for repair I decided to set about and see about building a mount into the blank plate where the ADF had been at one time.
After some suggestions from facebook I decided to go in and attach a RAM mount 1'' ball mount and arm to the plate. I was able to get it all screwed down really tight so it won't "wobble" and the GPS finally arrived back on Friday.
I went down to the plane today and decided to install it before the storms rolled in. One of the guys from facebook suggested wire loom to help tuck in the lose power cables and clean up the wires that goto the ADSB-in antenna.
I couldn't be more pleased with the results and how it turned out overall. The new iFLY update provides synthetic vision as well a host of bug fixes and I can't wait to try it out in flight.
The little Cherokee visited the NC Aviation Museum today and we had a blast. It was a pretty dreary day but still clear below 12,000 but humid. Made it up from EQY in good time and spent a few hours looking around.
If you have never been before I would urge you to make a trip to KHBI and check it out on field.
After the museum we stopped into the FBO to see all the new renovations and met the great staff there. The newly remodeled FBO is really great and the staff there love to show it off.
One of the joys of small airport hopping is being able to meet new people who operate the FBOs. It's always cool to swap stories and chat about planes.
Just a really quick update... the Gil battery I had in the plane failed after only 2 years. I was able to replace the battery with a Concorde and was able to get it installed this past week.
We put about 2 and a half hours on her this week and the plane is running stronger than ever. I've been really impressed with the new battery so far. The Concorde battery is the same battery we use in Tinker Belle and they've held up very well. I'm hoping my little 140 will run for many years on the new battery.
Didn't get a chance to get up in the air this weekend but it wasn't a total waste as I was finally able to drive my new (old) car. I've been working on it for about 2 months now but haven't been able to get it out on a weekend due to commitments.
Yes, I paid 1k for the car as well so here is what 2k will buy you. LOL
I've not posted anything in a few weeks so I wanted to send out a quick update. Everything is still going great with the little Cherokee, we've been flying it around as time permits and I was able to sneak away this past Sunday and do a little pattern work.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) my work is keeping me very busy now so it's getting harder and harder for me to sneak off to the airport for hours on end. So anytime I get can away is always welcomed.