December 24, 2017 at 07:48 #8058
I’m waiting for my SI Medical. The FAA has had my paperwork and for…10 months – and still not given me a decision. It’s about the most frustrating thing I can imagine.
So, I’m trying to make the best of the downtime and chronicle the recent history on my 1977 Tiger. Up to my current project of a few improvements.
December 24, 2017 at 07:57 #8059
December 24, 2017 at 08:17 #8064
I had the seller fly it to FletchAir to have the pre-buy inspection. After settling and completing the sale, I had Scott from FletchAir take care of all the list of 35-ish squawks (mostly minor)
-Ly-Con overhaudled engine. Added Lycoming cylinders, port and polish, anodized cylinders, and the o-ring crankcase STC as options.
– EI CGR-30P installed with USB-6A Charger. Love this Engine monitor!
– Fuel leaks remedied
– Aileron A/D permanently mitigated
– all the things previous “Cessna/Piper” mechanics screwed up!
December 24, 2017 at 08:33 #8067
Tried various things to remove the “hazey” fog on the canopy windows. Even tried micromesh. Miserable fail. Broke down and just ordered new, UV-resistant smoke-grey windows and windscreen from FletchAir. Why not replace the 40-year old plastics while I’m at it? Discovered one window seemed original, but one was re-sealed with RTV. PAIN in the butt to remove. I think I’ll use rope-caulk (thanks Roscoe for the video!) for the re-install. While rough-fitting the window and window plastic, I tore the (very fragile) headliner. Investigating how that was secured, discovered it was held up by foam which literally disintegrated when touched! Considering ordering a fresh headliner from Airtex.
December 24, 2017 at 08:35 #8072
Good luck on you medical. Your plane looks great, like how good the engine looks.
December 25, 2017 at 19:18 #8082
December 27, 2017 at 10:18 #8094
Windows: Out with the old, prep the new. Found both rope caulk and felt on the canopy windows.
Headliner: Airtex does not have the template, but they are sending me the raw materials so I can DIY.
Plastics: More trimming….and trimming….and trimming using the old pieces as templates.
Insulation: Removing and replacing with modern soundproofing from Airtex. Laid out some of the pieces to get a rough idea of how much to order.
December 28, 2017 at 17:18 #8103
December 29, 2017 at 09:59 #8114
Looking good so far. I went through this on my previous 76 Cheetah. Did the canopy and rear windows, headliner, repainted/replaced the canopy and rear plastic, powder coated metal overlay, NuLights, and fiberglass one piece glaresheild from Gary Vougt at AuCountry. Lots of work spread over a year, but had fun doing it. Will probably start into my 79 Tiger this coming year.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Richard.
January 1, 2018 at 07:35 #8133
Thanks, Richard! The instrument panel is definitely on my wish-list! Best wishes with your Tiger!
December 30, 2017 at 15:12 #8121
January 1, 2018 at 07:30 #8131
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January 2, 2018 at 08:56 #8147
That is a very nice panel and glareshield, Richard! I will certainly contact Gary and get details for those. Thanks for posting photos!
January 4, 2018 at 16:56 #8159
January 5, 2018 at 02:13 #8164
Thanks for updating the forum Curt. Two new videos tonight, yours and another Tiger just 40 serial numbers away undergoing a similar renovation. Thank you both.
January 14, 2018 at 18:52 #8228
January 17, 2018 at 18:16 #8251
Thanks for posting Curt, pretty cool to watch your progress here…
I’m considering replacing the rear side panels, doing upholstery for the front side panels and also replacing the headliner…
Can you comment on which brand of plastics did you choose?
I hope I don’t end up tearing down all the plastics… the insulation work seems tempting…
January 18, 2018 at 12:50 #8264
Thanks for your interest. The plastics are from Fletchair. There are a few pieces they don’t stock, so I had to get the remainder from Vantage Plane Plastics. All plastics have to be extensively trimmed, and it’s very time-consuming. Then painted. But as you can begin to see, the results are a new-feeling interior. I’ll post more pictures as the project finishes up!
January 17, 2018 at 18:47 #8252
Take video, put it where I can download it, and I’ll do another movie on the channel for you./
Goes for you too Gabriel.
January 22, 2018 at 20:26 #8280
Howdy Roscoe. I should have this phase of the interior project done this coming weekend. I’ll definitely get photos (and perhaps a video) of the final product!
January 22, 2018 at 20:23 #8275
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January 28, 2018 at 17:06 #8304
Excellent posts Curt!
I’m planning to use up my free time in 2018 doing the exact same thing with my Tiger’s interior, minus the windscreen this round. How do you like the smoke grey windows? And I’m not sure if you kept track of hours, but what would you say was your man hour total?
Great looking airplane!
January 29, 2018 at 10:34 #8305
Thanks, Sam. I didn’t really keep track of my hours, but the project consumed my evenings and weekends for a good two months. The visibility is so much better with new glass. Cabin feels roomier, and the soundproofing quieted things down substantially! The smoke grey windows look great, far better than the old “aviation green” tint. The plastics were, by far, most time-consuming in the project. Hit me up for tips and tricks when you get started on yours; I might be able to save you a couple hours of frustration.
April 21, 2018 at 17:29 #8798
Update: Finally received word that my medical is on the way. Today, my instructor and I flew it from the hanger down to my local airport. The airplane flew well, and looks amazing. The project was very challenging and rewarding.
Pricing for the UV-Tinted Grumman Windows through Fletchair.
Windshield – $814.24
Side Windows – $232.00 each ($928 for all four)
Total for new glass = $1,842
Vantage Plane Plastics = $454.00
Fletchair = 589.00
Freebies that came with the plane = $400?
Prep, Paint Supplies = $200
Hardware = $60
Total Plastics = $1,703
Headliner and SoundProofing (DIY-kit from AirTex) = $483.00
And now the fun part begins – enjoying the fruits of my labor!
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