Update from the Restoration Department
The progress on restoring the Navion L-17 has been lagging for a while, however, some project management issues have been resolved and I expect the progress will be faster and more noticeable from now on.
The work is proceeding in several parallel tracks; work is being done on the fuselage, on the empennage, on the wings, and the various systems. In this and following updates, I will describe progress on the various components.
Steve Sparks is in charge of the canopy restoration. After stripping the canopy of old paint, old insulation, after removing the old, yellowed, crazed Plexiglas windows, removal and treatment of corrosion, it is now ready to be assembled.
The canopy will be provided with new insulation, a new headliner and new clear windows. After refurbishment, the canopy will be bagged and set aside until integration with the airframe.
The project has now advanced to the stage where we can use many more volunteers. Although we still have requirements for people with skills such as sheet metal working, painting and riveting, if you have two arms, can use a screwdriver without hurting yourself, please, contact me at your earliest convenience. Work hours are every Wednesday afternoon/evening and Saturday mornings. I am looking forward to seeing you.
Steve Sparks, diligently cleaning and removing corrosion from the canopy
We are ready to mate the two wings together. A lot of work has been done; hydraulic lines have been installed, main landing gear, brakes and associated plumbing, gear up locks, control cables and associated electrical wiring has been installed. Fuel tanks and associated plumbing has been installed in the wings.
I just love this cartoon. I can in my mind picture this as the L-17 patch. Well, we will see. The work on the restoration of the L-17 continues at reasonable pace. I think we are over the speed bumps; the pace is being picked up. The critical path in this project is and has always been the restoration of the fuselage. Even though there are still some sheet metal work remaining on the fuselage, the team has now started to populate the fuselage. Stan Turner has installed the instrument panel, the hydraulic master controller and support structure has been installed and hydraulic lines are connected.
First “test” mate was conducted as shown on the picture below. Work is now being done on a fixture which will allow us to mate the wings, finish the wing assembly and then store it until we are ready to mate the wings to the fuselage. As you can see from the picture below, the wings appear to fit well together.
Test mate of the wings
Instrument panel frame installed