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Old 11-20-2018, 03:55 PM
Crewser1989 Crewser1989 is offline
 
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Hello all,

I've been lurking on the site for a while now but finally felt like it was time to actually make my first real post!

I purchased a once-flying RV-4 about 8 months ago and put it into the shop while I left town for work. I should be coming home next week and it should (hopefully ) finally be finished and ready to fly!







I bought it from a fella in TX and it had a hard landing that wrinkled the firewall and sheared the engine mount...







so....







...we got to work to take the wings and elevator off and load it up to move it from TX to KS (I mostly handled logistics of getting the uHaul and 'overseeing' while the more mechanically minded did their things)...







These pictures are from a while back but they started tearing into it and got the long legs ordered to put on instead of the short legs







I figured if they had everything taken apart might as well change out some avionics while we're at it, right?







So, here is where I left it off before I left on this most recent multi-month work outing.







Basically since we have tore the wings off and I dropped it off at the shop to have them start working on it a total of, approximately, 8-9 months have elapsed but I've been gone basically 5-6 of those months for work. It was a lot of work on everything in the plane! Those guys absolutely had their job cut out for them. Hoping it is finally finished up by the time I get back!

Sorry I don't have the chops to build one of these (yet). But maybe I can if I start actually spending more time at home - or if they start making a backcountry vans .

Well, thanks for reading! It's good to finally be here!
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Old 11-20-2018, 04:05 PM
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Sorry??? TJ! You are saving an RV! Very commendable and not a small task.

Congrats on the progress to date and good luck getting the 4 back in the air!
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:05 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF, and Congratulations

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Hello all,

I've been lurking on the site for a while now but finally felt like it was time to actually make my first real post!

I purchased a once-flying RV-4 about 8 months ago

It's good to finally be here!
TJ, Welcome aboard the good ship VAF

Congrats on the new bird, love the 4...
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:26 AM
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Congrats! You are indeed saving a perfectly good machine and it will reward you in short order. Welcome to the mix.
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:21 AM
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You area going to enjoy that -4 and with the upgrades, it is going to make a great plane even better!
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Old 11-21-2018, 10:28 AM
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Also, you're one of the few who are able to post photos this early on. Good job!

And we look forward to hearing more about the RV-4 and your flights, in the future.

Dave
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Old 11-21-2018, 04:32 PM
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Default You're gonna love it.

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Hello all,

I've been lurking on the site for a while now but finally felt like it was time to actually make my first real post!

I purchased a once-flying RV-4 about 8 months ago and put it into the shop while I left town for work. I should be coming home next week and it should (hopefully ) finally be finished and ready to fly!







I bought it from a fella in TX and it had a hard landing that wrinkled the firewall and sheared the engine mount...







so....







...we got to work to take the wings and elevator off and load it up to move it from TX to KS (I mostly handled logistics of getting the uHaul and 'overseeing' while the more mechanically minded did their things)...







These pictures are from a while back but they started tearing into it and got the long legs ordered to put on instead of the short legs







I figured if they had everything taken apart might as well change out some avionics while we're at it, right?







So, here is where I left it off before I left on this most recent multi-month work outing.







Basically since we have tore the wings off and I dropped it off at the shop to have them start working on it a total of, approximately, 8-9 months have elapsed but I've been gone basically 5-6 of those months for work. It was a lot of work on everything in the plane! Those guys absolutely had their job cut out for them. Hoping it is finally finished up by the time I get back!

Sorry I don't have the chops to build one of these (yet). But maybe I can if I start actually spending more time at home - or if they start making a backcountry vans .

Well, thanks for reading! It's good to finally be here!
Curiser1989,
You will love every aspect of a really nice plane.

Welcome aboard.

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400 hrs on "mine" and still in love...
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Old 11-23-2018, 10:16 AM
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I'm very excited to get it out of the shop and into the air!

Yeah, posting the pictures took a little bit of figuring out but I used the Google Photos method and it wasn't too bad!

I'll try to post more pictures when I get back and show you guys the (hopefully) completed product.
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