ibange added a topic in Avid Model BN234CV Yamaha powered overhaulI want to put my entire project up somewhere so the ideas I come up with may help some others... or just entertain people, either way is fine.
A little over a month ago my father called me up and the conversation went something like this: "Hey, there's an avid B airframe on barnstormers cheap". "Ok, I'll take a look at it". We have been working on a Yamaha apex firewall forward for a little bit without an airframe. Long term plans were and remain to build a Rans S21 from the ground up for Yamaha power but having a cheap airframe to work the bugs out and learn more about our powerplant would be nice. Also, I want a big tire bush plane and the 21 really isn't the perfect animal for that. So calls are made and it turns out that the plane in question is 234CV which suffered a groundloop following catching a landing gear at Goldmine during the high sierra fly in a few years back. The fuse was straightened, a new landing gear was sourced, and that's as far as the project ever went. Negociations went well and finding a shipper to get the plane from California was successful so the deal was made.
To save money I met the shipper in far north Texas and this is what greeted me.
Cross loaded it and got headed back the other direction.
Let it sit for a little bit since I wanted to start into the planning phase of the project once my Dad came into town but last week we got into it. Got the gear mounted up so it was easier to move around. New gear legs will be happening eventually but this is a start.
Changed up my engine stand so I could rough mock up the apex and start to consider firewall options.
As if mounting a 160hp engine wasn't enough we decided to go completely off the reservation looking for leg room. In all seriousness I've owned some small planes and they're just misery in the long haul. I want to enjoy flying what I own. The sling seat was ditched and we're moving in the direction of a flat floor with some custom cushions. The tubes will be reinforced under our butts so we don't have any problems there. Here's the initial template work for the floor and backrest.
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