Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life

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I hit the new panel tank I got from Jim with some aluminized PolyTone, to give it some UV protection. I left a couple strips to sight the fuel. 

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I could have used better technique, thinned the paint, masked the whole thing properly, and sprayed it, but I took my dentist’s advice and brushed the teeth. 

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Checkout how i fixed my yellowed, faded, cracked stock Qtr windows, did it cheap quick and easy, and now easy replaceable down the road.

Thanks, Bucky. I got caught up on your posts and saw what you did. That was the same idea I had. The Lexan that I bought locally is a bit thicker than I wanted to use, but I’ll probably go ahead and do it. I did buy some plastic to sew in, but I wanted to do something better if I could. I should put it on a scale and see how it shakes out. 

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Looks good from here. Had a laugh about the brushing the teeth comment as well :-)  JImChuk

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Ohhh i like it!!! 

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I checked my N number today, and it is registered to me. !!!! Yes! Now I can quit being disappointed when I check the mail. It would be nice to see that piece of paper, though. 

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So.... you know how sometimes you’re ready for that condition inspection, then you decide to take care of those elevator weldment gussets, and find a little rust, so pretty soon, you find yourself stripping the fabric off of the whole elevator, and then the horizontal stabilizer, and the rudder, since you’re already at it? That’s me. Then, I start thinking that maybe I should just stretch them now, since I already have them apart, and probably want them bigger, anyway. So close. I was so close. All I had to do was not touch it. The weldment looked fine. The plywood was funky. Hey, we all like bigger control surfaces, right? I wish I had a sandblaster. 

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I took a different approach to the quarter windows, using .080”  clear acrylic, and stuck them to the fabric with PolyTac. It seems to be working good. I sandwiched them in with finishing tape on the inside. We’ll see how it holds up. Of course I smeared a little cement on the back of one, but it’s not bad enough to make me redo it. Needs just a little paint to finish it off. 

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For clarification, the weldment didn’t really look fine. It looked fine with the fabric over it. It might be cracked. It wasn’t a great weld. I’m glad I pulled the rest of it apart, too. The rudder wasn’t bad. It had a little surface rust where the fabric wrapped around it. The horizontal was kind of rough, and the elevator, too. Not too much wastage, but some considerable pitting. It looks like they were primed after the plywood was glued in, and it rusted more in those spots. If I can get the steel locally, I’ll give it more of a rudder, and a longer elevator. So much for being ready, already. It will be a couple days, this time of year, just to get those cleaned up, primed, covered, and painted. That’s if I don’t make it a bigger project.

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Well it may seem like a pain in the neck having to do a bunch more work, but fixing those tailfeathers is the right thing to do.  When it's all over you will be glad you did it.  JImChuk

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I have been in the same situation a couple times before. Its a pain when you think you're good to go and then find something like this. Which is why I now just strip one to bare bones and start from the beginning. Its a big job, but peace of mind is worth a lot,too. Things have a way of snowballing.

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I got the tail feathers sandblasted and gave them a good coat of epoxy. A friend let me use his big blast cabinet, but I was only able to do the rudder in it, because the other pieces are too long. I went ahead and rented the “small” sandblaster from Ron’s. That made short work of it. The rudder looked like factory paint, and it was in good shape. The horizontal stabilizer and elevator were evidently spray painted with a green zinc primer, and they were not so good, but still usable. I’m sure glad I got to them when I did. I stuck the reinforcing gussets on with the torch. They look good. I always liked gas welding. I used to weld a lot of exhausts with a torch. It’s seldom seen, now that mig welding has become so everyday, but the torch is still a great tool. Not my best work, but nothing to be ashamed of, either. 

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You might notice the loose hose on the sandblaster in the previous pics. It was loose like that when I first picked it up, but I was still able to use it. I had to shove the hose into the fitting and hold it with one hand while I worked. Good thing it was a small job. It wouldn’t have been hard to fix, if I was inclined to do so, but I made it work like that. I wish people would take better care of things. I made sure the rental company knew about it so they could fix it.

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It’s like Christmas. 

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