iowa's L-4 project!

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Post by Frank » Thu May 10, 2007 11:48 pm

WOW.....I am an A/C Tech by profession and I think I would have thought it over a "zillion" times before I started a project like that, but HEY when you have it all toghter, adjusted and tuned you will have a super fun AC.

Good Luck Dave! I look fwd to see your pictures during the prosess.

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Post by iowa » Fri May 11, 2007 10:59 am

i am very excited.
i know it will take 5 years!
and it will be like building an L4 from scratch,
but....those boyhood dreams!!
hey, would you rather i update
this project here or on the warbird forum?
thanks
dave
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Post by Dino! » Fri May 11, 2007 3:41 pm

Hey Doc,
Just do us a favor and DON"T do a John Denver on us!

OOPS :oops:
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Post by iowa » Fri May 11, 2007 6:40 pm

you really mean that? :shock:
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Post by DavidA » Fri May 11, 2007 8:10 pm

I think he left out the 't in his JD reques

Good Luck on this project. You are essentially building a new plane.


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Post by Dino! » Sat May 12, 2007 11:30 am

iowa wrote:you really mean that? :shock:
Not the way originally written. I've edited :oops:

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Post by iowa » Sat May 12, 2007 4:16 pm

i'm no star,
and i was a pilot at least 10 yrs B-4 i became a dr
so at least i have somethings in my favor.
that word 'don't' made my day.
BTW, do you know anything about aircraft engines, dino?
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Post by Dino! » Sat May 12, 2007 7:31 pm

iowa wrote:
BTW, do you know anything about aircraft engines, dino?
dave
Only thing I know is if they stop in midflight it isn't a good thing. :cry:

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Post by iowa » Sun May 13, 2007 8:47 am

true!
thanks god for inertia
and lots of flat ground
here in iowa
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Post by iowa » Thu May 17, 2007 2:58 pm

here is the data plate
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Post by petesilfven » Sun May 20, 2007 7:55 am

A guy near here just banged in a float-equipped cub. It appears he "stubbed his toe" and busted the struts on the port float. Aircraft wound up half sunk in 6 feet of water.
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Post by iowa » Sun May 20, 2007 6:11 pm

now pete
don't talk like that!
it scares my wife
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Post by TopKick » Thu May 24, 2007 7:46 pm

Iowa,
It's restorable, and I have faith you will achieve that goal. You know my motto. Best of luck to you. Once you've completed the restoration, paint a Coyote on her since that is what crashed her the first time. You could name her "Coyote Ugly".
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Post by MARNE » Thu May 24, 2007 8:44 pm

Hey Dave,

If you'd like I've got quite a few photos the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division Scout Observation L-4's during WWII. I believe the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division was the earliest division to implement the use of scout observation aircraft for directing artillery fire! :wink: 8) They were using them extensively in North Africa when the other divisions in theatre didn't have that aspect yet.

I could send you the photos of the 3rd ID's Scout Observation Aircraft if you'd like!? :D 8)

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Post by iowa » Fri May 25, 2007 6:06 am

marne
thats a great idea!!

Here are the fuselage differences BTW the J3 and the L4
does anyone have any pictures to illustrate this?
thanks
dave

1. GREENHOUSE enclosure. Tale tale fabric bulges

2. Observer's desk.

3. Fuselage Serial Number.
8278 to 14033 inclusive.

4. Rear seat.
2 cross tubes bolted to tabs welded to fuselage vertical
members. Seat has Al formers for parachute.
J3 has 1 cross tube for back and 1 under the seat.

5. Seat belt rings welded to fuselage 2 on each side

6. Seat belt security. were bolted to primary fuselage structure
not fastened to a metal loop.

7. Floor boards at rear. Al tunnel over control cables.

8. Observer's desk welded to fuselage

9. Fuselage mod for rear facing observer seat.

10. floating instrument panel

11. cups for leveling plane in flight.
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Slat 122876 DOD 2 26 42
L-4B 43-572 DOD 8-31-42 82nd of 100 Silver Fort Sill planes!

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