The conclusion of the “fix and fly or say goodbye” series on my Piper Cherokee, a 1979 Warrior II. In the video I explain how two conversations led me to proceed with rejuvenating it and shows some of the repairs done while the plane was in the shop. On this blog post is a list of annual items done (not included in the video).
Making it airworthy again opens the door to spending money.
Having been away from flying since 2012 I was surprised to learn that 4-seat Cherokees are in short supply and now carry a premium in the market. I plan to relocate the plane to an airport with available hangar space and enjoy flying her again.
What I had done during the annual
- New battery
- New nose bumper housing
- All brake pads and discs on all three gear
- New ELT battery
- New left fuel tank vent and both senders
- Lower wing bolt covers added
- New fuel drain valves
- Install and wire uAvionics Tailbeacon ADS-B
- Clean and paint nose gear
- Overhaul both main gear struts
- Overhaul brake calipers and bleed the system
- Prime and treat surface corrosion
- Replace an incorrect propeller bolt and re-index prop to proper position on crankshaft
- New spark plugs (the ones that were in it were for the 150 hp engine whereas this airplane has the 160 hp O-320)
- Service magneto points
- Lube frozen flap hinge bearings
- Remove fuel tanks and inspect wings spars
- Remove birds’ nests in both wingtips
- Repair inoperative NAV lights and replace bulbs with LEDs
- Replace vacuum pump
- Clean and paint crank case and cylinders
- Clean accumulated tie-down crud off skin
Deferred items (non-airworthiness) that are on the radar
- USB ports, especially left side of panel
- New rubber seals for door, baggage door, and cowl.
- Various interior plastic trim
- New stabilator tips
- Paint job, if I keep the airplane