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1940 J3 on eBay


Former Owner and Admin
Dec 27, 2004
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1940 J-3 Piper Cub Airplane

I have owned this 1940 J-3 for 17 years and have flown it to Oshkosh and Minneanapolis among other places. She will fly at 80, cruise at 75+, and she flys hands off. She has always been hangared, never ground-looped and the fabric is Stitts and good. The engine has 340.7 hours since "zeroed" and the photo of the engine log is the last work completed. The airframe has 3530.1 total hours. Unfortunately the new A&P, did not sign his entry and my most recent compression test shows little or no compression on number one cylinder. Low compression was why I asked for the work with the intention of selling the Cub and now I must sell it because of financial needs. There is one other problem. I have tried to start her several times and have only gotten a lick - no more. I found by turning off the hangar lights after dark and using Vice-Grips to hold a spark plug to the top of the block that 3 of 8 spark plug wires would generate a spark when the prop was pulled through. 2 from one magneto and 1 from the other one. I have not had time to find out why this is so. When the engine was shut off the last time in 2002 the Cub was running and flying well and only the number one cylinder needed work.

I damaged the landing gear moving the plane to another airport, had it repaired, but have not painted and covered the shock struts (see photo). The spars are wood and in good shape. The photos are of the trailing spar and leading spar on the right wing. The dark spot is the inspection port. The inside of the fuselage is shown and the airframe is in good shape. The struts were last inspected by x-ray and passed easily. The log books go back to 1/15/1947. The serial number is 5168 and the engine is a Continental C-65 which was one of the original factory options but my Cub came with a Franklin. The tailwheel is shown and the steel bar spring will wobble when the fin is pushed from side to side. I have had two minor prop strikes and the current prop is new. The crank is within tolerances when measured for being true.

I have a Continental A-75 that is complete but in parts with some rust. This engine used to be on the Cub before the C-65 and it is included with the Cub. The photos are recent and the jury struts are not installed yet.

This is a wonderful airplane and I am only selling it due to financial reasons.

The plane is hangered in Nashville, Tennessee.

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