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'46 J3 Project on eBay

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Richgj3

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I rebuilt a T Craft years ago. I started with a flying, licensed airplane that I owned. It took me 2 years of spare time and I did NOT do the engine. It cost in materials exactly what I sold it for 4 years later. My advice: If you like building, get a Wag kit. At least you'll have a new airplane when done. If the goal is to save money buy one somebody else rebuilt. Maybe I'm living in the past, but I think if anybody paid more than $5-8K for that they would be "under water" by the time it was done. Especially if you consisder your time is worth more than a dollar an hour.

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I hear you Rich, I think it would take at least $20K to complete this and then you would have a $35K cub.

I just like to keep an eye on these things and see what they go for.

Will
 

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I've learned my lesson on buying cubs. I got mine for 14 grand with good covered wings and ailerons and tail feathers and a 38 hour millenium engine, new prop and overhauled carb, and mags etc. I did end up with a no good fuselage and undercarriage that will have me into my airplane about 35 grand minus my labor. If I upgrade, and that is the plan, to a bigger engine, I'll be into it closer to 45 grand. So, I'd say that 8 to 10 k for the e-bay project would be reasonable. You really don't know what the fuselage is going to be untill it's been blasted. I think the comment on building the cubby is something for someone to seriously consider if you are going to be getting into a 45 grand cash investment, exluding labor. I suspect that the same investment on my part would have netted an airplane that would resale for 70 grand or more as a new Cubby. My J3 will probably not be worth more than 40 grand at completion of the same cash investment and not a lot less labor.

But, I've always wanted a classic cub, I have the money, so that is why I've gone that route. I would like to get a faster taildragger, to do some cross country eventually, so I'm looking at buying an RS7 kit when I've got the cub flying. I'd keep both airplanes though.
 

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Is there a website for the "Cuby"?

Will
 

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Oh, I get it. The Cuby and the Sport Trainer are one in the same correct?

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