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Wanted: Genuine L-4, must be fully documented with no gotchas

sdusngod

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prefer fully restored a/c, original as practical..

would consider lesser condition but no converts.

sure could use some help here, guys...

I've bothered to check out 6 so far that lacked "real" documentation, and no go.

thanks again,
Robert Davis
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jimrice

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What constitutes fully documented?
 

cubrath

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Robert,

Just curious, what was lacked "real" documentation? Are you talking about whether it was a real L-4, or the restoration itself lacked documentation?
 

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Maybe lacked log books all the way from the factory?
 

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Don't know quite what "fully documented" means. Remember that the original log books were not provided when these aircraft were sold off by the RFC. I settled for a "real" L-4A with original data plate and logs that go back to the early 1950s.

Then, restoration started.

I Kept the aircraft as original as I could, but airworthiness considerations had to trump originality in the cases of worn out componants for which original NOS spares were simply not to be had.

70 years is a long time. There are no totally original L-4s out there.

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FreddyK

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Having a full set of logs on a L4 is rather unusual.... as 080 said logs were not normally provided, there are a few out there, but as a rule, don't count on it.....
 

bob turner

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I think original logs are becoming rare on J-3s as well. It is not a problem unless you collect old documents. They say it impacts the value, but I wonder . . .

I have all the original documents. They are artifacts, not related to the quality of the airplane.
 

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Mine had all the original docs. Aircraft Checker's Log, Prop history card, engine history card, CAP logs, etc. What mattered was the log entry from the rebuild. I could prove the spars were the original from the factory, after Piper gave me the details on my airplane, but after I replaced them, what did it matter?
 

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I have my great grandfather's axe. My grandfather changed the handle and my dad changed the head, but it is my great grandfather's axe...
 

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Mine had all the original docs. Aircraft Checker's Log, Prop history card, engine history card, CAP logs, etc. What mattered was the log entry from the rebuild. I could prove the spars were the original from the factory, after Piper gave me the details on my airplane, but after I replaced them, what did it matter?

yours is the only one I knew about, there maybe a few more out there but, who really knows ....
 

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