“Project Aircraft Some repair needed. Please see details.” Piper Tri Pacer 1952 Here is a classic.
|“Project Aircraft - Some repair needed. Please see details.”|
|Make:||Piper Tri-Pacer||Model Year:||1952|
This Tri-Pacer was donated to us (Wings of Hope Inc.) in September 2016 and flown to our airport, KSUS (Chesterfield, MO), the same month. That was the last time it has flown. The logs indicate it was mostly a Midwestern aircraft (Kansas, Missouri and Illinois), We removed the battery, when it was donated, in order to preclude corrosion issues (a battery is not included in the sale). Due to IRS donation rules, we could not sell it for 36 months. The aircraft has 2,307 Total Time on the Airframe. The last annual inspection was performed in 2016. The exterior is in very poor condition with numerous areas of fabric reinforcement tape coming loose and top coat of paint lifting off to show the silver undercoat in many areas and even the silver undercoat wearing through especially on top of the fuselage. The interior is brown vinyl in fair condition. Installed avionics include an ARC 359-A transponder, Apollo FlyBuddy LORAN, an Intercom and the box & back plate for a King KY-96 (the radio is not installed). It has all 3 wheel pants, installed gyros & venture system, and Auto Fuel STC.
The engine has 2,307 hours Total Time, with the engine being overhauled in 1997 and having 383 SMOH. The Sensenich propeller was yellow tagged in 1985.
We did perform an engine run and compression checked the cylinders recently (09/19/2019). The compressions were: #1 70, #2 70, #3 68, #4 76. The cylinders are all chrome plated.
We have all the logbooks. Here’s the link to the scans of the logbooks, the aircraft’s Specs, and its Logbook history: See Documents.Damage History and known Squawks:
In 1957, there is a log entry for replacement of the propeller, repair of nose wheel tubing and minor repair to the outer right wing.
Known Squawks: Corrosion is visible on multiple metal surfaces, the horizontal stabilizer tubing is showing signs of corrosion through the fabric and one section is corroded through, fabric reinforcement strips are flapping in the breeze in multiple areas, finish color of paint is worn through in some areas showing the silver undercoat and the undercoat is also worn off the fabric in some areas. The interior of the tail cone shows bird nesting material. Manifold Pressure Gauge is labeled InOp, carburetor leaks fuel (probably needs overhaul), start button is always “Hot” and the pilot reported that the controls were stiff and sticky.
Auction Rules: Because of the work required to return this aircraft to airworthy condition, and our limited volunteer maintenance staff, we are selling it “As Is, Where Is”, with NO warranty expressed or implied. Remember, when you are making a bid, YOU ARE ACCEPTING and AGREEING TO A CONTRACT TO BUY! We have made our best attempt to reflect accurate information, but all information is SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE BUYER .
Any Pre-Buy Inspections must be accomplished before the auction ends. We will provide a list of local maintenance providers, if requested, that might be able to perform the Pre-Buy Inspection for you.
Payment Terms: A $1,000 non-fundable deposit (PayPal or Credit Card) must be received within 48 hours of Auction end. Balance (via Wire Transfer) within 10 days of Auction end. If these terms are not met, we will move on to other bidders.
Wings of Hope is the largest humanitarian aviation charity in the world and the only one staffed primarily by volunteers. Purchasing this aircraft will support our mission of changing and saving lives through the power of aviation. In the U.S., Wings of Hope provides medical air transport services – free of charge – to those who need specialized care. The organization provide similar support to poor communities in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
Aircraft Pickup: The winning bidder is responsible for preparing the aircraft for ground transport or performing work to make the aircraft airworthy. In either case, we will allow the winning bidder to keep the airplane on our ramp for only up to 30 days after the auction end. After that, the owner will be charged $100/month. Arrangements might be able to be made to relocate the plane to the Spirit of St Louis Airport ramp for longer term tie-down at lower cost.
Please direct any question to Mike Piccirilli, Wings of Hope Inc, @ 314-705-9250.
Current date: 2019-11-08