I just wanted to reach out to the BAC community to see if there was anyone interested in taking on, actually completing, a very exciting aircraft restoration project. My aircraft (N2301W) has a fuselage that is in amazing condition and this aircraft will be in brand new condition once the project is completed. I am 24 years old with future aspirations to become an airline pilot and I had a vision of getting my hours built up on this plane and use it as an investment in my career. The aircraft really makes a good IFR platform and is normal/utility rated. Unfortunately, the project is a bit more than I can chew myself and it is over-budget and I recently bought a house which has made the project harder, if not now impossible, to complete. Oh how I wish Paul Allen were still here (RIP), he loved to restore old aircraft
This sale would include:
-The Aircraft, Beechcraft Musketeer A23a (N2301W)
-New windows and slats (tinted UV protected and very nice from Plane Plastics)
-ADSB System – Stratus ESGI – new
-Airspeed Indicator – overhauled
-Garmin GNS 530 GPS – W/ bar coded 8130
-PSA8000B Audio panel
-New mag compass
-Engine cluster -original and yet to be overhauled
-Overhauled heading indicator
-Overhauled artificial horizon
-New fuel selector valve
-TSO’d USB port
-Aircraft waterproof cover, customized fit
And few more cool things…..
I will include the purchasing receipts for all the parts purchased.
Reasons why I cannot continue the project:
-Over budget – but yes, I splurged on the avionics and all projects like this go over budget from what I understand according to Rab McBurney
-One of the wings will need to be replace due to rodent corrosion on the wing spar, its small corrosion spot but it needs to be replaced, DER has already looked at it. There is an aircraft with similar SN in Deer Park WA at a salvage yard or someone on Beech Aero Club might be able to help with that.
-Only half the engine overhaul is paid for, I put down 15K but the total cost is 30K so 15K is due – that debt would be assumed by the buyer. The engine is at Premier Aero Motors in Trout-dale Or (IO-346). The overhauled parts mentioned above are not originally from the aircraft, they were purchased from avionics shops so there aren’t any gigantic gyros to worry about. I also have the instruments and gauges that were pulled from the aircraft that would be included in the sale.
Still to be done/needs:
-Aircraft needs paint
-Wiring up of the avionics
-2nd half of engine payment as mentioned above
-Wing as mentioned above
-Engine cluster needs restoration
The paint has mostly been stripped – one wing left I believe, engine mount was refinished, new electrical wiring has been ran for power.
The aircraft was being worked on at Kalispell Aircraft Repair but is currently in Joseph Oregon where the business moved.
With all the avionics, labor and aircraft purchase itself, I am asking for $45,000 (which is far less than I have into it but I must move on or I’ll never finish my pilots license and have to refinance my house). Please keep in mind, once the aircraft is completed, it will be like brand new. I would estimate to complete the project it would take another 30to40K which would include the rest of the engine overhaul, interior, paint and labor. That would be under 100K for a brand new, beautiful, retro-flying aircraft. The aircraft is really in good condition other than where that rodent made a nest on the wing spar. There is not really bumps or bruises anywhere on the fuselage.
Thank you for your time reading this post. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or express your interest, more pictures or anything in general. You can shoot me a text at (425) 314-9886. I live in Marysville WA.
I also consider selling the parts of the aircraft separately (engine, avionics, parts, new windows, etc.) we can talk about that – just shoot me a message and we can discuss. I also have considered a partial ownership option if someone is interested in helping me finish the project in exchange for partial ownership.