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    Pre pre-inspection

    I will be looking at a '67 Super Musketeer in the next couple of weeks
    and wanted to know if there are any major points I should keep in mind
    while checking this plane out. One suggestion I received was to
    inspect the trailing link gear for evidence of pin wear which could be
    indicative of hard landings. Is this difficult to do on a
    walk-around/pre-flight? Any concerns about total airframe time on
    these planes? This one has 3470 TTAF and 640 SMOH on the engine
    (performed by Zephyr Engines out of FL). Any
    advice/assistance/pointers will be greatly appreciated!

    Chris




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    Hello Chris,
    I hope you plan a more thorough prebuy by a mechanic then just a
    preflight walkaround before you put any cash on the table. There are
    many things to look for but most require a deeper probing than a
    preflight. I seem to recall a workmanship issue with a Florida engine
    shop that resulted in an AD and certificate action in that area north of
    Tampa several years ago.

    Wes K




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    One notable area I've found problems in is the in the structure behind the kickpanel, it tends to corrode behind the scat tubes from the vent drains being plugged. It is a good idea to have a mechanic look through it though. Also after many bad landings, the gear can become loose in the sockets, the plane will creak and groan if shaken side to side. Check for any tail looseness (grab and move firmly in all directions), there is an AD on the stab hinge brackets for cracking (easy to check on preflight) and an AD on spar carrythrough attachments for corrosion and cracking (seen from the inside with the side carpet panels removed). Remember, engines attract AD's too. This is where a good log search is helpful.

    Joe


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    Chris By all means pay a professional to do a PREBUY PREBUY PREBUY..I just got back from Washington state after having a PREBUY done on what looked from the outside like a usable A23-24 after less than 3 hrs it was a total different story,,,DO A PREBUY ...the whole trip cost me about a grand but if I had tryed to do my own prebuy, look at, walk around, maybe annual, i know planes,it would have cost me 26000 for the plane and around 20000 for the engine and easily 200 hrs shop time to remove the corrision that could only be seen with a mirror and flashlight ,,,DO A PROFESSIONAL PREBUY,,,You have Mike Relhan and Bob Steward in that area there is know reason to take a chance on any plane without the pros looking first...Of course this is all null and viod if you are a professional A&P yourself but if not DO A PREBUY....the other three cents..,/... Kevin

    chrisbchambers <chrisbchambers@yahoo.com> wrote: I will be looking at a '67 Super Musketeer in the next couple of weeks
    and wanted to know if there are any major points I should keep in mind
    while checking this plane out. One suggestion I received was to
    inspect the trailing link gear for evidence of pin wear which could be
    indicative of hard landings. Is this difficult to do on a
    walk-around/pre-flight? Any concerns about total airframe time on
    these planes? This one has 3470 TTAF and 640 SMOH on the engine
    (performed by Zephyr Engines out of FL). Any
    advice/assistance/pointers will be greatly appreciated!

    Chris






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