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    Wing removal

    Since the main gear are wing-mounted, you'll need a fuselage cradle,
    preferably one with wheels. Easy to make with Home Despot materials,
    but pad it REALLY well for the pounding that the plane will take on
    the road. Spread the load along the fuselage frames, rather than the
    skins. Usually taking the engine off first helps a lot in moving a
    bare fuselage on a dolly.

    Are you REALLY sure you can't ferry it? If it's flyable & before
    committing to the amount of work the road trip will require, I'd orbit
    the airport for an hour, then pull the screens, pull the plugs, and if
    possible - boroscope the valves. Most aircraft mechanics have
    experience at setting up ferry flights. Obviously, the flight would
    follow highways to land on if needed.

    Bob
    A&P, Aero Eng.
    N6504R

    ake this beforehand--- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "joe_gug"
    <joe_gug@y...> wrote:
    > Hello all
    >
    > We just purchased a 1964 Musketeer in Seatle Washington area. We do
    > not have any mountain experience and the engine is 200 beyond TBO.
    > There is some question if it will hold oil pressure for an extended
    > flight. We are thinking that the best plan of action is to remove
    the
    > wings and trailer the aircraft back to KY where we can beging work
    on
    > it. Has anyone done this before that can share some secrets that
    may
    > make this job easier.
    >
    > Joe
    >
    > P. S. We had a 1963 Musketeer three years ago and are looking
    forward
    > to getting this bird back in the air.




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    Wing removal

    Good morning,

    I would certainly concur with Bob. Anytime you pull the wings, you are
    going to be faced with major rigging problems. It is not just a matter of
    unbolting them and then bolting them back on. Also, if you pick your route
    carefully you should not have to cross much in the way of mountainous
    terrain. Unless there is some known discrepancy which would make the
    aircraft unairworthy, it would sure be a lot simpler to fly it. I would be
    willing to help, but probably makes more sense to find someone on either end
    (I'm in Denver).

    John



    -----Original Message-----
    From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com]
    On Behalf Of Bob Swaim
    Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 8:32 PM
    To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [musketeermail] Re: Wing removal



    Since the main gear are wing-mounted, you'll need a fuselage cradle,
    preferably one with wheels. Easy to make with Home Despot materials,
    but pad it REALLY well for the pounding that the plane will take on
    the road. Spread the load along the fuselage frames, rather than the
    skins. Usually taking the engine off first helps a lot in moving a
    bare fuselage on a dolly.

    Are you REALLY sure you can't ferry it? If it's flyable & before
    committing to the amount of work the road trip will require, I'd orbit
    the airport for an hour, then pull the screens, pull the plugs, and if
    possible - boroscope the valves. Most aircraft mechanics have
    experience at setting up ferry flights. Obviously, the flight would
    follow highways to land on if needed.

    Bob
    A&P, Aero Eng.
    N6504R

    ake this beforehand--- In musketeermail@yahoogroups.com, "joe_gug"
    <joe_gug@y...> wrote:
    > Hello all
    >
    > We just purchased a 1964 Musketeer in Seatle Washington area. We do
    > not have any mountain experience and the engine is 200 beyond TBO.
    > There is some question if it will hold oil pressure for an extended
    > flight. We are thinking that the best plan of action is to remove
    the
    > wings and trailer the aircraft back to KY where we can beging work
    on
    > it. Has anyone done this before that can share some secrets that
    may
    > make this job easier.
    >
    > Joe
    >
    > P. S. We had a 1963 Musketeer three years ago and are looking
    forward
    > to getting this bird back in the air.




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