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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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Amazing work Chris and Marty !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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Wow buddy that is some great work!

That plane is a monster! Always wanted to win a real giant but have yet to make it happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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I first saw FUZE about a year ago when Chris flew it down to MKC for a small BBQ fly-in. Looking at it yesterday, aside from the paint color, it really doesn't resemble the airplane I first saw a year ago. While I routinely give him a (well-deserved) hard time about the airplane, Chris has done a truly phenomenal job bringing it back to life.

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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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It is a peculiar looking "transport". :bugeye:
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I'm in awe at all of the work you've done to FUZE (SnoopyFUZE maybe?) and can't wait to read more about it.

Is that an Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy (I hope my GoogleFu and WikiMagic didn't fail me) behind the Queen Air?

How long before daFUZE is sporting those folding wingtips?


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Chris is a very good mechanic. It's a pleasure helping him refine and practice the dark arts of sheet metal :rock:
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Amazing work Chris and Marty !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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About 20 hours of flying on the FUZE sense it came out of maintenance last! So much fun to fly and have the ability to fly so far! None the less my Mode C had been acting up and my radios were never real impressive. Last weekend I flew over to the other airport to work on the 56tc. A nice thunderstorm was moving in so I asked the guys If I could put the Twin Bonanza into the maintenance/avionics hangar to get the transponder looked at.

Turned out the encoder was bad, but I decided to pony up and starve the children at home and get some improvements made. They are removing the old Narco transponder and replacing it with a GTX 345. The same unit that is in the 56TC. I absolutely love it and see so much value in weather and traffic! They are also installing a 430W and replacing my #1 indicator with a unit compatible to the 430W. My #2 indicator will be the original #1 Narco indicator. My #2 radio will be the better of the two Narco MK12D's.

The last improvement is a G5 to replace my AI. We will be starting the paperwork now and hopefully by the time the rest of the avionics are completed we have heard back from the FSDO and can get it completed.


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They are removing the old Narco transponder and replacing it with a GTX 345. The same unit that is in the 56TC. I absolutely love it and see so much value in weather and traffic! They are also installing a 430W and replacing my #1 indicator with a unit compatible to the 430W. My #2 indicator will be the original #1 Narco indicator. My #2 radio will be the better of the two Narco MK12D's.

The last improvement is a G5 to replace my AI. We will be starting the paperwork now and hopefully by the time the rest of the avionics are completed we have heard back from the FSDO and can get it completed.

Sweet! That's the setup that I'm aiming for in our Baron (minus the Narco - we have a KX170B :D ). I love the idea of the GTX345: It kills at least four birds with one box and the price for what it offers, I think, is really good. The G5? :woot:

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Great work again Chris ! :dancing: The new avionics you picked will truly add so much to your airplane!

While you have the instrument panel open, take a good look at the fuel and oil hoses feeding your 3 in 1 engine instruments. If they're stiff and old (like me) it's a perfect time to replace them with that big access hole in your photo's........

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Thanks for the nice words guys! Im truly very excited to have some "newer equipment". I got called in today to talk about location for installing a mid-continent usb charger/digital clock for a power supply. The unit actually seems very nice and I see a-lot of value in it. The unit is about $350 plus installation.

However the GMA-345 has a usb plug right in it, I have the GMA-340 in the Baron and really like it, I had it installed a week before Garmin came out with the 345. Which got me thinking that my audio panel was going to be the only old piece of equipment left in the Tbone. So I added a new GMA-345 to the installation. They are going to cut a new panel to clean everything up now that the sizing has changed dramatically. What really sold me was the Bluetooth. NO MORE CORDS IN THE TBONE UNLESS something desperately needs charge.

Hopefully will see the FUZE back in the air the last week of November. The gentleman overseeing the installation is a pro pilot and a overall great guy! Looking forward to doing the test flight with him and see what he thinks of the FUZE!

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 Post subject: Re: Salvage value of 1957 Twin Bonanza ?
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Getting worse before it gets better. Not one piece of the old wiring for any part of the previous avionics still exists including all the headset jack wiring. Picked up the dual yoke to have the arm repainted and the two chrome shackles at the attach point re-chromed.

Another BT'er hanging out in front of me getting his AOA and SV upgrade.

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Not to much to update on the avionics! The avionics guys have been busy but are surely making some progress. Hopefully there is some turkey day flying in my future! However I am making some great progress on the installation of the new hangar door for the Tbone hangar and insulating the hangar for a toasty Tbone. The airplane will come out ofavionics and go into its new upfitted home. No complaints about that!

Everyone else is doing an amazing job with there Tbones! What a great group.


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I am making some headway on things it seems recently. The new hangar door is installed and awaiting the electrician to wire it up, skin it, & Insulate. The hangar has the walls insulated to a R-24 value and the ceiling will be R-30 once completed by the end of this month. I decided to go with Radiant heat, really looking forward to that.

The FUZE is making some progress. The G5 can not be approved as a primary in my airplane because of the gross weight limit of 7k. I can have it but along with the old AI. with some clean up of the panel the installation on the left side is complete. When I stopped in today he was getting over to the radio racks to start finishing that stuff up. He still had a coax to run for the WAAS antenna.

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