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 Post subject: SOLD: 1942 Stinson V77 Gullwing
PostPosted: 01 Jul 2022, 13:12 
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Location: Clear Lake, Iowa
Aircraft: PA-18-95, Gullwing
The time has come to sell our beloved V77. She has a wonderful history and a fabulous story to tell of her restoration. Complete with a new motor by Radial Engines, LTD last year.

N1141 is a 1942 Stinson Gullwing V77. Serial number 77-48. We keep her at our farm strip in Clear Lake, IA 5 miles west of the Mason City, IA airport (KMCW). It is owned privately by my wife and I. N1141 has 1218 TT including the wartime hours. Yes, we have the original WWII logs (very rare) as well as all of the civilian logs. During our ownership the maintenance has been performed by Algona Aero at KAXA who personally owned and maintained a Gullwing for 20+ years.

The restoration was completed by Earl Benedict and Duncan Miller in Vacaville, CA in the mid-90’s. After Duncan’s passing, the airplane was placed into storage around 1998 until 2019 when we purchased it.

1942 Stinson V77 Gullwing
N1141
Serial # 77-48
Price: $96,000 USD


Contact:
Andy Meyer – Clear Lake, IA
641.529.0420
andymeyer50@icloud.com

Airframe: 1218.6TT
Engine: 166.2 SMOH –11 hrs since IRAN by Radial Engines 2021
Propeller: 90.5 TT – Hamilton Standard 2B20
**Times will change as we are still flying it regularly.

Max Gross Takeoff Weight: 4,000 pounds
Basic Empty Weight: 2665.5 pounds
Useful Load: 1,334.5pounds
Fuel Capacity: 78 gallons
Empty CG: 84.86 inches

General:
- All logs since new including the original war time logs.
- No damage history.
- Disassembled and put into storage in California in 1956.
- Restored by Earl Benedict and Duncan Miller in mid-90’s (third and final V77 restoration of theirs)
- Put into storage after restoration from 1998 until 2019
- Flown to Iowa in 2019.
- Based at our farm strip in Clear Lake, IA. Mason City airport (KMCW) is 5 miles away.
- Always hangered since restoration
- Annual inspection due 8/2022 – Annual included with the sale if preferred. Price adjusted accordingly if not.

Engine
The overhaul was completed with the restoration in the mid-90’s but had 66hrs of time noted as transferred from an earlier overhaul in the engine log. This, along with having sat for 20 years, we didn’t like the unknown condition of the engine so with 155 hrs, we decided to pull it and have Caleb’s team at Radial Engines perform a top overhaul. After removing cylinders, we found numerous concerns. It resulted in a complete tear down. Our crank ended up being in excellent shape so it was reused therefore, it was not considered a major overhaul and the 155.2 hrs remain on the engine. Per the entry log and paperwork provided by Radial Engines, LTD the engine was disassembled, inspected and repaired in accordance with the Lycoming R680 overhaul manual. Crankpin was ground true and master rod bearing was replaced. Service bulletin #126 was accomplished. Pistons, cylinders, bearings, rings, valves, replaced as necessary. Complete new ignition harness, all new gaskets and seals, painted cases, cylinders, and baffles, and polished push rod tubes. Prop governor was overhauled. Starter was overhauled. Mags were bench tested and confirmed in good standing condition. Engine was assembled and test run 7hrs on test stand. The carb was previously overhauled 08/2019 prior to us flying it to Iowa.

Avionics:
- Basic VFR Panel
- No ADSB
- Installed avionics master switch 04.30.2019
- Installed new com ICOM A200 04.30.2019
- Installed new PS Engineering PM3000 5 place intercom with pilot and co-pilot PTT. Bose powered LEMO headset jacks and traditional jacks installed at all 5 seats 04.30.2019

Additional Equipment:
- Cleveland Wheels and Brakes
- Shoulder Harnesses for pilot and copilot
- Stewart Warner Fuel Tank Indication system
- All new flight and engine instruments at restoration
- All new lighting and wiring at restoration
- All new fasteners, cables, pulleys, hardware, etc.. at restoration.
- Piper PA-28 adjustable pilot and co-pilot front seats
- Original sling rear seat
- Engine Clean Kit - Oil tank shut off valve with micro-switch starter disconnect
- Matching fiberglass wheel pants (believed to be from a Howard or SR-9)
- Original tailwheel lock is still installed on the aircraft but is inoperable. They were to have been removed per service bulletin during the war but ours remained.
- Custom made aluminum collapsible tow bar (fits under the rear seat)

Miscellaneous Maintenance:
- New tires (mains and tailwheel) 01/2019
- New battery 01/2019
- ELT battery due 10/2023
- Right elevator and Rudder were rebuilt with all new materials from original Stinson drawings in 2019 due to wind blowing the tail into a fuel bollard while refueling.

Exterior:
- Complete airframe restoration mid-90’s. Epoxy coated airframe. Replaced all fasteners, pulleys, cables, etc..
- New Stits Poly Fiber fabric and paint mid-90’s. All in excellent shape. Painted British Command Gray and Blue

Interior:
- Grey leather seats with maple wood floor.
- No side panels or headliner in V77.
- Rear seat is removable without fasteners and can be converted to flat floor for baggage or camping.

Overall, I give it an 8 out of 10. Why an 8 out of 10 and not a 10 out of 10? Because there are aesthetic blemishes that would not rank as a 10 in my book. The airframe, fabric, engine, and interior are all 10’s but blemishes are as follows:
- Two wing inspection plates remain in epoxy and did not get painted during restoration.
- The left gear leg fairing had a small tear in the sheet metal. It was stopped drilled and alum welded and touch-up paint applied. There are also a few minor runs in the paint on the gear leg fairings.
- A few areas on the sheet metal under the cabin (strut access doors) have paint chips.
- Floating portion of avionics panel has paint chips.
- The left wheel pant has a small crack on the inside of the fiberglass (have not installed them during our ownership as we prefer the look without, but they are serviceable as-is).
- Small crack in copilot side window (has been here for our duration of ownership)
- Pilot side window crank is missing the wood handle. Still works fine, but it is missing the wood crank.
- Main cabin door handle is missing return spring and standard latch has been installed.
- Very very small fabric tape joint overlaid with clear adhesive above right wing aft of leading edge.

All of the paint blemishes are on sheet metal. The fabric as well as the paint on the fabric are excellent. It was always my intent to remove the various sheet metal pieces and have them repainted. They are all easily removeable and would result in a 10 out of 10 exterior if corrected. When we ordered paint for the replacement rudder and elevator, we ordered extra assuming I would address these blemishes. That paint will be included in the sale.

In summary, we took possession of the aircraft in June of 2019. The timing of the elevator and rudder repair, followed by the engine overhaul, limited the time we were able to enjoy this aircraft. However, the hours we did spend in the air were everything you would dream of! The time has come for our family to move on to a new adventure so she must go down the road. Asking $96,000. May consider a trade towards a 55 or 58 Baron, Cessna 337/0-2A, or PA-18-150 Super Cub.


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What a beast! you can almost stand up and walk around in that thing.


You can:)… Our kids switch seats between front and back while in flight:)


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That looks like a really nice airplane. Is the lack of bulkhead, glare shield, etc. finish out because that's the way the plane was delivered for military use? Just curious.


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That looks like a really nice airplane. Is the lack of bulkhead, glare shield, etc. finish out because that's the way the plane was delivered for military use? Just curious.


Yes, correct… no interior aside from the seats.


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