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Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby Crivera » Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:54 pm

Good Afternoon everyone,

New member here who might be in the market for a new landing gear if anyone has a set for sale or knows of someone who does. I just closed on a 1952 B model that I will hopefully be bringing home in a week or two. The landing gear is showing signs of neglect (paint chipping and rust). I have been contemplating my options and contacted TLGW. Aero. Based on their prices I would most like just buy an already refurbished set of gears to minimize down time (1-2weeks vs 45-60 days). That being said a refurbished set is still a bit pricey. If anyone knows of some gears for sale that would not require refurbishing I might be interested in them. I will attach some images, I would like to hear some opinions on how critical it is that I get the gear inspected and/or replaced asap.

Thank you!

Chris
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby GAHorn » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:19 pm

Remove, bead-blast, inspect, prime/paint… one week.
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby Crivera » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:23 pm

I like the sound of that much more then having to replace it.

Thank you Sir!!
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby c170b53 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:32 pm

Congratulations with your new plane and welcome to the association. The search function should produce a healthy rabbit hole on this topic. Good luck digging in and out and have fun. You can address the corrosion, have it done for you or get refurbished gear, all possibilities. Although many have touched up their gear, the only way to know you have a solid set is with magna-fluxing NDT testing. Likely your gear is ok but again failure may occur with crack initially starting from a bolt hole. Best to check what axles you have and renew all the attach hardware as a first step if you are worried about a possible lack of attention in the past.
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby Crivera » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:43 pm

Thank you it is good to be here,

Oh trust me I have already gone down many a rabbit hole on this forum. I did not even know I had a problem with the gear until I came across some posts on here dealing with corrosion and gear failure, which lead me to do more research and discovering all the options for replacing and/or upgrading the gear. I figured I would put some pictures on here to get feed back about whether it was a minor issue or if it is something I need to move up to the top of my ever growing list of stuff that I would like to or need to do. Like you said without having it inspected there really is no way of knowing. When I pick her up and ferry her home I will take a look at the axles and decide whether to replace them or just replace the hardware when I have the gear inspected.

Thanks for the suggestions,

Chris
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby GAHorn » Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:16 am

Jim is correct (of course) as to rabbit-holes. The one-week I suggested earlier is what a competent shop can accomplish if everything works well and no serious problems found. There is a familiar-saying with regard to old airplanes with rabbit-holes: “While we’re in there we might as well also …..”
This syndrome sometimes ends up with Oshkosh Awards…. Sometimes with “project for sale” ads. Decide early if you want an award …or a flyer.
Good luck with this and keep us posted!
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby Crivera » Tue Sep 14, 2021 9:55 am

That being said if anyone can recommend a competent shop in the South East somewhere I would really appreciate it. I am based in Florida but willing to travel for a reliable and trustworthy shop. I have already become familiar with that process since during the initial pre-buy/annual I already found myself telling the shop "while we are in here I might as well have you replace......" It is almost like you guys are mind readers. I am definitely looking for a flyer, first and foremost I want to make sure to have a mechanically safe and reliable aircraft, after that then I can worry about things that make her pretty. I will definitely keep you all posted with the outcome.

Thank you,

Chris
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Re: Looking for Landing Gear Options

Postby mmcmillan2 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:17 pm

Since you are in FL and have a polished plane, I’d suggest you look into a stainless steel paint called Steel It. I don’t know if it is suitable for airplane use, but we used it in industrial applications to prevent corrosion.
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