I brought this
airplane home March 2000 to be used as the family car.
With its big tires, and STOL capability, it also will have service with
Texas Baptist Men, Disaster Relief program.
Being near 50 years old, one could imagine an extensive and interesting
Though I'll probably never know the stories it could tell, I have spent
time to get to know its mechanical story.
The First annual of ownership, as it should be, was very extensive, and
Revealing mainly in the fact that the last annual was merely done with
cheapest ink pen available.
The airplane is a 1954 Cessna 180.
This picture was taken after it's first annual. Mechanically, it
not the same airplane I brought home in March 2000
This airplane was represented as
Engine 20SMOH Prop 100SOH, Fresh
annual. As you can
see the paint is good from a distance, and the interior was no worse
I expected. But for an airplane that was Fresh annual, and new
and prop. Boy did we have major problems firewall forward!
Items aft of firewall
- Cowl flaps falling off airframe
- Cowl flap mechanics worn beyond function
- oil cooler clogged
- oil pump worn and scarred beyond limits (just rebuild?)
- oil access door hinge broken
- plugs full of lead and worn beyond limits
- baffling installed wrong on engine
- exhaust had many cracks. Entire system Red tagged
- CHT probe missing,
- CHT gauge inop. (both required to pass annual with cowl flaps
- EGT system inop, no probe
- Oil add door, hinge broken. (duct taped in place)
- Timing 11 degrees off on both mags
Upgrades with annual
- ELT Installed in tail cone. (must be installed by window in
- ELT installed backwards. (had to crash tail first to activate)
- Battery cable Corroded. (broke on 3rd start)
Thus far we haven't had the opportunity to use the
as much as we would have hoped. This mainly due to the extensive
to bring it up to my standards of integrity. Now that it is a
airplane, time seems to be the biggest obstacle. This airplane
most likely be with the family for many years to come. The only
that may alter this, would be the right opportunity to pick up, or
for a good 310. My wife really likes the speed and room of the
we've had in the past.
- Avionic rectification for IFR
- Addition, of GPS/Com
- Addition of audio panel w/ intercom
- New carpet
- Tail wheel assembly rebuilt
- New seat rails
- New seat rollers
- New flap rollers
- Prop was removed, disassembled, inspected, and repainted
- New Alcor CHT system
- New Alcor EGT system