N2737E Aeronca Champ 7AC - $13,500
AERONCA 7AC - ALMOST DONE. $13,500 FOR SALE N2737E, All logs from 1946.
Total restoration. Fuselage is A+; All tubes ultrasound tested, epoxy paint, all
new wood, new windshield. Fuselage almost done. Original cowling, engine mount,
no engine/prop, nose bowl, ailerons, tail feathers, struts, overhauled landing
gear, seats, instruments, new headliner. Includes all PolyFiber fabric and
chemicals. Both wings almost done. This was a total restoration. Everything
stripped down bare, blasted, tested, primed, and reassembled. WIth a $5000 A65
engine & prop and another $2000 in parts you've got a brand new Champ. First
with cash gets it. Contact Todd Trainor, End User - located Brighton, MI USA
Telephone: 810-599-4035 .
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Here is a review on Aeronca Champ N2737E, in no particular order:
- It has been partially restored. Id estimate it is 60% to 75%
done. Most of the nasty dirty work is done. That is, part have
been stripped of its paint, inspected, repaired if necessary, primed with
epoxy, and painted with epoxy. Most of the remaining work is
assembly and fabrication.
- The fuselage was bead blasted. Tubes were tested using a portable
NDT ultrasound thickness tester (by me) and conventional tap-testing (by my
IA). Some tubes were replaced, especially near the lower rear, by an
IA with welding skills. That same IA documented all his repairs on a
- By inserting 4-foot long rod into the fuselage landing gear attachments
points (four of them) we were able to determine that the gear was out of
track. This same IA made adjustments to the attachment point to better
aligned the landing gear attachment point to be closer to parallel to the
centerline of the fuselage. Close but not perfect. The remaining
alignment will have to be adjusted with the landing gear itself. Bill
Pancake recommended this method of squaring up the fuselage to improve our
chances a straight landing gear.
- The U-channel around the door was removed to inspect the underlying
tubes. This is a chronic problem of the 7ACs. This was a Bill
Pancake recommended action. The underlying tubes were not painted in
the factory due to being covered by the U-channel. Those door tubes in
many Champs have rusted beyond acceptability. We verify that these
tubes only had surface rust. Unlike the factory, we primed these
tubes before welding the U-channel back into place. I also to
extra care to spray primer and epoxy up the bottom of the U-channel to
better penetrate those hard to reach areas. Im sure the welding burn
off some of the primer, so I did the best I could to protect those areas.
- A tab was welded to the bottom of the rear spar carry through to allow a
shoulder harness to be installed for the front seat with no modification
required to the headliner. This was a Bill Pancake recommended
mod to facilitate the installation of a hooker harness.
- The lower longerons of the fuselage were filled with Tube Seal, rolled,
- The wings were disassembled completely. Spars were
inspected. Two were rejected and replaced with different airworthy
spars. All the varnish on the spars were removed and re-inspected once
more. They were varnished three times with epoxy varnish.
- New firewall. Needs to be fitted.
- New floorboards,
- New cabin top wood.
- New stringers
- New bulkheads.
- New rear window frame.
- New windshield.
- New headliner from AirTex.
- Engine mount. Included. Has not been cleaned and
- Nose bowl. Stripped, inspected, restored and ready for mounting.
- Instrument panel. Cleaned. Needs to be painted.
- Instruments Includes all, except compass.
- Gas Tank. Included with the sale. Has not been inspected.
The tank looks good, but the gas gauge has been dry since 1975, so it will
probably need to be overhauled.
- Cowling and boot cowling. (4 pieces) Original.
Not restored. Rough shape. Needs new one fabricated.
- All wing ribs were inspected. Some ribs were repaired. Some
ribs were replaced with new or other used ribs. All ribs were cleaned
with aluminum cleaner, dried, and primed with one-part primer.
- Service Letter 3 was applied to the wings to reinforce the last outboard
full rib, which forms the outer part of the aileron bay. Per
Bill Pancakes suggestion, we applied second reinforcement that further
re-enforces the outer aileron bay rib.
- New leading edges. Have not been installed yet.
- Both wings have new T-section.
- All steel wing parts stripped, inspected, primed and epoxy painted.
- Wings have been trammeled. Ribs have been nailed to the spars.
- One wing is nearly done. The other wing is 80% done.
- Struts Needs to be stripped and painted.
- Rudder pedal controls Partially restored.
- Control Stick assembly Needs assembly. All the parts appear to
- Brakes pedals Partially restored.
- Jury Struts Primed and ready for paint.
- Landing gear frames were overhauled by David Rude from North Carolina.
- Tail wheel and leaf springs Partially restored.
- New tires. Wheels cleaned, inspected, and reassembled.
- Tail feathers blasted, inspected and primed. Ready for cover.
- Polyfiber Included in the sale is the fabric and many gallons of
- Seats Nearly new cushions. (Royal Blue.) Seat frames look in good
- Door Needs latch. Has been stripped. Looks great.
- Trim pieces. I have most of the various trim and gap filler
pieces for around the windows and wings. I have a pile of them. I have
not taken inventory of all the trim parts because there is no one drawing
that lists all the pieces. Most can be reused, some will have to
- Paper work: All logs books since the factory test flight. 337s and
- 1975 Accident: According to the paperwork and police report, the owner
had finished washing the airplane and attempted to hand prop it alone. It
flooded so it, switched off, and open throttle and pulled through several
blades. He switched on, but left throttle at full. Engine started full
power. Owner grabbed the strut. Airplane taxied in progressive
circles until it struck another airplane. The aircraft was never
restored and flown since then. Passed through several owners until I
bought it a few years ago. (2007? 2008?)
- Known Missing Parts: This list is not exhaustive. Im going from
- Seat belts
- Baggage Compartment Canvas
- Engine & prop. (I have engine mount.)
- Side windows (I have new windshield)
- Turnbuckles & shackles & cables.
- Fiber wear-blocks for aileron cable interconnect that passes through
- Aluminum cable guards that attached to the floorboards.
- Various springs for brakes and rudder pedals.
- Work that needs to be done. This list is not exhaustive.
Im going from memory.
- Ailerons - Restore
- Trim tab & trim control- Restore
- Firewall Fit new firewall to fuselage. Attach cabin heat box to
- Cowling Fix existing or fabricate new ones.
- Cables Make to length from the stainless steel cables included.
- Fuselage Attach wood; Install pulleys & cables; Controls, pedals,
and all else.
- Wings Finish assembling; Install cables; Install leading edge.
- Windshield Install.
- Windows Purchase, trim, and install.
- Have your IA inspect and sign-off everthing. At this point,
everything can be examined.
- Gas Tank Restore. Especially the gauge.
- Wing Struts Prepare for paint.
- Controls Finish restoring rudder pedals, heal brakes, and control
- Door Purchase & install window and door handle/latch.
- Seatbelts Purchase and install.
- Polyfiber fabric cover and paint. (Envelopes.)
- Engine and prop Purchase and install. (Dont forget exhaust
and heater muffs)
- Please inspect the project to determine a complete list.