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    Post Trailblazer 280NT Preventive Maintenance?

    Hello; I've been lurking here for some time and being amazed by all the things you guys know! Grew up in my dad's small welding business, but have been in the world of computers for 45+ yrs. Missed welding all that time. Recently bought an almost new (197 hours) TB 280NT S/N LB022511, Onan P220. Besides the usual stuff in the manual, anything I should do in the way of prev maint? I know machines often have common problems that can be prevented with a little extra care. Any guidance greatly appreciated!

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    First you have to show us a photo of your Aeronca

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    Quote Originally Posted by old jupiter View Post
    First you have to show us a photo of your Aeronca
    Yes Please...

    I had an Aeronca "K" basket case many years ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by old jupiter View Post
    First you have to show us a photo of your Aeronca
    Sure wish I could-it's a pile of parts on the second floor of my garage/shop. It's a 1941 O-58B, also called L-3B. My dad was in the middle of a total restoration when he got cancer and was gone in 7 months. Too many years under a hood starting in the 50's before anyone worried about ventilation or respirators. He lived and breathed welding and airplanes. I will see if my Mom might have a picture of it before the tear down and post if she does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H80N View Post
    Yes Please...

    I had an Aeronca "K" basket case many years ago...

    whatever became of the "K"? Those were really slick (to look at, if not aerodynamically). Have only ever seen one in real life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    whatever became of the "K"? Those were really slick (to look at, if not aerodynamically). Have only ever seen one in real life.
    I had bought it from Ralph Borden in Ramona, Ca about 1980....

    was unable to dedicate the time and money it required... a fella out at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Ca bugged me till I sold it to him... do not know if he ever finished it...

    You are right... it was a very cool plane... like a small Chief...

    Dual yoke controls... oleo strut gear... 37inch wide cabin...canvas sling seat..
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    “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

    Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

    My Blue Stuff:
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    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    Hello; I've been lurking here for some time and being amazed by all the things you guys know! Grew up in my dad's small welding business, but have been in the world of computers for 45+ yrs. Missed welding all that time. Recently bought an almost new (197 hours) TB 280NT S/N LB022511, Onan P220. Besides the usual stuff in the manual, anything I should do in the way of prev maint? I know machines often have common problems that can be prevented with a little extra care. Any guidance greatly appreciated!

    I should add that I've already found (and followed) Cruizer's advice on oil with zinc for the Onan-Quaker State Defy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H80N View Post
    I had bought it from Ralph Borden in Ramona, Ca about 1980....

    was unable to dedicate the time and money it required... a fella out at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Ca bugged me till I sold it to him... do not know if he ever finished it...

    You are right... it was a very cool plane... like a small Chief...

    Dual yoke controls... oleo strut gear... 37inch wide cabin...canvas sling seat..

    Yes-the one I saw was at the National Aeronca Association fly-in at Middletown OH some years ago. As you say, so much comes down to time and money...I plan to retire in the spring and hope I have saved enough to put the Aeronca back together once I have time. Also blew savings on a Dynasty 200DX in anticipation of learning to TIG once I have the time. Just something I've always wanted to do, and if the Aeronca gets done and I have any $ left I might try a home built. Moving from O-A to TIG for 4130 tubing entices me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeronca41 View Post
    Yes-the one I saw was at the National Aeronca Association fly-in at Middletown OH some years ago. As you say, so much comes down to time and money...I plan to retire in the spring and hope I have saved enough to put the Aeronca back together once I have time. Also blew savings on a Dynasty 200DX in anticipation of learning to TIG once I have the time. Just something I've always wanted to do, and if the Aeronca gets done and I have any $ left I might try a home built. Moving from O-A to TIG for 4130 tubing entices me.
    You will LOVE the Dynasty..

    what part of the country are you in??

    we are in ne pa... near the ny border...
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    Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

    My Blue Stuff:
    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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    Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...

    My Blue Stuff:
    Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
    Dynasty 200DX
    Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
    Millermatic 200

    TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam w/ PowerMax-1000

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