Thought I’d share some photos that Air Mod sent along. They document the steps Air Mod takes in its corrosion-control initiatives. It’s labor-intensive work that’s essential to keeping airplanes alive–especially older ones such as our/your 1963 Debonair. Air Mod president Dennis Wolter told me, “Sure, the interior will look great, but if you had to show people the single most important thing we do around here, it’s this attention we pay to dealing with corrosion. When we’re done with an airplane, it’s good against corrosion for another 20 to 30 years.”
There are also some good shots of the seat buildup and reconditioned interior parts.
Air Mod is also installing an Airwolf Filter Company spin-on filter assembly. This will help keep the engine oil cleaner (the original engine has a screen, not a paper filter), and let us examine the filter element for any particulates at oil-change time.
So here’s a look at the work in progress:
De-gunking the belly, with lacquer thinner, Scotchbrite pads, and a respirator
Belly getting cleaner. Can you imagine 80 hours of this?
One clean, corrosion-free belly
Inner sides of fuselage show the end product of a thorough cleaning
Belly, finally cleaned up and finished with a coat of zinc chromate
Cutting the patterns for the seats. Air Mod has used Garrett Leather for past AOPA sweepstakes airplanes
Making the template for the rear seats
New, aluminum-reinforced floorboards (foreground) replace the beat-up old plywood ones behind them
Reconditioned, ergonomically correct seat, waiting for back and headrest covers to be installed
Inspected, reconditioned, and painted seat frame, new reinforced seat sling, new foam, and new rollers
Airwolf remote-mounted spin-on oil filter, awaiting fire-sleeved oil lines.
That’s it for now. More to come!