This seems like an appropriate place to re-post an email I just received:
I am member no. 240 and have very much enjoyed your publication over the past couple of years; thank you for your time and effort in putting out this great newsletter!
I have a very complete Aeronca project that I purchased off of eBay during the summer of 2002. Briefly, this project is a 1940 Super Chief (N31491) 65-CA, that includes all original components, including, but not limited to:
- The restored fuselage, nearly ready for rigging and covering
- A complete set of original instruments, original (plastic) instrument panel, and yokes.
- An A-65-8 engine
- All ancillary components, including, but not limited to, the landing gear, struts, cowling, main and auxiliary fuel tanks, new windshield, and wheel pants
- Factory drawings and very complete records, including early correspondence between the factory (John Houser) and the current aircraft owner during the early 1970s.
The wings are complete but the glue has aged and many of the rigs are "beat-up". The spars appear to be in great shape (i.e., no compression fractures, or dry rot), as is the wing hardware.
According to factory correspondence (from John Houser), this airplane was built on 16 August 1940; it was the 28th 65 LB built (later converted to an 65-CA). This project has been stored in a dry (Denver) climate and in my garage since I purchased it. According to the aircraft log, it hasn't flown since 1957, has very little time on the airframe, and was never wrecked.
This is an unusually complete project of a "pre-war" Aeronca Super Chief. Unfortunately, due to the economy, I am now faced with selling this project.
The reason I'm writing to you about this project, Robert is because I am interested in your thoughts on who I may contact that will be interested in completing this project. I am concerned that if I sell it on the open market through such methods as eBay, or the Aeronca Aviator classified section, that it may be purchased and parted-out. I don't know how you feel about this, but to me, it would be a real shame to break-up this airplane!
If anyone is interested they can contact Matt directly at 303-933-9429 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (He's located in Colorado)