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motoflightguy
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 5:56 pm 
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Hi everyone!

My name is Ryan, but a lot of people refer to me as "moto". I am the new owner of a Thorp T-18 project, N85FT. I wanted to introduce myself and share the few photos I have of it at the moment.

This is how I found it, stored in a barn/hangar for the last 20 years
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Here it is after I got it back to my hangar
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And finally it is all cleaned up and somewhat organized back in my hangar
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There's a decent amount of work to do, but it's a solid airplane. Luckily I live in central Illinois (hmm, might be the first time I've considered myself lucky to live here), and I am close to Dave Read and Tim Mason. I immediately conned them into coming up to check out the airplane and tell me if I had made a mistake, or if I did good. They thankfully approved of the project, so now I just need to get to work! I'm sure I will have a million questions going forward, so hopefully you all can bear with me.

I run a small youtube channel where I will document the whole process. Stop by if you want, and I'll post links here as I get videos up.

http://www.youtube.com/motoflightguy

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Andrew
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 8:42 pm 
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Congrats on the purchase. I'll be looking forward to seeing how it goes.


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James Grahn
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:02 am 
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Welcome Moto,
You will absolutely love this little bird. Please take some time and attend one of the regional fly ins. Great people.
If you need anything, let me know.
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motoflightguy
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2022 7:20 pm 
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Thanks guys! Curious, has anyone done a write up explaining the process of skinning the outboard wings? My project is going to require me to rebuild the outer left wing, and while I have had it explained to me once, I wish there was a document I could review.

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motoflightguy
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:16 pm 
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I forgot to make the updates here. So far I have documented the process of digging the airplane from the barn, hauling it home, and now starting to tear it down. There are 2 videos up on my Youtube channel as of now. I'm going to document with photos here as well when I get to it.

Hauling airplane home from barn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btYlg0f9iNk&t

Removing Engine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48kEfXN7iHQ&t

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peterjaypriest
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2022 9:54 pm 
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Hey Ryan,

Great video!!

I'm a relatively new Thorp guy and knew almost nothing about the design a year ago. I just wanted an airplane to fly until my Glasair was done. After looking at a few, I found and bought an excellent T18 and, although it had been sitting, had old avionics, etc, it flew, and I was hooked.

I've had my T18 for less than a year and, in that time, did a ton of work just to make it safe, plus a new Garmin G3x panel, a/p, etc. It now does fully coupled approaches right down to the runway! What a sweet flying, fun, fast, and economical airplane the T18 is- and a real traveling machine! I think these birds are worthy of all the attention we give them.

I'll share your enthusiasm, and offer encouragement toward completion of your project. When it's done, I know you'll love it!

Looking forward to your future T18 videos...

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