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Posted Sunday, January 10, 2016 @ 07:33 PM  

We've started the process of rebuilding Collin's RF4D N2182. The plan is to rebuild it to "showroom stock" condition, with all original components (but with a radio and transponder) and duplicate the original paint scheme. I'll recover it in fabric (like mine), and Collin will have the painting done and do all the mechanical and engine work.

We'll post our progress - although it's probably a 2-year project. The woodwork looks to be in perfect condition, and it should be a beautiful addition to the Fournier fleet when completed.

[Edit by dannparks on Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 05:16 PM]

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Posted Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 05:23 AM  

Great!

It will be excellent to see another refurbished Fournier back in the air!

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Posted Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 03:57 PM  

Good to hear, Dann. I especially like this part of your plan...
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Posted Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 04:39 PM  

Yes, I like the "all original" idea too. Although mine looks original, there's very little original about it. I look forward to helping Collin create a true antique aircraft.

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Posted Friday, April 8, 2016 @ 12:47 PM  

Now that it's warmed up a bit in the hangar, I've started the stripping process. A heat gun and putty knife makes short work of it. Hopefully we can bring the wing up next weekend. Still a long-term project, but I would like to get the fuselage back to Collin quickly so he can paint it and do all the engine work.

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Posted Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 03:45 AM  

Managed to coordinate people and trailer to pick up Collin's wing in McMinnville today. Thanks to neighbors Peter and Brian -- and Collin flew into Parkside to help unload and check on progress. These one-piece wings are a pain to move around on the ground - they go nicely through the air, though.

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Posted Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 03:06 AM  

Thanks for the update Dann,
looking forward to more progress reports. I concur what you say about the one-piece wings of Fourniers, they might be awkward on the ground but move gracefully through the air. A bit like an albatross :D

May the 4's be with you/ Jörgen

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Posted Monday, April 25, 2016 @ 09:05 AM  

Great work Dann. the way you are making progress you will be up there before us

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Posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 11:58 AM  

Hi,

Dann has been making very good progress on my RF4.

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Posted Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 07:29 PM  

Getting Closer

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Posted Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:58 PM  

Nice work Collin and Dann, looks marvelous! Please post the subsequent painting, I'm interested in especially that mesmerizing wingprofile pattern on the fuselage in front of the wingroot. Keep that good work up!

May the 4s be with you/ Jörgen

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Posted Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 04:44 PM  

Lovely!

Nearly there?

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Posted Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 09:31 PM  

Sophie Helping

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Posted Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 04:23 PM  

Hi,

I am looking for these EAA decals. I found 1971. Need Round 1985, Yellow Oval 1971, White Oval 1984.

Collin

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Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 09:12 PM  

Hi,

We will be painting the trim in the morning.

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Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 06:05 PM  

Painted! With the help of my friend Robin Reid.

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Posted Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 09:40 PM  

Superb!

Not long now before we see here back in the air where she belongs, I hope.

Great work Collin.

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Posted Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 05:44 AM  

Very handsome indeed!
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Posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 03:11 PM  

Have the interior painted. I went with white upper and gray lower. I had looked at a lot of RF4 interior pictures. Looks like from the factory there were some painted all grey some white.


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Posted Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 01:09 PM  

Hey Collin. Looks great. You got the numbers perfect. Bet you're looking forward to getting the engine hung and doing all the fun stuff. It's been slow progress on getting the rest of it stripped, but you've got plenty to keep you busy for a while :^).

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Posted Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 11:58 AM  

Hi,

Yes I am happy with the "N" numbers too. Today I am detailing the tail wheel assembly, then I will bolt on and bring the RF4 to my shop where it is heated!

I will be starting on the engine very soon. The low time engine I will be using is from Mira's RF4. The one he did the first Atlantic crossing in '68. Mira's serial # is 4064 and mine is 4065.

Collin

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Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @ 04:08 PM  

Gorgeous job Collin,
sounds way cool to use Mira's engine. Are you going with the 1400 and was that on originally?

May the 4's be with you/ Jörgen

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