So I thought I’s share some more details of my plane and talk a little more about things I want to change. Let’s start with things I don’t plan. No, even though I live on a lake that is one of the busiest seaplane port in the word will not be putting my coupe on floats. Sure seems like it could be cool though! 🙂
One of the first things I am upgrading. My interior. Here is my current interior. I expect it may be very much like it came out of the factory. I think the seat back may be original. I think the same might be true of the baggage compartment. I think the seat cushions are likely recovered but in a material close to original. I expect the same is true of the side panels. The plane has a wooden floor and no carpet. Here are some photos of the seat:
The baggage compartment:
The floor is just wood:
So there is nothing horrible about any of that. In fact it is probably very close to how my plane came off the factory floor. Much of my plane is how I think it was when it was manufactured. But, I can do better!
So I am going to add carpets, replace the side panels and seats. I think dark grays will be the pallet. I believe I can put in all the new interior kit myself. I also realize looking at the floor picture there is some sort of bracket there I have to figure out. For folks that wonder I expect the interior will set me back about $1500. This should include the baggage compartment. While I like the large baggage compartment upgrade I am not sure I’m going to do that. I will definitely share that process when I get to it.
Other things I expect to address. Here is my “hat shelf”:
You can get a carpet cover for that so I think I’ll get one of those as well. I discovered something I need to research. Here is the dataplate for my plane:
My plane was upgraded to a “D” and and 85HP. I wonder if this was supposed to be updated?
Another interior item that will be replaced. There is a cover over the dash that is made out of the same material as the seats. I will replace that with some matching material with the new interior. You can see it here:
So another small detail that I like I am going to reproduce. It looks like that gas float assembly on my plane is worn and the float not floating so well. Good news is that I can buy a new one from Univair. However mine has a sort of fin at the top. The come as just a wire. Someone fit mine with a little folded over piece of brass. Here it is:
So lets talk about things my plane has plenty of. Antennas! Here are all the antennas on my plane in no particular order. Transponder and I’m not sure. The plane had a Loran once. If you know what that small “V” shaped antenna is let me know!
This I believe is a VOR antenna and the tail position light:
And now the Comm and GPS antenna:
I think I have at least one antenna I don’t need and the GPS/Comm antenna does not feel very “period”. I understand the radios work well but I am thinking some changes are in order. For example if the GPS comes out maybe I can go to a simple whip for the comm radio. Something more like this:
I can’t say yet I know where my ELT antenna is. And I have no idea what the “V” shaped one on the bottom is.
Now lets look at my panel. Here are some pictures:
So a couple of observations. The panel is certainly not in any sort of standard layout. And at least one instrument needs some “luvin”. The artificial horizon needs to be adjusted/serviced. But this begs a larger question. Is this panel not really consistent with my “mission”. So certainly all legally required instruments stay. And when it comes to engine instruments more is better I think. But do I need an artificial horizon? These old sperry instruments date back to WWII. Another question do I need a VOR? I am not so sure in the age of GPS. Anyways, I am seriously thinking of refurbish an original panel. Moving the avionics to one of the glove box locations and ditching all the not needed for IFR instruments.
Other things I’n noticed on the plane. I have some polishing challenges. Here is some corrosion I found on the top of the canopy area:
If you know anything about polishing let me know what to do!
Another thing I decided not to worry about. My plane is missing the cabin heat “muff”. Dennie said be found the plane stayed plenty warm. I may take advantage of the ducting and move it to just fresh outside air. Here is where the missing heater part should be:
A simple thing I need to sort out, what to do about the “head clobbering device”!. The compass works very well but seems to be perfectly positioned for people to hit their head on!
I need to pad it or something!
So mostly I thought I’d share some details of my plane. Here are some other photos:
So if you have any feedback please feel free to share!
There should be a future installment will be about the history of the Ercoupe but the next installment is just about passing some time while I get flying my new bird!