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Old 12-22-2018, 10:23 AM
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Default Salvage Project... new kit or rebuild

I have a RV4 half-built wing/emp I found for very reasonable nearby. Then I found a salvage also cheap... The wing is obvious, just finish it. The fuselage is teetering on the edge of rebuild/re-kit.



I purchased it cause it probably has enough fitting and bits and bobs to make it worth the ask.

I'd take this down to bulkheads. Straighten them all out then re-skin, maybe $2500 in aluminum. Or for $5,0000 I can buy a fuselage kit from Vans and start from scratch. I'm not sure which to do. Which way would you go and why?


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Old 12-22-2018, 10:31 AM
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Default OooooHhhhh , Start Over

I think you will find the end result to be much more fulfilling than a bunch of "OK" back drilled holes, crooked shop heads cause the hole was stretched etc. You will love the results more. You are going to need a fixture no matter what, my $.02
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:12 AM
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For $2500 difference? New kit. Less hassle, and you'll get it back in resale.
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:41 AM
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For $2500 difference? New kit. Less hassle, and you'll get it back in resale.
Agree with the Professor, and you will get any updated parts like firewall brackets etc.
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:02 PM
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I have rebuilt wrecked RV's.
Every time you turn around you are asking yourself why the original builder put a rivet hole there?, etc. Constantly compromising the rebuild to accommodate what was done before.
So my recommendation is reuse what you can of the old where it doesn't have a negative influence and then get a new kit to cover the rest.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:58 PM
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Iím also with the Prof..... New kit is..... new. No mistakes, excellent resale value (which shouldnít be a consideration - but is).
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:39 PM
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Thank you all... looks like kit
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:08 PM
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I'm with Scott.

Even if it we're a full match hole RV-8, buying a new kit means no damage history when you get it flying again and down the road when you go to sell it.

Now that you aren't going to rebuild it, you are free to use those bits on a -7, 8, 9, or whatever.

Good luck with your build!
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:32 PM
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Iím on my second RV-4. First one was a rebuild and this one Iím on now you might as well call it a rebuild. It was almost to quick build but after getting it home I wound up rebuilding or replacing nearly everything on it. Including the wing spars. I didnít inspect it well enough so itís my fault. Never do it again for sure. Can you salvage the good stuff like the roll bar, engine mount, gear legs, flap actuator, tail wheel, fiberglass fairings,etc? That would save a few bucks on a new kit.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:19 PM
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bruce I sent you a pm, lets deal.
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