From the appearance of this cover, there is no telling what will find inside. My grandfather was a frugal man to say the least but not at the expense of safety. While cosmetics are in dire need of improvements, I hope the maintenance is on par with what I believe it to be.
With the manual, parts catalog, and attention to detail by my side, lets dig in. Notice the screws are unpainted stainless. Someone has been here before. Also note the fasteners are different lengths. It will be important to reinstall the right length fastener in the right place to prevent damage to the nut plate. If I mess up a nut plate in the forward part of the wing, I might have to try my skill at sheet metal and rivets a lot sooner than planned to replace the nut plate. Fingers crossed!
Each and every machine screw came out just as easy as you please. I see more evidence someone has been here. The forward strap has been painted in zinc chromate. Dirt dobbers and fuel stains from days long past are evident. The fuel lines, crossfeed, transmitter, and ground are disconnected. This is a good place to stop.
I can't think of many things I am more passionate about than this particular plane. I was about five years old when I first sat in this plane with my grandfather and dreamed bigger than life itself. Calling the road from then to now a roller-coaster would be the understatement of the century, but here we are. Thanks to God, my wife, family, friends, and late grandfather whom I am eternally indebted. We are here... today... working towards living a dream bigger than life itself.