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  1. #1
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    We bought this plane today and brought it home to Livermore.

    Even though it’s a fairly new aircraft, it has 7335 hours on the tach and 9365 on the Hobbs meter.

    In case you aren’t familiar, the Hobbs meter starts going when you turn on the master switch and turns at the same speed as a regular clock.

    The tach turns at the same speed as a regular clock only when the RPMs are at 75% power or some other predetermined rpm.

    The Lycoming O-235 engine isn’t going to set any records, but it has only 600 hours SMOH (since major overhaul), and this engine has a 2400 hour TBO (time between overhaul) which is really long.

    We bought it from the original owner that bought it new in 1999, and it’s been a workhorse on the line at a local flight school.

    The wings were ratty and got red tagged by the FAA on the ramp, so the previous owner sent it to a shop at Calaveras to have the wings recovered. Turns out the metal spars were corroded, so he put all new wings on it and covered it in Stits Poly Fiber and painted it with yellow polyurethane.

    The covering on the fuselage is beat up and due, but the owner moved to NC and wanted to sell the plane without fixing it, so we picked it up for a song.

    We went to Calaveras, inspected the plane, did a taxi test to make sure the wings weren’t too far out of rig, and then flew it home.

    The plan is to take the wings off, strip the covering off the fuselage, rehab the tubing and all the other bits, and then recover it with matching Poly Fiber.

    I named the plane Hamachi, because it’s got a yellow tail. :

    ———

    We started the day with low clouds and had to wait it out before we could hop in the 182 to fly to Calaveras.



    All the recent rain makes for some very green landscapes



    Here she is in the shops hangar



    The new wings look gorgeous.



    Then the work begins







    Finally everything is inspected and it’s ready to come out



    Sump the fuel tanks and check all the inspection panels fitted securely





    Basic VFR panel









    With something as major as new wings installed, we did a high speed taxi/hover taxi for the first run. Everything felt good so we took off on the second attempt and flew around the pattern and landed.

    Then we took off as a flight of two with the 182 and flew back to Livermore.





    I was in the 182 and loped along in formation at 120 mph, but that’s pretty darn good speed for the Citabria. There’s a STC available to stuff a O-320 in place of the O-235, but that doesn’t rank high on the list.

    Here’s a video of all the stuff from today. There’s a big cloverleaf at the end of the video which was fun. This Citabria is aerobatic so we will be able to have a ball throwing it around the sky when it’s all redone.

    https://youtu.be/F7qf_6pq6NI

    And finally back in its new hangar at Livermore, safe and sound.



    Lots of squawks...tailwheel is beat and shimmies on landing rollout, main wheel bearings are shot, rudder pedals need to be rebushed, left rear window needs to be replaced...who knows what else but it’s to be expected on a 20 year old plane with this many hours. Nothing we can’t handle.

    Silicone repair attempt on a window crack



    Fuselage covering all bagged out



    Hardware is ugly



    Gross cosmetics on the fuselage



    So as of today we have a fleet of four aircraft, all very different from each other!

    Cessna 170B
    Cessna 182D
    Christen Eagle II
    Citabria 7ECA
    Last edited by AV80R; 03-01-2019 at 01:52 AM.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Congratulations.

  3. #3
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Thanks. It’ll be a long spring/summer restoring this bird.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Looks nice. I puked in one of those once
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Does it currently have inverted fuel and oil systems? That is a must for aerobatics.... Well at least proper aerobatics!!

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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve St.Laurent View Post
    Looks nice. I puked in one of those once
    Ah Steve, you put a big grin on my face .org this one buddy.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenh View Post
    Does it currently have inverted fuel and oil systems? That is a must for aerobatics.... Well at least proper aerobatics!!

    Ken
    No inverted fuel/oil...it doesn’t have the oomph to maintain inverted flight with the O-235 anyways.

    All the maneuvers are pretty much positive G in the 7ECA so it would just be dead weight to have that stuff on board.

    The Super Decathlon 8KCAB version with the big engine has inverted fuel/oil I believe.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Citabria is aerobatic spelled backwards, sorta.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Yep, that’s a neat bit of trivia.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I was under the impression that the Citabria had wood spars and the Decathlon had metal.
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  10. #10
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    That was the case with the early models, but the later ones all had metal spars.

    Many of the earlier ones have been retrofitted with metal too.

    Technically this one is an American Champion Aircraft “Citabria Aurora”

    http://www.americanchampionaircraft....ia-aurora.html
    Last edited by AV80R; 03-02-2019 at 12:02 AM.
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadman View Post
    I was under the impression that the Citabria had wood spars and the Decathlon had metal.
    Ok, here you go. When American Champion started building them in 1990, they only used aluminum spars on every model.

    http://www.americanchampionaircraft....par-wings.html

    Traditionally the Champion line of aircraft used wooden wing spars nailed to aluminum ribs as the primary wing structure. This changed in 1990 when American Champion Aircraft redesigned and certified this structure with aluminum spars. This change is the core difference between new aircraft and older models (1980 and older). In fact, American Champion has never offered a wood spar wing.

    The metal spar wings can retrofit to any of the older Citabria line and offer an affordable alternative (and upgrade) to rebuilding an old pair of wings.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I feel better now. Since Doug showed me a couple of fence boards and said they were spars.................
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I’ve built up a few sets of wooden spar wings for these planes over the past few decades and it’s amazing how flimsy they are until you get the covering on them.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Since Hamachi means Yellowtail in Japanese, she is aptly named.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    did you have to get a ferry permit or was it otherwise airworthy?
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by stever View Post
    Since Hamachi means Yellowtail in Japanese, she is aptly named.
    I thought it was a good name.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neggy View Post
    did you have to get a ferry permit or was it otherwise airworthy?
    It was airworthy, but we got a ferry permit to keep things documented and legal.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Draining all the fuel in preparation for removal of the wings.

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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    please check to see if the fuselage is not bent where the fabric is bagging.

    then install one of these:
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    There is no damage under that original covering from 1999. I’ve already put eyes on from the inside.

    That’s a very common spot for old fabric to bag out on these. Even new covering bags out there if you cover it in the summer and then it gets loose in the winter. A heat gun fixes that easily though. This one is far beyond that. It’s just time to tear it off.

    Nice little piece of glass there

    If anything, it will get a Garmin G5.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    triton is currently retrofitting his rv-7a with the skyview classic w/adsb in&out. w/the g5 as back up
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    So many more great options when you’re Experimental
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Got the wing root fairings off and disconnected the electrical wires for wing tip nav lights & strobes, as well as the aileron cables that run up both sides of the cockpit.



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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Third pic in the original post, that late 60's 150 appears to be IMMACULATE!!!!

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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by C.Jay View Post
    Third pic in the original post, that late 60's 150 appears to be IMMACULATE!!!!
    Yeah, it was very tidy!
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    please tell triton av80r has an a&p ticket or is working under the supervision of an a&p.

    .....or is it best triton doesn't know.
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by triton View Post
    please tell triton av80r has an a&p ticket or is working under the supervision of an a&p.

    .....or is it best triton doesn't know.
    Is triton an FAA representative?

    All aircraft maintenance and inspections outlined in this thread are conducted in accordance and compliance with all applicable laws.
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    By the power vested in me, I wrote him a note. He is cleared to inspect, maintain, and repair everything up to and including the Saturn 5.
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    1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadman View Post
    By the power vested in me, I wrote him a note. He is cleared to inspect, maintain, and repair everything up to and including the Saturn 5.
    I’m saving this for when I get rolled up on by someone from the local FSDO
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    I will be in Livermore about noon, on March 23 to get my taxes done, one last time by my tax guy. I will have brefus with Pat in Hayweird before going out there. There could be time to get in your way before I head back up here.
    You'll never know how fast you can go, until you go too fast.

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  30. #30
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    Re: 1999 ACA 7ECA Citabria “Hamachi”

    Wonderful, it’s on my calendar and I hope we can connect up.
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