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Baby Great Lakes Aircraft, unfinished project

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This is a great opportunity for someone to get a head start on owning and flying a Baby Great Lakes Bi-plane. As the photos show, the wings and fuselage are constructed and covered, and an engine mounted. Some of the items left to do include, aileron linkages, strut braces and wires, wiring and engine completion.

This is not a Basic or Advanced Ultralight. Here in Canada it is classified as an Amateur-Built Aircraft.

The Baby Great Lakes (one place) aircraft is a well proven design which is easy to construct and fly, provide classic good looks, and is aerobatic. Construction is of wood and steel tubing. Aircraft Spruce Canada acquired all rights to these designs in May 1996 and now offers packs, plans, raw materials kits, and pre-fabricated kits for these fine aircraft.

https://www.aircraftspruce.ca/catalog/kitspages/babygreatlakes.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldfield_Baby_Great_Lakes

The mounted engine is a Subaru EA-81 which was produced from 1980 to 1994. Its condition is unknown but appears clean and intact. Many details like cooling system, wiring etc. need to be finalized.
Engine specs:
• Displacement: 1,781 cc
• Bore: 92 mm
• Stroke: 67 mm
• Compression Ratio: 8.7:1
• Valvetrain: OHV Pushrod
• Horsepower: 73 bhp (54 kW; 74 PS) at 4,800 rpm
• Torque: 94 lb•ft (127 N•m) at 2,400 rpm
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Instruments are not included in the asking price. They are sold separately.

Email me for many more full size photos.

To register this aircraft in Canada, you will need to have it inspected.
From Transport Canada:
549.19 Inspections and Maintenance
(a) During fabrication and after final assembly the aircraft shall be inspected for workmanship and general serviceability according to a schedule acceptable to the Minister. Particular attention shall be paid to enclosed areas of the primary structure, which are not visible after final assembly.

The cost to purchase the material kits from Aircraft Spruce would total over $24,000. This is not including the labour to build the aircraft.


Asking $1,250 USD OBO (one thousand, two hundred and fifty dollars)

Please call Ken Hiebert, 416-439-9544
Toronto, Canada

Note: If this ad is still posted, the item is still available

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Note: New price:

Asking $1,250 USD OBO (one thousand, two hundred and fifty dollars)
 
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Maybe the seller can tell us more about the engine and prop extension. I've never seen a direct drive Subaru on an aircraft.
 

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I'd be happy to answer any and all questions regarding the Baby Great Lakes aircraft.
Please call Ken Hiebert, 416-439-9544
Toronto, Canada
Thanks.
 

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Just a thought but I'm wondering if you pulled the engine and motor mount off and offered it for sale it might bring twice what our asking. My opinion only and not ment in a mean way but I'm wondering if the engine has people running away. I may be way off but that is my feeling.
 

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Hi Larry,
Well, you might be correct in that it would bring twice the price, but then again, you might not be correct. At this price level, I'm not willing to spend the time and effort to remove the engine, photograph the aircraft and relist it.
Interesting point though.
Cheers,
Ken
 

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Did it ever have a pre-cover inspection? If not it will have to be uncovered for inspection if kept in Canada unless it could qualify for ultralight category.
 

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Effort to sell usually is the key to getting it sold. Although there are plenty of people who want a cheep project, they want it in a way they know it will work for them. If there is not flying paperwork with it, ditch the engine. It is a real turnoff for most people who are already pilots. You don't want someone convinced it can only have that engine. It is nice to have the assembled plane to see, but I would break it down and take pics of it that way too. Does it have a full set of wing wires? I think most buyers want to dream the possibilities, and a project needs to look like one, to convince not too much has been done to register it in the finisher's name. Breaking it down gets a chance at some inside picks to see what the quality is. The guts are the most important part of something like this.
 

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I do have these two photos of the aircraft with the wings off, in storage at this time.
I find a five minute phone call is much more efficient than 10 emails back and forth.
Ken at 416-439-9544
Thanks.

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Sold.
Thanks to Biplaneforum for the use of their classified section.
Ken
 

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