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Looking for Eagle fuse panels

smutny

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After 3300 hours, our panels are starting to look ragged. A number of patches and fixes are making her look ghetto.

Basically looking for the 914 kit, or any used panels in excellent shape. Factory wants nearly $5,000 for them, and before venturing out to just build from sheet aluminum, figured I'd ask if there are spares out there.
 

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John,
I've got a 914 kit and its not nearly as complete as what you may be thinking. From what I can tell, from looking in the top of the box, its just a stack of flat aluminum, some screws, some nut plates, and a manual. There are only a couple of pre formed parts that I can see. You still have to trim and form most of the panels, drill all the holes, etc. Definitely not worth $5k. A few hundred dollars worth of aluminum, the hardware, and the manual looks like it would get you 80% of what the kit actually is.
 

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Good to know, thanks for that.

Looks like I'll be buying a brake and shear... dagnabit.... ;)
 

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or tin snips and borrow a brake.....the shallow bends at the panel edges and the shallow bends at the stringer locations could be done on a contractors siding and flashing brake.
 

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The manual has instructions on how to build a brake out of wood. But, I guess you'll have a little bit more forming to do.

Do you still have the manual?
 

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Yes, have the full set of manuals. I just didn't look at then before posting.

Why you guys trying to talk me out of buying tools? That's Un-American! ;)

The cushions and wheel pants are the newest looking swag on the plane, we need to step up the rest!
 

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