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Looks unfinished to me -- no root fairings on the lower wings or the H-stab. May not mean other shortcuts were done during the build but that's what it says to me. An O-320 and Sparcraft wings will never bring top dollar....
 

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saw it in person - notice there are no horizontal stab struts? I have been told that it has been flown (and acro'd) that way! Other build issues (bolts not drilled square, etc. ) May be a good project if someone wants to rescue a stray, but not airworthy IMHO
 

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If it has the beefed-up H-tube it should be OK. The other issue you mentioned suggests it was built in haste.
 

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It might have been finished in 2015 but I bet it was probably a 30 year project that miraculously got finished. Where it lands on the Pitts scale depends on what you want to buy and know the differences of the details. Probably priced right for what it is. Not comparable to a top tier certified one.
 

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I'm not an expert on engines but the engine is an oddball version of the O-320, Lyc 320-G4 175hp . If you google it there's a thread somewhere about another buyer asking about the same engine and the answers aren't encouraging if you're thinking about this airplane.
 

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Sounds like it’s a 290G upped to a 320. G1 and G4 were the different models of the G.
 

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Tom's likely right on. My O290/320 frankengine is a G4 too. I doubt if it has 175 hp? If it does I would suspect a shorter life. Later O320's had beefed-up main bearings. I noted a big difference in my engine and the IO320B1A-160 horse. Hopefully it also has a O320 crank?
 

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I wouldn't even speculate about the engine. When I asked about it earlier in the year and checked the logs:
It was put together out of some old projects that had been scooped up.
Engine failed during phase 1 and was swapped out.
The engine logs appeared to be for the previous (failed) engine.
That said, it's a different owner selling it than the one 7 months ago. Maybe they figured it out.
 

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Bill Rose told me to go back and redo my work when I made a square torque tube stick mount like the one in the photos. It's always nice to see the mistakes you've made are on a well traveled path.
 

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Wow! Thanks for the expert eyes....I definitely want to fly not fix. Right now I’ve been enjoying hours of fun in a super D and ready to move up to something more challenging. Thanks again for the input all.
 

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Does the rubber tube running from the instrument panel underneath the seat have a 3/8” fuel line inside it ?
 

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