I have worked as a float pilot, flight instructor, and aircraft salvager. I love planes, motorcycles, and electronic goodies.
Today we're going to overhaul the landing gear on a Super Cub. The Super Cub was originally a piper cub with a big engine, now it is a whole genre of aircraft designed for 2 people and with versatile engine and landing gear options.
The super cub we got in our shop was crashed due to a miscommunication regarding fuelling the plane. Everyone survived the accident, but the plane will need significant work to get flying again.
If you've ever wanted to install big wheels on your plane , or heavy duty landing gear, get out your note pad and we'll get started.
Step 1: The Old Gear / The New Gear
Now what to do about the many bent parts on your airplane...
Well let's look at the old landing gear.
The impact forces caused these flimsy tubes to split ,bend, and crack.
Let's take those off and put them aside.
Now this new landing gear is a little more sturdy, painted to match the plane, and the new tires are oversize at 8.50 inch as opposed to the normal 6.00 inch tires. I put my shoe in there for scale, a normal tire is slightly bigger than my foot.
These are not tundra tires, but they are bush wheels.
Step 2: Preparing the Wheels
One way to find out.
We start by giving the hubs a little clean up with varsol and the trusty tooth brush.
Now that we can see what we're working with, it seems there is rusty goop around the bearings so we'll pull them apart and clean and repack.
Next we're going to look at the bearings and see if they need replacing.