Fixer Upper!

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to start a new YouTube series where I take a derelict aircraft and do a complete restoration. This will take place over the course of a year. I'm looking for a Cherokee Six or a Piper Lance to start with. Not looking to pay much as the restoration will be where the money goes in, looking for one that's basically been abandoned. If you see any at your airport or have one, please let me know so I can see if it will work out.




  • Jimmy is already doing it, and quite well.

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • edited February 9

    If interested in starting smaller, let me know.

    I recently found a Maule. Skin looks like it is in good shape. Definitely not going anywhere as the tires are flat. Sitting under a roof, but only a roof.

    Can check on a Tomahawk that I first noticed ~30 years ago. Was told at that time that it had not moved in years. Saw it ~6 months ago in the same spot. This one is completely in the elements.

  • He sure is and so does rebuild rescue. Thanks for pointing that out. Doesn't sound like you can help me but perhaps someone else can.


  • You are welcome. Perhaps you could study those, and a couple others and see what it really takes. Understand, there is very little content in rebuilding anything. The clicks and subs are from the charisma and entertainment values contained within. Moreover, if your content is not better than theirs, you are wasting time thinking you are the next Youtube millionaire.

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • My seven-year-old's number one goal in life is to have more subscribers than Mr. Beast and Mark Rober combined. His number two goal is to buy his old man a brand new M600-SLS; so I'm really rooting on him to achieve goal number one!

    : - )

  • Let me know what the trick is. I have the new Gulfstream 700 on my mind.

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • I don't' think you realize I have more people watch me than both of those channels combined. Regardless, you seem to have it in for me. You're not helping me find this airplane, you are trying to have me quit! As a 26 year old female, I can't tell you how many times I've had people try and take me down for some reason I can't fathom. I will give you the benefit of the doubt here as you are a fellow Piper enthusiast.

    Be on the lookout for the new series and I hope you enjoy it!


  • Well, that escalated quickly.

    I suggest you stop trying to be a victim and actually understand people have opinions, people communicate them, and not everyone is out to get you. Its a poor stump to project from, albeit a acceptable social manifestation of righteousness this day and age. Perhaps a product of poor parenting or lack of valid life experience.

    I work with sub-30ish people as a profession and see this a lot where they have a perception of self-riotousness and intolerance for anything other that false motivation and incompetent acceptance of their ideas. Participation trophies are to be admired and suppression of opposition views are obligatory.

    I wish you luck in your future fiscal tribulations. And I do reserve my option to critique anything uploaded as customary.

    Good day to you!

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • You have 54k subs. Jimmys World has 322k subs. If you are going to chastise, at least have your facts in order.

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • What sort of twenty-somethings do you work with, U74?

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    Your enthusiasm is inspiring! What an awesome project!

    People love seeing old relics saved from the scrapper and brought back to life. The Warbird line at OSH is proof. Being Piper enthusiasts, we're looking forward to seeing an old Piper restored to its former glory!

    Post any questions you may have here. There is a treasure of good information and experience on this forum. We're ready to share our aircraft expertise, be it engine, electrical, mechanical, paint, instrumentation, or even cosmetic. We'll be happy to assist you.

    Jim "Doc Griff" Griffin
    PA28 - 161
    Chicago area

  • edited February 10

    U74 ease up guy. She just asked a question looking for an aircraft. You came out on the offensive.

    Regardless of amount of followers. BTW she has 2.1 mil followers on tik tok She can take on any project she likes. And if successful, the project will bring in many many new followers. Good Luck Kay!

    Andy Sikora
    1972 PA28R-200
    Retired Miami ATCT/Tracon

  • I hope he does too. Let him know it takes a lot of dedication and is not an easy road to travel. And BTW, if he gets to half of MrBeast, Piper may just give you the airplane! lol

  • That's a great point Andy, people think that social media is a competition between creators, but it's actually NOT. There's always room for good content. These projects inspire people to become A&P's, Pilots, ATC controllers, etc... That's why I'm so excited to do a series like this.

  • I'm going to attempt to get this back on track with a personal story. I used to fly out of KRYY (Cobb County in Georgia). Along the taxi way there was an airplane graveyard.

    As I'd taxi by, I'd always think what a shame it was to see all of those airplanes wasting away. There were about twenty of them. One day I came down and one of those neglected airplanes was parked next to my club airplanes and a guy was checking it out. I spoke with him and he told me that he had bought it for about a thousand dollars and was going to restore it.

    I believe it was a twin Cessna of some sort. It was in bad shapes but I know I would have loved to follow the progress of it.

    Somewhere out there is an airplane sitting in one of these graveyards that might still have some life. All I'm asking is that everyone keeps an eye out for this and let me know if you see one. Then you can follow along with the restoration on my Piperowner blog or on YouTube.

    Should be an interesting journey!

    Thanks all!


  • I broke my own rule in that, I avoid interwebz arguments because they are utterly childish. It is extremely rare and far too laborious to expect anyone to change their perspective. Its also far too easy to puff up your chest and flap your wings from behind a keyboard when there are copious amounts of stumps to profess from, none of which have any effect. In just about all cases, the juice is sour and the result is irrelevant.

    Because the written word lacks inflection, the reader is charged with adding the tone, as occurred here with Kay. Her retort was a reaction to her perception, which was not the intent of my original posting, and here we go! I can see where she might have felt like I was shooting her down. But that was not the intent.

    Regardless, good luck at your chosen art.

    I fly a PA32RT-300T and PA28R

  • To expand on Unit74's good inputs (in the above post) about the challenges with communication via text only, another is ignoring (or not focusing on) inputs. Also, we might have some disconnected expectations.

    Valid inputs were offered, however they were rejected in what is starting to look like a 'go-big-or-go-home' effort to out-compete the competition. Just say-in. This forum certainly is for self help, although looking to use it for creator / influencer revenue might not prove highly effective.

    While the goal of rehabbing that big reward is appealing, there is also a lot of value in rehabbing *any* aircraft. Better yet, rehab an aircraft which does not already have good coverage. But I get-it that this is not the goal as it appears that the focus is to one-up a landscape of competition. With this additional context, might consider changing the focus as I am aware of one case where an individual made a HUGE amount of per-view revenue on slime (Yes: snot-like stuff) as it was a niche topic at the time. Point is, to maximize money from the creator / influencer landscape, the content actually needs to not compete. <At the risk of insulting, recommend stopping here for a moment and reflecting on the previous sentence.> Pulling this paragraph full circle, the profit motive should come from getting more money after the plane's sale than what it cost in acquisition + parts (and sweat equity) to rehab, along with building a reputation as a reputable rehab / rebuilder; residual per-view revenue should come-in as a distant secondary benefit when looking to work with planes that already have coverage. When these priorities are backward, instability lies ahead. If the focus remains to make money (or at least a living wage) off the per-view residuals, then the topic needs to have niche status. Sure, we can remain on the path of out-competing the competition, but the prediction is this focus will quickly lead to burn-out (read: there are plenty of examples of this effect).

    So, there are the inputs which this effort NEEDS for success. Work with them, or not 😉

    In any event, if I happen to see a requested type of aircraft, will pass details along. If the scope changes, will adjust the inputs accordingly.

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