|What is left of the hulls after taking saber saw to the whole thing.|
I got as far as rebuilding the crushed port hull and was working on a few stress cracks when reality came crashing in.
I first noticed that there were a few tell-tail surface anomalies that indicated the H17 had been repaired at some time in the past. That puts into question the skill and quality of whoever did the work.
The second issue was that I could not break it down. The Hulls seemed to be permanently attached to the crossbeams. If/when I ever needed to change the 1-piece tramp, I would have to figure this out. I saw no reason to put this off any longer than necessary. What I found in the process made me feel better about junking it.
A PO had indeed glued the hulls to the crossbeams which was part of the problem with breaking it down. The second issue was the use of backing plates and nylon locking nuts. There were no-factory backing place on the inside of each hull. They were held on with Nylon bolts. When I tried to take the crews out, the nuts simply spun in place. I never would have been able to get them off no matter how hard I tried. The PO also put lock-tight on the t-bars. I snapped two Alan wrenches and stripped one bolt before giving up. Who does this kind of thing without thinking of the future? How they got them installed without cracking open the hulls, I've no idea.
The aggressive use of grinder took care of that problem.....again this was all before I lost faith.
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