Your Subtitle text
P2V-7
N173 AM
SN 143173
PRE-BUY GENERAL CONDITION INSP REPORT
9/17/07
SAVE A NEPTUNE will cease operations on Dec 31st 2016 

The following report details the results of a general condition inspection of the aircraft. Airframe access panels were not removed, engine power section cowlings were not opened for inspection, flight control access panels were not opened to inspect hinges, fabric dams etc., no military equipment was removed to access airframe components. The inspection consisted of a detailed walk around, looking for damage, corrosion evidence, loose/missing/improperly installed components etc. This inspection is not in any way a complete inspection of all aircraft components and structures.

Engine oil return screens were removed, cleaned and inspected: The LH engine screen contained a minimum of carbon particles and no apparent ferrous or non-ferrous materials other than a very small amount of fine ferrous fuzz usually attributed to normal piston ring wear. The RH screen contained a normal amount of carbon and several large ferrous flakes, which may be bearing plating or similar material. In addition, a small amount of non-ferrous fine particles appeared to be mixed in with the carbon.

The contents of the screens were saved and will be given to the aircraft owner at the next opportunity.

In general, the airframe (although dirty which inhibits inspection) appears to be in very good shape, without evidence of damage, previous repairs, disassembly or widespread corrosion. Most equipment is intact and fairly complete.

Serial #s of installed engines and propellers are as follows:

LH reciprocating engine, SN W572769 (read from engine data plate)
RH reciprocating engine, SN 573036 (read from engine data plate)
LH prop, SN N208415 (Read from paint stencil on blade)
RH prop, SN 191752 (read from attached metal tag stating “removed from N2218A”)
RH prop dome has marked SN of 181626 so this may be from another prop or may have been properly fitted to this prop a long time ago.

Airframe

Airframe Airworthiness Directives:
There is 1ea AD applicable to P2V-7 aircraft as directed on the AD.  This aircraft by it’s usage is not applicable but we feel in is necessary to comply with it.  The AD # is 2002-19-13 and a copy is included.

Airframe Service Bulletins: There are quite a few airframe bulletins that we will look at as part of the preparation of the aircraft for an airworthiness certificate.

Records: Records for the airframe appear to be complete and current up to military retirement on April 6. 1973 @7926.5 TAT.  The military records include all inspections, usage, significant maintenance, and W&B. 

ENGINE (Recip)

Engine Airworthiness Directives: None are applicable as this engine model was never installed on a civilian aircraft, there may be some military service bulletins that we will want to look at in the absence of records.

Engine Service Bulletins: There could be a few engine bulletins that we will look at as part of the preparation of the aircraft for an airworthiness certificate.

Records: Records for the reciprocating engines are available only for the RH engine and this is a high time engine (1,738.7 TSO), the engine shown in the military airframe records as installed in the RH position is not on this aircraft we believe it was not installed and this one was installed to facilitate the ferry of this aircraft.  There is no tracking of the installation but there are military records. The RH engine SN matches the SN given in the airframe records and the total time since overhaul of 300 odd hours (exact # is in the paperwork we gave you while you were here) can be assumed to be correct.
 
Propellers
Propeller Airworthiness Directive

Below are the 4ea AD’s that apply to the propellers.
(Copies of these AD’s are provided)

54-01-01
54-01-02
54-10-01
58-08-04

Propeller Service Bulletins: There could be a few propeller bulletins that we will look at as part of the preparation of the aircraft for an airworthiness certificate.

Records: Records for the propellers are available only for the RH propeller. The propeller shown in the military airframe records as installed in the RH position is not on this Propeller.  We believe this prop was installed for storage.  It does have military records and is mid-time. (1,037.3TSO)

Jets

Jets of course are missing so records/SB’s/and AD’s are a non-issue here.
 
Results of condition inspection:

LH reciprocating engine:

Bird droppings in chin cowl, power section appears complete from looking into inlet, accessory section appears complete from removal of accessory section cover. Outboard lower cowl flap disconnected and open. SN matches airframe records.

RH reciprocating engine:

Bird droppings in chin cowl, power section appears complete from looking into inlet, accessory section appears complete from removal of accessory section cover. SN does not match airframe records.

LH propeller:

Cuffs have minor cracking, boots are fair to good (no cracks evident), leading edges of blades rusty where plating is eroded, spinner has a few missing attach fasteners.

#1 blade: sharp dent 4” from tip on leading edge .040” deep x .1” long, out of limits by service manual.  Several other dents within limits.

#2 blade: sharp dent 22” from tip on leading edge .043” deep x .3” max depth to tangent, out of limits by service manual. Sharp dent ½” from tip on leading edge approx .040” deep, out of limits by service manual. Several other dents within limits.

#3 blade: several dents within limits.

#4 blade: 1 dent 24: from tip on leading edge, approx .060” deep x .125” max depth to tangent, out of limits by service manual. Two other dents should be within limits.

RH propeller:

Cuffs have much cracking/boots have slight cracking, leading edges of blades rusty where plating is eroded; spinner has many missing fasteners (majority).

#1 blade switch missing
#3 blade switch unhooked
De-ice slip rings and brushes missing (prop probably was going to be or was converted to air-tanker configuration with no de-ice)

#1 blade: Leading edge eroded and split 2” at tip, one small dent midway up blade at leading edge.

#2 blade: Good condition, no dents

#3 blade: Good condition, no dents

#4 blade: Good condition, 2 small dents, ¾” from tip and 20” from tip on leading edge, should both be within service limits.

Main wheels:

All four main wheel halves appear to be in good condition although very dirty with No evidence of corrosion and have good paint protection.

Brakes:

LH inboard: Good condition, ¼ worn at most
LH outboard: Worn out
RH inboard: 2/3 worn out
RH outboard: Worn out

Tires: All three tires have heavy weather cracking and need replaced, would be afraid to use for even ferry flight for fear of chunking off large pieces.

Nose wheel:  Looks good, dirty but no evidence of corrosion.

General: LH AC generator constant speed drive unit and generator missing (recommend removing anyway to get rid of weight). Batteries missing (would have been bad anyway). Missing misc. military equipment throughout (most is unknown use to us and  is not needed for flight)

Jet pods: LH nose cone fiberglass has some bare glass cloth and finish is deteriorated, LH inboard jet pod door is crushed and wrinkled, needs replaced if used for display. LH outboard pod door has slight wrinkling on aft stainless steel skin.

RH outboard pod door has some denting in a small 6” section.

Both pods doors have minor missing latch hardware.

Tip tanks: Minor dents in LH tank skin outboard side.

Tail surfaces: RH elevator servo tab has several deep dents in trailing edge (needs replaced) LH elevator servo tab has several dents in trailing edge (may need replaced). Fabric patches missing off lower and upper horizontal stabilizer bolt well (possible bird/moisture intrusion into horizontal surfaces).

Wings:

Second from outboard top wing fuel tank access panel on RH side has exfoliation corrosion, will need replaced. LH wing has some grinder? Marks under paint on top skin next to outboard top panel, may need repair depending upon depth of damage.

LH outboard fuel tank smells like it has fuel in it, inboard tanks smell dry, RH outboard tank cap is stuck and will not come off.

No obvious damage, corrosion or repairs present on remainder of wings.

Fuselage:

Windows:

Nose plastic looks good, side nose plastic windows crazed.

Pilot’s windows:  LH top hatch plastic cracked badly, RH top hatch plastic crazed on inboard side fairly badly. Side bubble windows and triangle windows badly cracked. RH windscreen glass has broken 3” corner on outside of pane in lower fwd inboard corner (will probably need to be replaced). LH windscreen glass has some minor delaminations in corners (probably ok).

Fuselage aft top semicircular plastic windows crazed.

Pilots compartment:

Seat cushions deteriorated.
No civil avionics installed (will need a minimum for civil flight)
Magnetic compass missing
Co-pilot RMI and horizon gyro attitude ball instruments missing
Several other unknown (without further research) missing instruments in panel
Empty equipment spot on LH side console behind nose steering tiller (unknown).
Center instrument panel large Mapping? Equipment missing.

Aft fuselage interior:

Aft compartment has two spare (condition unknown) power recovery turbines and misc. exhaust piping lying on floor. Interior of aircraft is dirty (dusty mostly) and some of the plywood floorboards have rotten and deteriorated spots.