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A good "before" picture.

Assembling the racks for the Garmin GTN 750 and GTN 650.

New Avionics

The new, 70-amp alternator from National AirParts (right) replaces the old Alcor 55-amp unit (left)

The offending alternator bracket. Note the two breaks.

PFD, MFD, autopilot, and standby attitude switch panel

Reconditioned yoke assembly, complete with new Davtron clock

New wing bolt, installed in its fitting

New wing bolts from Beechcraft to the rescue!

One of the Debonair’s ugly old corroded wing bolts

The Debonair’s new front office. Can you believe this is a 1963 airplane?

The Debonair, on display duty at Sun N’ Fun 2013

Years of friction and air loads have cut these “teeth” into the leading edge of the cowl door

So long, old paint. Note that the new engine access door is being tried on for size in this photo, and that the control surfaces are currently removed.

And voila–the final products–repaired, reskinned flaps on their way out the door. Looks better, no?

Repaired nose ribs got doublers to strengthen the trouble spots (left). The right nose rib shows the cracked and missing aluminum of the original flaps

Wear and cracking at the actuator attach point at the flap leading edge

A close-up of the LH nose gear door damage

Wings and empennage get the first coat of Matterhorn white at KD Aviation

Even the cowling access doors have been painted–on the inside! New baffling will be installed at a later date.

How white can white be? KD Aviation replaced that tired old mustard-colored paint scheme with this billiant Matterhorn white treatment

This in-progress shot shows the engine compartment, minus the new cowl access door from Select Airparts.

Front view, complete with passer-by. To the right is a structure that provides shade for visitors

A good view of the decal work and logo. The new N-number–N75YR–is also a new addition to the exterior

The old headliner–here secured with duct tape–will soon go. The fresh air scoop is opened and closed using a headliner-mounted control and it will be lubricated for smoother operation.

Dirt, old springs, washers, and much more fell to the belly of the 50-year-old Debonair

The belly of the beast. Here you get a good look at the asphalt, plus the static line for the pitot-static system. The tube ends should have been secured with hose clamps. Soon, they will be.

The interior was an aftermarket replacement for the original. Features include no lumbar support and now-rotting carpet and sidewalls. Take a good look, because it’s history–already.

AOPA’s Sweepstakes Debonair, on Air Mod’s ramp

Wham-o! First off, look at how clean the internal skins are, now that Air Mod has cleaned them. But the cleaning revealed a crack in a support bracket’s right side.

New full-flow Airwolf oil filter and engine adapter installed and waiting for fire sleeve hoses to arrive

Inspected, reconditioned, and painted seat frame, new reinforced seat sling, new foam, and new rollers.

Reconditioned, ergonomically correct seat, waiting for back and headrest covers to be installed.

New, aluminum-reinforced floorboards (foreground) replace the beat-up old plywood ones behind them.

Making the template for the rear seats.

Cutting the patterns for the seats. Air Mod has used Garrett Leather for past AOPA sweepstakes airplanes.

Belly, finally cleaned up and finished with a coat of zinc chromate.

Inner sides of fuselage show the end product of a thorough cleaning

One clean, corrosion-free belly.

Belly getting cleaner. Can you imagine 80 hours of this?

De-gunking the belly, with lacquer thinner, Scotchbrite pads, and a respirator.

Air Mod made a storage box in the forward spar cover. This takes advantage of previously-unused space.

Final fit and check of the new side panels, armrests, and seats. Also, a look at the pilot’s new seat, showing off the Garrett leather covering.

Air Mod’s Dennis Wolter, cutting the “waterfall Bubinga” hardwood veneer for the interior side panels.

Debonair Sweepstakes is closed

The Debonair Sweepstakes is now closed. Check back for winner information and for the next AOPA Sweepstakes coming soon!

Contributors to AOPA’s The Debonair Sweepstakes project

Aero Engines of Winchester
Removal/installation of IO-470-N engine
www.aopa.org/airports/KOKV/business/13441
1-540-678-1661

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company
Glareshield, engine SCAT tubes and hoses
www.aircraftspruce.com
1-877-477-7823

Airframe Components by Williams Inc.
Repair and reskinning of flaps, rudder inspection
9838 N. 1100 E.
Kendallville, IN 46755
1-260-347-0807
www.airframecomponents.com 

Air Mod
Interior redesign, corrosion treatment, upholstery design and installtion
airmod.com
1-513-732-6688

Airwolf Filter Corp.
Spin-on oil filter adapter and mounts
www.Airwolf.com
1-800-326-1534

Alpha Systems
Glareshield-mounted angle-of-attack indicator
http://alphasystemsaoa.com
1-877-571-3770

American Bonanza Society
Type-specific proficiency training, technical advice
bonanza.org
1-316-945-1700

American Propeller Service
Propeller overhaul and paint scheme
americanpropeller.com
1-800-292-7767

Apple Inc.
iPad Mini
tore.apple.com
1-800-MY-APPLE

Aspen Avionics
Evolution 250 display system, Connected Panel, EWR50 datalink receiver
www.aspenavionics.com
1-888-992-7736

B.A.S. Inc.
Four-point safety harnesses
www.basinc-aeromod.com
1-888-255-6566

Beechcraft Inc.
New cowling engine access panels
www.beechcraft.com
1-316-676-3300

Bruce’s Custom Covers
Aircraft cover
www.aircraftcovers.com
800-777-6405

Dallas Avionics 
Eaton annunciator lights
www.dallasavionics.com
1-800-527-2581

Davtron Inc.
MB 800 digital yoke-mounted chronometer
www.davtron.com
1-866-369-5588

Dawley Aviation
Reconditioned exhaust components
www.dawleyaviation.com
1-800-338-5420

Donaldson Company Inc.
Paper air filter
www.donaldson.com/en/aircraft/ga/
1-866-323-0394

Don Sebastian
Pre-Buy Inspections
e-mail: prebuy@gmail.com
1-910-528-7769

D’Shannon Aviation
Tip tanks, windshields, gap seals, propeller installation, fresh air system, cowling, stinger tailcone
d-shannon-aviation.com
1-800-291-7616

Engine Components International (ECi)
New cylinder assemblies for IO-470-N upgrade
www.eci.aero
1-800-ECi-2FLY (324-2359)

Electronics International
MVP-50P engine analyzer, systems monitor, fuel capacity probes
www.buy-ei.com
1-541-318-6060

Garmin International
GTN 750, GTN 650 navigators, GTX33ES transponder, GDL88 dual-link ADS-B transceiver, GDL39 ADS-B-in receiver, Garmin Pilot app
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=152
1-913-397-8200

Garrett Leather
Interior Leather
www.garrettleather.com
1-800-342-7738

Genesis Engines by D’Shannon
Overhaul/Conversion of original Continental 225-hp IO-470-LCK engine to 260-hp IO-470-N engine
www.d-shannon-aviation.com
1-800-291-7616

Guardian Avionics
Aero-553 CO detector 
www.coguardian.com
1-520-889-1177

Herber Aircraft Service, Inc.
New Lord engine mounts
www.herberaircraft.com
1-800-544-0050

Kelly Manufacturing Company/R. C. Allen Instruments
RCA-2600-2 standby attitude indicator with battery backup
www.kellymfg.com
1-316-265-6868

Knots2U
Dorsal fairing, vertical stabilizer fairing and strobe light
706 Airport Road
Burlington, WI 53105
262-763-5100
www.knots2u.net

Lightspeed Aviation Inc.
Lightspeed Zulu.2 headsets
www.lightspeedaviation.com
1-800-332-2421

Medeco Locks
Door Locks
www.lockpicks.com
1-888-685-7178

National AirParts, Inc.
70-amp/hour alternator upgrade
www.nationalairparts.com
1-386-734-3365

Precision Hose Technology, Inc.
Firesleeved hose kit for oil and fuel lines
www.aircrafthose.com 
1-800-331-5946

PS Engineering
PMA 8000BT audio panel
www.ps-engineering.com 
1-800-427-2376

Santa Fe Aero Services
Panel design, avionics installation 
santafeaero.com
1-505-795-7900

Scheme Designers, Inc.
Paint scheme design
www.schemedesigners.com
1-201-569-7785

Select Airparts
Nose gear door
P.O. Box 219
Weyers Cave, VA 24486
1-540-564-0010
www.selectairparts.com 

SJ Corio Company
“SlideDowns” tiedown rope system
www.sjcorio.com
1-401-738-0400

Slidedown Inc.
Slidedown tiedown system
www.slidedown.com
1-401-737-5800

Wentworth Aircraft Inc.
Alternator bracket
www.wentworthaircraft.com
1-800-493-6896 

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