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  1. It really depends on the year. The last few weeks some BSV's have gone up for sale and were in contract within hours. Others have been sitting for sale a long time due to lack of use. Anything past model year 73 is sought after. Anything after 79 is guaranteed to sell. Anything with the IO550 is rare. My plane is a rarity because in 1999 there was a gear collapse during taxi. The factory built new wings with all the modern design features and did an complete overhaul of the engine, upgraded cowlings, modern beefed up landing gear, new interior, new gami injectors. So the only original components are the steel frame, some instruments, and the engine. The result was an added 10kts cruise. When the plane went up for sale, I was the first respondent of six and they were all willing to buy on the spot. I ws lucky because I live in the same town and the guy I bought it from could keep tabs on her. He really retired from flying in a begrudging manner. Health problems. I believe the one you almost bought, with all the rot, was purchased at a deep discount from a guy I know on the viking forums. It took a few months to repair but in the end he has a beautiful plane. The wings were refurbed at the factory and the plane reskinned. I have to tell you, the community of viking pilots are quite eclectic and I really fit in with the group. And man, do they have a sense of humor. We have a fly-in near my home in early June. I hope to make it but Sunday night my car was rear ended on the freeway so... I'm sort of out of commission. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks and sweet. Any pictures you can point me to? Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks man, I agree. It is painted with chromeillusion so it changes colors. The Bellanca expert in SoCal calls her the Chameleon. The shop is Airborne Electronics. They happen to be at the end of my hangar row at the airport so it's really convenient. I don't even have to taxi to get to them. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  4. Pics were taken before I did a thorough cleaning of the exterior. She's quite shiny now. I'll post pics probably after the fly-in. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  5. I have to learn that saving drafts on tapatalk isn't effective since it drops stuff. On my original post I said I have a Bellanca Super Viking. Joined this forum to learn from the community as well as the GA community in general. And it didn't attach my pics. If you look at a previous reply, I sent my photos in. Anyway, I'm glad to be a member of this board. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  6. The avionics shop at my airport will handle it. The tailbeacon is what I'm considering and it's a 5 minute install. They'll allow my dropin if it's less than 30 minutes work. They did that when I needed my pilot side mic button replaced. They handled it in 10 minutes. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  7. Hello My name is Daniel and I just joined this forum today after some quering on Tapatalk. I am a low time pilot with fewer than 200 hours. I attached pics of my plane, her name is Ms. Thang. Long story. One aspect of the aviation community that sets itself apart from others is the feeling of brotherhood. Many people I've met since becoming an airman have been helpful, friendly, genuine.. It's hard to describe how gleeful I am being a member of the community. Anyway, I'm out of Sacramento, CA and my plane is hangared at KSAC. My initial training started at a flight school there and, later, at O61 Cameron Park after I had a chance meeting with an independent CFI. I hired him instantly. Cameron Park was a great place to learn. There was nothing simple about the environment with surrounding hills and constant variable wind conditions. Had my checkride up in Chico, CA and it was a glorious day getting the congratulatory handshake. For the near future, I'm looking at various adsb solutions for 2020 and looking forward to the AOPA fly-in at Livermore KLVK. Anyone going? That's all for now. D Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk