This is a very unique combination of predictable flying characteristics and serious performance. Simple, clean, and well taken care of, this aircraft is perfect for building time or dropping into those short strips in the mountains this summer. I originally thought about putting it on floats since the light weight and 230hp would make this a pretty special aircraft to expand experience on water.
This aircraft surprisingly spent most of its life in various hangars. I am not sure how the previous owner of the DAS came to own this Skylark, but when I saw it in the back of one of his hangars and listen to him describe the potential with the O-470R engine conversion, you know I had to fly it. The only problem I found with the airframe was a repair to the horizontal without any mention in the logbooks. Rather than leave the repair we, scoured the salvage yard and found a really nice horizontal off another C175. We stripped the paint, treated with Alodine and re-installed without issue. The front strut was leaking a little so I removed, stripped, and rebuilt the nose strut and shimmy dampener. This paint is in pretty good condition, I give it a 6. This interior is still exceptional and the seat are padded nicely to sit up high and see out over the panel.
Engine – Continental O470-R 230 hp Conversion
The engine has 1507 hours total time and the cylinders where overhauled 23 hours ago. Compressions are great and with a new set of overhauled mags and fresh battery it fires right up and runs strong
The propeller was overhauled 987.6 hours ago and was disassembled, inspected, and painted back in 2011, just a few hours ago. It operates perfectly and looks like great.
The seats are in excellent condition and padded well to keep you up high to see over panel. The rear seats come out quickly leaving a huge amount of space to store camping gear or what ever you need to haul.
Radio/Nav MX 170B works well although there is no Nav head installed. We have a few and will throw on in if buyer what to have it wired in. The plane has only a two place intercom. Transponder is Narco AT 150.
Paint is in pretty good shape, I found very little corrosion during the inspection. The new Horizontal has been stripped completely and was treated with Alumiprep and Alodine 1201 process to protect the metal. Ready to paint or leave it lite and fly it the way it is.
Some minor leaking of the front strut motivated me to strip and rebuild front strut, very tight now.