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PostSubject: Information needed on L-4A model rear seat   Thu May 28, 2009 8:55 pm

One of the other guys on the field is restoring an L-4A. AAF Serial number 42-36813. The plane is registered as an L-4, and does not seem to have ever been converted to a J-3.
What was the rear seat configuration in the A models? The current setup is different than our J model, and their are no signs it ever had the metal loops to attach the belts used for seatbacks in the later models.

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PostSubject: early seats   Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:17 pm

Hey there,

I have a set of drawings from Smithsonian that are the same crappy 1950's Air Force prints that everybody else has, and they show that the A model had the same seats as all the other models. I have found that it is not unusual to find those loops gone and the wire guards for the fabric attachments to be gone, too. For some reason, it was a common mod and you'll see all sorts of Rube Goldberg seat backs put in there and attached in some pretty creative ways.

The fact that it was registered as an L-4 and not as a J-3 has nothing to do with whether it was ever converted, it just means that unlike most of them, it was not reregistered as a J-3. The Army and the CAA made it possible for you to register your surplus L-4 as a J-3 if you wanted to, but you didn't have to. There are plenty of them registered both ways.

They aren't hard to make. I had to make them for my H model. Check to see if it has the original weld marks. Most of them were just roughly ground down so the interior fabric wouldn't appear lumpy. If you look closely, you should be able to see them. If not, then go ahead and copy the J because they were built the same. If you need to see the drawings, let me know and I'll send you what I have on the seat.

If he's going to install them, hope he has the fabric off. It can be done with the cover on but it's a real challenge. Lots of shielding and wet towels. I had to reweld my upper window latch bar. It actually came out well.

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PostSubject: Re: Information needed on L-4A model rear seat   Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:35 pm

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Doing the D-Day activities at The Lubbock Glider Museum so we will spend some time digging through their records, and large boxes of pictures. Never know we might find a pic of that plane.

Let me know if any significant L-bird finds surface!

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