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This will be fun. I picked up a 601XL built from 2005 to 2009. It was flown a little over 40 hours and signed off as airworthy. But rather than going into service, it was parked, awaiting "B upgrade kit." A qualified mechanic pulled the wings to start the upgrade and was stunned at what he found. The mounting holes in both the wing spars and center spar were terribly buggered and elongated. Upon further examination, it was found that both wing spars were installed upside down, requiring a complete dismantling and rebuild of the wings and center spar. Further work revealed more problems until, finally, nothing was left but the fuselage floor and dismantled parts. Loving a good challenge, I picked it all up and gave it a new home. It will either become a "new" aircraft or... not.
It has a corvair engine and all the necessary "steam gage" instruments and comm gear. But I'll tear the engine down to add a 5th bearing at a minimum. Most of the steam gage instruments will be replaced with more modern glass and any painted parts that are left will be stripped for a whole new paint job. It's going to be an adventure. That's for sure.