This is my personal Cessna Cardinal N177CJ S/N 0018.  I have just completed complete a total mechanical restoration. Including engine overhaul, landing gear overhaul and interior replacement.

I purchased it as a project airplane with a worn out engine. The following pages document the process from start to finish. I utilized the Cardinal Flyers online website at for technical direction and assistance with this project. It is a fantastic website, as they document all of the common cardinal issues.  

For those of you wondering, I am an A&P mechanic and I graduated from Embry-Riddle  Aeronautical University.  So, I am qualified to do this type of work. The link to my email address is at the bottom of each page.


First day with my new airplane.

One week later...

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The other woman
cleaned out
Where's the engine?

Two weeks later...

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A Year and a half (and one shattered arm) later, she’s ready to go!