New Member - 1963 Cherokee 180


I picked up my first airplane last August.

I looked for a couple of months and wanted something pretty close that I could go look at in person. I live in San Antonio and this was just up the road on the North side of Austin. It is a well used plane with about 1100ish SMOT and just under 4000 TTAF. I was looking for simplicity and preferably a 180. I got it. No bells and whistles in this old girl. Not even an oil filter.

Since I've owned her, I've put in a new Concorde Battery, installed new anti chafe tape, replaced the landing light with an LED, installed a battery minder charge plug, and learned to change the oil and clean the screens.

I took it in for a couple things right after getting it, and my mechanic realized that the spinner backplate was made for a pawnee and that my flange bushings were too short.
I'm sure this was on the plane for over 20 years.

I also took about 5-6 hours to get the belly scrubbed and the aircraft.
It still needs some paint work. It was repainted once in its life, but it was not a stellar job.

Right now, it is in the shop getting the struts repacked and serviced as well as getting a lycoming filter assembly installed. When it gets out, I'm going to redo the wing walk paint.

After that, ADS-B is next. Still Debating between the Stratus ESGi and a Garmin Product. My current 327 is functional but the buttons are dying so I am pretty much stuck to VFR only flying.


1963 Cherokee 180 B.


  • I'm so happy for you. She's a good bird and with your tlc she'll be great! Keep it up and share with us what you're doing.

    Scott Sherer
    FAA Master Pilot
    Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.
    Need help? Let me know!

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