Hello from PA-23-235 N4986P!

Hi all, long time Piper Owner member, but I finally just signed up for the forum. I am now the caretaker my late Father's 1964 235 Apache which he purchased in 1970 when I was three years old. I have been refurbishing it over the last few years. We use the plane for $100 Hamburgers, Pancake Breakfasts, occasional trips to OSH and Sun-N-Fun, and Family trips and Vacations. Here are the details;

1964 Piper PA-23-235 Apache
sn 27-590

In 1969 it was converted via STC to Lycoming IO-540 250HP engines with Rajay Turbonormalizers.

In the late 70’s or early 80’s Dad added the Geronimo Nose, Gear Doors, and Wing Tips.

In 2007 we did a major panel refurb and added the speed slope windshield.

In 2016 I converted it to 6 seats, replaced all the insulation and side windows, and added the rear baggage space, along with a new O2 system.

In 2017 I couldn’t help myself and updated the panel again to an all Garmin glass panel. Also, we overhauled both engines and props.

In 2018, we completed an all new leather interior, with new headliner and carpet.

So pretty much everything except paint has been addressed, and I think I’ll take a breather and wait a bit on that.

Anyway, that's the story on N4986P. Glad to be here.

Maynard Smith
Omaha, NE


  • Hola Maynard,
    That is one amazing Apache you have! Holy cow! Great photos you've posted and I'm sure that you're quite proud of your handiwork. Thanks so much for posting these. I can put my socks back on now :)

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

  • What a “new” aircraft! Amazing...it appears like new inside, exterior not bad either!

  • Very nice!

  • WOW!!!

    Jim Torley
    1969 Arrow 200
    Based at KFLY (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • OMG, that’s a piece of art!!

  • Very beautiful aircraft! Welcome to the forums! I think we all might have to wipe the drool off our chins.......

    Rich Denton
    EAA Chapter 175

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