Restoring a classic aircraft has always been on my “Bucket List” and thanks to Trevor Lacy, of Classic Aircraft Restorations, it’s become a reality.
I purchased a 1946 Piper Super Cruiser from a friend who had lost interest in the project. The frame was repaired and minimal fabric work had been accomplished. The project included many new parts as well as a zero time Lycoming 0-290 D2, but much of the project would require extensive fabrication and some of the previous fabric work needed improvement.
I fly for an airline and started to ask our mechanics if they knew of a qualified tube and fabric person. No one could think of anyone off hand, nor did anyone feel they were qualified to help. I was told, “Tube and fabric is a lost art, good luck.” Finally one of our mechanics recommended Trevor, he did not know him personally, but a friend had spoken highly of Trevor’s craftsmanship and work ethic.
I contacted Trevor and we met to discuss the Super Cruiser project. I found Trevor to have a “can do” personality and very fair with his pricing. Nothing we discussed was beyond the scope of his ability. He kept saying things like, “No problem, I can fabricate that, It will be better than new.” Trevor had also suggested things I had not even thought of to make the restoration better. I was encouraged, but must admit I was a bit leery as well. How could anyone be this confident I thought, or that good. Trevor was hired and I am happy to say I became a believer that there is nothing Trevor cannot accomplish on a classic aircraft restoration, NOTHING!
I have been involved in aviation since 1965, in GA, military and airline transport and have worked with many aviation professionals, but I have never met a more gifted craftsman than Trevor. Not only can he accomplish the mission, but he does it with complete honesty and integrity. I would not trust my aircraft restoration with anyone else.
Tube and Fabric is becoming a lost art and I am so grateful that I met Trevor Lacy, owner of Classic Aircraft Restoration. You will be too if you’re looking for a quality restoration for your classic or vintage aircraft project. I plan on taking my Cub to many fly-ins to display the attention to detail and quality workmanship that went into this restoration. I know the feeling of frustration when seeking a qualified tube and fabric person, but now I can confidently share my experience and recommend Classic Aircraft Restoration to everyone.Captain Bob Venturella West Coast Chief Pilot