Piper J-3 cub values

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  1. Hangontight

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    So,
    I see Cubs listed on the usual sites (barnstormers, trade-a-plane, etc) for between $35-$60k but they always seem to linger a long time. Some of them are really nice, like showpiece quality. I’m potentially in the market for one, but was hopeful to find one sub $30k, nothing showpiece, just a flyer without a runout engine. Are there flying Cubs out there in the $20-30k range or is 30 the new ‘floor’ for a decent shape serviceable J-3?
     
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    Yes, but be prepared for future MX bills.
     
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    LSA breathed new life into the J3 market. Tough to find one like you want but they're just not out in public venue. Word of mouth and actively looking/asking around best route in my experience.
     
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    I’ve been keeping an eye on the Cub market for a few years. It seems like $30k has been the base for a flyable Cub for awhile. Add electric start, newer fabric, and price goes up.

    My wife is wanting to get her sport pilot license and I’ve always wanted a Cub. Seems like a good excuse.


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    I know where one could probably be had for under $25... but I'd be budgeting for a recover in 2-5 years and saving money for an engine. Those things can get expensive fast.
     
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    “Recertified to experimental in 2008”

    I wonder how this was accomplished and to what category of Experimental.
     
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    Not sure. That's why I was saying "not sure if it checks all the boxes" for him. I assume the "clipped wing" mod was done via 337 like most of them, but they may have gone experimental to allow for other mods.
     
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    I hear air knockers are better planes for less money
     
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    I never got the Cub mystique. Sure, they're great classic planes, but the other planes of the era (T-Craft, Champ, Interstate, Luscombe, etc., are better flyers and a lot less money.
     
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    At a 25k price point, I'd expect to see not only repairs needed, but also expect to have no electrical system.

    Are you comfortable with hand propping?
     
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    It’s an E/AB.
     
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    I prefer hand propping
     
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    Well, now I’m wondering what it was before the “conversion”.
     
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    Probably a collection of cub parts and some wag aero parts. Not uncommon, there's a few E/AB cubs running around that were built this way.
     
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    Thanks. I was just envisioning that it wasn’t easy to just switch to Experimental without serious limitations. But good to know there’s that path to E/AB.
     
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    Cubs and rag wing pipers are extremely easy to make into E/AB. Wag Aero use to (maybe still does) sell non certified parts and plans. One could build a cub or rag wing piper totally from plans or what many have done is to use a collection of parts.
     
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    They still do. And if someone wanted more a Super Cub see Dakota Cub for their kits. Both nice aircraft.