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Pre-buy Inspection Checklist
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Have your mechanic pay special attention to the tail feathers. Use the Club Manual as a guide. More specifically check the horizontal stabilizer trim jackscrews for free motion through travel and even coordinated left/right jackscrew actuation. Check the cockpit trim wheel for too much deadspot wear indicating roll pin wear in the wheel's center shaft. Also pay attention to the dorsal forward mounting points for damage caused by improper ground handling of the airplane by hand. Best way to do this is by removing the vertical. The tail should be disassembled every 10 to 15 years anyhow. It's the only way to completely acces the jackscrews and inspect everything per the Club Manual.
Thanks for info. We're going to annual it as a pre-buy.

I think I meant to ask if there were any items unique to the year or airframe that could get me later. Something that owning it over time would teach you to look for.
"Pre buy" inspections aren't defined or regulated by the FAA. The mechanics I know refuse to do them. Read Hilltop's advice. He's summed it up perfectly.

I am in Everett if you need any help on the prebuy. 180/ 185's are pretty straight forward. Any A&P with some Cessna experience can do it. It's basically an abbreviated Annual Inspection.

A pre-buy should be no less than a full annual inspection with a logbook entry signed by the IA with a list of discrepencies. The mechanic should be of your choice, not the seller, and have no stake in the deal. You should not use the same mechanic that the seller has been using, another set of eyes should look at it to get the most accurate evaluation.

Old airplanes can have some very expensive defects that should be caught by a complete and honest annual inspection. Once you buy the plane all discrepencies are owned by you not the seller. It will be to your benefit to find everything before you buy it and use them to negotiate the sale price.
We're in the process of buying a 56 180 and was curious if there was a checklist or any tips to look for in our pre-buy inspection. We have an IA doing the inspection who has a lot of experience with the airframe. I'm just checking if there is any "tribal knowledge" out there where we can get burned.

I'm new to this forum, what an enormous amount of information. This is very cool.

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