I recently purchased a 1955 Piper Tri-Pacer that was headed for the scrap pile. It sat unloved for almost thirty years in the back of a hangar. It was covered in dirt and had mouse holes in the headliner.
Can it be saved? I am not sure just yet. The air frame on this aircraft are tube and fabric, They are prone to rust and corrosion. The engine is a Lycoming O320 with about 900 hours on it. It has not run in a long time there is great concern about corrosion inside the engine.
Soon we will open it up and start inspections.