N4159 was stored in this partially heated garage in Arcanuma until
February, 2004 when it was purchased by Keith Mackey and transported to Ocala,
Florida for rebuild.
We understand that Mrs. Harbaugh was very pleased to have the Mite
removed from the garage after twelve years!
A good friend of Keith's, Les King, picked the Mite
up at Harbaugh's in his truck and brought it home to North Lawrence, Ohio, where
it resided for a week before leaving for Ocala. Les drove the truck (which has
been all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico carrying motorcars), down via
Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC. to Ocala with his wife, Cindy, for a few days of
vacation. The rig has a 28' main deck length. The Mite wing fit perfectly along
with a tail cone for Walter Dix, N4057.
Inspection has revealed no rotten wood at all and only a few loose
Keith has assisted the Mite Site greatly, sending us our first photos
of this airplane, as well as copies of the logs and technical documents.
Rescuing this Mite from oblivion will require a lot of work, but from
the enthusiasm and effort Keith as shown so far, we know he will make a success
of the project.
The only things added to this Mite were a Turn & Bank and prop
spinner, which Keith has. The original altimeter was replaced with a Sensitive
Altimeter. Other than that, it is stock. The ship has a Continental A-65-8, but
Keith got a -12 engine from Fred Schmidt which will enable him
to install an electrical system.
Keith says, "The ship is strictly original. Original fabric (which is
now in shreds), original paint, instrument panel, interior and upholstery,
paperwork all complete etc. Of course, it is the old story of the airplane found
in a barn."
Here are the pictures of it in his shop after unloading. The aircraft
was grounded due to bad fabric in 1969.