Surplus Interior Items

Updated 23 July 2011. Click on a thumbnail to see the high resolution version, file sizes as shown. These are surplus interior items for sale, including:

Window side panels, images 1 through 3.
Ceiling panel for a hat rack, image 4.
Hat rack panels, images 5, 6 and 7.
Bottom side panel (located below the widow side panel), mounting strip, and vented toe panel with beam cover, image 8.
Personal Service Units (PSU), image 9.

See the additional information below, including comments regarding the need to peel off the clear overlay on the window panels.

Click here for a build guide, which consists of more images of the side panels, arranged as they would be assembled, and then as assembled.

Click here for images of other miscellaneous items, plus some logistics information that may be of use when installing the window panel kits.

A lot of additional descriptive text is located below the image thumbnails. IJ References, IJ References 2.


Window Panel Kits: Purchase of a window panel kit includes the window panel plus one a vertical mounting strip and a top vertical finish strip as shown in images 1 through 3, the blue bottom panel and one bottom vertical mounting strip, plus a vented toe panel and beam cover, all as shown in image 8, and one horizontal mounting strip, as shown in the build guide, but cut if necessary to 20" times the number of kits you purchase (original length is 60"). The hat rack and PSU are not included - if you're interested in those, please request them separately. Regarding the vertical mounting strips, bear in mind that one is needed on each side of the window panel and, to a much lessor degree, the bottom panel (two of each). But I can only include one per panel kit in order to avoid early depletion of those parts. This is a bit of a problem, but the mounting strips are relatively easy to emulate - you should be able to fashion a similar strip from common materials. If you have a special requirement, please contact me.

The window side panel dimensions, not including the side mounting strips, bottom panel, or any of the other ancillary items, are 1' 7 5/8" wide by 3' 0 11/16" high. The shade works properly in almost all cases, but some are a bit wavy due to wear and tear. The side mounting strips consist of two parts. The bare metal one has quarter turn fasteners that hold the strip, which holds the panel. The white one then snaps onto the bare metal one to provide an aesthetically pleasing cover. There are no mounting strips for the top of the window panels. Mounting strips that secure the bottom of the window side panels and the top of the bottom side panels are shown in the build guide.

None of the parts in the kits are perfect - almost all have various dings and wear and tear associated with about 30 years of service. They're not awful, but they're not perfect. See also the notes about the clear overlay four paragraphs down.

PSUs: A PSU is shown in image 9, one of many stacked as partially shown. These are the older style associated with hat racks rather than carry on baggage bins. The usual four oxygen masks are stored within, and drop out when the oxygen line is pressurized (the air pressure required to unlatch the mask compartment door is modest). They also have the usual reading lights, gasper valves, attendant button and light, and seat belt & no smoking lights. All have been pressure washed since the image above was captured, and are now stowed in stacks in my aft freight hold.

Hat Racks: The hat racks come in various lengths, with 5 feet the most common. Some are in average shape, but many are in bad shape, including damage due to rodent chewing of the fabric or vinyl covering. They're quite bulky, and rather heavy, and thus expensive to ship. Mounting rods for the hat racks are available, but the outboard ends depend upon brackets that I'm retaining in my aircraft (I'll use those to mount the light fixtures in their new position). So other means would have to be provided to secure the outboard ends of the rods, and the outboard edge of the hat rack panels themselves.

Cleaning and the degraded clear overlay: All the images are of dirty, uncleaned window panel kits and parts from an open storage van. All window panel kit components have since been pressure washed and stowed in the freight holds of my aircraft except that most of the window panels themselves remain dirty and stowed in an only partially protective freight van. Feel free to request that I ship only clean parts (or the opposite if you prefer).

The window panels have a clear overlay that's in various stages of separation from the vinyl overlay with the flying fish theme . Separation of the clear overlay is accelerated a bit by pressure washing. But it doesn't readily completely separate, and that's too bad, because it's best completely removed, leaving a brighter, more consistent surface. It's not easy to do manually since it tears as it peels, and thus usually doesn't come off in large easy sections. But it can be removed with patience, and my impression is that the more you work on it, the faster it goes as your technique becomes more refined. An option might be for you to remove it with your pressure washer, but that's not necessarily terribly easy either (otherwise I'd do it). Experimentation might discern the most efficient method. Maybe there's a chemical means - maybe a rubdown with isopropyl alcohol or some other solvent would loosen the bond between the clear covering and the underlying vinyl without harming the vinyl, I don't know. A mix of peeled and unpeeled areas isn't awful, but it's nicer if the entire overlay is removed.

Regarding the hat racks in images 5, 6 and 7, they should be pressure washed too, but they don't clean very gracefully due to internal insulation and other factors. So there are some end result tradeoffs to cleaning them, as you'll see if you purchase any. Generally I don't recommend buying these - they're quite heavy and bulky, and thus expensive to ship, and of rather low quality. I think most people would find them disappointing.

Shipping Cost: Any prices are FOB Hillsboro, Oregon, plus the $4.00 cost of the shipping box. FedEx Ground is recommended. The window side panels are very bulky for their weight, so freight cost is determined by the parcel size, not its weight. Shipment of window panel kits by FedEx Ground to the east coast costs about $23 for either 1 or 2 panel kits, which fit in a '30 pound' box, and $38 for 3 to 5 (maybe even 6) panel kits, which fit in a '50 pound' box, plus $4 for the cost of the box. (It costs the same to ship 1 as it does 2, or 3 as it does 5 or 6, because they're so light that the cost is set by the box size, not the weight.) Shipping cost is less to closer destinations of course. I've developed an efficient packing method for the bigger '50 pound' box. The '30 pound' box is rather custom and more time consuming, so allow some extra time for me to construct it.

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