I'm in the process of rebuilding my J-3 with the possibility that I might relocate from WA to AK in the next few years. I've read some posts on here indicating some of yu are flying J-3s up north.
The plane performs well here in WA state with STC'd 8.50s, Maule 8" pnuematic T/W and DA Safety cables, but otherwise bone stock with no other mods. I've even had it on the occasional gravel bar with half gas and the stock A-65.
I'm installing VGs, a C-90 with a metal climb prop but looking for other mods that will make the plane more practical in AK. I've also considered a modified baggage compt to store the required safety/survival equipment. The current 20lb capacity canvas bag won't allow more than a small first aid kit and some water. With the 1,220lb max GWT in mind, I don't want to get crazy and make it strictly a one person aicraft, but I may already be too far gone for that.
Also, I'm assuming the stock 12 gal header tank is insufficient for any sort of safety margin flying up there. Lastly, with the stock exposed cylinders and eye brows, do I have reasonable hope of flying during the winter, at least in the south?
I'd apprecate inputs from anyone else flying J-3s up north. Our J-3 is a family heirloom and I'd prefer to not have to modify it too radically to get any use out of it, but then again, if it's useless beyond the pattern without making a poor man's Super Cub out of it, then maybe I'd be better off with a PA-18-95, but I hate to sell it.
I don't need to take it deep in the bush or hard core off airport, just dirt strips and teach my sons to fly in it.