For my Avid I'm considering a GRT unit when I refurbish it. They are relatively inexpensive, have a lot of options that can be added without major difficulty later. I know at least one plane with one, and it seems rock solid. https://grtavionics.com/
On the other hand, I've heard not much good about MGL stuff, so I would avoid those.
Here are a couple of pictures I acquired somewhere. I have a set of Avid non-amphibious floats, and I found these when figuring out the rigging. I still haven't installed them, would prefer amphibs, but I bought the non-amphibs when I found them. Hope this helps.
Welcome! These toolmakers make me jealous. I have a lathe and a mill, but not the skills to use them effectively. I have gotten really good at turning large useful bits of metal into a pile of easily recycled chips.......
Maybe not as good as you think. Someone mentioned building materials had gone way up. I looked at the price of a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" OSB. I paid $8 a sheet 4 or so years ago. It was almost $28 when I looked a couple of weeks ago!
Mine was a 1991 kit. The build manual says 'Model D'. Dual cheek radiators, originally had the square tail, the builders ground looped it, and put on the round tail as part of the repairs. Mine has the single 14 gallon wing tank also.
I'd agree some model C variant. It has the Model C tail, but it has a trim tab on the elevator, which I didn't think came along until the Mark IV. My model C has the Mk IV rudder because the builders ground looped it and damaged it, but still has the original elevator with no trim tab (darn it). Without original paperwork it's as much a paperwork/bureaucratic paper chase project as much as a build project though.
I brought my Avid C model home in an 8'x20' trailer. I had to take off 1 wing and the horizontal stab because it wouldn't fit through the door, which was only 7' wide. Length it fit fine, with at least an inch or two in the front and back. When looking at enclosed trailers, always check the door opening width, it is almost always smaller by a surprising large amount due to the frame.
I bought a whole pickup bed load of spruce a year or two ago when Wicks was selling out a bunch of overstock/cutoffs in an online auction. My intent is to use it to make new fairing as I refurbish my Avid. The existing ones have cracked/separated from the tubing, and my attempts to remove one of the partially separated ones broke it. I got a LOT more Spruce than I expected - I thought it was a couple of small bundles, and instead I barely fit it all in my 8' bed under the tonneau cover - it looked very pregnant the middle. Once I get the process of making it worked out, I'll probably make a bunch of it. I really don't have much else use for the Spruce.
I'm just starting to refurbish my Avid - the 'original' frame paint is in very bad shape. I forgot to take the batteries out of the ELT before it sat in a shed for a few years, and the batteries exploded and leaked, so I may have to replace the tubing under where it was at - I haven't had a chance to asses the damage to see if it is just some surface rust or worse. I plan on stripping everything back to the frame, cover the wood 'bits' with aluminum tape (mine has the wood spine), media blast the whole thing and then use a good quality epoxy. That should hold up as long as I'll be around to fly the plane! So, Jim, if you're in Gulf Shores this winter and miss working on an Avid, I'll have one in North Florida with lots of work to be done!