Ken Kinsler has a report on his Culver V:
I purchased Culver V N3057K from Mark Holiday in October of 2008. It had been landed gear up and had not been flown in over 20 years. Mark and I disassembled the plane and loaded it on my 16' trailer for the trip from Lake Elmo Airport Minnesota to Mannford Oklahoma, a trip of 750 miles. After having made the deal with Mark to purchase N3057K, John Kass put his V parts up for sale on barnstormers. So I purchased N6211Q also. It just happened that John Had his V parts right on my way to Lake Elmo, at Fairbault Minnesota. It was uncanny the highway curved and there was the airport - just exit and turn into the airport! John and another fellow we enlisted helped to load the fuselage onto the trailer.
I started working on N3057K in the fall of 2009. Wing was stripped of most of the paint and inspected for damage. 4 holes and 1 cracked walkway stringer were found damaged. Holes were repaired by removing material cleaning up damage to a rectangle and scarfing in a new piece of plywood. Stringer was replaced with a new fabricated stringer from spruce stock. Work was then set aside on the wing and attention was turned toward the fuselage.
Fuselage was stripped of paint on the exterior and in the cockpit and inspected. 5 holes were found in fuselage skin. The next from last bulkhead in tail was found to have wood rot. 2 holes had been cut into aft cabin bulkhead at some time to install speakers and one damaged spot was found. The speaker holes were also on the aft side of the bulkhead along with 2 bolt holes which had cracks running through the holes about 2 inches long.
After a number of other repairs for rot and holes in the fuselage, the fuselage was again inspected and any divots found on the exterior were filled with 2 part wood filler and sanded smooth. The interior of the empennage was cleaned with mineral sprits and varnished with thinned polyurethane spar varnish. The entire exterior fuselage and cockpit was then sanded and 2 thinned coats of epoxy varnish was applied. After curing for a week the varnish was given a light sanding in preparation for covering with polyfiber light weight cloth.
The entire fuselage was brush painted with a coat of thinned polybrush and then a spray coat was added. Glider cloth was laid out, tack down, trimmed, heat shrunk and painted with a coat of thinned polybrush. That bring me up to date on the restoration of N3057K.