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  1. I have been on a waiting list with Lasar for about a year. They have no idea when (and at this point if) sets will come in.
  3. Not a good idea. Use the wing jacks and tail holder to raise the front wheel off the ground, or use a jack that fits the 1" tube in the front gear.
  4. Key statement may have been "cold snap". How old are your gear pucks? Old pucks can contribute to shimmy and cold conditions make it worse.
  5. Work backwards from this M20J with a +$20k to 30k advantage for being a "J". Then you see that a run out engine, leaking tanks and minimal avionics leaves little value in the plane.
  6. I am going to be pessimistic and say $5 - 10K. It is right on the edge of meeting the reaper. The all in $110K price from above puts you over the "J Threshold" and it is never going to be a "J" unless you want to spend a lot more. I think the $30K for Avionics is optimistic by $10 to $20K, $40 to $50K is more likely today.
  7. I had one stick open on a flight in January with -20F temperatures outside over northern Utah and Nevada. Had to land, bend the wire to close it and use duct tape to seal it until I could get it fixed. The wire you have currently is not original and is not connected correctly to the vent door. When you do the repair make sure it is done properly and connect with the correct hardware to the vent door. There should be a wire thimble and crimped sleeve or cable clamp making a loop where the door attaches. Usually these can be purchased at a bike shop or industrial supply or your local mechanic. Replacing the housing with a Teflon interior coated one is a nice addition to minimize the force required to operate the vent. The wire should be stiff (won't bend when pushed out), either multi strand or solid "piano". Bike shift cables work, but not brake cables. Not a simple fix, but done right should last for many years.
  8. Hangar elves are good for parts like this (also your local auto upholstery).
  9. I highly recommend the solar gray tint. Provides UV protection, cooler interior in summer, and the optics are crystal clear. Almost no noticeable reduction in visibility for night flight. Best solution for aircraft windows right now.
  10. Is it winter in the Northern Hemisphere already?
  11. No history of damage that we know of. The failure is at two weld points.
  12. We are waiting to get a detailed response from the insurance company. They will cover the full tear down. They do not cover the part (truss) that broke and the propeller rebuild will be prorated over the actual hours versus TBO. We have about 700 hours on the engine and propeller at this time. The decision on if the engine should be torn down we have to decide what we are comfortable with. Many would say that the insurance company is paying for it, so do it. But with the engine not running and the relatively slow collapse of the front gear, does it really make sense to do? We are asking the experts we know to help us decide. If we decide to tear down, it will mean extra time to remove and ship the engine as well as adding an extra $8K t o $10K to the cost for the insurance company.
  13. This truss is not the one that can be hurt by turning the nose wheel too far. It is attached to that one and sits just behind it. Two of the propeller tips were slightly damaged when they hit the ground and both blades slightly bent back. The prop is going in for a full overhaul. The gear doors will also need to be replaced. We must comply with the prop-stike AD even thought the engine was not running. We are still evaluating if we will need/want to do a full engine tear-down. We are consulting with our mechanic, the engine shop, and the partners about the tear down.
  14. That is grease where we accidentally put the parts back together after removal. The parts are being examined in the lab this week to see if anything can be learned about the break.