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  1. Doesn't look like any Pathfinder I have seen. Pathfinders were usually from the early 70's models.
  2. Check your fuel selector valve as well. The fuel smell is likely in the entire belly of the plane and will be difficult to find just from smell. Look for the blue residue on and around fittings. With bladders it is usually the fuel gauge senders in the the side walls or the fuel selector valve under the pilot.
  3. 1. Bad circuit breaker 2. Motor needs to be rebuilt 3. Gears are worn and need to be replaced 4. The gears need to be cleaned and lubed Most likely the electric motor needs to be rebuilt
  4. Real world would be about 135 kts at 9 gph. Maybe 138 kts at 10gph.
  5. George's Electric in Sacramento California. He does a great job on the electric motor, just don't listen to his thoughts on the activation gear mechanism. Send me a private message if you have questions.
  6. It is a $45K airplane that needs a $25K engine and $10K of additional work (maybe more). $45K-25K-10K = $10K is what it is worth. Walk away unless you can get it under $10K. Planes like this end up with the reaper because the owners think they have something special and are delusional. Or they end up with someone who doesn't have a clue and wants to dump a whole lot of money into something that they shouldn't.
  7. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjYkuv-jLjvAhU5JTQIHSKdDZMQFjACegQIAxAD&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aircraftspruce.com%2Fcatalog%2Fpdf%2FMH-Cyl-Chart-Comp-2013.pdf&usg=AOvVaw02wgrkYbLGQrLKomvtO9Ip
  8. I bought my F with logs missing and having had it sit for 3 years back in 2012 from the bank that had repossessed it. I paid about 50% of what I figured the value was if it had complete logs. I had the advantage that I had already found the logs and purchased them from the former owner without the bank knowing that I had them. There were still many expenses to bring the aircraft back to life and last year the engine ended up needing to be overhauled after an inspection found the cams had excessive wear. Generally you figure an aircraft that has been sitting will need an engine overhaul
  9. Assume you checked this: https://lasar.com/hardware-bearings/bearing-torrington-pn-4a Do you have the Mooney part number? you might try that with McFarlane: https://www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/products/product/MS24462-4/
  10. The N-number is just above the “Contest” i.d. on the vertical. The large Contest numbers are required on the vertical and under the wing because of close flying in races. It is helpful to know who is nearby when you are 50’ apart. Gliders have most of the same regs as power planes.
  11. Some gratuitous video . Salt River Range in Wyoming. Salt River Range.MOV
  12. Not sure where you are located in Utah. Our F has a 3 blade prop and works well. That said, I don't think there is a significant difference in performance between a 3 and 2 blade worth changing props. Are you operating off of a very short strip? If not, then climb performance is really a function of horsepower and not the prop. As others have said, a constant speed prop is designed to give you good performance in climb and cruise. Are you using your engine rpm for maximum performance? HP is a direct function of rpm and fuel flow. When you need better climb you need to use higher rpm, fue
  13. I was unique. I had about 60 hours in SEL, but over 500 hours in high performance gliders with retract. Biggest thing to flying Mooney's is enough experience that flying the plane is secondary to situational awareness. Hardest thing with Mooney's is stabilized approaches so you don't treat it like landing a Cezzna .
  14. Actually many of the tablet flight Software packages have a fuel switching reminder built in. Turn the function on and set how long for the reminder after take-off.
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