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  1. LED for Tail

    I've heard this is visible for a long way, but this might be better though hasn't been tested yet. FARs on the rules for lights are pretty fuzzy so long as it doesn't require changing a ballast/function.
  2. I'm IFR and an hour away and wouldn't bother trying this week. Looking like sub 500' and sub 1 mile most of the week. Hopefully you can reschedule.
  3. Got caught by the IA

    Totally read that wrong initially. Replaced my starter my 2nd week of ownership. Don't blame him one bit.
  4. Got caught by the IA

    I believe he is saying he was replacing the tube of his nosewheel tire and the IA questioned what he was doing and he said that if wants the annual business the IA will allow him to continue with what he's doing. That said, tires/tubes are on the 'list' of what a PPL is allowed to do.
  5. Crown Aviation v LASAR

    I did all the pucks (mains and nose), 2 of the shock links, the truss, bearings, and steering horn in a 6-7 hour day. "When in Rome." I'm far from a mechanic and just had my A&P sign off my work after his review. I probably had another couple hours in service manual reading prep. I felt the mains were much easier than the nose. 2.5-3 is pretty fair for the mains in my opinion. Once it's on the jacks... you're just rolling around getting it done.
  6. Oil cooler hoses $460?

    It's around what I paid a couple years ago. The fittings are 1/3 of that if I remember right. If you can be down for a couple weeks, some places will let you send them the old and reuse the fittings.
  7. A couple winters ago I took the plane to Reno, NV and to prepare I put metal duct tape outside the plane on the vent on the top and pilot side to prevent air getting in. It made a big difference, but still gets cold. Being north of FL170 didn't help. It's a bit of a double edged sword. Can't hardly get enough airflow in the Texas summer, always too much in the winter.
  8. Career Advice

    I'm glad I found aviation later instead of making it a career. If he's passionate about it, getting his CFI/II before college and going for a 4 year STEM degree will give him side income while he studies, meet the requirement for the majors, and a fall back if it's not his thing or there's an incident that precludes him from continuing in the field.
  9. I pulled a cylinder, had it IRANd, pulled it again 40 hours later. The price delta isn't horrible between IRAN and new so I just buy new these days given how much work is involved to pull a cylinder on the C. Make sure pushrods are properly sized and your rocker arms are good as well. I'm no A&P/IA/etc, but I think there's probably a 'right' size that makes this work best. Everything that moves wears something.
  10. Tempest oil change tools pirep

    I just bought this tool, but haven't used it yet. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who got sick of lubing the whole nose. Prior to the tool, I'd drill a hole in the top, put a half cut quart jug under it and catch it that way. Not very convenient. I use the same oil filter wrench, like this, as I do on my car. Touch the gasket and 3/4 turn.
  11. Where do you purchase your oil?

    I use a local Oil / Lubricant distributor Allied Sales here in Austin. I'd ping all the local mechanics in your area, there's likely to be something similar. I buy Phillips XC 20W50 and it's varied between 65 and 80 for a 12 qt case for the past 10 years.
  12. Odd Exhaust Valve Image

    Thank you for the data point and I suspect this is what's going to happen, but takes me about 2 hours to lap a valve and do a wiggle test compared to 4-5 times that to do a cylinder replacement because of the dog house, so I figure it's a minor investment if it might pan out.
  13. Odd Exhaust Valve Image

    Thanks for this. The image you've included is #3, which is the one I can't seem to find if it's been replaced since overhaul. It will have at least 400 hours on it. I intend to lap it and observe at next oil change to see if it can be saved.