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  1. I have a '59 model and enjoy every minute I get to fly it. Nothing else in it's class can touch it! I'm getting mine painted right now - should have some photos under my profile. Joe
  2. The "Real Rub" I found on my A model was on this fuel line .. where it comes from the fuel valve and turns into and up inside the wheel well to the gascolator - typical for all 180 hp models. I discovered it when overhauling my nose gear. You cannot see it unless you remove the tube - as it's turned away from view and gets rubbed during gear operation. I armed the replacement with section of nylon tubing. Joe
  3. just for comparison - wood wing aft spar - one SB I can forget about!
  4. An engine guy explained to me how low power settings can reduce the ability of the rings to expand and seal sufficiently resulting in increased oil consumption and cyl. blow by. (it's during break in you need to run an engine "hard"). I use to lope around below 2400 and 20 in. but now I try to avoid it - in my M20A.
  5. All I can add is that the position of the trim for take off can make a big difference in the way the AC handles during take off. Not enough up trim and it can be a handful .. I mean a feets full experience. Get the trim position set so that you don't have to hold back pressure on the yoke during take off to keep it from "over steering" - darting like a squirrel right/left and then it will climb out with little yoke effort, re-trimming. It took me a long time to finally get this just right.
  6. Me and my butt simple A model have no idea what this subject "'tis about."
  7. I have landed & taken off my A model on grass several times. No problems. Ohhh .... and NEVER with the gear up.!? I'll never forget going to a flyin at Kingsburry Aerodrome and a guy in a pig of a Cessna ( a stretched looking 210) collapsed the nose gear just trying to initiate movement during taxi. Holding NO up elevator, reving the engine and .. well kinda grusome watching all that dirt begin to fly!. I don't know how he ever got that airplane out of there.
  8. On my A model - that always runs cool with under 375F cyl head temps - has a 2" duct at the taxi/landing light bucket that feeds the exhaust system heat exchanger that feeds carb heat or cabin heat. NO HOLES in dog house for cooling except for two 1/2" blast tubes for the mag.s - mounted on top of the house. I also have the 1" blast tube that runs from front of lower cowling back to the fuel pump. The entire design of this system got lost when Mooney dropped the dual pipe exhaust and went to the single pipe - I've had both. The dual pipe system is way superior. My opinion. Joe Again - sorry for the inverted photo ?!
  9. Besides myself & the A model - anyone else planning on flying into Dillard Field? See you there. Joe
  10. I would be interested in looking at the wing. Joe (M20A N8335E KCFD Bryan TX)
  11. I couldn't help but build my own version. I couldn't believe a cordless drill would actually haul the mooney with any authority. I have a 1/4" ft slope just out side my door and this contraption pulls it out no sweat. I built 4 while I was at it. Uses a modified 12v China Freight winch driving a chain with mini bike components. No, Unfortunately, it doesn't fly inverted.
  12. As an '59 M20A owner/pilot - I 'll share a few thoughts. First, there are no aluminum to wood glue joints anywhere on the airplane. What I guess you mean is that there are some indication that the plywood wing skins have possibly delaminated from the underlying wood structure. Ask how was this determined. If you want to get a basic understanding of the construction & condition of the wing, I recommend you read the Mooney SB titled "Wood Structures" 20-170A. To do a preliminary visual assessment, I'd remove the aft lower alum. panel that will allow you to inspect the aft face of the aft spar and inboard Flap hinge attachment brackets. Also, you can remove the flaps and attempt to wiggle the brackets to check for any problems with delamination. The wing is not sealed from the outside, except for a piece of tape under the top wing/fuselage fillet. Often this tape is "long gone" and if the AC has seen outdoor tie-down, there could be problems. Then you could proceed to remove the seats, and aft fuel tank to further check for problems with the aft spar. This is the area that caused all of the original concerns with the wing - all related to outdoor tie-down. Also, you can check the main spar and the steel tubing condition. The gear can be expensive to up-grade from the original Fire Stone biscuits to the Lord type. Around 5K in parts if you do it yourself, and it's not a novice's job. Check to see if this has been done. All that said, I love the wood wing on my A model. No "weeping" wet wing, no prone to inter-granular corrosion 7075-T6, no crevices and unprotected laminated metal faces to hold moisture and corrode, etc. I cruise mine at 175 mph, it's seen lots of rough air and red line IAS. But, they are not the "run of the mill" Mooney. Joe, N8335E at KCFD
  13. Post annual, I'll fly my A model, with out the back seat and right seat. The climb difference is "seat of the pants" different. Also, which one of those screens do you watch for the impending bird strike?! In Texas, I share the air with 25lb buzzards.
  14. To a Stearman pilot, some of these cockpit photos would make one wonder, ".. so just how many smart screens does it take to get that Mooney off & then back down the ground?" Or is it just entertainment while the auto pilot does all that? Brings to mind David Bowies TV walled bedroom in "the man who fell to earth"
  15. Boyd Maddox (A&P/IA) at Houston Southwest is an old contact I have regarding wood wing Mooneys. He is a Mite guru. mooneymite@yahoo.com Best of Luck, Joe