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  1. Door Slide is Sticking....Help?

    No bends yet. Where are the tapered bearings? It looks like two pieces of flat metal that slide together. One of the pieces has a couple of "wings" folded around the other as a guide.
  2. Door Slide is Sticking....Help?

    I had never heard of Triflow. A little Googling revealed it's a bicycle lube product. We have a few bicycle enthusiasts in the office, and they enlightened me on it's usefulness. None of those guys had any with them today though, and I do have engine oil in the hangar. A few well-placed drops of that has done the trick. If it becomes a problem again soon, I'll try the Triflow stuff. Feeling inspired by the refreshing of the door slider, I also tried a little on the overcenter mechanism on the fuel caps. Man, I've been trying way too hard with those things. They move like butter now too. Thanks for all the help!
  3. The door slider mechanism (at the bottom of the door) on our '89 J is sliding with increasingly more friction. It looks like it's just a metal on metal slide. Anyone else experienced this issue? Any suggested lubrication that can get it sliding smoothly again? Thanks!
  4. I ended up with enough extra time in Tucson to stop by the Pima Air and Space museum. Definitely something to see. There were 5 or 6 hangars of planes, and a ton of stuff to see outside. I haven't been to many aviation museums that let you get that close to that many really large planes. If you want to do the Air Force junk yard tour, you now have to call 10 days in advance as of Nov 1.
  5. Our J is a '89 model. Per 201er's signature, his is a '78.
  6. I do the chop and drop method to keep out of the yellow. Like a lot of the other J flyers, I can easily feel the vibration in the yellow. I don't even have to look at the tach to keep out of the caution range. If you're having trouble with the plane setting down harder than you prefer using the chop and drop, try adding 5 or 10 knots to your airspeed before the chop. That should give you enough additional energy to bleed off as a cushion.
  7. Any of you been to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson? I've got a work trip in Tucson next week, but I don't think I'll have any extra time available while I'm there. Another reason I should have planned to fly the Mooney instead of flying commercial.
  8. N201XG

    Oh, and I should mention, our plane sat for about a year and half before we bought it. I'm guessing that was the main culprit of the lifter issue. We got about 150 hours out of it before the mechanic said it needed to come out for overhaul. With regular flying, that FF engine likely may have gone beyond TBO.
  9. N201XG

    Our 201 went to 1650 hours with the Firewall Forward STC. No top overhaul during the entire 1650. We pulled the engine for overhaul this summer due to the engine making metal. It was a cam/lifter issue. This was with the Centrilube cam as well. Cylinders and pistons were still in good shape. The engine still made good power, and used about 1qt every 6 tach hours. That includes a decent leak on the accessory case, so it didn't seem to burn too much oil. When we overhauled, we went back to factory specs and factory cam. We felt like FF's reputation wasn't adding any value to the plane if we went back with their STC. Having flown both engines in the same plane, I wouldn't give any value positive or negative for the Firewall Forward engine. I'm comparing a 1600-hr FF engine to a new factory spec engine, but I haven't seen any performance gain or loss with the new engine. The FF engine did run cooler CHT's at ROP ops.
  10. Is there a 200 kts Mooney?

    The Lancair Legacy is a sweet plane. I could almost imagine having one at some point in the future. The biggest problem I have with the plane is that the seats look a little too much like the seats in a DA20. Any of you sat or flown in one to say that they're actually pretty comfortable as a cross country cruiser?
  11. perfect mooneys can have problems too

    Keep in mind the plane will pivot on the mains, and the prop is well in front of the nose wheel. It's not a 1:1 height relation of nose wheel to prop clearance. I'm also curious to hear if there was a strike. I'm guessing no, but I bet it was close.
  12. Flying to Henry Ford Museum - Which airport?

    Ended up at ONZ for the trip. Overall, great experience. I attempted to call the day before a couple of times, but couldn't get anyone on the phone. I found out after I got there that I had been trying to call the airport manager's direct line (was out of town) instead of the general number. There were no ready to go rental cars parked there, and Uber surprisingly didn't show any options either. We were able to borrow a crew car for the afternoon as a last resort. Weather was gloomy and overcast, so no scenic approach for us. Once we broke out, it was mostly just airport and water to be seen. Ceilings were actually a little lower on the way out, so even less to see leaving. I was really surprised that the air space was relatively quiet around Detroit. I expected it to be more like flying into the DC area or Atlanta area. Thanks again for all the suggestions. On a nicer day, I think I might try DET next time I visit the area. I love aerial views of big cities.
  13. Flying to Henry Ford Museum - Which airport?

    ONZ is a little closer, and looks like it might have a more scenic approach with the water around it.
  14. Flying to Henry Ford Museum - Which airport?

    Thanks for the replies. Leaning towards DET at this point.
  15. I'm planning a family trip to the Detroit area on Friday to visit the Henry Ford Museum. Any suggestions for which airport we should fly into? We'll plan to arrange for a rental car at the destination for the day. We intend to fly in in the morning and return to Tennessee that evening. Looking at the map, DTW looks to be the closest, but I assume they prefer to not have small GA planes on the ramp like most big commercial airports. DET and ONZ also look like options as well. I'll probably start making some phone calls to FBO's in the next day or two. Thanks!