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AlexLev last won the day on May 20 2019

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  1. I have an upcoming annual inspection next month and a decently bad nosewheel shimmy on landing (rudder pedals violently engage). I wanted to get a head start on looking for parts + planning. Reg shimmy: Taking all pressure off nosewheel can sometimes help it it a bit, or hitting the rudder pedals a bit back and forth myself can help. No controllability issue, but would like to get it fixed this annual. The nosewheel truss was rebuilt by LASAR in 2011 -- it looks to be in decent shape, but it does have some left and right play while up on jacks. Should this be overhauled/replaced pote
  2. Hey Mooney friends, It's been a while and I come to you fresh of a cross country adventure I wanted to share with ya in my 1968 M20G. Here was the route: Day 1: Friday: KIAG>KMSN (3hr 20min), $154.01 fuel cost (may include overnight parking fees) A quick leg after work on Friday evening, landed IFR on the ILS in moderate rain. A quick over night stopover, a friend who worked at UPS picked me up from the airport and we had lunch at Coopers Tavern (had a pretty awesome Swiss Mushroom burger out that way)! It was neat to see the capitol building in Madison and learn how it was
  3. Just bought that used Dahon III, excited to use it next time I'm on a solo trip. Thanks again for the link!
  4. Cool, thanks! I'll give it a try. Is it possible to fit two? Did you have to take the tires out to fit them through the baggage door?
  5. Thanks! I have an older folding bike that I've put in another airplane, but not in the Mooney (partly because I don't want to put it in through the door). I'll contact the guy on Craigslist for the Dahon. You're saying it folds up more and will go through the hatch? If so, thanks so much for looking up that one in my local area. I'll see if I can buy it!
  6. This thread comes up every now and then, but thought I'd see if anyone has any PIREPs for folding bikes that will fit in a baggage door in a mid-body (I have a G specifically but I'm sure if it fits in F/J it will work too)? Can you load it in through the baggage door? Just one or can you get two in there? Thanks!
  7. That video really helped me when I was going for my CPL.
  8. I think it would sell quick for 25K. 30 might take longer. I’d prob price it at 27,500.
  9. Had a unique experience at a pretty popular chain of FBOs yesterday. Stopped in for a break on a 4-hour flight home, asked for a top off, grabbed their crew car...on the way back, the CSR casually mentions "the line guy said to check your left fuel cap." I go out to the plane and see this: I try moving it and the arm portion sticking up is pretty much stuck. I am concerned that I'll break something if I try to force it any further, so I go back to the CSR -- the two line men come out to the plane. One guy tries blaming it on the "older fuel caps." That pisses me off - are you k
  10. Seems like a great price for a J model if there are no red flags. Do keep in mind you'll likely have to overhaul the engine in the perhaps very-near future as that has been one has been in service for over 20 years. Even with an overhaul necessary in the next year or two, the price seems right to me.
  11. Bendix. I’m tempted to keep them or send them in for overhaul or IRAN to keep on the shelf, but we converted from terminal style to ring style connection so not sure if it makes complete sense. For those that have had mags replaced, how much labor does it usually take your mechanic? I have an older vintage Mooney without a ton of room, so I thought the 4-5 hrs per side or so was a reasonable amount of time.
  12. Thought I'd close the loop...ended up going with Aircraft Magneto Service to do two overhauled exchange units. The timing on the engine was already a bit off and each mag was just around the 500hr mark, so I decided to bite the bullet and just do both. Cost-wise: it was about $2,000 for the two mags with $300 going back after I send them the core (so 1700) Labor wise: 11-hours to R&R both mags, convert from a harness to ring-style connector, change oil, manufacture new oil breather hose (exhaust ate into mine), clean+gap spark plugs + boroscope+ compression test each cylinder. Do
  13. Looking to service my mags. Do you send them for a 500-hour IRAN? OR Swap them out for an overhauled exchange? Curious if anyone has recommendations for the overhaul exchange option as far as who they use?
  14. I've had my M20G for about 4 years. I like it. I get about 144-145kts at 6000, about 140-141kts at 8500 TAS.
  15. On a recent weekend trip to Montreal, had the plane sitting outside in 2F for 3 days while I was out there. I had the line crew plug in a Tannis heater for the entire duration, but the plane was still super difficult to start. On top of that, one of the fasteners for the oil panel was missing :-/. The flight back had it flapping half open, unfortunately. See picture below. Any idea where I can order a replacement and what this fastener is called? I do believe my plane has one of the cowl mods: Attached some pictures of fasteners:
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