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  1. A, Marco and Capt R, Sorry for the late reply. Finally finished that 1 year deployment in Afganland ... was back home just long enough to pull the cowlings off and swap 12 bright new shiny Fine wire plugs in the beginning stage of an annual, then had to leave again for a month. Will be reunited with my Mooney Mistress in 2 weeks to continue. Thanks for the heads up on the CDT gauge. I'll definitely be checking the type cert. I bought the plane 3 years ago now and its been through my prebuy and annual by a very reputable shop and had my 1 idea how many annuals the previous owner (he passed away at 84 yrs old and owned it for 26 yrs) had with it Inop. All they told me was that he never replaced the sensor becasue it cost about 1G they thought. I will definitely start chasing wires in this annual though. Thanks guys ! ...Just realized I get to change my location in my profile !!! Ha No Mo' war zone !
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    M20J M20K Panel Template

    I don't suppose the K model panel is available in a CAD file format, or something that I could have printed full scale for life size planning? Mine's an '80 and 100% original so a panel upgrade is about to happen. Its been 6 years since I was active in AutoCAD or Inventor but I could get back up to speed quick enough !
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    West Coast Mooniac's Group - Join Us

    Would love to come but I will be out of town that weekend on biz. If something changes we'd love to come by though.
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    Klixon Switch/Breaker Covers

    John, I've seen a lot of the posts about printing new covers and the issues going through some of the iterations. I'm going to start some panel upgrades in the next couple weeks and up til now never really thought about the process of swapping the switch covers out, and I haven't had the need to do one yet. Is it a simple process of removing the two mounting screws for each switch and then just popping them off or something more involved? All of mine work without flaw but are dingy from age and faded. I think bright new white ones with nice white labeled wraps like yours would be nice. Thanks.. and they look nice !
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    Insurance renewal

    1500 hrs, 250+ retract, 110 in my K nw. Last years through AOPA/Starr was $1050 for $75K hull 1M/100. Just trying to renew now for $135K hull and quote went to $1850. I may back it down to around $110. The $75k was from 3 yrs ago purchase just to cover it and get it going. Fixin to add avionics upgrade, new full interior upholstery being done now, and did one esie complete tank strip and seal. Will do the other side this summer/fall. Figured that should cover it all. just glad I don't have to cover the $24 Mil 'special" bird we flying now deployed !! :))
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    New to me M20K - many questions (now AOG)

    Paul, I just caught a very useful bit of future advice from you. Thanks ! I'm most likely relocating from NorCal to OKC in 3-5 months. I didn't know that I could get that kind of knowledge and assistance from the GAMI folks there. I've been away from my K for almost a year now being deployed but that ends in 2 weeks ! Like Anonymouse, I feel comfortable and safe flying my K but there's a lot of knowledge gaps I could stand to fill on its operation. Other than a few returning-to-home base just after dark, I've kept all my flights below 14.5K and in relatively good conditions. I'll definitely look them up for GAMI's and a GAMI seminar when I get settled. Sorry guys, didn't mean to get off thread track but I am very interested in most of the questions/responses too...except I don't have the intercooler.
  7. Just checking on the CDT/TIT gauge. Are the sensors available for them too? My CDT side failed, before I bought the plane and just "INOP'd" that side. The previous owner said they were expensive and he didn't want to replace. I've got an annual starting in several weeks, will be time to get one one way or the other.
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    Putting vinyl ("decals") on your plane

    Raged, Back 10 years ago I had graphics wrapped onto my Top Dragster (205mph) and was partners on a TAFC that we had wrapped on a carbon body. I've had my K model now for 2 years (but have now been deployed for 11 months so no flying) and although my paint is 10 years old and still looks new, I'd be up for some wrapping from you ! You get it figured out and hit me up ! Right now I'm in Northern CA but heading to OK possibly in the next 4 or 5 months. I've seen wraps that are hard to tell from amazing paint jobs by the unknowing public. I'm game ! Your work looks as nice as any I've ever seen (from your pics).
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    FAA ACS on Turbo V-Band couplings

    We've used some of those exact clamps in a drag racing application on a twin turbo small blocks that made over 1500hp running over 40lbs of boost. Installed and removed those same clamps literally dozens of times and never a failure. Granted our runs were 4-6 seconds plus engine warmup/cool down thermal cycles for every pass but I cant imagine they're THAT much different than our blessed $350 aviation versions. I'm doing an annual with some upgrades in March and I will definitely be checking my K model clamps now. Thank you for the heads up !
  10. Sending you a PM. Been off scope for over a week. Just getting back to reliable internet. Rick
  11. PSHap, sorry, a bit late to this thread. I live in Roseville too !! I actually went out to Skywagons to look at a J model about 2 years ago when I was shopping. They were nice enough but the particular plane I was looking at needed more work that I could see visually than I was ready to pay his price for. Never got to the hard dickering stage after my second visit to them. I found my K model in Minnesota and it was worth every penny to fly out there to see it. Mike Wiskus (Turns out he is/was the Lucas Oil airshow pilot-Pitts) was selling the plane for a family friend. I had them do a full annual after we did a semi-solid inspection and I gave them the go-ahead. Even though I had them do the prebuy, they were more than willing to take it, with me to the shop of my choice for the prebuy. In hind sight, my plane is all virgin original which means I get to/have to do all the expensive upgrading avionics-wise. My next plane, if there ever is one, will already be updated I think. Unfortunately I'm deployed right now in AF for another couple months. If your staying in Rville and want, PM me. My planes at L36 tucked in under SMF's Charlie a/s. When I et back I'm going back to flying L39's and jet targets so looking forward to that. Mauser Aviation is a smaller FBO at L36 but Coy, the A&P there is great. I'm sure they'd be happy to do a prebuy for you if you're still needing one locally. Best of Luck in your search.
  12. And an update for the GTN 750... I passed on it. I checked into the 8130 the guy showed with it and it had to have been faked or forged. I called the shop shown on it and spoke with the owner, that had signed it off. He said that work order number he signed off in 2015. The 8130 shown with his name and signature was dated Aug 27, 2017. I asked to have him send it to another reputable avionics shop to be tested and a new 8130 issued, then once checked out, I'd wire him the money...and I'd pay for the testing and shipping, then the shop could send it to me once I paid for it... He still wanted 50% cash down wired to him. He also wouldn't give me the name of the shop that supposedly pulled it from his Piper Malibu for an upgrade to a G500, or the N number of his Malibu. I called BS. Back to searching for a 530W or better... BTW, as an scam alert, it was listed on Planeboard/avionics. Dont bother with the guy. Last name Nigel, location Traverse City MI (?)
  13. Really? Again, I'm obviously not an avionics whiz, but how can that be better than all the new GPS tech available today (like the DIRECT to button)? I'm curious....but I had planned on getting rid of it. Just kind of figured I'd want all of the old stuff eventually.
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    Pilot's Window Question - I'm bored...

    Hey all. Thanks for the replies... still laughing at some of them! Back deployed now and have internet again so I'm MS'n again. Note to self... turn autopilot off before opening window to take picture !!! That had to be an upholstery repair job?? Ha Thinwing... Sac?? My planes at L36 ! Some of those Sierra Nevada mtns are right behind my house (well, sortof)
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    Pilot's Window Question - I'm bored...

    Guys, All very good explanations for sure ! Hey Jim ... I too had thought about the vacuum maybe affecting the instruments like you said, as an Alt Static source issue maybe but wasn't sure. The vacuum sucking the window shut fast enough to break the pilots window...that could be stupid interesting in hurry ! I know in my K, that event would surely ruin the new upholstery that's being done now, while I'm doing my last 9 weeks deployed. HA I normally close my pilots window as the last thing before taxiing onto the runway to depart so have never tried closing it in flight really. I did have a right side passenger door pop open unlatched one time in a Cessna 172 just after breaking ground. I was by myself and in retrospect, never actually checked the door for solid latching because I didn't go in that side. Just assumed it was locked from sitting on the ramp. The noise that made even with a headset on almost ruined the upholstery! ha Good to know about that much force being on the window and to completely hold onto it to close.