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  1. Boilermonkey

    New Owner, First Plane, 1974c

    The carb heat boxes you sent links for look like the right part, but are worth no more than $100-$200 for that condition. We recently had the actuator arm break on our and I bought a used box for $60 on e-bay. I would have rather had a new box, but you'll need to go to a Mooney Service Center to get one installed form the factory (I think). Look through the logs. If the carb has not been serviced in the past 10 years, go ahead and have it overhauled while you have everything apart. We sent ours in and it was serviceable because it had so many SBs accumulated. The new carb made a huge difference in performance and smoothness of our engine. Covers and cowl plugs are relatively cheap, get a new one made.
  2. Boilermonkey

    Carb Ice Frequency for Mooneys

    Your lucky then...had three times last year. What are the odds. [emoji849] Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    A new failure mode

    Autopilot off is near the end of my runup checklist and top of line up checklist. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    A new failure mode

    Afirmative... just after lift off. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    A new failure mode

    I've had a passenger's skirt get caught in the Johnson bar and it wouldn't lock down.
  6. If annual is due in four it now! $3500 for an annual on a vintage means that not much was found.... so what's waiting? Exhaust, pucks, mounts, mags, tank re-seal, .... if those things haven't been done in the past ten years....then they will come up soon and cost a lot of time and money. Don't rush...figure out what you've got for the price and what will come in the near future as a prevention...or like most things, when you are least expecting them. I've seen plenty of planes flying that had known and unknown problems, so I wouldn't weigh that fact .... if it went flying it wouldn't be for sale yet. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  7. Andersonaircaft out of KAID is top notch. They've done work on our M20C that our normal A&P didnt have experience doing with Mooneys. Please don't do a pre-buy. Go ahead and do an Annual. In the long run it will save you money...go deep and find all the problems. Take the seats out, pull back the carpet to look at the fuel tank senders and seems. Take a looK under the back seat at the spar.....etc. Feel free to send me a message. Based out of KHFY. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. Boilermonkey

    USB Plug in rear seat

    I would install a cigarette lighter outlet. Usb voltages, amps, interfaces, etc. change too fast. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. Clean the belly before you take the pannels off. Mark the spinner pieces before removing. Take pics of anything to you haven't done before, before you start Take pics of the engine and everything inside as a baseline going forward when you are looking at a leak, burn, need in a serial number, etc. Do corrosionX while you have the pannels off. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  10. Boilermonkey

    Carb Ice Frequency for Mooneys

    My partners and I had carb ice THREE times THIS YEAR! Once at cruise (WOT), once on departure (WOT), and once on approach in IMC (without carb heat applied). We have changed a few things: 1) Always use carb heat on approach or in the pattern 2) Always leave carb heat on for more than a few seconds at run up. 3) If holding for release either use card heat or check it again. 4) Make sure you lean when carb heat is on to ensure smooth running engine and no fouling of the plugs 5) We overhauled the carb, since it was way overdue and might be contrbuting to the problem. 6) We added a carb temp gauge so we know what is really happening. (and we'll adjust the items above as needed based on the carb temp) 7) Just because the carb temp is in the "ice zone" doesn't mean that it will ice...there must be we'll be learning because we don't want to have carb heat on all the time.
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    An Absolutely Horrible Day!

    It would be great if the data could also tell us what percentage of the fleet has engines with that amount of we could get a percentage failure rate. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. Get those leaks fixed. Wasted money and eventually a safety issue. I prefer to top off when I put the airplane away. It reduces the amount of air and possible water condensation that could enter the tanks when air cools. More importantly, I always tend to have more time when I land than when I am leaving. I usually want to get to the hangar, pre-flight and get going.
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    Mooney down Woodbine Nj

    Sobering. Prayers to his family. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  14. Your right, but there are a lot of variables like the peak draw that may happen when you transmit. 1.5 to 2 hours would probably be safe. That being said, what you did was superb. Find the closest suitable airport and get down. Don't take new risks, but get down. If you have to ferry...figure that out in VFR. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  15. Couldn't find the ATC. Do you remember what freq. you were on?