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  1. moontownMooney

    Mac 1700

    Highly recommend you talk to Bevan Rabel regarding repair of your Bendix King radio. They have a guy that specializes in them and they are very good at diagnosing and doing even component (resistor, capacitor, etc.) level repairs and replacements. They were recommended to me for this purpose by two other folks and my experience with them definitely exceeded my expectations. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Airpath compass mount

    Okay getting the picture that our compass mount isn't original or proper. Does someone have a pic of this style of compass mount properly done? Was the airpath compass original equipment for the 68 M20F? If so, per Clarence's description, shouldn't there be two front-to-back through holes in the windshield tube/strut to accommodate the mount screws? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Airpath compass mount

    We just got a new compass mount (plastic piece inside which the compass mounts) for our airpath compass mounted to the vertical beam in the middle of the windshield. This plastic piece seems to do its job well enough, but there is a thin sheet metal u-shaped piece that attaches the plastic mount to the metal tube/strut, and this metal piece causes the plastic mount and compass assembly to vibrate quite badly. Is this metal attachment original? Are there other part options? If this is common are there folks that have had luck with modifying or damping the mount attachment to reduce compass vibration? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  4. I recently had to redo the settings on my JPI due to an unexplained factory reset (likely during the annual). To get the current local pressure at field elevation, in order to set the JPI's manifold pressure offset/calibration, I simply set my altimeter to zero altitude and read the pressure from the window. However, now my JPI is reading about an inch higher than my engine MP gauge. Thoughts? I would think my IFR certified altimeter would be more reliable than an MP gauge, but does this mean my MP gauge needs adjusted or am I missing something. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  5. moontownMooney

    Brittain Industries coming back

    I had this exact thought! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  6. moontownMooney

    TANKS - Weeping - Patch - Nuance

    Regardless of advice on how to resolve the issue and how to navigate the purchase price, I agree that you shouldn't let a fuel weep scare you away from an otherwise good plane. Just be aware it will take some time and or money. But almost no plane of this vintage is issue free. I don't think you've said where the weep is, but a weep into the cabin is more serious and needs immediate attention. It isn't necessarily harder to fix but it does require immediate attention. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Brittain Industries coming back

    So glad to hear this! Good for their family, good for the Mooney community, and good for my currently non-functional step retract boot...[emoji1] Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Oil changing - Trying to not make a mess

    What should one look for when inspecting the exhaust system in this manner? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. moontownMooney

    Oil changing - Trying to not make a mess

    We have the aviation version and it is definitely worth the money to me. It is far better shaped for aviation purposes than the other form a funnel models. We have not been successful in using it to catch oil from the filter, but we didn't try very hard and only tried once so far. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    TANKS - Weeping - Patch - Nuance

    IF the sealant you are patching is newer AND well done AND the patching is done carefully by an experienced technician, then yes it can be a long-ish term solution (years anyway). Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  11. moontownMooney

    TANKS - Weeping - Patch - Nuance

    What condition were the tanks advertised as being? What is the evidence that they are leaking/weeping? Who determined they were weeping and who notified you? Note that some amount of weeping is acceptable and may not get appreciably worse over some nominal amount of time. Other "weeping" is an airworthiness issue and grounds the airplane, per the maintenance manual. Some leaks/weeps aren't caused by the tank sealant, but by the fuel level sender seals, strainer seals, or other fuel line pickup seals. If there is any smell of fuel in the cabin, or any blue stains under the carpet, you will absolutely want to get it fixed. Few things are as depressing as having a new-to-you plane you love and being forced to monitor and deal with a fuel leak on it. Also, try to take the emotion out of the deal. The plane is just a machine and the seller is just a party in a financial transaction. Too many good people get duped by sellers they honestly believe are honest people. If the plane needs a complete reseal, you shouldn't be expecting a consolation on price equal to the cost of sealing. A plane with a fresh reseal from one of the few reputable dealers is worth more than a plane with old but non-leaking sealant. I'd ask for $4k price consolation if complete reseal is necessary. I've only bought/owned one plane and only owned it for a little over a year, but I say all this from experience. If you'd like to chat, you can PM me. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  12. moontownMooney

    M20F Elevator Play - Possible Bungees?

    Agreed, looks normal to me. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Cheap IFR GPS

    Can you explain the significance of the PROC key to me? I have very little experience with these GPS systems and what little I have was 15+ years ago. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  14. moontownMooney

    Brittain install manual

    I've added some additional documentation for Brittain products (wiring diagrams, maintenance manuals for Accu-Trak and Accu-Flite, AFMs, supplements) in the "Downloads" section here. The very friendly Brittain staff were eager to provide me this library of information when I requested it to help troubleshoot the system in my new-to me plane last year. My wing-leveler and Accu-Flite works great. The constant rate turn knob on my Accu-Trak works but the nav tracking does not. We haven't figured it out, but that is largely because other bigger issues have come up (e.g., complete fuel tank reseal). I do miss the Brittain folks. They were so friendly and helpful.
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    Brittain PC & AP Documents

    Brittain PC & AP Documents View File These were provided to me by Brittain in 2017. Submitter moontownMooney Submitted 09/12/2018 Category Avionics