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About AaronC

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    Clearwater, FL
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  1. Prop Strike

    Mlm20c- Poplar Grove did the overhaul carusoam- Thanks for the great thoughts. We will definitely have the cylinders pulled to inspect the cam for corrosion.
  2. Prop Strike

    My mechanic has that... and is following it, but as I believe, it's just a recommendation. The engine is definitely coming out to be inspected... that's not an option, just curious on the rest.
  3. Not by my doing, but my airplane (62 M20C) has had a prop strike (from a porpoised landing). This was a few weeks ago, and we've worked out all the insurance stuff, and figured out a way to move forward. 1st lesson learned... make sure you insure your airplane for what you can get a comparable plane at. We got such a great deal on our plane, and insured it for only slightly more than we paid. The insurance company initially told us that it was going to be considered a complete loss. We have a 3 blade Hartzell, but told them we could go with a 2 blade to lower the repair cost, and it lowered it enough to avoid the complete loss... so we're going to get it repaired. The plan is to pull the engine to have it inspected (by Zephyr engines), and get the two blade prop put on. We have a brand new mag on there (less than 1 hour), and one old one that was going to be replaced soon anyway. Since we're getting a set amount for repairs, we are obviously trying to make sure we get everything covered with the money we get... My questions are: 1. Would you replace the new mag? 2. New 2 blade prop, or find a used one and have it overhauled? 3. New fuel pump? It has been suggested that we just do an overhaul at this point since we're going to have the engine out anyway and torn down somewhat. The engine only has 300hrs on it, so not sure it's worth it at this point. The overhaul was done 13 years ago, so depending on if they find any corrosion, we may need to replace more parts. Not sure if it's worth the money for the overhaul though. Any other thoughts? Anyone have a prop they want to sell?
  4. 1970 M20F for sale with REBATE

    Did you sell?
  5. I will be in Savannah this week for the military. My airplane is down for a while, so trying to get in the air any opportunity I can. I'd go up in anything! Will also be in Washington DC, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and in the Tampa area this month if you know of anyone in those areas. My goal is to fly as many different airplanes before I go to the airlines in a couple months. Thanks!
  6. Fixing small corrosion spots

    Yah, can you elaborate on the roll tape? Thanks for the help guys.
  7. On our C, we have a few corrosion spots under the paint that we want to repair... nothing major, just want to get ahead of it. Any tips from those that have done it? The rest of the paint is in really great shape, so there's no need to repaint the whole thing.
  8. Mechanics upcharge for parts?

    Less than 300 hours. Just heard back from the mag shop rebuilding it... they said it was all messed up. Housing was cracked (probably from over tightening the bolts on installation), that made pretty much everything inside unusable. The only salvageable part is the coil. The owner of the shop (on the field I got stuck at) is the one that called me. He said since it's going to be a lot more to repair the part than originally quoted, that I could just pay the mag shop for the repairs, and him for the removal and install. I thought this was very nice. I will post back when we get our plane back with a full report.
  9. Mechanics upcharge for parts?

    All the more reason for me to get my A&P. Let me say that I have no problem with shops making money. They are in business after all. I've owned a few businesses I understand the game... but will say that I took care of my customers, in hopes I kept them. This post was really me trying to figure out if this was normal operations for shops. If it is, then I have nothing to complain about, it's just the cost of doing business. When doing business with people, I just want to feel that I'm being treated fairly, and not being ripped off. The owner admitted that he was paying $600 for the rebuilt mag, and that I was paying $1000 for it. To me that seems excessive when I'm paying for the hours of work as well... but again, if that's industry standard....... I have no problem telling people the name of the shop... just not going to do it publicly until I get my airplane back. :-) Not sure what the total bill/ hours will be... he just got the plane today.
  10. I'm new to airplane ownership, and not sure if it's normal for a shop to upcharge for parts? My specific example is my mag failed on a field away from home. Found the mechanic on the field to replace it. I obviously did research to find out that my Bendix mag would cost about $600 for a rebuild. When he quoted $1000 for the rebuild only, I questioned it. Long story short, he admitted that he was adding the extra as an upcharge, and "it's business". I really don't have a choice, so he's changing it, but curious if that's normal practice? If so, I will shut my mouth and chalk it up to the cost of ownership... With his shop rate at $110hr, it'll be an expensive Mag.
  11. Ailerons sticking

    Checked this morning. All of the push rods are free and clear. On the ground, ailerons are smooth and full motion. It passed the ground test last week, but may have developed a leak, so I will check again. Brittain servo boots seem new. I will let you all know if I find anything. Thanks again for all the help.
  12. Ailerons sticking

    Great help. We may just have to disconnect the chains until we take the servos out. (Will be getting one of the new autopilots.)
  13. Ailerons sticking

    Brittain Wing leveler, no auto pilot.
  14. Just did a long cross country and noticed the ailerons seemed to be sticking on the way back. Only sticking in the center, then once I started moving them they were really easy to move and not sticking. After straight flight for a while, slight sticking again. I have a wing leveler that I used prior to (Was testing it, and it wasnt working, drifts to the right), I turned it off after that. Seems to at cruise altitudes, Only noticed it a there. Only feel the sticking on the ailerons, not on the elevator. Wondering if one of the servo's could be restricting? I will open everything up tomorrow to look and lube all the bushings. 1962 M20C Any thoughts?
  15. Lasar J Bar boot.

    Does it look nice? @Bob_Belville @RLCarter