Spike Kavalench

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  1. It kinda looks as worn as mine... but mine still has all the chrome plating on it. How much were you thinking of asking for it? Might be worth me having it as a spare in case mine breaks off entirely...
  2. Yes I do still need one but how badly worn is it? I’m replacing mine because it is quite loose around the square bar it attaches to. If it’s in good shape and fits tight, I’m very interested. Spike
  3. Friends I am in need of the inside door handle (square hole type) and the door opener slide for my ‘61 B model. Anyone? Thanks.
  4. Turned into a slightly bigger job than I anticipated.
  5. Took a while but hopefully it will be worth it. A friend’s wife recemtly said “Mooney... is that like Money with two O’s?” Yes. Yes it is.
  6. The Mooney Pare parts manual shows a 6048-19 part number, but does anyone know what tomuse as a replacemet for those short rubber hoses at the wing roots?
  7. Seems logicsl... the previous mechanic didn’t disassemble anything, he just flushed it from the outside, I presume...thanks for your input.
  8. Thanks for all the input guys. I guess we’ll pull it and have a prop shop flush the hub. Cheers!
  9. So I had the engine overhauled because of a main bearing chewing itself up. We overhauled the prop governor, replaced all the oil hoses and oil cooler, but after flying it two hours I find out the mechanic only flushed the prop and did not send it for a contamination inspection. We’re doing the annual now and my current mechanic thinks the prop should be sent in for a contamination inspection. The prop still has two years on it before it needs a 10 year overhaul (Canadian requirement). Do I need to pull the prop and have it opened up? Also my spinner is cracked so I may have to pull the prop anyway to replace the backing plate if I can’t find a spinner to fit that one. So... prop prolly has to come off regardless. Sent ACPartswharehouse a message but if anyone has a tagged spinner for sale I’m interested. (1961 M20 B with 2 blade Hartzel HC-C2YK-1BF.) Spike
  10. Thanks for checkin in, fellow B Model flyer. Sorry I don’t have any performance data but I have only flown my plane about 7 hours in the last year because I had to have the bottom end overhauled and we’re still trying to iron out issues we keep finding. Now we’re starting the annual so it’s going to be a while before I get to do any serious flying. Keep those old B models flying!
  11. Yah I been doing repairs since I bought mine too! Lol.
  12. My mechanic wants to install longer bolts to pass through both sides of the oil cooler, using 3 3/8 x 5/16” od .058 wall thickness bushings, in order to spread the load of the cooler and prevent cracking of the one tab that was originally attached to the cowl using 6 short bolts. Is this a good idea and if so, where can I source those long bushings?
  13. Welcome! I bought an M20B Rayjay turbo equipped plane about a year ago, love how it flies! Thanks for starting this thread, glad to know I’m not the only B model owner! C-FGUS is based out of Langley BC.
  14. Three words: Pre Purchase Inspection. 

    1. skippyf16


      roger that buddy, savvy aviation.



  15. No, it wasn’t an over boost issue. The Arcraft Maintenance Engineer/shop owner who sold me the airplane had a great story.. he told me that he had found a very small amount of metal in the oil, and that he had purchased the plane from the previous owner who didn’t want to deal with it. He said he pulled the cylinders and did the piston pin SB and the engine looked great. Very common cause of metal in Lycomings, he said. He said that he was sure it was a good engine. So I figured, sounds reasonable. After I bought it, however, two of his ex employees warned me that they had found substantially more than a “small amount” of metal and that they had told the shop owner the airplane should be grounded. That didn’t happen. The engine was reassembled and the plane was sold to me with a fresh annual inspection, fully “servicable”. I had already paid for the plane after hearing this revelation so I flew it for five hours and we pulled the suction screen (which is STEP NUMBER ONE in Lycoming’s SB describing what to do when metal is found in the oil). Well we found so much metal and crud jammed in there it was obvious the screen had never been removed. (Step number ONE, remember..) So we grounded the plane and pulled the engine for overhaul. They found one main bearing chewing itself up and the cam and lifters were pitted. “Well why no pre-buy inspection? Idiot?” you might say.. Well you’re not wrong, and I shoulda, but when you buy a plane from a licensed mechanic who does pre-buy inspections for a living and he signs it off as serviceable, there is or should be an expectation you are getting a serviceable airplane. I was wrong to expect that. Chalk it up to one really expensive life lesson. But at least I have an engine I now KNOW is dependable. And that’s all I’m sayin about that. For now.
  16. Well after the surprise of having to do an IRAN overhaul on my engine and spending over 20,000 dollars to do it, I am rethinking the affordability of owning an airplane at all at this stage of my life, nearing retirement and all.. So, truth be told, I would probably sell my Rayjay Turbo equipped 61 M20B and take a huge loss right about now. I’m sure it’s only worth about 35k given it’s age and I’m into it for a lot more than that, the exact number both hard to calculate and not something I’d really want to know anyway, but if someone showed up with 35k USD I’d have a hard time saying no right about now. Not advertising it, just mulling it around...
  17. Spike Kavalench


    Awesome! Seems like a pretty common thing to have to do with these planes.
  18. Spike Kavalench


    Nicest interior ever! Well done!
  19. Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing. I wasn't planning on using it during cruise but I may give that a try. Any chance of sending a digital copy of your Rayjay POH?
  20. Yeah. A previous owner must have spent a lot of money installing it. We live in mountainous territory here so it helps to get up and over the rocks. Also, it's just cool to have!