PilotCoyote

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    1964 M20D/C

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  1. PilotCoyote

    Resurrection of a 1964 M20D

    Just to clarify, it did not shear on its own...I sheared it off while trying to ease it loose with Kroil and a gentle touch (not so gentle, eh?). After I had replaced my flap hydraulic hoses (3), and after much bleeding of the hydraulic system, the flaps (very curiously) decided to finally seat on the stops. They weren't on the stops prior to draining and bleeding the system. So they needed adjustment as they were quite a ways off. The bolt was already soft, as it sheared without applying much force at all. I suspect that whoever attempted the last adjustment stopped when the bolt started getting soft. So it's my problem now..... I'm hoping that the worse case scenario is that the threaded block is a standard thickness, so that I can simply buy a length of it and fabricate from there, as I don't have free access to a mill.
  2. PilotCoyote

    Resurrection of a 1964 M20D

    Flap up stop bolt sheared off..... I'm going to call LASAR on Tuesday, but has anyone dealt with this before? There might not be enough material in the threaded block to install a heli-coil. I'm thinking that the easiest solution (if heli-coil will not work) will be to remove the 3 rivets holding the block and fabricate a new block or source a good used one...
  3. PilotCoyote

    Resurrection of a 1964 M20D

    Yes, I am aware of the digital replacements, but I don’t know yet whether this is my forever plane, so no plans to upgrade my engine and fuel gauges yet. I’ll probably just send this one out for overhaul too.
  4. PilotCoyote

    Resurrection of a 1964 M20D

    I used a pool toy inflater to put about 0.7 psi into the vent line to to a quick leak check on a tank... the sending unit is leaking at the center stud gasket. My other sending unit was just overhauled and does not leak. Has anyone attempted to replace the sealing washer under the stud to fix a leak? I am concerned that attempting this would damage/move the internals around. 20190209_142107.mp4
  5. PilotCoyote

    Oil analysis

    Yep, every time you service it you gotta make a logbook entry stating how many cleanings are left..
  6. PilotCoyote

    Oil filter conversion

    My experience with the remote filter setup has been a negative one. A hangar flyer I am not. While my Mooney isn’t flying right now, I fly and work on other aircraft regularly. My point of view is from a maintenance standpoint, not as a pilot. As an aircraft builder, I tend to be more critical of the benefits of a particular design. I see now that I should not have quoted your post in my own, as it was then perceived as an attack, and that was not my intent...I am sorry for that. I am glad that your experience was a positive one, and truly wish that mine had been the same. The fact that the engine mounted filter setup is all around simpler, less expensive, and less weight is just a reality...and more flight hours in a Mooney can’t change that. As for my opinion- well, I believe that complexity is often the result of improvement in a design, but not in this particular case. Like a Rolex (it’s a poor timekeeper that requires a ridiculous amount of maintenance)- and I’ve got more than 1600 hrs wearing them, so I do know what I’m talking about. At the end of the day, both you and I have remote filter setups; I don’t like mine, and you like yours. It doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, really. Owning a plane is kind of a crazy thing to begin with, so I shouldn’t argue which kind of crazy is better than another kind of crazy. But since I was called out- the unfortunate reality is that the cowling still has to come off to inspect the suction screen at a 50 hr oil change, so where is the real benefit to having the filter on the firewall as opposed to the back of the engine? Unless you don’t inspect your suction screen at every 50 hr oil change, and you manage to reach into your access door, R&R the new filter and safety it- then I’d say you have found a real benefit in having a remote filter. Here’s a picture of mine. I should probably be thankful that I even have an oil filter...
  7. PilotCoyote

    Oil filter conversion

    I have the remote Airwolf...it came on the plane. I will not do it that way if I ever have a choice... it increases complexity and cost and weight, and when it comes time to replace the fire sleeved hoses, you’re looking at another $400+ at that annual. Granted, it’s easier to pull the filter. But more stuff to clutter the already small engine compartment and more fittings that could leak.
  8. PilotCoyote

    Sticky Blue Goop

    Having stripped a tank, I cannot believe that it would be possible for tank sealant to dissolve unless it was on fire
  9. PilotCoyote

    Sticky Blue Goop

    Does it look like this? I Don’t have a pic of the really thick stuff that I found on my own plane, but here is a little bit of goo from a leaky drain valve and sending unit...
  10. PilotCoyote

    Sticky Blue Goop

    Hmm.. I have seen tar like deposits that were old fuel leaks. Eox cleaner dissolved them with a gentle scrubbing
  11. PilotCoyote

    Flying in the rain...

    3 C is my limit while IMC or in the rain...it has kept me out of trouble so far.
  12. PilotCoyote

    Oil analysis

    Agreed, sounds like an induction problem/ ram air not fully closed. Also, If you are using silica/ glass bead blast media to clean your plugs (a big no-no), that will also leave deposits. Probably an induction issue though. Silica in spark plugs: How to ruin a spark plug
  13. PilotCoyote

    20C

    The community college A&P programs are the way to go- the private programs are ridiculously over priced... not sure about the east coast but the west coast has a few of them.
  14. PilotCoyote

    20C

    There are more female A&P’s out there than you might think- all of the ones I have met were working for either Part 135 or 121 operations though.
  15. PilotCoyote

    Oil hose size

    They are -8, but do you have the mandrel tool with 37 degree aircraft flare to install the fittings on the hose? You can use any hose that meets the MIL spec