Jakes Simmons

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  1. I ended up purchasing the '76 Ranger that I posted basing in Columbus Ohio on an earlier thread. In process of replacing all the pucks now, in March it goes to Weep No More for both tanks. I realize this subject has been covered in the past, I researched thread history, but I didn't really get a clear idea of folks' results. This Ranger has the 201 windshield but uses the original glareshield that does not extend fully to the windshield, and it is in rough shape. That area is covered by two different materials, one soft and the other plastic. Ideally I would like to find an early J glare shield that could be sent down to Hector for recovering. So far no luck calling all the salvage yards, and Hector said he rarely sees them come up anymore. My desire is one piece to cover everything under the windshield. The picture of the Ashby piece for the 201 does not give me an idea of length. Have folks installed this with long term success? I know it will require modification, is it worth the effort for a starting point or better to be patient on a used 201 shield turning up? Appreciate help in advance.
  2. Yup, I travel for a living but will be back up Columbus way at the end of the month. Big Time Central Ohio Mooney Pilot Lunch would be cool with me. Appreciate earlier info posts. I’ll stay lurking on the Vintage threads, especially when I get closer to moving the plane.
  3. Good morning, I am soon to be a new vintage Mooney owner! 1976 Ranger currently in its annual/pre buy. Although this is not the first aircraft I have owned, it is my first Mooney. I am coming from a ‘46 Swift. My questions have to do with what is going to be really new to me, based at an airport with no maintenance on the field. For many of you that is a fact of life but for me...I got spoiled. For the past six aircraft I have owned, I have always been at the same airport down South with an excellent shop only a two minute walk away. Whenever I had even a minor issue, the shop owner, who is a friend, always set aside time to get me on my way. Service! If the annual goes well, it looks like I will be based at Bolton airfield south side of Columbus Ohio. Super friendly folks, bbq on the airport, but no mx. Especially for you owners in the Columbus area, what has been your experience with local mechanics, anybody willing to travel if the airplane is stuck? Any special advice for a new owner in this situation? I’ve done owner assisted annuals in the past to keep the cost down, but not sure how that would work if having to fly to another shop. Appreciate any info and thank you for all the great posts about keeping Mooney’s going on this site. It has been an ongoing help and pleasure to peruse as I get closer to the big day.