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  1. I looked at several "project" Mooneys back in the spring. The first was a C that was routinely flown but needed a lot of love and we found spar cap corrosion in the PPI so I walked. The second was a Turbo F that hadn't flown in 10 years. We agreed on price but couldn't agree on having an independent inspection so I walked. I talked to the eventual buyer who indicated they were having problems with the plane. I ended up buying an in annual K that hadn't flown in 10 years. It has set on the ramp for 5 months while I work with a mobile A&P to overhaul the fuel system and now it's out of annual. The point to sharing this is only to make sure you buy the right project for the right price, with realistic expectations for what it will take to make it safe to fly again. No regrets on my project but that's only because I have learned the hard way. Best wishes in finding the right plane for you!
  2. Ugly Duckling, Fat Albert…I just love your plane names. Does your name have to be Gio or Sofia to buy it? Bump for great names and a quick sale.
  3. Beautiful plane and just down the road from “home”. Best wishes and safe journeys. Go Vols!
  4. Another option to consider is a M20K 231 that was converted to a 261 or 262 with a -MB engine by Mod Works or Mod Squad. You get all the benefits of the 252 engine which includes an improved intake runners, intercooler and wastegate but the price is closer to a 231. As stated before, it may also have the second alternator but not all do. There seem to be plenty of these around so they pop up routinely in the market. This is the path I chose in my search for a M20K and very happy with my selection. I’ll also point out that built in O2 was an option for the 231s and many of the planes I considered had it installed. I would love the brakes and useful load increase of an Encore but just couldn’t justify the cost.
  5. All of the above. Get on Jimmy's mailing list and have everything ready to pull the trigger when you find something. Facebook marketplace and Craigslist are aditional sources. Its frustrating because the planes that are priced well sale same day so you have to be on it. I closed in May on one that I found on Trade A Plane. Prior to that one fell through due to purchase agreement/inspection disagreement. The second fell through in inspection due to spar cap corrosion. The successful candidate took a ton of leg work to resolve issues before closing. Good luck!
  6. Take the training linked above, print out the certificate and keep it with you while you are in the area. There are unique requirements and procedures in the SFRA which the training does a good job of covering. Its highly congested airspace but the good people at Potomac are friendly and helpful at working people through. Lastly, keep Com2 on Guard if you are not talking to Potomac so you can be aware of whats going on in the area.
  7. What products did you use? Looks great!
  8. Preferably before April 1st as I will be out of town the first week of April.
  9. Looking for a ferry pilot to move a M20K 261 from KSPA Spartanburg downtown to KPSC Pasco Washington. Open pilot requires IR 500tt, 100 complex, 50 model. Ideally the pilot would be a CFI and support 5hrs transition training upon arrival. Thanks! Jason
  10. I have been actively shopping for a Mooney since December. I finally closed on a new to me m20K model yesterday. The market is crazy right now. What I noticed is planes that were priced right sold in a matter of hours for asking price and planes listed for obnoxious amounts tended to sit for weeks/months. Whats more amazing than the prices is the amount of low/no recent flighy time planes that people are pulling out of the hangar to capitalize on the prices. My first question was always "how much flight time has the plane had in the last 1, 5 and 10yrs" and surprisingly there were several that havent flown in 20 years. I agree this could be a good thing if people actually spend the money to fix these planes and use them. Hopefully it will also open up some hangar space, but I havent seen that yet as demand seems to be equally high with limited supply..so those prices are going up as well. Unfortunately gas prices are also increasing so my fear is this further limits access to GA for new and existing pilots. Economics 101 I guess but it will be interesting to see how current world events effect prices going into warmer weather.
  11. @jetdriven That was the point I was trying to verify with the IA when he started talking about not being able to remove the followers. Clearly we were not communicating well. I know replacing the lifters doesnt address corrosion on the cam lobes but it would give a great view of the cam without pulling cylinders and give you a clean surface on the lifters. Thanks for everyones feedback.
  12. @philiplane Thank you for confirming what I previously understood. Does anyone know if these cases have the oil galley plug that offers a view of a few lobes and lifters?
  13. I did read that post and it is consistent with what I expected to see but I didnt really see anything that answered either question.
  14. Yesterday I was watching a Mike Bush video on cam and lifter corrosion. Most of the video was focused on Contenintal engines discussing how Lycoming lifters have a larger tip which requires splitting the case to replace them where Contenintal engine lifter look more like traditional automotive lifters and can be easily replaced. He also talked about how Continental permacast cases had a oil galley plug that can be removed to view a few lifters/cam by boroscope, however sandcast cases dont have this feature. Are the TSIO-360 engines used in M20K Mooney's sand cast or permamold? Better stated, do these engines offer the oil galley inspection point? I was talking to an IA yesterday about whether it would be a good idea to replace the lifters on a engine that has sat for an extended duration since it is easy to do on Continentals, based on the above video. He corrected me by saying the lifter can be easily replaced but not the follower which is the point of interference between the cam and lifter. Im used to the lifter riding against the cam lobe and the pictures I have seen seem to show the same. Is replacimg lifters an option on a M20K TSIO-360 with potential corrosion issues? Searched both questions but couldnt find the answer. Thanks! Jason
  15. Thats 231JN, but I agree it looks more like a W. 337 looks similar but serial number matches.
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