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  1. Thanks Y'all! I think it sounds like: This is probably not a good idea for weight and practicality reasons it's probably not legal (at least not with a loooooong conversation with the FAA) there *is* however a fiberglass cloth covering option, which works roughly the same way as ceconite etc, and probably is not the best choice regardless I knew this was the place to go to ask such questions!
  2. Interesting. Another M20A owner suggested that one could fully encase the wooden structure in resin impregnated fiberglass, like a surf board, to ensure longevity. I wonder if he was just mistaken/I misunderstood him.
  3. This ad for a Canadian M20A (CF-LCV) says that the wing has been "fiberglassed," which i take to mean that the wood has been encased in fiberglass and resin. I've heard of this being done before, and it seems a little bit much to do under a 337, but I also have never seen an STC for the work. It looks like there's an STC for Razorback fiberglass covering (SA2-952), but that looks more like standard fabric. Does anybody know what the deal is with a fiberglassed M20A? NB: I'm not looking to buy this airplane, just want to understand the fiberglass thing for when I eventually get to buy a mooney.
  4. It's worth spending the $12.95 for a pulse oximeter (amazon link). Many people find that they feel cognitive effects of hypoxia well before the FAA required level, and a pulse-ox is a cheap way to monitor yourself. I never let myself get below 93% saturation while flying, which means I'm on oxygen usually at about 5k, and always by 7k. Maybe this is a conservative way of flying, but oxygen is cheap, there's no really good way to judge how impaired you are, and we have no clue what fraction of bone headed accidents at elevation would have been avoided if the pilot was thinking a bit more clearly because they had oxygen on.
  5. My cessna 152 is lives about 100 feet from this airplane, and it makes me cry a little inside every time I see it.
  6. Thanks! I'll give him a call to get a feel for the market.
  7. I think you're missing my question--I know I don't want the cheapest one on barnstormers, what i'm trying to figure out is where the line is between "good deal" and "you'll regret it." Is it the case that all the M20Cs that you see advertised asking between 28 and 35k are probably basket cases? Or are some of them perfectly good airplanes that have been kept up, but never really upgraded? (And that will likely continue on just fine without any nasty surprises)
  8. Can I ask what you paid? I'm trying to figure out where the line is between "buying cheap" and "getting a good deal on solid mechanicals because it looks like 1967 inside" :-)
  9. how much of the 20k was stuff you expected from the pre buy? how much was surprise gotchas that only came up when you took it to maxwells?
  10. I'm in the extreme tire-kicking phase right now, the soonest I'm even in the neighborhood of thinking about buying is in two years, but thanks for the offer! Those are, in fact, the airplanes that got me asking this question in the first place though. My thoughts exactly--the last thing I want is to buy a "cheap" money pit that lives in the shop!
  11. How much of this was fixing things that you wanted fixed, and how much was fixing things that were current or developing airworthiness issues?
  12. +1 for the pulse-ox AND knowing your personal O2 requirements. I titrate to 93% or higher, usually that means I'm on oxygen above 5k, and just this weekend my pulse-ox caught an O2 system malfunction (I had left the main valve on my portable O2 bottle was closed).
  13. As I was bouncing through turbulence at 92 knots over the ground today, with my wife making faces from the right seat of my trusty cessna 152, I found myself thinking about the seemingly never ending stream of M20Cs on barnstormers, offered for not much more than the value of my current airplane. Just how cheap is too cheap for a mooney? If I'm willing to tolerate ugly paint, a ratty interior, and a strictly VFR panel, how cheap can I hope to find a mechanically sound Mooney with a mid-time engine that hasn't been abused?
  14. Is this how your Mite became experimental though? I was just wondering if it's even possible in theory, since I'd never heard of anybody doing it.
  15. Do you mean that it started as a 1953 M18C, but is now an experimental class aircraft? I have been wondering if an extensive restoration done by an amateur fits the 51% rule, and can turn the airplane into a homebuilt (with all the associated freedoms to modify).