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  1. I saw the shortage at Spruce, but my neighborhood Falconcrest had some on the shelf. I grabbed a tube there about two weeks ago.
  2. I have a rolling cart of heavy metal (lead? depleted uranium?) weights I inherited with the plane. They’re juuust enough weight at the tie down. I usually throw a case of oil and a couple old batteries in the baggage bin for good measure. Not as effective as if they were back at the tail tie down, but it spreads the stress a little.
  3. An update: the $100 eBay unit works beautifully. took the airport kid for a hop across Alabama today to try it out. It’s not the new Gee-whiz gadget, but it works(For now). I’m happy.
  4. Spoke to Don Valentine yesterday. He says there are no parts for a fix, that it’s done. Dead. It was a low end model to begin with, and the right, legal, parts just don’t exist for the repair. Found a unit on eBay that’s got a money back guarantee if it does not work. Figured that’s worth a gamble. The takeaway: if you have a WX-900 that’s working, speak kindly to it and treat it with kid gloves.
  5. Thanks, y'all. Yeah, with a lot of light shining on the screen, you can see it working, so I'm pretty sure it's just the backlight. I like the idea of having some self-sufficient, realtime weather information. I'll reach out to Don Valentine and see what he says about getting it fixed. Granted, the WX-900 won't talk to other screens, as far as I know, but it's better than eyeballing a cloud and hoping for the best. I do a lot of weather flying in the Airbus and having 200,000 of airplane around me, onboard radar, WIFI weather, and two sets of qualified eyeballs with experience is a little different than scooting around the southeast with 180 horsepower and an iPad. I'd like to get airborne for some Mooney IFR, but I've still got a few projects I want to do before I start doing real IFR. But we're getting there. Again, thanks for the input.
  6. Friends, Way over on the right side of my panel, there's an old BFG WX-900 strike finder. The backlighting is out - the Indiglo backlight on a $20 timex might be longer lasting. I'm on the fence whether I want to have it fixed, or try and gain a pound and a half of useful load back. Arguments for fixing it: An onboard, self-sustained weather source that is very relevant in the southeast where convective activity is King. Real-time reporting that keeps on going if my ADS-B link hiccups. Arguments against the fix: It's not a sure thing. Some percentage of fixes fail to work. If the repair works, it's still an old piece of instrumentation. I can, in theory, get the same data from Foreflight if I don't mind the lag. Best I can tell, there's only one guy who repairs WX-900s anymore: Keith Peshak, who advertises on Barnstormers. It's a $500 fix, plus shipping. Has anyone had one fixed? Happy with the decision? Lemme know. I've gotta make a decision.. but not in a great hurry. There are some advertised on flea-bay touted as operable... it'd be cheaper than the repair, but I figure that's just a ticking clock until the backlight goes on that one as well. Penny for y'all's thoughts.
  7. Years ago I was trying to start a hopped up IO-360 in an aerobatic bird to taxi it shortly after the performer had flown his routine. I was getting nowhere, fast. The pilot walked over and uttered some fateful words: "When in doubt, flood it out." At least then, you know what you're dealing with. It's served me well in a lot of types that I didn't fly long enough to build aircraft-specific knowledge in. Also, if you start seeing any sort of starting issue regularly, it might be time to take a long, hard look at your ignition system. That's where it often first starts showing age. A weak spark amplifies any other issues at startup.
  8. If you're the same person who had made multiple requests for this on several forums... I'm glad one popped up to try on! I felt bad as the first time I saw someone post this request in the Omaha area was right after passing through on the way home after our trip out west. The elbow room thing is a little awkward with a friend, but with Amy in the right seat, I just use her leg as an armrest. It works.
  9. I have a ‘65 M20C. She’s been circulated among my close friends since 1980, and there’s no small amount of emotional attachment involved. I’ll admit that up front even though for years I’ve counseled others to avoid exactly that when I did their pre-purchase inspections. What I bought as a solid flyer is, in actuality, a flying project. It’s solid enough that we took it out west last summer, but needy enough that I‘ve had every bit of the main gear apart in the last week for some TLC, and am waiting on a downlock block from LASAR. I clicked like on the suggestion that if you want a project, look at a home built. A couple reasons for that: - If you’re not an A&P, you’ll need one really handy for the Mooney project. If you build the RV, at the end of the process you can get your repairman certificate for that bird and have just as much legal authority as the A&P would. - experimental amateur built birds aren’t beholden to expenses such as PMA parts, STCs, and our occasionally challenging limited parts supply in the Mooney world. I’d like to re-bush my entire main gear right now. new parts to accomplish that goal are turning out to be a challenge to locate. If it was a home built, I’d be turning down stock on a lathe right now. -homebuilts have cheaper and often more-capable options available. - and at the end of the day, you’ll have an early Mooney that most folks would offer 30-40K for a purchase price even if you wind up with 60k in it. The resale value reflects what the market will support more so than what you’ve put into it. -you can remove an RV’s fuel tanks and ship them to someone who knows what they’re doing for sealing or re-seal. I say all that to say this. I’m enjoying the daylights out of my flying project. The airplane is rugged (nose gear steering excepted), simple-ish, and while it ain’t the easiest thing to work on, there are few impossible tasks. Spar corrosion seems to be the big killer, so make certain you look at every inch of that structure before you commit to buying the B project. We as a community love to know another airframe might return to the sky, but sometimes we’ve got to accept that some serial numbers are best utilized as a trove of spare parts. Good luck, whichever choice you make.
  10. Thanks, Andy. Used this last week for the right main, and will do the left main this week. That was a big help.
  11. Thanks for this. I just woke up and grabbed the big bundle of Mooney docs in something of a panic. I didn't post about it but basically I went all in, and pulled the right main gear assembly when I went to replace the shock mounts. There was a good bit of surface rust where the truss had been spray painted in-situ over the years but the top of the top tube hadn't been touched. I cleaned it all up and put it all back together with my new discs this weekend. I didn't want all that work to be in vain! Looks like the nose gear had the SB performed in November, 1984. I hadn't figured out when the main was officially done, but in digging through the pile of stuff, there was a January 1996 MAPA Log issue in a folder labeled maintenance. What the heck? It is folded open permanently to a LASAR advertisement and penciled in the margins there's a series of notes from a phone call with Bill at LASAR, with part names and prices of the spacers and links for the main gear. Sure enough, I flipped to January '96 and worked forward. New main gear shock mounts and spacers in April, 1997. So my freshly cleaned and painted gear is up to speed on the SB. I think I'll go start on the left main gear now. On that note, any Mooney guys around ATL have the gear rigging tools I can beg, borrow, rent or steal for a few days?
  12. 3-68 is the entirety of the number string, separate from the much longer part number. I‘m guessing they got changed at some point with new (very) old stock. The record keeping from owners past is a bit spotty..
  13. I’m under my mooney right now. 1965 M20C. My main gear discs are a 1968 date code. Yeah, I know. So I bought some from a local MSC. Went to install them today. But wait, it gets better. Under compression, the gap under the collar is Right at limits. When I jack it up, they expand exactly as designed. The retaining bolt on one side is rusted and won’t come loose. I hit it with PB blaster and will try again tomorrow when the rain begins. For now it’s sunny and clear in Georgia, so I’m gonna button it up and go fly while the blaster does its thing.
  14. It’s not a replacement for an autopilot. It’s closer to a knee on the steering wheel, or letting your right seat passenger hold the wheel while you unfold a map on the interstate. Properly maintained or repaired, they’re a good aid in the cockpit. They’re not hard to fix when they break (lots of manuals and advice available here) and I’m pretty much just letting mine ride a couple years into the future.