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  1. Do you need the inner cable/wire? The inner wire is just piano wire. Find a piano tuner that has an A&P and your all set!
  2. I learned to fly at Andover. Great little airport. Not alot of Mooney's land there as the short runway scares many off... All those birds are just looking to get a closer look at your awesome bird. Good for you!
  3. My engine looked like that when I bought my plane. I had 3 main oil leak areas: 1) I found 3 crank case half bolts that were not tight at all. I could turn then with fingers... SO I had oil seeping out from the halfs. They were the 3 hardest bolts to get a wrench on so I knew the previous maintainers were just lazy. After finding this I retorqued every single bolt on the crankcase halfs and the oil sump. It took longer than you'd think but it was worth the peace of mind and stopped a lot of oil. 2) I replaced all 4 of the oil return line hoses. There are 4 little 2-3 in sections of rubber hose under the cylinders (2 per side) . The rubber gets subjected to the heat from the cylinders so should be replaced often anyway. 2 of mine were leaking (very slowly) but the oil was blowing everywhere and making a mess. 3) My biggest oil leak was the gasket under the oil filter adapter housing which is immediately above the governor. Like you, I was sure my leak was coming from the governor but it was higher and I just couldn't see it. There is not a lot of room back there so I bought a cheap-o borescope camera from amazon. I was able to navigate that little thing back there and find the leak. Maybe my story can help you. Good luck.
  4. Save you money on the foot wells. Don't buy new ones. You can buy new wall panel kits from airtex with the foot well eliminated for a completable price. Your wall panels looks bit dated anyway. I did this on my E and loved it.
  5. I used my wife's cricket to make a mask for a reverse mirror project. I think it came out pretty damn good.
  6. Build a traveling toolkit to keep in the plane. Commonly used tools and some extra common parts. Spark plugs and gaskets, 4 in 1 screwdriver, knipex pliers, voltmeter... Whatever. My favorite additions was a clip over the interior that I could hang my headset from.
  7. So I selling my E... I don't really want to but life throws curveballs. I'm not is a rush and will wait for a good buyer. More info over on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/408538294005704/
  8. I just listed my E for sale over on facebook... I'll give it a day or 2 on facebook before it start listing it elsewhere. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/408538294005704/
  9. If only it were last week... I just spent hours patching mine, installing new baffle seals, and felt. It'll find a good home.
  10. I did my primary in a 172. Then bought an E. The transition went really well with no real concerns. I feel very comfortable I'm my plane.
  11. I saw your post on FB. Sorry to hear about your situation. When my bendix stuck I used a pick with a 90 degree tip to pull the bendix forward just a bit. It was enough to get it unstuck. Good luck.
  12. I'd love to have the B&C starter. The cost of it held me back but knowing it hits the FS is more important. I've heard about the skytec issues but I don't see another option that's much better. Thanks for sharing.
  13. So yesterday my starter pissed me off for the last time... It decided it didn't want to work again... I hear a healthy click from the starter solenoid but nothing else. No starter rotation at all. This has happened before and the starter was IRAN'ed about 10 hours ago. It was a bad solder joint in the field winding at the terminal. and before that is was a sticky Bendix... and the time before that... so on. I wanted to keep the old heavy duty starter as I thought they were bullet proof... I guess not, its let me down too many times. It might not have been so bad but my wife and I were on an island, no mechanic on the field, on a Friday afternoon so the FBO left early, not knowing anyone local, with no rental cars available... Not happy. I tried smacking it with hammer, nothing. I had a volt meter and checked the voltages, all good. What the hell, lets try hand propping... What could go wrong right? Surprisingly nothing went wrong. My wife operated the throttle and mixtures (for the first time) and I threw blades. It started after 6-7 blades!!! All checks good! Lets go home! So now I'm ordering a skytec starter, 149-NL (I counted teeth), but is there anything else I need to order to make the swap? I heard about needing a longer starter cable but can't find solid info on that. I'm tiring to avoid the plane being grounded for weeks by placing on order for everything instead of placing multiple orders to get the "unknown parts" later. 66E, IO-360 A1A
  14. It's a bent piece of aluminum... Make it yourself.
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