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    Grants pass, Or
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  1. Thought I’d share this update to those of you looking for the LED beacon update with above Whelen light. Looking at previous offers and sales of these lights they were titled as FAA/Pma/ STC for the Mooneys. I asked the rep for the AML and when he forwarded me it, the Mooney is definitely not on there. I think he was shocked No biggie, did a 337 with my IA during annual. He’s pretty straight forward to protect his butt and mine so I like that he did the 337. It is super bright and can’t even hear it now that it’s on!!! Winning
  2. Permatex #3 is brown and if not installed correctly stays a bit sticky. I was able to grab some at local auto parts store. Aka- Napa, autozone, oreilly, car quest. Make sure you let it become tacky before installing, it needs that air time to set off reaction I believe. Good luck
  3. Smart move @Gubni. as for insurance, I called all around. I’m 43 yo, no violations or issues, 200 hrs in make and model, 300 total, ppl, wiings credits, hangared and 50,000 hull and 500,000 liability...$1580 a year. Avemco was $1800 but with instrument came down to $1650.
  4. I think @N201MKTurbo has a possibility there. If it was blue it has the wicking and drip rate as if it were 100LL. When it heats up, pyrolysis turns it black. Clean it really well and do some ground runs. Maybe put a GOPro mounted near drip and record while doing run-up
  5. Very nice C! I’m sure you have already downloaded all the IPC manuals and different checkout sheets in the downloaded section. Remember safety safety safety! It’s such a reliable plane it can be easy to get complacent. Steve
  6. Oil leaks are tricky. Hopefully it’s an easy one and the suggestions above should spot it pretty quick. If it doesn’t, then I imagine the seller doesn’t want to spend much time and money diagnosing the multitude of things it could be. Here’s my order of inspection: oil filter and hoses- tight and not chaffing oil cooler-should be dry as a whistle. crankcase seal and oil governor line. prop governor oil dip stick o-ring area-sometimes these are tightened down way to tight and eventually leak. Check the oil drain lines from valve covers to block. All mine were loose
  7. Always enjoy reading about your excitement Don! You sound like a teenager again and always positive. I just had mi AI replaced with G5 by My AP/IA here in Grants pass. Wish I could’ve done it but we are moving to Cedar City and the moving trucks are here. Think I’ll tackle the HSI with him next time. The G5 PFD is amazing, so glad I went that route over AV-30c. Especially for instrument training. Cuts down on a couple spokes on my scan.
  8. I hope this plane is worth every bit of $52k and then some and both seller and buyer feel good about transaction. Beauty and deal is in the eye of the beholder, some of us just happen to see monetary value in every part bolted to the plane and its depreciation rate. My tanks haven’t been sealed since 1992! I’m sure someone was trying to tell the previous owner back in 1999 ,”boy, them tanks are 7 years old, gonna have to kick that down about $4,000 because they might leak tomorrow”(circa1999) What are you hoping to save, $3k maybe $7k tops. I know I’ve lost that and gained that in a few
  9. Great looking C! I agree, you’re paying half price for those avionics! Make sure to ask for a SB-208 inspection, tubular frame inspection. The great thing is buying a runout engine you aren’t as stressed about cam issues and lifters. Just make sure she makes rated power if you plan on trying to get a few years out of her/him, that’s what’s most important in an engine. Fuel Tank sealant? All paperwork with the STC’s? Logs? Corrosion in wheel wells? I can tell you who not to use for a PPI but if you grab someone from Arizona, you’ll be okay. Best of luck! Great plane and great group of
  10. Sheriff23, check with Costaero about what kind of deal they can get you on the 900. Seems like everyone is pretty competitive with prices right now, within $100 dollars of each, but every time I've called Chris or messaged him, I've gotten a response within a few minutes. I was undecided on what to get in my C next, (355, 430, 830, AV-30C, 327...) but figured engine monitor will pay off first, both in safety and possibly fuel saved (I'm really hoping my carburetor induction system is tuned like a dragster! even flows!) Also I figured I might make $1000 back from old gauges possibly.
  11. Igor, if you don’t mind me asking, which pull breakers did you go with? I have the trip type and soon to be doing a panel upgrade starting off with 900 and figure I’ll start my planning and layout design.
  12. Every time I see the term “I’m an engineer” I laugh and think of this: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-oct-01-mn-17288-story.html I can say that joke because I was once an engineer, but in my line of work an engineer just drives. I bet that drives some of you crazy...
  13. Chris, I just finished up a patch on my C. Not all that bad really. I wouldn’t suggest the tool above, it’s too thick and could bend the lip. I bought a bunch of different kinds of scrapers and plastic molding tools from harbor freight and nothing worked. Here’s what I found was best: #1. Tell your mechanic what your doing. You’ll need his support when you think your doing it wrong and him to approve of the work. #2. drain tank- even pulling the sump-drain leaves about 2 cups of 100LL in tank. I recall a quote my dad told me when I was young- a cup of gas vaporized is as dangerous as 6
  14. Thanks for the input. Can’t wait to get rid of old stiff seal.
  15. Sent you a message. This might be a silly question, what’s the large rectangular piece for? Is that if I was missing the top of doghouse?
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