DonMuncy

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  1. Paul, Very glad you are going to get everything OK with minimal expense and effort. We were all worried there for a while.
  2. I don't agree that overhaul or replacement is necessary or wise due to time or hours. I'm sure that somewhere a crankshaft has broken on a high time engine, but it is far more likely that failures due to age are not of a catastrophic nature. Much more likely that you would have a decrease in power/performance or increase in oil consumption. These are things that will not require repair instantly. I admit that some accessory failure may strand you, but I do not think that an OH for the purpose of getting overhauled accessories makes too much sense. Mike Busch has done some research on numbers and percentages of failure due to infant mortality and engine age. His opinion (and I agree) is that the best way is to be careful of oil filter inspection, borescope and oil analysis and keep flying the engine until some wear indicators tell you it is overhaul time. This coming from a guy who did an overhaul on a relatively high time engine last year after a prop strike while taxiing and the insurance company subsidized the OH.
  3. Aha, this explains why it is recommended to swap the positions of the plugs, so they change from moving electron movement from "center to ground" to "ground to center".
  4. Gee, I guess all the really old guys aren't willing to fess up openly. At 78, I appear to be the second oldest one to admit it.
  5. You are getting a lot of good advice here. My opinion, anything under 100 to 150 miles is better (except for the enjoyment) by driving. Redo your financial calculations by assuming 50% of your trips won't work out. This is to cover weather and mechanical cancellations. If it works using these parameters, you are probably good, as you are likely to beat that %. If is close, and you enjoy flying, go for it. If it doesn't work, you would be doing it because you want to. And that is alright too.
  6. I agree in theory. (Assuming the only value of a closed loop is to alleviate the necessity of continually drying the ambient air.) If I were having to regenerate the desiccant frequently, I might go to the effort to design a way to suck the air back out of the engine and run it through the compressor again. But having to cook the beads with about the frequency of oil changes, doesn't seem worth it to me. Incidentally, if I can offer any other information about my system, feel free to PM me.
  7. Come on all the rest of you old guys. Speak up, so I don't feel so old.
  8. I built my own. Almost certainly overkill with this size compressor. I run it on a timer, 5 minutes per day, and after every flight for about 5 to 10 minutes. I have to regenerate my desiccant every 4 months or so. (Dallas humidity level.) Is it necessary? Is it helpful? But it makes me feel better.
  9. Oops, most of the things I am wrong about are things I "just knew" are true without checking.
  10. One of the terrible problems is that no one will (or can) guarantee a patch. So you are rolling the dice with a patch. It may work well, or it can have another leak next week. From Colorado, The Tankman near Houston is closer than Weep No More or Florida.
  11. Even with direct cross winds you still lose. (presuming you are going both ways with the same winds). No wind is the only time you don't lose. And I think I can count on one hand, the number of flights where I caught tail winds both ways.
  12. That is going to be a long day. The first couple of times I flew from Dallas to San Diego, I did it in one day, and it was pretty tough. I switched to starting at mid day and stopping in El Paso or Las Cruces, and finishing the next day. Much less tiring.
  13. Yes, it is tough to get out and in. Yes, masking tape will help some. And absolutely, opening up the cut-out will make it much easier to deal with. And yes a filler piece is easy and necessary.
  14. The K does not recommend the use of a boost pump except in the event of a failure. (I think). It is my understanding that the boost pump puts fuel into one area of the induction system and the primer into another (not sure where, or which is which). Someone told me about the use of both, and I have good luck starting with that method.
  15. I had the full size IPad to start, and it would fit between the K yoke horns in "portrait" mode. I switched to a mini, and like it much better.