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    1970 M20-C

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  1. Mine's done too, but the ceiling yesterday was 500-1000' variable with horrible winds. May test fly it after work one evening this week once the winds calm down. Taking off in a Mooney with active tornado warnings just wasn't something I wanted to do, even between rain showers . . .
  2. No, I hadn't heard. He don't make the news down this way anymore, now that he's done crying. My CFII was a former Delta pilot, she always said my C had better Nav instruments than the jets she flew . . .
  3. My C has both. She still flies pretty fast . . . . So the 3-blade prop must not be the rotating speedbrake that people say that it is.
  4. Yep. The legislation said ifnthenrefulations weren't in place in a year, we can fly as if they are. So come July, regs or no, BasicMed is on.
  5. The spinner and blade guards are indexed, have been since I bought the plane. The original balancing was done by the previous owner; this was a check to make sure it was still good. Every time I remove the spinner, I make sure the numbers are all legible for reinstall. Honestly, I don't remember if I put the spinner on before or after . . . Last night when I wrote this up my back and forearms were too sore. Lots of screws, and I cleaned the entire belly before putting the belly pan back on.
  6. Yeah, we looked there first, flashlights and all, from both sides. Was your C a quadrant bird like mine?
  7. If they don't go into effect by July, we can use them to fly as if they were issued. The reason for the non-issue isn't important, that's in the legislation, not the regulations just issued by the FAA.
  8. A full Strip and Reseal for my C was $6500 in 2010; bladder install at the same time was ~$10,000. You could out a ferry tank in the back,fly off for a strip and reseal and come out money ahead.
  9. I found today, putting my belly back on, that a few 3/4" long screws are useful for lining the belly pan up and getting started. The rest can be 1/2". Mine is a glorious mix, I've been replacing buggered up long screws with new, shorter ones. Don't think I could do it with all short screws, that long fiberglass belly is heavy, I need some long screws at the beginning. My new IA (this is my 2nd annual with him) also balances props. So we put the cheek panels on, pulled outside and hooked up to check mine since it was last dynamically balanced in June '02. All compressions are 76-80, the tach reads 22 RPM low, and vibration registered at 0.01, so I shut down, pushed back into the hangar and finished cowling up then put on the spinner. Everything finishes up tomorrow. It's been a busy weekend, and I opened all the panels last week after work. Annual started Friday morning, and I'm tired . . . The IA wants to make the Return to Service flight with me, so that'll be fun (weather permitting tomorrow; this morning's tornado warnings turned into nothing but rain, let's hope the same for tomorrow morning).
  10. Yes I do. And my mechanic gave up quickly when he looked at it today . . . Guess I'll try again later . . .
  11. I use "no joy" when I don't see called traffic; when I do, I say, "traffic in sight." "Tally ho" reminds me of WWII movies with the fighters diving on enemy formations . . .
  12. A thousandth or two on the diameter won't affect fit. Threads typically engage only 75% of their depth anyway. When it comes to plating, it's a process I have done outside and the ones I generally use are 0.001" thickness or less (TiN, Teflon, diamond black and other wear-prevention coatings rather than protection from the elements or corrosion). Many of them anymore are vapor deposition (with the notable exception of anodizing aluminum or powder coating instead of painting), and can be as thin as 0.0001" (on ten thousandth of an inch). I used to mold plastic parts that were coated on the inside with glass10 microns thick using high energy vapor deposition. These techniques provide very consistent coating thicknesses. Cadmium? I dunno, but I'd be surprised if it's highly variable, it's done rapidly to too many parts sold at tiny markups over unplated parts for the manufacturer to not have good control over cadmium usage.
  13. Why in the world would that be the case? Screws come in standard diameters and thread pitches, fine and coarse. Material of the screw doesn't matter. Custom applications where the fastener is turned on a lathe excepted, they can be anything. A 1/4-20 screw is 1/4" diameter and 20 threads per inch, whether made from nylon, aluminum, carbon steel or stainless.
  14. Thanks, I'll check there again and look for the plate. It starting acting up not long after replacing the carb heat cable. Must have gotten bumped.
  15. Wow, she looks good! All that white paint . . . I'm just not used to seeing so much of it. And my white is more "antique" or cream or whatever fancy name replaced "off white."