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  1. My gear horn decided it doesn't need to wait until 12" to come on anymore. It varies, but is usually 14-15", although a couple of times it started buzzing around 16", which is totally unacceptable. Where is the stinking microswitch located??? I've taken apart the throttle quadrant but didn't see it. Today I looked all along the carb and no dice behind it, either. Where is it hiding? For what it's worth, my C is all electric, 1970. Thanks, ya'll.
  2. Yeah, we looked there first, flashlights and all, from both sides. Was your C a quadrant bird like mine?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Yes I do. And my mechanic gave up quickly when he looked at it today . . . Guess I'll try again later . . .
  7. 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 . . .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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."
  12. Paul now runs the shop where Wilmar used to be, but I don't remember the new name. He used to work for Wilmar before opening Weep No More.
  13. In my C, I climb at Vx in departure tomclear obstacles, then use Vy to altitude. If Vy won't get me there, I have been known to circle.
  14. The Prowlers were effective, but certainly a unique look. I always liked the gold canopies.
  15. Wow! That Wow! Thatsa bright!
  16. It sure beats the alternative! Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. My brother lost a little over an inch from jumping an unseen ditch on a snowmobile during a storm, from a compression fracture in his lower back. The fun part was riding the snowmobile back into town then flying back to Atlanta. (So much for the Yellowstone winter vacation . . . )
  17. Pictures orbit didn't happen, tigers! Don't think I've ever noticed a Mooney with above and below strobes.
  18. Good for you! Watch out for those fuel prices (and flow age fees!) at FAY, that's where I park visiting my inlaws (he retired outside the gates of Bragg).
  19. Personally, I'd choose a long-legged blonde model . . . Oh, wait, wrong thread . . . There's nothing wrong with short bodies. Like Bob in his E, I sometimes take 4 adults up in my C; but Bob has 20 more hp, so I don't go quite as fast. That's pretty good for an hour or two. I do have to say, though, that I'm taller than Bob! There's still room. Several people on this board were raised in the back of a C, others are raising their own children there. Check one out! I really, really, really like mine!
  20. For comparison, this is the underside of the cowl of my 1970 C. This is my resurrected doghouse But all repairs are not immediately visible . . . I like the look of Bob's much better!
  21. Fortunately the only wake I've ever hit was my own, while doing maneuvers, crossed it between left and right steep turns.
  22. Yaay!!! One other thing that we are now all curious about: what will be left for my local shop to do beside reinstall the cowl?
  23. But it's not always like that! Weather two to fours ahead of you changes after you take off, and it's not always for the better. Systems don't always move out as predicted, sometimes they move slower or even stop. Then what do you do? I've also made flights where only indeterminate gray was visible out all of my windows from ~60 seconds after Full Throttle until I was on 2-3 nm final. Those trips where I have blasted through ~1500 feet of cloud and burst from gloom into,bright sunshine are nice, but they are a small fraction of my own experience with IMC, maybe because I don't live in Kalifornia. You have to train and practice for worse than a thin layer, because that's what you will find . . . When I left FXE after tank reseal, I was in the clouds below 1000' msl, hit a couple of gaps between layers and leveled off at 9000 msl headed north. Somewhere around ORL I popped out the top and had a nice, sunny flight the rest of the way. You get what you get with the weather, so you have to be prepared for what you find--that's part of why the Rating is so difficult. But it is so. nice to have! Makes the effort to stay legal and proficient worth it.
  24. That was for Mimi, as a replacement for Marvin. Hope she gets that figured out soon. Good luck, George, in your next venture. Don't be a stranger!
  25. ^^^^. Ha! Ha! Ha! (sorry, Rob . . . ) Oh, and Welcome Aboard, Mr. DualRated. We're a warm, happy bunch. OK, some are happier than others . . .