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  1. I'm at a crossroads now where my family and I might outgrow the J. If I end up using the plane for light "commuting" I'm going to upgrade to something with a turbo and ice shedding capability. Next step is to get it 2020 complaint, get some pretty flashy things and keep adding sensors to the JPI, but nothing major for now. The one thing that might change my tune is if : - My AI/DG keel over I'll be looking to something for replacement. - One of those fancy new experimental autopilots comes through with an STC, I'd be quite tempted. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I'm not talking about a TBM, and understanding the issues with a Turbine on a non-pressurized airframe - but has anybody slapped a turbine on a Mooney airframe ala the Speedstar, Jetprop or Turbine Bonanza, P210 Silver Eagle etc?
  3. Nice that they are doing that first flight too. After my paint job totally mis rigged and guess who found out. - me Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Nope just showed a flash light in the hole. Removed cowling once I knew something was wrong. The fact that dried up and baked fuel was on the rocker arm tube means I was flying around with fuel spraying over the L cyls last flight.
  5. I don't think so... the SMA and delta hawks seemed a couple of hundred pounds heavier than their LL counterparts. Combine that with the heavier fuel - meh. Fuel is offset by the better miles per gallon for a given engine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. It is plausible as the prop control lever is about 12-15 inches from where you guys were working on the distributor caps. Keep checking but do some in a safe manner. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Slowflyin sounds a lot like SLD... how'd you get out of there? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Just thinking about fuel line design and manufacturing - for those who have had experience with both Lycoming and Continental fuel injection systems, how do the fuel injector supply lines differ- why aren't Continentals subject to this AD / issue? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. If you're south in Boston there is one place I'd recommend - Neptune Oyster in Little Italy. Last meal kind of good. Wife and I agree on that. Warm style labsta roll. The fact that they have a great rah bah makes it even betah. Ok no more accents... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thing is Andrew - this stuff isn't hard at all. Just takes a lot of YouTube time, some persistence and willingness to mess up. Thank you for your complement, though. Given you're a design expert it's quite meaningful. Goal with all this is to get the skills necessary to do what yooper has done. Utimately I'd love to spend my retirement building an Evo or something similar. For now I'll turn out a fairing or two. Next project is build a carbon fiber bike frame. Then a CB version of a sidewinder tug. Then turn out a cowling with aerodynamic improvements without the Lopresti airbox, labor or price tag. Followed by a carbon fiber spinner. Then a simple boat hull. Then I think I'll develop the skills necessary to build a kit plane :-) ... but you gotta start somewhere. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Finishing up the mold. Note to others. Don't open a can of tooling gel coat in your house. Wife will be very angry. Close up quick and be banished to the garage. After lots of sanding the molds are ready for some touch up of imperfections, more sanding, and a final layer of tooling coat. The mold making process wreaked havoc with my paint job on the originals - so sanding those down and starting that process from the beginning.
  12. Thanks Clarence. When I spoke with my mechanic today he thought they came pre bent. What the proper way to form them? Micro tube bending tool required or are spring type benders appropriate ? I glanced at section 4 of 43.13 but couldn't find anything beyond radius guidelines which is also prescribed in the lycoming SB. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I just saw that the push rod looked black... dried fuel. I'll go back and look at the engine monitor as maybe I was trying to convince myself that #2 was running leaner than usual and that was why I paid attention to it. Usually I don't shine a flashlight up the cowl openings because "hey it's hangared" , but a recent thread on here for me thinking I should be doing inside preflights as detailed as I would if it was an outside rental. And look... I found something. Go Mooneyspace. Ok now let's make it a real Mooneyspace thread and add some controversy. [mention=14737]DVA[/mention] other thread this seems like it falls under owner maintenance. I'd feel comfortable installing the new fuel line if it's truly prefabricated including the proper radius bends. If it's not I wouldn't consider it prefabricated and I'd go to my A&P. Ether way I expect to do the work myself with potential need for A&P supervision. That how I'm interpreting the owner PM reg. Replacement of the line will be preventing something bad happening to my cylinder or me and my family. :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. DVA pointed me over here. Example of a cracked fuel injection supply line. This was caught on a preflight. Not during an annual. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I went to the airport last night to drop off some stuff and wanted to preflight the plane, grab the nav data card to update, etc prior to a planned flight today. Anyway I found this ... I didn't leak test with the boost fuel pump pressurizing, but thought I had enough evidence to remove the offending line. It appeared like there was a minuscule crack at the solder joint at which fuel was leaking. Removed the offending fuel line and examined more closely. Yup it's cracked. If these things didn't cost $100 for 18 inches of 1/8 diameter tube with two poorly soldered nipple ends I'd replace all four. Called my AP today, who was nice enough to talk to me on a Sunday of a holiday weekend - he doesn't have any so we'll install a new one next week. So much for flying today. :-( Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk