dgrami

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  1. Why Is this E so cheap?

    I actually called the seller about 3 weeks ago. He really did not know much about the airplane as his son did all the flying, could not tell me anything about the avionics, just said it flew straight and level and had no corrosion or hail damage. He did say the autopilot, which I guessed might have been a Brittain Accutrak or something similar, worked sometimes, but would need to be overhauled. After about 20 minutes on the phone all I came away with was this plane was based at Bill Elliot's (NASCAR driver) private field in his hangar, had a gear up on a grass field about 20 years ago, damage was minimal and repairs were done by a local mechanic. I asked a lot of questions regarding the history of the plane for which he did not have answers. Finally I asked for some close up pictures of the panel and a couple of logbook pictures of the last annual and he said it would take him some time to get that. In closing he said come on over, look at the plane, and if I didn't like it I could go back home. He was polite, but certainly did not want to put any work or time into selling the plane. The first $37K took it. And I found this interesting, I searched the FAA database and found the plane was registered not to him, but to another individual in south central GA. I also thought this might be a diamond in the rough, but after that phone call I thought it better to look at other aircraft.
  2. Why Is this E so cheap?

    I called the seller and he said the plane was sold this past weekend.
  3. Buying an aircraft from Canada

    Thanks for all the feedback. Think I will pass on this aircraft. Everybody's input and comments are very much appreciated.
  4. Buying an aircraft from Canada

    This aircraft is located around Montreal. I am not sure of the total time, but has significant upgrades that make it an interesting find. For what one is getting for the US dollar, it may be worth the headache, risks and expense to pursue. http://www.planeboard.com/mooney/m20c/psRd2F16
  5. For those who have bought an aircraft from Canada, what were your experiences? With the exchange rate being what it is, I thought it might be something to consider. Not sure what the complete process is or the costs involved, I was thinking it might not be all that different than buying an airplane here in the States. There would be a pre-purchase inspection (would need to find a reputable Mooney Service Center in Canada I suspect), transfer of funds, relocating the aircraft here which i suspect is just a border crossing, and then registering a Canadian aircraft which I suspect may be more involved. This is where AOPA can help. Then again, maybe this isn't such a good idea......
  6. Several yars ago I was flying 30 NM west of Taos NM running very low on the left tank. I decided to switch tanks just before climbing to cross a mountain range. The fuel selector jammed in the OFF position. Fortunately was able to return to the left tank. I tried 1 more time to no avail, returned to Taos, could not find any mechanic, fueled up the left tank and continued safely to my destination on the left tank. Lesson learned was never to run a tank compeltely dry unless I am within gliding distance of an airport. The culprit as explained to me was the fuel selector o-ring had worn and "crimped" while in the OFF position as I was switching tanks.
  7. Quote: rbridges reading about the evolution of the 201, it appears the biggest help was the 201 cowling and windshield. All the other stuff may add a little here and there, but I think you'd need quite a few to make a noticeable difference.