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  1. Well, we left N252AD in Smithville, TX in the capable hands of JD and Laura Casteel at SWTA. It's time for the big one. Her engine made it to 1830 hours on the original cylinders and turbo. But she's definitely tired. Only one cylinder was able to make compression over about 50. And her belly is just one long oil slick all the way to the tail skid. The governor is leaking oil as well, and the vacuum pump can't seem to muster enough power to deploy the speed brakes anymore. This year's annual will include an engine overhaul and Encore conversion. The engine, turbo, waste gate, govern
  2. So I have a 1979 M20K, 75 hours into a new top end overhaul, the number 3 cylinder vibrates and broke 2 of the bolts holding it to the engine. After proper break-in procedure based at KSNA. I have done some research and from what I can find, it could of happened if the seal wasn’t prefect and over time the vibration cause the suds to break. The mechanic that did the top end doesn’t want to take any responsible and claims it’s because of the way I flew the plane LOP. He thinks all the cylinder could have been burnt up. He recommends doing an overhaul exchange at 1,000 hours it’s only $35,000. I
  3. I am sure this subject has come up before, but I can't find the details needed. Many publications discuss the cost of an engine overhaul, different options, different suppliers, etc. Yet I would like to know how much more the aircraft owner has to put aside for the items typically not included. And numbers from within the last 5 or max 10 years are of course more interesting than older bills. Consider your IO-360 has lasted 30 years and never failed, and now it's time for major work. Engine accessories are almost always included or listed, but what about the following firewall forwar
  4. I had a low oil pressure indication in my Mooney Encore the other day and made a precautionary landing in Myrtle Beach, SC. There was debris in the oil pressure regulator causing it to fail and the shop there looked at the oil filter and found non-ferrous metal, indicating it's time for an overhaul. I had been seeing the oil blacken quickly so I knew this was coming. The engine is at about 1330 hours. Shop there quoted me $35,000 for an overhaul including magnetos, harness, spark plugs, turbocharger and new cylinders. They plan to reuse the starter, exhaust system and wastegate controlle
  5. MooneySpacers, I just had my propellor overhauled after an annual inspection because it was throwing grease from the hub. I got two used blades because mine were no longer serviceable. After install, my engine tops out at 2550 RPMs. We looked at the governor and noticed that it was adjusted to its stop of high RPM. I had the governor flushed and tested by two shops and they both confirmed that the governor was good. I had it overhauled anyways because I cant tell when it was last done. Put it in and got the same 2550 with the governor adjusted to where it should be or adjusted out to the
  6. looking for Continental IO550G cylinder needed for replacement.
  7. Has anyone else noticed how little information is available about the real cost of major maintenance? As I'm winding up my firewall-forward project, I'm considering releasing a line-by-line cost breakdown. Does anyone have any thoughts about why that might not be a good idea? If any non-flying spouses see this post, just tell them I got ripped off and you paid a lot less.. Or maybe we could play 'The Price Is Right' and let everyone guess. Here's an {almost} complete list of work performed: TSIO-520-NB Overhaul & Test Run by Certified Engines http://www.certifiedengines.com/Magnetos &
  8. I have owned N1084L, a 1997 J for 10+ years. TTAE 1806. Oil consumption has gradually increased from 9 hrs/qt to 4. Regular oil analysis has never shown high metal levels. I changed oil after returning from flying in Caravan to KOSH, and found small metal flakes in filter for first time. With 20 year Lycoming limit for Rebuilt for Overhaul Price Proram coming up (June 2016) looks like it's time to go ahead & order rebuilt IO360A3B6. I haven't received latest oil report yet. Alan Millet
  9. I got the pictures back from Triad today from my tear down and I must say that it's worse that I had hoped. Pics attached. The crack in the crankcase under #2 came as the biggest surprise....
  10. So we’re into this year’s annual, and I have a cylinder (4) with a leaking at the exhaust valve 60/80 and it’s opposing partner (3) leaking at the intake valve 72/80. From my logs, these same two problem children were replaced in 2001 and 2000 respectively, so it seems they haven’t done too bad to make it nearly 13 years and 750hrs. (although 1 and 2 are mid 70s and haven’t been touched since shortly after last major in ’89). My IA and I are discussing the options, but basically at 1500hrs and 25yrs, I’m weighing my decision pretty heavily. Oil consumption Is pretty low – 1qt every 6-7 hou
  11. This is a little follow up from my other post.http://mooneyspace.com/topic/10331-making-aluminum/?hl=%2Bmaking+%2Baluminum My overhauled cylinders from Ly-Con showed up and I thought a few of you would be interested in seeing them. Ly-con claims 4 to 5 additional HP per cylinder with their porting and flow balancing so I thought I would give it a shot. If you look at the intake and exhaust ports you can see the work is amazing. In the photo above you can also see the dental camera that I bought on Ebay to take the following pictures. This is a close up of intake port you can see the ni
  12. This was preventable. It was a beautiful landing except that last part...then it got expensive. Where: San Antonio, Texas (KSAT). Runway 31L (The 8000 ft. one...) When: Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:15 a.m. What: Pilot Induced Gear Collapse. (beyond embarrassing) How: This is the interesting part and why I felt I should share the details of this event. The winds were calm so I decided that I would use full flaps. With 630 hours of flight time, 602 being in Mooneys flown on the coast of Texas, I have the partial flap landing pretty much figured out. (I seldom, if ever use run
  13. So we finally got with our insurance to add the value of the new engine to the insured value of the aircraft. Just so you know if you are doing an overhaul, the terms of our policy, at least, is they will cover you for a 20% value increase temporarily (30 days) after a major modification before you have to report the new value to your company and pay a premium for a difference in insured value Anyway, our 20J was insured for $80k before the new engine. This was a bit overinsured for us, we had estimated the replacement value of the plane was about $70k-ish, but wanted to be free to go
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