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You’ll be surprised on how smooth it will taxi with new shock disks

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On 2/27/2020 at 11:53 AM, Raptor05121 said:

Well that hurt. But you have to love one-stop shopping for our vintage birds.

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Ouch!

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I'm sorry for lack of pictures but three of us spent 3 days doing this annual with a time crunch for my upcoming move. We started off with overhauling the nose gear. I removed the entire truss and removed the bushings from all the joints. Cleaned the dirt/grime from all the crevasses and lubed and rebuilt it. New LASAR steering horn really tightened things up! After the nose was back together, we removed the old pucks and then fought to get the new ones in. I found a local Mooniac who had the OEM tools and that helped us press the new donuts in. What weird, is I have the SB tracking spacer but we COULD NOT get it on. With the tool at max compression, a breaker bar twisting it, we couldn't compress the donuts enough to get the collar and spacer on. So we elected to skip the SB spacer and just installed the collar. Surprisingly, she taxis and lands fine! No more "8 second ride", even without the spacer! My donuts were dated from 1999 so they were also due. The mains were easy to do with simply the weight of the plane.

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Then we noticed a faint smell of fuel eminating from the engine bay. Running the boost pump gave us a tiny drip coming from behind the engine. Removed the battery, battery box and found the culprit- fuel line from the gascolator to the engine-driven fuel pump had a pinhole leak.

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Whoever made this one years ago had safety wire wound around it to hold some makeshift insulation on it. We took it out, removed the fittings and fashioned a proper replacement.

 

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Proper AD's taken care of, buttoned up and everything else done, she was ready to go. I can't begin to explain how bad she needed new knees. Grass landings and takeoffs are not anywhere near as bad as they used to and I don't have to taxi around with dancing feet like a taildragger with the worn-out steering horn.

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Next week I'm loading up my most precious belongings, an air mattess and relocating to Illinois for 6 months- I got a job flying 172s for an outfit doing aerial survey.

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Excellent news Alex. It also looks like you'll be doing more flying than many pilots at the majors!

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@Raptor05121 when I purchased my E we did the pucks and it had the spacer. We ended up not needing the spacer once the nose truss was all “tightened” up, spacer was cleaned, painted and put away in case it needed. Congrats on your new adventure, you might be flying with a friend of mine, she’s up there now

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3 minutes ago, RLCarter said:

@Raptor05121 when I purchased my E we did the pucks and it had the spacer. We ended up not needing the spacer once the nose truss was all “tightened” up, spacer was cleaned, painted and put away in case it needed. Congrats on your new adventure, you might be flying with a friend of mine, she’s up there now

Robert, what is your friends name?

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7 minutes ago, Raptor05121 said:

Robert, what is your friends name?

Elizabeth but goes by Liz or Beth as well 

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On 3/15/2020 at 7:48 PM, Raptor05121 said:

I'm sorry for lack of pictures but three of us spent 3 days doing this annual with a time crunch for my upcoming move. We started off with overhauling the nose gear. I removed the entire truss and removed the bushings from all the joints. Cleaned the dirt/grime from all the crevasses and lubed and rebuilt it. New LASAR steering horn really tightened things up! After the nose was back together, we removed the old pucks and then fought to get the new ones in. I found a local Mooniac who had the OEM tools and that helped us press the new donuts in. What weird, is I have the SB tracking spacer but we COULD NOT get it on. With the tool at max compression, a breaker bar twisting it, we couldn't compress the donuts enough to get the collar and spacer on. So we elected to skip the SB spacer and just installed the collar. Surprisingly, she taxis and lands fine! No more "8 second ride", even without the spacer! My donuts were dated from 1999 so they were also due. The mains were easy to do with simply the weight of the plane.

89816567_10158084792329640_247202915805036544_o.thumb.jpg.a69436eb3009a7544f6a4a6d1f67db6d.jpg

Then we noticed a faint smell of fuel eminating from the engine bay. Running the boost pump gave us a tiny drip coming from behind the engine. Removed the battery, battery box and found the culprit- fuel line from the gascolator to the engine-driven fuel pump had a pinhole leak.

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Whoever made this one years ago had safety wire wound around it to hold some makeshift insulation on it. We took it out, removed the fittings and fashioned a proper replacement.

 

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Proper AD's taken care of, buttoned up and everything else done, she was ready to go. I can't begin to explain how bad she needed new knees. Grass landings and takeoffs are not anywhere near as bad as they used to and I don't have to taxi around with dancing feet like a taildragger with the worn-out steering horn.

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Next week I'm loading up my most precious belongings, an air mattess and relocating to Illinois for 6 months- I got a job flying 172s for an outfit doing aerial survey.

Where abouts in Illinois?  I am near centralia il now.

 

Mark

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On 3/20/2020 at 8:35 PM, markgrue said:

Where abouts in Illinois?  I am near centralia il now.

 

Mark

Hi Mark I'm in Springfield now

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Enjoy your new job, Alex.  Nothing beats getting paid to fly someone else's airplanes!

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Congrats on the new job matey.  Only downside is you wont be able to play World of Warships from the cockpit of a 172.  

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If he's flying low enough he just might ;-)

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21 hours ago, Raptor05121 said:

Hi Mark I'm in Springfield now

I was just up there a couple weeks ago.  Flew in to get my IA card.

Mark

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So I guess I'll update this. I flew the Mooney up to Winchester, TN this Tuesday on my way to Springfield, IL. Nice little airport for cheap gas but it wasn't long before the weather started closing in. I tied the plane down and covered it. I blew up my air mattress in the FBO and had cheese crackers for dinner since Uber wasn't running. Soon my phone was going off for tornado warnings. The winds got BAD. light poles were twisting in the wind. Power to the entire city goes out. I ran out and put more tie-downs on the plane and sat in darkness as the wind picked up to 45+ mph and got REALLY scared if she was going to get hit or not. The building was creaking and shaking. I sat by a window with my pulse skyrocketing for about 40 minute until it calmed down. The next morning, staff came in and confirmed my suspicions- a tornado touched down less than a mile from the airport. A quick check of the controls and systems turned out the Mooney fared fine.

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The next morning, I filed and climbed out of a thin overcast layer and finished the next 3 hours in smooth air. Made me wish Rosen made visors for the older birds. I used my laminated checklist as a visor for several hours

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I arrived into Springfield and quickly met my new coworkers. We're flying 172s for 6 months and it wasn't long before the Mooney was pressed into action- we needed to head east to Indianapolis to retrieve one of the Cessnas

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Two Cessnas and the Mooney in their new home for the time being. We still need to go to Iowa next week to get two other planes (yes I've already warned them about the nose truss)

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On ‎3‎/‎25‎/‎2020 at 11:12 PM, Raptor05121 said:

Hi Mark I'm in Springfield now

Congrats Alex!  Thanks for updating this thread--always learn something from you keeping your Mooney strong.

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10 hours ago, Raptor05121 said:

So I guess I'll update this. I flew the Mooney up to Winchester, TN this Tuesday on my way to Springfield, IL. Nice little airport for cheap gas but it wasn't long before the weather started closing in. I tied the plane down and covered it. I blew up my air mattress in the FBO and had cheese crackers for dinner since Uber wasn't running. Soon my phone was going off for tornado warnings. The winds got BAD. light poles were twisting in the wind. Power to the entire city goes out. I ran out and put more tie-downs on the plane and sat in darkness as the wind picked up to 45+ mph and got REALLY scared if she was going to get hit or not. The building was creaking and shaking. I sat by a window with my pulse skyrocketing for about 40 minute until it calmed down. The next morning, staff came in and confirmed my suspicions- a tornado touched down less than a mile from the airport. A quick check of the controls and systems turned out the Mooney fared fine.
 



 


I arrived into Springfield and quickly met my new coworkers. We're flying 172s for 6 months and it wasn't long before the Mooney was pressed into action- we needed to head east to Indianapolis to retrieve one of the Cessnas

 

 

 

 

 

Ohhhh damn----I hate tornados after living in Tornado Alley for a while.  Glad you're ok. 

 

You must have dropped the anchor to allow the Cessna to keep up with you :)

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16 hours ago, Raptor05121 said:

So I guess I'll update this. I flew the Mooney up to Winchester, TN this Tuesday on my way to Springfield, IL. Nice little airport for cheap gas but it wasn't long before the weather started closing in. I tied the plane down and covered it. I blew up my air mattress in the FBO and had cheese crackers for dinner since Uber wasn't running. Soon my phone was going off for tornado warnings. The winds got BAD. light poles were twisting in the wind. Power to the entire city goes out. I ran out and put more tie-downs on the plane and sat in darkness as the wind picked up to 45+ mph and got REALLY scared if she was going to get hit or not. The building was creaking and shaking. I sat by a window with my pulse skyrocketing for about 40 minute until it calmed down. The next morning, staff came in and confirmed my suspicions- a tornado touched down less than a mile from the airport. A quick check of the controls and systems turned out the Mooney fared fine.

Glad you and the airplane got through that alright!

 

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The next morning, I filed and climbed out of a thin overcast layer and finished the next 3 hours in smooth air. Made me wish Rosen made visors for the older birds. I used my laminated checklist as a visor for several hours

Get some of the static-cling tint, which you can usually get off-the-shelf at Wal-Mart.   It's cheap, and a roll lasts a billion years by just cutting small squares to move around stick where you need them.   I have a strip of this across the top of the windscreen, and then keep a few random squares around, stuck to the windows wherever, so that passengers or myself can move them around as needed.   I use them all the time, they make life *much* better.   They seem to last about a year until you need to cut another piece out of the roll and make a new one.

Edit:  The insta-cling stuff like this.   I think I've been using the 20%, but a different brand:

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/gila-static-cling-20-vlt-automotive-window-tint-diy-easy-install-glare-control-privacy-24-x-78-js246/4160394-p

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Sorry, but the picture of that GIANT tug, and LOOONG tow bar, hooked to a Mooney scares the CRAP out of me:o

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Sorry, but the picture of that GIANT tug, and LOOONG tow bar, hooked to a Mooney scares the CRAP out of me

Didn’t he just install an improved steering truss? Is that more durable for towing?

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1 hour ago, tigers2007 said:


Didn’t he just install an improved steering truss? Is that more durable for towing?

Not with a 7 ft lever (tow bar):D

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On 3/26/2020 at 10:29 PM, Raptor05121 said:

So I guess I'll update this. I flew the Mooney up to Winchester, TN this Tuesday on my way to Springfield, IL. Nice little airport for cheap gas but it wasn't long before the weather started closing in. I tied the plane down and covered it. I blew up my air mattress in the FBO and had cheese crackers for dinner since Uber wasn't running. Soon my phone was going off for tornado warnings. The winds got BAD. light poles were twisting in the wind. Power to the entire city goes out. I ran out and put more tie-downs on the plane and sat in darkness as the wind picked up to 45+ mph and got REALLY scared if she was going to get hit or not. The building was creaking and shaking. I sat by a window with my pulse skyrocketing for about 40 minute until it calmed down. The next morning, staff came in and confirmed my suspicions- a tornado touched down less than a mile from the airport. A quick check of the controls and systems turned out the Mooney fared fine.

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The next morning, I filed and climbed out of a thin overcast layer and finished the next 3 hours in smooth air. Made me wish Rosen made visors for the older birds. I used my laminated checklist as a visor for several hours

90816450_10158135913159640_945162593490698240_o.thumb.jpg.bdff7b3155f27f38c7097e53a58dc6d6.jpg


I arrived into Springfield and quickly met my new coworkers. We're flying 172s for 6 months and it wasn't long before the Mooney was pressed into action- we needed to head east to Indianapolis to retrieve one of the Cessnas

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Two Cessnas and the Mooney in their new home for the time being. We still need to go to Iowa next week to get two other planes (yes I've already warned them about the nose truss)

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Sorry m, not the greatest picture. Took a friend for a ride on a sunny day. After landing he starts drawing and measuring, doesn’t say why. Two weeks later he shows up with nice plastic visors he made at his business and the just clamp to center post so no paperwork needed. They work awesome.  I will contact him to see if he will make you a setA1B0371D-FED7-4FBF-8E56-FBEA98601D6F.thumb.jpeg.2b7d854c3f20f51ae6556d1db62869c8.jpeg

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