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I just picked up my Mite fuselage from the welder.  He replaced a few tubes that had minor chafing damage and wear.  The inside of the tubes were corrosion free.  Have to finish bead blasting it, then epoxy primer and top coat.

Below are a few pictures, note the there is no removable engine mount, the tubes extend from the cockpit to become the engine mount.
 

Clarence

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37 minutes ago, N201MKTurbo said:

How much does that thing weigh? like 5 Lbs?

Good question, I’ll weigh it tomorrow.

Clarence

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Are the fuselage motor mounts different for the Continentals and Lycomings, or can you mount either engine without modification to the frame?

Which engine are you going with?  The 8 cylinder?  :lol:

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To be original I suggest you go with the Crosley motor :rolleyes:

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See if this helps with the perspective...
 

Will you be needing donuts with that?

We have a donut guy around here...

I added a red painted frame... it comes from Italy... made by a group called Ducati... similar in size... :)

Best regards,

-a-

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11 hours ago, Mooneymite said:

Are the fuselage motor mounts different for the Continentals and Lycomings, or can you mount either engine without modification to the frame?

Which engine are you going with?  The 8 cylinder?  :lol:

I’ve got a freshly overhauled A-65-8F waiting for its old airframe.  I’m not sure if the airframe is different when installing a Lycoming O-145.

 

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10 hours ago, amillet said:

To be original I suggest you go with the Crosley motor :rolleyes:

They are quite rare, this one was for sale a few years ago.

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5 hours ago, carusoam said:

See if this helps with the perspective...
 

Will you be needing donuts with that?

We have a donut guy around here...

I added a red painted frame... it comes from Italy... made by a group called Ducati... similar in size... :)

Best regards,

-a-

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Thanks for flipping the images!  I have been speaking with Gert about making gear donuts for the Mite.  Hopefully there is a way to get it done.

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On 6/5/2020 at 6:30 PM, N201MKTurbo said:

How much does that thing weigh? like 5 Lbs?

Rich,

I just weighed the fuselage after priming and painting, it weighs just 17 pounds.

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Some more progress on the Mite fuselage.  Primed, painted and back in the workshop.

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Some familiar parts similar to the manual gear latches in other models.

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The Mite tailcone is a welded assembly made of very fine 4130 tubing.  The flight controls are are of similar construction, stamped ribs of 4130 steel and 4130 tubing all welded together.

 

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Just now, RLCarter said:

Going to be a show piece 

Thanks, I’m trying to make it as good or better than when it was built in 1954.

Clarence

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Just now, M20Doc said:

Thanks, I’m trying to make it as good or better than when it was built in 1954.

Clarence

With your attention to detail it will be better

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A high quality, Mooney, frame-off, restoration..!  
 

By a world leading expert...

 

There isn’t a luckier Mite on the planet... :)

 

Thanks for sharing the pics, Clarence!

Best regards,

-a-

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Some more progress on the Mite this week.  Hopefully I can get the pictures right side up!

The first one is part of the gear warning circuit.  It uses a Trico windshield washer valve to port intake vacuum to a vacuum windshield wiper motor to wave a warning flag at the pilot if the gear is up and the throttle is closed.  Remember that most of these planEs have no electrical system so everything is mechanical.

The second and third are the heater control valve before and after installation.

The forth is the original fuel line made of copper plumbing tubing, and my newly fabricated stainless steel tube.

The fifth one is the new line routed to a new “Steve’s Aircraft” gascolator.

Clarence

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Thanks,

I'm working my way backwards through the cockpit. The floor boards and the instrument panel are next.

Many of the smaller parts have been finished and boxed up for some time.  It’s great pulling them out and being able to install them.
 

Clarence

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I think the gear warning system on the Mite is one the coolest thing I've ever seen.

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10 minutes ago, carusoam said:

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Thanks Anthony,

I don’t know what happens to these pictures, they’re on my iPad right side up, but flip when I post them.

Clarence

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Just now, RLCarter said:

I think the gear warning system on the Mite is one the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Advance to around 3:00 to see it in action.

https://youtu.be/sTpgc4MP_QM

Clarence

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4 minutes ago, M20Doc said:

Advance to around 3:00 to see it in action.

https://youtu.be/sTpgc4MP_QM

Clarence

Yep, anyone can put a light or pointer to indicate something, but where’s the cool factor in that

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With that device on the IP...

We would all be getting big insurance discounts...   :)

 

When the pics look right on the ipad... and flip in MS...

Flip them again on the iPad anyways... save them in the proper position...

Magically they show up corrected...

So it’s not really an MS problem... something isn’t quite right in the Apple world...
 

Beste regards,

-a-

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