Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Standing Tall Again

I've obviously been remiss about updating my blog--it's been 12 months since my last post when the plane was being painted. Well, all turned out pretty well. I've put about 50 hours on her. With a few bugs here and there--the new alternator was replaced under warranty, a rebuilt vaccum pump was put in, the cigarette lighter was finally fixed by my new partner--and she is purring along quite nicely. The second oil analysis came back with even better results (fewer metal particulates) than the first. This signifies that the engine was shedding a bit of old rust from sitting for so long, but not very much at all, and everything is looking good for the long range future. Oh, I know, airplanes always need lots of TLC, but in the mean time, it's blue skies.

For those of you considering a refurbishment like mine, know that it has been a very satisfying project. Also, that it takes a team (or a lot more knowledge and time than I have).

Our future plans are to upgrade the panel with a Garmin 430 and to get the Positive Control (PC) quasi-autopilot working properly. I may chirp in with an updated blog post from time to time. Thanks for joining me. It's been a fun journey. Enjoy the finished product!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Whiter Shade of Pale

Looking good, step forward, two steps back. Joe knew it wasn't quite right, so it's a 'do over'.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stripped and Almost Ready for Paint

Glenn and I took a trip down to Devine this morning (7/15/15) to check on the progress. As you can see, Joe has the control surfaces off, the majority of the paint stripped, and is close to putting on the base coat. We're excited and pleased with his progress. Stay tuned for the finest original '66 Mooney ever!
Notice the under-carriagewass already done by us.

A beautiful morning in central Texas at 7,500'.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FINALLY--off to the Paint Booth

It's been awhile since my last post. We've completed the interior (except for our new panel that we will eventually put in along with a Garmin 430).  I've got my dual instruction out of the way and currently have about 25 hours of flying time. WOW does she fly great. So much fun! We also have the results back from our first oil analysis--A+ excellent! She purrs like a kitten, so I just flew her down to Devine, Tx and we're going to let Joe Munoz of Aircraft Interiors & Paint Shop do the honor. You'll get to see the finished product within the next few weeks. Dreaming of Oshkosh...

Monday, February 9, 2015

Alternator/regulator off of the M20E--WORKING

I am selling the alternator, regulator (not shown) and starter off of our M20E. They were working fine when we pulled them. Please make offer if interested.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mooney Rising--First Flight

Uneventful--that's a pilot's favorite word, particularly when speaking of the first flight for our (nearly) completed rebuild. It was my first flight in a Mooney, as well. What a great little sports car feel! I loved it. The engine performed flawlessly, though we do have a few squawks with the avionics, including the comm radio and altimeter. It's already being fixed. After that it's all about flying. Stay tuned.

Base to final

Spicewood (88R) off the wing tip...staying close to home on our maiden flight.

We found a nifty little spot right in the middle of the back seat kick panel for the fire insurance.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ready for Takeoff

And suddenly it's here--that day we've been working toward for the last 10 months. The limited time we had Saturday was spent attaching an interior vent hose, inspecting the tail cone area, attaching the last pieces of plastic surrounding the nose wheel well and attaching the cowling. It's signed off and ready to fly. We taxied it to the fuel station, filled it up and taxied it back. The JPI was doing its job and all looked healthy. The nose wheel steering felt particularly sensitive to this Cessna pilot. It will take getting used to. Unfortunately, neither Glenn nor I have the opportunity to fly this week, but stay tuned as we begin our flying adventures. He is well qualified to fly her. I have to get 15 hours of duel instruction and 25 landings in order to meet my insurance requirements to fly passengers. I'll enjoy the learning curve as I haven't done much flying in the last couple of years.

Looks better in the natural light.
I'm customizing our own check list based on the best I could find on

Glenn fueling the left wing. All dry on the port side. (This wing has been virtually empty for 10 months.)

David getting ready to make his first start and taxi.