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Location: Waterville, Maine, United States

I have an awesome son Chad and daughter Jessie and live in a secluded log cabin with my best friend Chopper the Rottie. I own and manage a powersports dealership.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 update

Hello fellow pilots and friends. It has been a while since I have posted. I will update my blog soon.  My 170 is again air worthy and I did fly it several times in 2015 and had a lot of fun. I am happy to say that I purchased a hanger and it has a new home this winter. For now have safe travels to all and make them fun!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Engine cylinders installed

Cylinders installed with new orings and pushrod tube rubber covers. THANKS BRUCE!!! It is now looking like an engine.

New cylinder bores and pistons measured. Ring gaps and side clearances checked. all parts wiped clean and oiled. New hydraulic lifters checked, oiled and installed. Ordered four new engine rubber mounts and a seal for prop gov shaft.

Oil pump gears inspected.

Oil pump gears in housing and in cover cleaned, inspected and measured. Gear teeth backlash also checked and all found within tolerances. Surprisingly no wear or scoring visable. Cover bolts torqued and safety wired. New tach seal installed.

Installation of gears in crankcase

Camshaft positioned, crank and cam gears aligned, bolts torqued and safety wired.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Better on Top!!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

My son Chad paints a mural of my airplane over my living room wall. Is this kid talented or what!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Case halves sealed

Today work was slow so I decided it was finally time once again! Final inspection was given to rod numbering and positions. Sealants and silk thread were applied to the case halves per the Continental SIL Letter. The nose seal cavity was preped with Locquic N primer and painted with 515 sealant. All thru stud orings were lightly oiled. Bearing surfaces were coated with lube. The 1-3-5 case half was layed on top of 2-4-6 and torqued to spec. One of the four tie bolts without thread/sealer recieved an oring under each front engine mount.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Almost election time

Is it going to be McCain or Obama? Tuesday November 4th 2008 we will soon know for sure.

Meanwhile I am now back into my overhaul. I am in the habit of comparing old to new parts and low and behold the main bearings do not match. How could that be? Paper work included from Superior Air Parts as well as their 100% overhaul parts list says the bearings fit o-300 A, B and C models. I referanced the Cessna parts manual and indeed the part numbers differ. Apparently the B model bearing has oil holes and a groove for the oil-controlled prop, which I am not using. Unfortunately I could only find where TCM approved the A/C interchange but not for the B. I confirm this with a call to tech services at TCM. They also informed me that the 530516-U10 bearing set was not longer available thru them. I was able to locate the original new set thru Fresno Air Parts, thankfully. Seems they still have near 100 sets still in stock. Back to motorcycles until more parts come in.


Monday, July 02, 2007

Almost ready to assemble

Six BRAND NEW Superior Millennium Cylinder assemblies will bring my compression back up and improve climb out.
I just recieved my cam follower bodies and hydraulic units back from Aircraft Specialties Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They inspected the bodies visually, dimensionally, and by magnetic particle method. Wear faces were reground to F.A.A approved design specifications.
The hydraulic units were cleaned, inspected and overhauled as needed. Also provided was assembly lube.