Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The knick knacks

I was a bit dismayed to learn that new TCM factory engines do not come with oil filters.  It's simply amazing that these things cost what they do and literally are 60+ year old technology.  Oil filters doubles the recommended oil change interval to 50 hours, and with the price of oil these days plus the time it takes to pull out and clean the screens and do all the safety wiring I figured it would be a good investment to buy some filter adapters and go with filters and a quick drain plug.  This will increase my change interval but also make it trivial to do oil changes myself, which will save some dough.

There are two models of filter adapters available, a screw on type from F&M enterprises, and a remote mounted unit from AirWolf.  I decided to go with the F&M model because it costs less and you don't have to buy and route expensive hoses.  Here is what it looks like:

It basically just installs where the screen is currently and then you put a Champion filter on it.  The quick drain plug goes underneath the engine and will allow me to drain the oil without removing and re-safety wiring the drain screw.  I also got word that Stockton Propeller is just about done with my props so those should be back at the shop here shortly!

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