Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monster hangar

Well I finally bit the bullet and bought a hangar.  I love my home airport and not planning on going anywhere, so I might as well just own the thing.  If I'm going to own a hangar, I might as well own a big one, just in case I ever own a bigger plane.  Who knows, could happen!  So I bought the biggest hangar on the north west side of the field which is where all the cool kids hang out.  Here she is!

It's a port-o-port executive IIb which is this:  but with 2.5 foot extensions on both sides so it's fifty feet wide!

Sweet.  I couldn't take a photo of it opened up because there is a tenant in there and I need to get him out first.  Oh the joys of being a landlord...  I gave him 30 days notice and I can't wait to it all cleared up and start pimping out the new man cave.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monster tug

A hangar neighbor down the way was cleaning out a hangar and asked me if I wanted to buy his non-working monster tug.  These things are about $4000 new so I offered him $200 for it and he accepted.  So I'm the proud new owner of this huge tug that I could move a KingAir or a jet with.

Look at that sucker... it makes my old gas tug next to it look tiny by comparison.  I put some fuel in it and it promptly leaked all over the place.  The battery was corroded and totally shot.  The oil sump was bone dry.  I was just hoping it hadn't seized up.  I was going to hire a mechanic to try to fix it but then I decided maybe I could just do it myself.  I bought some oil, a new fuel line and a new battery at AutoZone.  I took the old corroded fuel line off, attached the new one, filled up the oil sump, wired up the new battery, filled the tires with air... pulled the motor through a couple times to get it lubed up, and then...  hit the starter and vroooooom.  She started right up!  Awesome.  The thing belched smoke for a few minutes but then started purring like a kitten.  What a deal.