This winter had been warm enough that we have just got about 6" of snow at one time and everything else has been rain. Not good on our yellow clay grass runway. Not cold enough for the ground to freeze and get hard , just wet and mucky where your shoes sink in.
Not good for airplane 5" tires. Now you know why I had the large tires on the SSSC. I just let the mud and water sling up under the wings and smile and go flying in the wet winters.
So the JMR is setting with its head down wanting to get off the ground and I need to have something to do instead of watching all the old western movies on the idiot box that I have seen before. I have been working a little each day on the Pipe (Mud ) Buggy.
I have 4 VW engines setting on the work table and one for a future airplane, (Maybe a Long wing span SSSC), still going back and forward on trying to decide on making it a flywheel drive of a pully drive. And another is a 1200cc for to power a back up NG Generator for my daughter and grandson's off grid farm. Another is the 1600 cc engine for the Mud Buggy that is ready for the heads installed when I get them done. Worked on the heads yesterday.
Taxied the JMR yesterday and the runway clay has finally dried out but the northeast 1K is rough for my smaller wheels, needs rolled bad.
Instructions for the brakes says to have a 2 to 1 ratio on the master cylinders and toe brakes. I have about 1. 75 to 1 and the pressure to operate the brakes is little higher than I like. Plan on fixing the problem in the short future. Will be an easy fix. I like the new Zenith 750 HD nose gear better than the 701 that I had on at first. Handled that rough end of the runway like it should.
Finally found a flight instructor to give me a BFR. ( Virus fear ). Found the phone # of an instructor that had given me a BFR back in 1991. Since I have a commercial license he gave me the commercial check ride to see how I would do. I didn't think I did very well and would have failed me, but he said I did pretty good. I got off altitude one time and looked at him and he was smiling. I told him to quit laughing. Said he wasn't laughing, I told him he was smiling very hard, to hard, not to be a laugh Had a good time. His BFR's are always fun . So, I'm legal now.
Got the JMR out and during the mag check, now I have over a hundred RPM drop and a little roughness on the right mag. I'll check it out after the weekend. Maybe a plug ? Slick mags has 87 hrs TT each.
Finally got the cowling off. Neighbor told me to give him the spark plugs and he will check them out on his large old Champion spark plug machine.
Hope its a plug instead of a bad plug wire. I have lots of extra plugs and a new slick wiring harness is not cheap anymore. But I am
Been spending much of my spare time on the rebuild of the SSSC and mowing the spring grass. Darn.
Neighbor checked the spark plugs out on his Champion machine. Top plug on #1 , all the rest of the plugs were very good. I have about a dozen extra plugs for the engine , so replaced. Been raining for 2 days and several days ahead. Maybe this weekend to see how it runs.