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    I'm not sure how to go about this, but I will...

    I'm not sure how to go about this, but I will try. I have not abandoned the thread. There just hasn't been anything else to report as of yet. There are several reasons as to why, and I will try to...
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    I haven't had a chance to haul it all the way up...

    I haven't had a chance to haul it all the way up there yet, but am planning on doing that real soon. It's a pretty long drive, and I want to make sure I have time to stay there with it the whole...
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    The teardown will happen at Mena Aircraft Engines...

    The teardown will happen at Mena Aircraft Engines in Mena, Arkansas. Not sure just yet the exact date and time. Nobody wants answers and info more than me.
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    Got the chip analysis back a couple of days ago....

    Got the chip analysis back a couple of days ago. Said the chips were two kinds of aluminum. AMS 4118 and AMS 4280. I called Lycoming about it and Chris checked with the Lycoming engineers and said...
  5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) would be a...

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) would be a very good description of the stress that comes from taking care of Alzheimer and Dementia patients on a 24/7 basis.
  6. This is an excerpt from a study done by Stanford...

    This is an excerpt from a study done by Stanford University on the mortality rate from caregiver stress by people who try to take care of people with dementia and alzheimers:

    "For Alzheimer's and...
  7. I was quite surprised to see this thread. I can...

    I was quite surprised to see this thread. I can tell you first hand what dementia is all about. For the last three years I have been taking care of my 85 year old mother who has advanced dementia. It...
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    I will let yall know what the analysis results...

    I will let yall know what the analysis results are when I get them back in a few days, probably by the middle of next week. It is only pure speculation at this point, but it was told to me by an old...
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    SuperCub MD, AvLab has a test kit for Lab...

    SuperCub MD, AvLab has a test kit for Lab Analysis of Small Particles, Kit No. AVL-CK, for $110 that will analyze the small metal flakes and tell me where they came from. I called them and was told...
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    Yeah, mine was at least 3/8" all the way around,...

    Yeah, mine was at least 3/8" all the way around, maybe more like a half inch, but I am just going from memory, I didn't measure that. There was plenty of clearance though.
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    Alex I don't know anything about oil separators...

    Alex I don't know anything about oil separators BUT based on Desperado's baby bottle experience here is a question: What happens if the seperator was to get overloaded by oil? Would your engine "load...
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    574cub, yeah, that's why I wanna do an oil...

    574cub, yeah, that's why I wanna do an oil analysis before I do anything else, to see if this problem can be solved without having to open the engine up. I will open it up if i have to, but prefer to...
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    I have been researching possibilities and options...

    I have been researching possibilities and options while pondering my next move. Based on the info contained in Lycoming SI 1492D and the following articles, I have decided that my very next course of...
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    Yeah, I am beginning to think a teardown is in my...

    Yeah, I am beginning to think a teardown is in my near future as well. I am also starting to think that the blow-by problem and the metal in the screen are two seperate issues as well. But then...
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    qsmx440, interesting concept, will take that into...

    qsmx440, interesting concept, will take that into advisement. The oil did get pretty dark after the first 30 minute test flight after the new top end. Actually, darker than I expected, even though it...
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    John, standard rings, standard pistons, but all...

    John, standard rings, standard pistons, but all of that will be checked out again if the cylinders have to be pulled again, which at this point, looks like a probability.
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    Skycop, it was blowing out an excessive amount of...

    Skycop, it was blowing out an excessive amount of oil before the cylinders were removed and sent to be honed. The cylinders had a complete top end done on them. After re-installing the cylinders I...
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    Thanks Barnstormer. I will try my best to come...

    Thanks Barnstormer. I will try my best to come over there and spend the day. Always did have a secret love for Stearmans. I have a friend at Houston Southwest Airport who has one. Her name is Joy...
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    Thanks qxms440. You have been most helpful. These...

    Thanks qxms440. You have been most helpful. These are things that I will definitely bring up to Mena if I end up sending the engine back to have the cases split.
    No, I haven't flown it just yet, I...
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    Too far to try to fly it. I am on the gulf coast,...

    Too far to try to fly it. I am on the gulf coast, Bay City Texas, Mena is in Mena, Arkansas.
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    I finally got the new airspeed indicator in from...

    I finally got the new airspeed indicator in from Chief Aircraft, got a dipstick and removed the rod and got a fitting hooked up to it for a 1/4" hose, so that part is ready. Rechecked all my tappet...
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    No, I have nitrided steel cylinders. It is...

    No, I have nitrided steel cylinders.

    It is Labor Day weekend and everything is closed. After the weekend I am ordering a new Non-TSO'd ASI from Chief Aircraft, the 3-1/8", 20-120 MPH one. I have...
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    Over the weekend, I will circle the airport again...

    Over the weekend, I will circle the airport again without the baby bottle, after the weather clears enough.
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    The breather is the fitting at the upper left...

    The breather is the fitting at the upper left corner of the engine right behind the starter ring gear, with the short hose, which connects to the tube below the baffle. This picture was taken moments...
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    I would definitely be interested in seeing them....

    I would definitely be interested in seeing them.

    I'm also gonna reslope the breather line as Stewart suggested. And I know the rings are not lined up as they were staggered when installed. Looking...
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