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Old 03-25-15, 04:57 PM
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I haven't seen this many Mooneys since leaving the airport...

This frame got some attention on the ebay thread and I thought I'd post a few (bad) photos here. It's too dark outside for decent photos. I suspect I'll take a while to build this up...I'm not really sure on what I'm doing yet. I'm considering everything from a single speed townie build to a fender sports bike. Serial number 37. I'm also posting a few photos of sn 117 as a comparison.

I can't believe how lucky I am having a Silca so close in color! This was not paired with the frame.















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I met him 2 days ago. Drove 90" to ask if he'd fix a bent fork from a 70's italian bike I'd received from Italy. He fixed it over his lunch break so I'd not have to drive back to pick it up. He also found the undamaged blade's dropout was short so he re-soldered and touch up painted that for just $10 more than the estimate to straighten the fork.

A class act I'd say.
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I flew in a Mooney about 20 years ago, wooden model. The stick felt like, well, a wooden plane, but it was pretty smooth at 100 knots.

About 6 months later, the owner was flying his 10-year old son to Florida for Thanksgiving, and they never made it.
No wreckage was found, and many folks wonder if it was his solution to a custody dispute, i.e. starting over.
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OK, Aaron, since you mentioned airports...

Mooney just introduced the new M10 series with composite fuselage and wings and diesel engines that run on jet fuel. They're very cool (and tempting).

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Aaron,

Love it.

I want to ride one of those at some point.

BTW Lucky break on that Silca. Looks spot on to my eyes.
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How do the geos of the two compare? Is the yellow one sportier and less toury?
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Both are crazy nice. I'd do the fender roadie sports tour thing on the yellow one.
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The stays are about the same...I haven't taken a protractor to the angles, but the yellow was built as a long distance sportier bike. The blue is a true tourer. Both show how well a fresh frames paint job holds up. I do prefer the headbadge vs. decal on the tourer.

I'd love to compare a Mooney to a Ron Cooper up close some day.

Thanks all - I'll provide better photos soon. It really looks like I lucked out with the silca.
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real beaut Aaron, looking forward to seeing the end product
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
Both are crazy nice. I'd do the fender roadie sports tour thing on the yellow one.
I would too.

Chrome and yellow = sexy.

How wide of tires would fit on that new one?

A set of Compass Chinook Pass with tanwalls would look great.

Brown saddle and bar wrap would look outstanding. Any thought to an all XT build?
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It looks generous on space...I'd wager 32s and fenders is no issue. 120mm rear. Deer head would be cool...I'm thinking of making it a mix. I don't have any deer head, and it seems to go for a premium. I've got a Campy triple crank that would work nicely here.
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Since you have the blue one built for touring, I would build the yellow one for relaxed sport riding. But I'm sure whatever you decide it will be a beauty.
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Lovely. Cable stop and cable guide on the DS chainstay...
Is the paint chipped around the top of the seat tube, or is that some sort of fancy treatment? Hard to tell from the pics.
At any rate, like I said, lovely.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
It looks generous on space...I'd wager 32s and fenders is no issue. 120mm rear. Deer head would be cool...I'm thinking of making it a mix. I don't have any deer head, and it seems to go for a premium. I've got a Campy triple crank that would work nicely here.
I'm running the Campy triple on the Bilenky and all systems are go.

Just dropped a new chain on and it is so smooth.

You'd probably like it as well.
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
Lovely. Cable stop and cable guide on the DS chainstay...
Is the paint chipped around the top of the seat tube, or is that some sort of fancy treatment? Hard to tell from the pics.
At any rate, like I said, lovely.
It's a bit of both...there is shaping as well as missing paint at the very top.





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Gorgeous, but they put the tail on backwards again.

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OK, Aaron, since you mentioned airports...

Mooney just introduced the new M10 series with composite fuselage and wings and diesel engines that run on jet fuel. They're very cool (and tempting).

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Yes, I saw you looking innocent when that one disappeared...

So many nice touches: lug cutouts, the placement of the seatsay/DO junction, the caps treatment on those same stays, the extra guide on the chainstay rccardr mentions above...

And some great luck with the color match on the Silca.

Lovely bike.
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I can see a north roads+deerhead (thumbies) build happen on this one.
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OK, Aaron, since you mentioned airports...

Mooney just introduced the new M10 series with composite fuselage and wings and diesel engines that run on jet fuel. They're very cool (and tempting).

Another foray into atypical power plants for Mooney, remember the Porsche powered version?
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Beautiful frame, A.
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Another foray into atypical power plants for Mooney, remember the Porsche powered version?
Yes; it was a modified 3.2 liter 911 engine named the PFM 3200 and had dual ignition and reduction gearing to reduce the propeller RPM.
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
I can see a north roads+deerhead (thumbies) build happen on this one.
So many choices...

I'm leaning towards drop bars, campy triple, deer head derailleurs, Universals or Mafacs...whatever I have in the drawer right now...simplex levers...whatever brake levers I have right now.
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Gorgeous blue!
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I can picture you equipping this with a 1950's Sturmey Archer AW hub.
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