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1974 MOONEY M20C, ONLY 2,221 TTAF&ENG, 1,025 SMATTITUCK, NEW PAINT, LITE DAMAGE,

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1974 MOONEY M20C, ONLY 2,221 TTAF&ENG, 1,025 SMATTITUCK, NEW PAINT, LITE DAMAGE, CHEAP !! THE M20C IS THE “CLASSIC” MOONEY FAST FOR THE AMOUNT OF HORSEPOWER EASY TO FLY, RESPONSIVE, AND RELIABLE THE PROBLEM WITH MOST M20C’S IS THEY DON’T LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY FLY! THE DASH ON THE ENTIRE MOONEY LINE HAS BEEN A REAL DISASTER, FROM THE LATE 50’S ALL THE WAY INTO THE 1970’S THE WHOLE DASH IS RIGHT IN YOUR FACE, WITH NO REASONABLE SCAN AND ANTIQUATED ERGONOMICS. AS A MOONEY PILOT MYSELF, I REALLY THINK THAT THAT IN YOUR FACE DASH IS REALLY THE BIGGEST REASON THE MOONEY GOT A REPUTATION AS SMALL INSIDE. IT SEEMS CRAMPED. ANOTHER HORRIBLE THINGS ABOUT ALL OF THE OLDER MOONEYS IS THE MECHANICAL GEAR AND PUMP DOWN FLAPS NOW I NOW THAT THERE ARE GUYS THAT CLAIM THEY LIKE THAT BIG OLD GEAR HANDLE, AND THEY SAY THEY KNOW HOW TO PUSH IT BACK AND DOWN AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, SO THEY ACTUALLY CAN GET IT TO LOCK MOST OF THE TIME. (NOT ALL THE TIME MIND YOU, AND IT IS TAKING YOUR FOCUS OFF EVERYTHING ELSE WHILE YOU CONCENTRATE ON THAT STUPID HANDLE) I BELIEVE THEY ARE JUST RATIONALIZING THE WEAKNESS IN THE OLD DESIGN. CASE IN POINT: I HAVE NEVER, EVER HEARD OF SOMEONE INSTALLING THE AFTERMARKET ELECTRIC GEAR AND THEN REMOVING IT ! ONCE YOU HAVE ELECTRIC GEAR, OF COURSE YOU LOVE IT !!THE PUMP HANDLE ON THE FLAPS JUST SEEMS OLD. WATCH THE PILOT OF THE SPITFIRE IN “DUNKIRK”, AND YOU WILL SEE THE SAME PUMP HANDLE IN THE SPITFIRE, DESIGNED IN 1937 !! THE OTHER THING THAT UGLIES UP OLDER MOONEYS IS THE FACTORY PAINT SCHEMES IN THE 1960’S AND EARLY 70’S WERE HORRIBLE !! THEY WERE TRYING TO BE DISTINCTIVE, BUT AT LEAST BY TODAYS STANDARDS, THEY LOOK OLD AND UGLY NOW ALL OF THESE ERGONOMIC PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED OVER THE YEARS WITH THE FACTORY STARTING TO PAY ATTENTION TO THESE IMPORTANT DETAILS !! BY 1974, THE MOONEY DASH FINALLY LOOKS MODERN, LIKE AN ARROW FROM THE SAME VINTAGE: EXCELLENT CENTER AVIONICS STACK, GREAT ERGONOMICS, GREAT SWITCH PLACEMENT, 6 PACK GUAGE LAYOUT. IT ALSO HAS THE QUADRANT FOR THROTTLE, MIXTURE AND PROP CONTROLS, THAT MAKES FINE ADJUSTMENTS EASY WITH JUST A LITTLE TAP !! THIS AIRPLANE ALSO COMES FACTORY EQUIPPED WITH ELECTRIC GEAR AND ELECTRIC FLAPS !! AND UNLIKE THOSE OLD…

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