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  1. I blew a job interview there, boy was I lucky!
  2. You dodged a bullet there. The last thing I'd want to do is turbine engine shop - another day looking at another thousand turbine blades and buckets. I worked line maintenance on live aircraft - a little of everything, always a different problem. We have one plane down for a "C" check in Lincoln, NE. A C check is three months long and the planes is disassembled, engines off, landing gear out, interior out, controls off, paint stripped, etc, etc. While not Fairbanks (seen the sun recently?) it's not too far a drive for those guys to at least be out in farmland. 😁
  3. Same experience. Years ago I was a one third owner of an avionics shop. At first the three of us could handle all the work but business grew. One of the first guys we hired could sort of do the work with a lot of supervision but was ham handed and broke so many things that he was a liability so had to go. There's nothing inexpensive to break on an airplane. We then were lucky enough to find two great guys who were both conscientious, intelligent, and experienced guys. They both had worked in another shop that had closed perhaps to poor management. Neither needed much supervision and proposed solutions that worked. One sadly passed away young, the other now runs his own consulting business. Three partners, though, tended to pull the business in three directions. Two of us sold out, one ran MIT's flight test aircraft avionics section, and I went back to flying full time. That shop did ok, eventually going through several owners, finally dying after 911, the death blow to fading general aviation in the northeast. The maintenance shops where we now bring our jets have a serious shortage of experienced mechanics. Few enter the field even though it's fairly well paid and much cleaner work than any automotive work. The last big batch were returning vets from the Vietnam era, and they've mostly retired. Most A&P schools will turn you out with an associate degree and there's plenty of work. I guess it's a stigma to work with your hands in a trade regardless of the pay and rewarding work.
  4. Lt Dan is the MAN!
  5. I traced the origin of the picture and it's actually a 348 getting built up. Here's the build article: https://www.hotrod.com/articles/chevrolets-w-engine-348/
  6. Here's a picture of a Chevy W. The combustion chamber is in the bore as the head is flat. It's a wedge with a squish formed by the flat head surface and piston top. I think this one is a 409 rather than a 348 as I don't remember (from 50 years ago so questionable) the valve relief in the block in a 348. I suspect a high HP 409.
  7. New Englander


    Sadly I think we'll find it's mostly true.
  8. Yes! Chevrolet 348s and 409s had that design. Sort of a PITA in a way as the only way to raise the compression was to change the pistons - no quick mill the head a few thousands for a little more power. I had a 348 that I first swapped into a '56 panel truck then put it in a '61 Biscayne for a sort of sleeper but really because the six was getting about 50 miles/quart and hiding behind a smoke screen. I got the 348 was out of a wrecked '58 Impala for maybe $20 and it could be identified as a '58 due to lack of water cooled spark plugs. Funny how one remembers some things from 50 years ago and others just fade. Of course my wife say I can't remember $hit, and I guess she's right😁
  9. A friend of mine has a truck repair shop. His help fell off the wagon leaving him by himself. Some of the "mechanics" he hired only lasted a day or two and then just didn't show up. Others got their paycheck and promptly blew it on drugs, then didn't show up. His wife does the books and she informed him he was making more money, if turning away work, than he was with help. I was concerned that he's working with some heavy stuff and probably shouldn't be alone but he's careful and lot of people are in and out of his shop for parts deliveries, etc.
  10. It's a much better landing if you can use the airplane again!
  11. My experience with 22s in a fire is when some dummy tossed them in a camp fire. The brass popped off or just burst leaving the heavy lead behind. We all backed away and watched. They didn't go far but up close they could have taken an eye out. Funny how beer makes some people stupid!
  12. New Englander


    I sure hope the same happens here in the 'States. The Democrats have tied this country up for a couple of years based on pure hate. It's true that Trump is a bit of an arse and makes it easy but the fact there's no bipartisan support for this BS and there's no chance of conviction just makes it show. Much of the same could be said of the Clinton impeachment but there was an actual crime, albeit a bit of a stretch, and some bipartisan support and no rigged rules. It was tying the country up for a BJ!
  13. Just to be clear, I'm not knocking the hemispherical combustion chamber.Truth be told I own several, none with a "Hemi" badge. My BMW uses them as do my bikes. Most radial aircraft engines use them such as the Pratt R985s, 1340s and 1830s that I worked on as a kid. The Continental angle valve engine in my 182 looks to be an "almost" although the roof is a little flatter than those on the round engines. That's probably due to the space limitations not present on a round engine. So, yes, a good design that's been with us for a long time but not magic, Chrysler's trademark not withstanding.
  14. Next door neighbor has a single well for his geothermal. Another neighbor who lives on the bay has a well that flows some ungodly numbers and he told me his system is total loss - drains into creek to bay. I was kind of surprised at that as I've never heard of such a system. Of course, I've never heard of loops until this discussion either. Perhaps not usable in New England.
  15. Again, I'm not knocking the old or new hemi. Yes, the 426 is the basis if AA fuel dragsters because the strong bottom end and the large valves. The thing I dislike is the marketing of the new one to people who have no idea what it means. After my colleague started raving about it and demonstrated he had no idea what it meant, I started asking people. Try it. I'm almost afraid to start asking random folks what quid pro quo means😉
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