Rank wrote this report on
trailering 125C from Burlington, WI to Atlanta, GA after buying it from
John Gadeikis. He used Le Selting's idea,
pictured on the Mite Site, to build a similar rig on a 10 foot trailer. He said
it worked like a charm.
You already may be suffering from a virus which is lurking
about. In fact, you may be a carrier. The medical name for this malady is
"Miteitis". Once you have it, you will probably have it for the rest of your
life. It is carried by the "Mite mite", a tiny insect not visible to the naked
eye, and it is generally found in or on the wood of certain aircraft.
Symptoms include restlessness, periods of fantasy of
owning an aircraft, and checking the Mooney section of Trade-a-Plane. As the
illness progresses, one may travel long distances to view Mooney Mites, perhaps
resulting in a purchase. This is often followed by scheming just how to get the
plane home and how to tell the wife.
I know about this, because I've had a bad relapse of it
recently. I say relapse because Ben Epps and I restored 118C
several years ago. We both became infected at that time. This time around it
started when Ben suggested that we drive from Atlanta over to Huntsville,
Alabama to just look at a Mite for sale. It was only a three hour trip, so we
drove over. However, that Mite was not to our liking. But the virus was very
active. Later, while scanning the Mooney Mite Site on the net, I saw one that
sounded really good. It was in Burlington, Wisconsin, and since it was more or
less on the way on my flight in the Kitfox from Minneapolis to Atlanta for the
Winter, I landed there, supposedly just to have a look.
John Gadiekis, then the owner, had
replaced all the sheet metal, redone the interior, and restored many other parts
to new condition. This was what I was looking for, so a deal was struck. Now I
had my wintertime project, except for some minor complications like trailering
the Mite 850 miles to Ben Epps' Aeroplane Repair Shop in Atlanta. The one piece
wing presented problems.
Once again the Mooney Mite Site and member Le
Selting came to my rescue. Le emailed pictures of how he trailered his
Mite a long way, so I owe him a lot. I used his ideas and managed to get the
Mite on a ten foot trailer. I towed it safely at sixty miles per hour. I wrapped
the wing with poly sheeting and spiral wrapped it with duct tape. The wind
destroyed the sheeting. Not a good idea, I guess, but the wing is now safely
hung up under the roof of Ben's shop, awaiting restoration. The fuselage is
mounted on a roll-around base, and my good friend, Bill Wegman,
is beginning to work on the engine.
With some luck, another Mite will be all prettied up and
flying by the end of next Summer, and a good time will be had by all as we get
John Gadeikis did a nice job of renewing the
metalwork in the cockpit and engine compartment.
The fuselage and 27-foot
wing were safely towed on a 10-foot trailer.
Bill Wegman has his work cut out for
Bill Wegman takes a look at the Continental 65
The wing hangs safe and dry from the rafters in
Ben Epp's repair shop.