First up was to put on a brand new air filter. On my plane the air filter simply goes on the front of the plane in the front cowling. It is held in place by the landing light assembly.
The air filter itself is technically two pieces. A wire mesh support ring and the filter itself, which is foam. You can get a paper filter but it is over 80 bucks, the foam filter is much much cheaper. You can also order just the foam part without the wire mesh ring however since it's only a few dollars more for the whole assembly I just opted to get a complete replacement.
The foam filter itself is coated in a VERY sticky substance (think of honey) and it gets everywhere. I did not realize this but next time I'm going to use some gloves. It also explains what that super sticky stuff is under the cowling. It's this stuff oozing out over time.
I know this is an odd picture but this is what it looks like installed. It's basically held in place by wedging that front plate (with landing light) and the back of the cowling. There is one long bolt that screws into the middle of that front plate and you tighten it down until the whole assembly firms up and holds in place.
The light will connect to those leads and then there is a ring that screws into the front plate to hold the light in. (not pictured)
Next up was the rear cone that covers the cabling and trim spindle in the rear of the plane. It's a plastic piece that comes in two pieces. I needed to remove this and paint it with a paint to protect it as the A&P wanted me to get something on it to protect it from the sun. I also wanted to soak and oil all of the spindles and cables in the rear assembly.
Plenty of new screws and washers!!!
Here is the underside of the mechanism.
This is a close up of the trim assembly and cable. Pretty neat stuff. It looks wet because I just re-oiled it.
Underside after reassembly.
Now all the fuel comes flowing out at a normal rate. Which makes it easier to sump.
I was flying solo today so all this took me a while to do, I worked on the plane for about 6 hours, and at the end I treated myself to a quick taxi around the ramp down to the run-up area and did a quick run up. She did great!
I'm hoping to get some time to do the struts sometime this week, but that is a def a 2 person job.