Needless to say, 78S is grounded until the mechanic replaces the alternator bracket arm and the carb heat brace. He reports that the bracket securing the alternator to the engine block also broke. He says he's never seen anything like it before.
Thank goodness for the safety wires, which seem to be all that was holding the alternator in the vicinity of the engine. Had it fallen out, the IFR Pilot's Monday evening flight could have become quite an adventure. Perhaps it's time to hire the CFI for an afternoon of emergency procedures refresher training.
One concern was that the alternator belt has been damaged or stretched-out and needs to be replaced. That, of course, requires that the spinner and prop be removed. While the mechanic -- who gets paid by the hour -- would no doubt like that, none of us -- who pay those hourly bills -- really wants that. Thankfully, in this morning's phone call, the mechanic report that he didn't think replacing the belt would be necessary. And, the new bracket arm is only .5 AMU. (AMU = "Aviation Monetary Unit" = $100. Didn't think you could get a new aviation part for less than 1 AMU. Go figure...)
JS was there with us, checking out the 396. So, MS took advantage of the flight cancellation to hold an little impromptu seminar on the features of the 396. Here they are in all their glory:
Stay tuned tomorrow (hopefully) for videos of MS's landings at BKL and the Home Base from last Sunday evening -- when we still had a working alternator!