Posted: 12/8/2009 22:57:31
I'm interested in a Fairchild airplane, but am concerned about the Ranger 200HP engine. Do any of you have advice for someone who has lots of aviation experience, but none with a Ranger engine. Is this a reliable engine? Will I spend bookoos of money keeping it in airworthy condition? What is the realistic TBO? What does it cost to have one major-overhauled? General discussion? Thanks!
Posted: 12/9/2009 11:07:39
I have a friend with a 24R. Among the things he's told me: The Ranger is a reliable engine, parts are generally available because there were thousands of them built for the PT-13/PT-23/PT-26 trainers. They leak. They're much cheaper to overhaul than the Warner radial alternative.
Posted: 12/10/2009 18:28:07
Modified: 12/11/2009 12:10:20
When I lived in Alaska, The A&P at my airport owned 2 Fairchilds. I asked him a similar question since I owned a Stinson. He said most of the parts were the same as the old N9 Ford Tractor. I had no reason to not believe him since over the period of 10 yrs he worked on several other Fairchilds with Ranger engines. I would trade my modern beer can (Cherokee) for a Fairchild in a heartbeat.
Posted: 12/11/2009 07:09:51
I have a 200hp Ranger in my experimental Great Lakes and have found the engine to be easy to get parts for. I have done most of the maintenance on the engine including replacement of cylinders. I had an engine overhaul performed about 4 years ago and the cost was $12K. Most experienced Ranger owners will tell you the TBO on the engine is about 1000 hours. I have a friend with a 24R who has flown his bird for almost a decade with little maintenance on the engine.
The engine is among the smoothest operating engines I have encountered, immediate torque response, and pleasing radial-like rumble at cruise. Modern sealants make them a lot more oil-tight than they were in the old days. They still consume lots of oil - about 1.5qts/hr and fuel consumption is around 10gph at cruise.
Posted: 12/11/2009 08:55:22
Modified: 12/11/2009 12:11:00
I know the best Fairchild, Ranger guy in the business. His name is Joe Denest. if you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll give you his phone number.
Posted: 12/11/2009 11:27:17
Here is another source for Ranger engine information.
John Ferrero @ J & C Aircraft Engines
4035 Brewers Hwy 80
Benton, KY 42025
phone # 207 527 2208
Posted: 12/11/2009 23:18:44
During the early 1960s, I flew a PT-19 a couple hundred hours. The engine used about a quart of oil an hour, but was always very reliable. We started it with a hand crank. Even on cold days, it never took more than a couple of compression strokes to start. Really was a fun airplane.