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Joe Casey
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#1 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!



Rick Hadley
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#2 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.

 




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Brent Bunch
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#3 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.

Brent

 



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#4 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.



Al Voss
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#5 Posted: 12/11/2009 08:55:22 Modified: 12/11/2009 12:11:00

Joe,

I know the best Fairchild, Ranger guy in the business.  His name is Joe Denest.  if you contact me at vossc531@aol.com I'll give you his phone number. 

Al Voss

 



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Tom Johnson
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#6 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



Bob Severns
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#7 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.