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Vintage Engine help needed..

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Marshall Lowry
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 6/30/2010 12:57:52

Hello all,


I am begining work on a all wood vintage aircraft and need a replacement engine.  I am looking for something, even an auto conversion that would be inline cylinders, from 100-300HP water cooled preferred with an ability to get parts. I am not sure if any of the older ranger engines are still around or what may be suitable.   I had a radial project in mind but settled on inline owed to the low amount of radials available in the size I;m seeking, MP-14 is too big im afraid. So its back to line. Please advise, additionally if anyone knows of a great place for early 1900's guages or  valves please advise. -M/

Jim Spee
Vintage Aircraft Association MemberAirVenture Volunteer
#2 Posted: 6/30/2010 18:53:55

Hi Marshall,

Sounds like you are looking for a LOM engine.  That's what they used in the Cuadron replica.  Not water cooled, but definitely in-line and vintage looking.  Only one problem -  it looks like they've gone out of production!

How about the Honda Civic with SPRU?

Jim in Redlands

Thomas Downey
Vintage Aircraft Association Member
#3 Posted: 7/24/2010 22:59:47

Why not use a Ranger 440-

Republican / Democrat, same stink, different pile.
Richard Brown
#4 Posted: 9/12/2010 18:07:11

Look at a Ranger 6-440-c5.  It is 200 hp and there are tons of engines and parts available.  Ive seen OH ones selling for up to 20k, but thats outrageously overpriced.   You can find an excellent core for arround 2500 and you can OH it for 10k or so.

Who me? I was fishing on the day in question Mr FAA man. Nope must have been another bright yellow plane.