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Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby Yomer12 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:46 pm

Hi All,
I am a first time poster to this forum and was looking to see about advice/thoughts about an engine overhaul or other engine options that balance the need for an engine overhaul balanced by the cost.
Being based in Chicago. I called the area shops (ie G&N etc) they want $29,995 for the overhaul with 10-12 weeks for the job
I am looking for advice on other possible shops that overhaul the C-145-2a engine or possible solutions to our dilemma.
Thanks in advance
Tim
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Re: Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby dstates » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:08 pm

Poplar Grove Airmotive would be close for you...
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Re: Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby gahorn » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:52 pm

Right across the ramp from one of our Members and 170 expert shops (Mountain Airframe): http://www.menaaircraftengines.com/

Have Del Lehmann accomplish any airframe issues while your engine is being refreshed. http://www.mountainairframe.com/
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Re: Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby Jim Collins » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:07 pm

Tim,

There are several 170 owners in the Chicago area. Most of us have used Poplar Grove Airmotive with good results.

Best of luck

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Re: Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby hilltop170 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:16 pm

gahorn wrote:Right across the ramp from one of our Members and 170 expert shops (Mountain Airframe): http://www.menaaircraftengines.com/

Have Del Lehmann accomplish any airframe issues while your engine is being refreshed. http://www.mountainairframe.com/


I second gahorn's recommendation!

Fly your plane to Mena, Arkansas.
Have Del Lehmann remove your engine and cart it across the ramp to Mena Aircraft Engines.
Have Del annual your plane and have him manage/coordinate with other shops any other options or repairs you might need, i.e., radio/instrument upgrades, paint, interior, sheet metal repairs, etc
Go to Mena for a couple of days and test fly your plane when ready and resolve any break-in issues that may appear while you are there
Fly your plane home completely confident with the work done
Show-off your plane to your jealous friends when you get home

No overhaul done correctly will be cheap (whatever that is) but the folks in Mena are honest and will give you the best value for your money of anyplace I know. Several members have had major restoration, rebuild, repaint, and barn-find resurrections done by Del, et al, all with excellent results and no issues that were not gladly resolved.
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Re: Engine overhaul/Replacement

Postby Yomer12 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:41 am

Thank you all for the feedback! It is much appreciated. I am waiting a call back from the engine shop in Mena.
I will check with Poplar Grove but I heard they are pretty pricey.
Thanks again
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