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Low- to mid-time O-360-A4A (or A3A) Wanted!

Airrmann

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If anyone has got a low/mid time A4A for sale/trade, please let me know. I would consider a good A3A as well but prefer solid crank. Not interested in high time or really old overhauls, then I will just overhaul my current A3A instead. My A3A is at about 1950 hrs SMOH/3240 hrs TT but running strong if anyone is interested in trade or buy. Will not sell it until I'm sure i don't need it as core. My plane is a '65 180C. If you know of a good place to find one, that would be helpful as well. Thanks!
 

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Suggest you may want to have the AD (SB 505) Visual Insp as a condition of sale.

Really not a big deal ; to inspect only.
 

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Wentworth Aircraft Parts purchased my Cherokee 180C that was totaled last spring in a hailstorm. No damage to the engine, of course. It was an A3A that ran superbly. About 750 hours as I recall. Used 1 qt. every 10 hours. Great compressions. I noticed the engine was just recently removed from the aircraft at the ramp where the plane is parked. So, it might be available.

That said, get an A4A if you can.
 

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Magman, that's probably a good idea. I just had the crank check on my engine at last annual in September, no signs of any cracks. I've got compressions all in the 70's but the last complete OH was done in 1967, with TOP in 80's. I would like something a little bit "newer" but it still runs strong.
PropFan, I just talked to Wentworth this week, the only A4A they had is a 1983 overhaul with 1033 hrs. Are you local to that area? I think they said it was OH'ed at Griffing Flying Services. Or, they may have owned the plane it was in, can't remember for sure. You know anything about them? Who did the last OH on the engine you had and when was it done? I can ask them to see if they still have it if you think it was still in good shape.
Thanks for the info!
 

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Be aware that this AD came out in 1998.

Most engines o/h'd since then probably received the PID (Painted Inside Diameter) .

That takes away the inspection between o/h's.

It must be in the log AND stamp on Flange OD.

An GOOD "3" could be BETTER than a MEDIOCRE "4".
 

dr.andre

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I have been looking (since mid 2010) for same, as a replacement to my A4A in a 180D. So far no luck. (My 180 is airframe over 11,000 hours, and current engine 2400+ hours still running beautifully)
 

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