Jump to content

Engine Rebuild Shop


Recommended Posts

I plan to have Pinnacle Aircraft Engines out of Alabama rebuild my engine.  I’ve spoke with them and they are real friendly, have fair prices and a great warranty.  Does anyone have experience with them that can support my positive impression of them?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, 67 m20F chump said:

I used Gann Aviation but I’m in Georgia so it was close and has a good reputation.  I dont know the shop you are looking at.  Sorry I can’t help.

 Gann is the bomb when it comes to engines. Nobody does better. I had an 0-320 done by him, 1/2 gram balance, flow matched cylinders etc, the thing dyno'd 10% over the data plate.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mine is a Gann “performance engine” too. He is big with the Maule crowd and my motor I believe does in fact run better than most. He also apparently has the fuel servo set to run a little richer than stock as mine runs a little over 19 GPH on take off. Mine will run so lean and still be smooth, but so down on power it just about won’t fly

You have to like red powder coat though, because a whole lot of the motor is.

However he doesn’t use new cylinders on the angle valve motors but does on the parallel, not sure why, but I have heard of no issues with the overhauled cylinders.

‘Quite a few around here will go with a Gann motor over a factory zero time motor

https://www.gannaviation.com/engine-overhauls

Edited by A64Pilot
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, A64Pilot said:

Mine is a Gann “performance engine” too. He is big with the Maule crowd and my motor I believe does in fact run better than most. He also apparently has the fuel servo set to run a little richer than stock as mine runs a little over 19 GPH on take off. Mine will run so lean and still be smooth, but so down on power it just about won’t fly

You have to like red powder coat though, because a whole lot of the motor is.

However he doesn’t use new cylinders on the angle valve motors but does on the parallel, not sure why, but I have heard of no issues with the overhauled cylinders.

‘Quite a few around here will go with a Gann motor over a factory zero time motor

https://www.gannaviation.com/engine-overhauls

I didn't know about his affection for red either.  However, my plane has red on it as well so it "worked".  I joked that the engine looked better that the plane.  I'm at about 430 TSOH from Gann and she's running just fine. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was looking at doing the overhaul at Gann. Every one seems to like his work, and even though he is in Georgia, and I'm in California, I feel like its worthwhile going to a good engine shop to not have to deal with the hassle down the road. @GeeBee How are you liking the Lycoming he did? did he do the TCM in 2JK as well?

Edited by Niko182
Link to comment
Share on other sites

No, I bought 2JK with a 400 hour factory new engine. I sold the PA-18, but I flew that engine about 300 hours and it was a solid as a rock. I went to have the prop balanced after changing to a new prop, and no weights were needed, it was that tight. Carlus Gann is also the engine advisor to Bill Elliott Race Team. He builds NASCAR engines too. The man is a genius when it comes to engines.

 

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, GeeBee said:

No, I bought 2JK with a 400 hour factory new engine. I sold the PA-18, but I flew that engine about 300 hours and it was a solid as a rock. I went to have the prop balanced after changing to a new prop, and no weights were needed, it was that tight. Carlus Gann is also the engine advisor to Bill Elliott Race Team. He builds NASCAR engines too. The man is a genius when it comes to engines.

 

 

Did you do the performance package. Was there a noticable difference? From what ive heard powermasters and gann are the 2 best. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

When I had that engine done, it was an "ah la carte" system. I had the mains pegged and o-ringed and new Lycoming cylinders ported, polished and flow matched. 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.