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Wanted! Franklin 350

timmayb67

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Hello,
I'm looking for a 350 Franklin /220HP version. If anyone knows where I can pick one up used please let me know!
 

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I don’t know where you can find one for purchase, but I have a PZL-built one on our M-4 Maule, and I love it. It needs some regular wrench-turning to keep the oil leaks under control, but with careful leaning, the power to fuel consumption is great. About 450 hours since new, and we’re very pleased with it.
 

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I've never flown in one but the power to weight is impressive from what I can gather, and everyone seems to think they're very smooth running engines.
 
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Smoothest best sounding recip. aircraft engine I've ever flown. Hope you can find a good one. First Skybolt I flew had one and the owner had a hard time getting the inverted oil system ironed out to be reliable. You can pull the top cover and the oil pan and look at most of the important stuff.
 

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Did the Sport Aviation article mentioned it was a helicopter version? Were those in Bell 47s before the Lycomings? Vertical mounts. You probably have plenty of time no matter the version, to look, but good ones are rare as hens teeth because they will be worn out and expensive to overhaul; stuff that has nothing to do with how good actual engines are.
 

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PLZ was manufacturing new engines in Poland I believe around 2000. There have been rumor's for year there again going to start back up manufacturing new ones. There are a few firms (2-3) that specialize in Franklin spares. I had a customer who had one in a Cessna 170 with a CS, that was one of the new PLZ engines, it ran great. I would try to contact the guys (one of the most well known is a woman) that are specializing in the engines and talk to them, who knows there still may be a new one in a crate somewhere,
 

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