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Hello Piper Owners, recently joined the Piper’s Owners Group in January. I have owned my 1979 Warrior II for 24 years. In the last few years I have done the ADSB upgrade followed by a GNS430W and GNS340. I decided this year to move forward with upgrades, removing the 170B and replacing it with a Garmin 255. Also pulled the trigger on an Aspen ProMax with the Bendix King AeroCruze 100 Auto Pilot. I am so looking forward to having the new Avionics in place soon. Unfortunately after purchasing all the new toys, I found an issue with the motor where the lifter and cam deteriorated causing metal in the filter. Headed down the path of overhauling at Don George’s engine, but they found a crankshaft out of specifications at the prop flange area, now she is getting a new Rebuilt Lycoming zero time engine. It will be a sweet airplane when I get her back in the air. Little lighter in the wallet, but not discouraged.

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  • Here is the picture of my bird.
  • Beautiful paint job! And thanks for the post about your plane.... you're in good company, lol.

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

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  • edited June 1

    Dtaglila - My bird is a 1978 Warrior II that I've owned for 22 years and 2 engines, so we're in a similar life cycle with our airplanes and engines.

    Wise choice to go with a factory zero time engine, especially if your old engine has multiple problems. I went with a zero-time engine 10 yrs ago, and never looked back. All engine AD's are complied with, every part is within new tolerance, the new engine has the roller cam and lifters (smoother and makes better power than my old flat tappet engine when it was new), and in the long run, you may wind up money ahead. I jumped on a "show special" deal from Lycoming 11 yrs ago while at EAA/OSH that put the price of a zero time engine within $900 of a shop rebuild. I've never regretted it.

    Welcome to the group! You have a beautiful airplane!

    Jim "Griff" Griffin
    PA28 - 161
    Chicago area

  • Thank you to everyone’s knowledge and praise of the plane. I will continue to post pictures as it starts going back together.
  • Griff390, I appreciate your feedback especially on the roller lifters. I was hoping the engine would be smoother and as always have better performance. Sounds like I won’t be disappointed.
  • edited June 4

    Dtagilia - No problem! Those of us who have been through it are happy to help. Have your A&P index and balance the propeller after the new engine is installed. You're going to love it. Send pics when done!

    Jim "Griff" Griffin
    PA28 - 161
    Chicago area

  • I am the A&P, and you read my mind. I was planning on the Dynamic Balancing once it is all back together.
  • Hey checking back in with an update, got my new rebuilt engine from Lycoming a week ago. Engine has been hung on the mount with all new hardware. Taking my time on the assembly doing all the things I always wanted to fix. Also panel work is progressing well Aspen Pro Max is installed along with the new Garmin GNC-255A. Aerocruz 100 autopilot installation is in work. Shooting for the middle of August date to be ready to pull it out of the Hangar for Aspen Calibration.
  • Looks wonderful. I can't wait to see it when complete :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

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  • Seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Here is a few pictures of the progress.
  • Hello,

    I'm relatively new to the group and looking forward to learning more about Pipers. Been a Piper Pilot for awhile and my Honda Pilot is named...yeah.. Piper. I'm a maintenance coordinator for one of our flying club's Arrows. You can see pics of all the planes over here. (Though not all the club planes are Pipers.) And I'll upload one of our Arrows and an Archer.

  • Nice pics and thanks for posting them. Welcome to our website! :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • My old 140 sold to my best friend and my 180R. The 140 has dual G5’s and 430WAAS/ GX60 Stratus EGS and about every speed mod possible. The 180R has G5 HSI, 430WAAS/GNC420 and a KX155 with GS. And also has a Stratus ESG with almost as many mods.
  • Great paint!!! Thanks for posting the pics :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • Dtaglila, follow the Lycoming break in instructions to the letter. You might want to postpone the dynamic prop balancing until some initial break in hours are complete.

    Regards,

    Mike
  • Thanks Mike, I was going to wait until I got 50 hours on the new motor.

  • I already did the first hour at 75% power and adjusted the Throttle between 65 to 75% for the second hour engine was very smooth but the prop is not in the 8 & 2 position at shutdown so I will re-index tomorrow and recheck blade track and smoothness.

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