The Cessna 170 is a good, affordable, four seat classic airplane.
Cessna built three models of the 170. The original 170 was built in
1948. It has a fabric covered wing and is affectionately known as the "rag
wing". The A model was built from 1949 until 1951. It has metal
wings and no wing dihedral. Both the "rag wing" and the A model are
powered by a 145HP 6 cylinder Continental C-145. The B model was built
from 1952 through 1956. It differs from the A model in that it has larger flaps,
wing dihedral, and a counter-weighted elevator. It is powered by the
Continental O-300, which is essentially the same engine as the C-145.
This is a 1948 Cessna 170, known as a "ragwing".
There are 3 engine STCs for the 170
A and B model:
- Franklin 220 HP -
This engine is being made new again in Poloand, and is the least expensive
conversion. It is a 6 cylinder, and runs very smooth. It fits
right in with no real cowl modifications required. There are several
propeller choices available for this modification. The STC is available
from two known sources:
- Franklin Engines, Inc. in Ft. Collins, CO.
Visit their web site at http://franklinengines.com/ .
- Classic Aire, in Cartersville, GA. You can
reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 770-386-7435.
- Continental IO-360 - This engine was the most expensive conversion overall last
time we checked. It's a 6 cylinder, fuel-injected engine, so it runs
smooth. It requires significant cowl mods for the A model, and requires
Cessna 180 gear legs. The installation is quite more involved than with
either of the other two STCs. This engine is availabe from XP
Modifications, Inc. For the latest inforamtion, visit their web site at
- Lycoming O-360 - While this is a good engine, it
required major cowl mods, and runs rough being a 4 cylinder engine.
This is a 1951 Cessna 170A model.
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