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Hi everyone, I'm a new Stinson owner and really happy with my 1947 108-2  

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Curtis Hughes
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16/01/2020 5:48 pm  

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N168C
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17/01/2020 7:17 pm  

Congrats! Great-looking bird!

You've got one helluva lot of experience here for when the need arises. ...and feel free to contact me personally if there's an issue you'd rather not air out to a wider audience.

Any more details to share? Engine? Serial Number? Prop?

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Curtis Hughes
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18/01/2020 5:02 pm  

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Thanks!  It's got a Lycoming O-435 engine with a variable pitch Hartnell propeller.  I flew it from NE to FL last week and she did great...just slower than I anticipated - 90kts indicated at 3500' MSL.  


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Curtis Hughes
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18/01/2020 5:02 pm  

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lawheelock
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19/01/2020 5:51 pm  

Curt,

You are finding what every Stinson owner knows, but few want to admit to it.  The Stinson is a very draggy airplane, but makes up for it in being the most stable airplane ever built, no matter the size. 

I have always believed the model number comes from the design airspeed, 108 mph.  That is the speed I get in mine at normal power settings and have for the last 52 years! 

Larger engines do not help.  I converted to a Lycoming 180 hp 8 years ago and the plane still goes 108 mph at 2350 rpm.  It will go 120 or a little over with the Lyc turning red line 2700 rpm but probably burns 15 to 16 gallons per hour at that speed.  I have never flown one with the Lyc 190 O-435, with a variable prop, but I would think that might help a little, but still the drag of the airframe is the controlling factor.

Regards,

Larry

 

 

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer


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Curtis Hughes
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02/02/2020 5:09 pm  

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Thanks for all your expertise and willingness to share your knowledge on this forum for us new Stinson owners.  Did all Stinson 108-2 aircraft leave the factory equipped with the Scott 3200 tailwheel?


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lawheelock
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03/02/2020 5:41 am  

Curtis,

Not sure, but I don't think any 108s left the factory with Scott 3200 tailwheels.  It is on the type certificate now, but that has probably been added sometime over the last 74 years.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer


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Carl H.
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03/02/2020 5:48 am  

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My 108-2 had the Scott 2000 hard rubber type tailwheel.


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Francois Roy
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16/02/2020 8:57 pm  

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Hi Curtis, considering the purchase of a 108-3 with the Lyc o-435 and Harztell prop (adjustable pitch), so same set-up as yours.  I am reading of difficulty in obtaining parts for this engine as Lycoming does not support it anymore.  Do you have a reliable place to buy parts for it?  That is the only factor that is worrying me a little right now.

Thank you in advance

Frank Roy


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Curtis Hughes
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16/02/2020 9:38 pm  

hi Francois, it worried me as well but I took the chance. Haven’t zeroed in on a parts supplier or maintenance shop for the O-435 yet. I’ll be sure to update everyone if I need to find parts.


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Francois Roy
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16/02/2020 9:44 pm  

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Understood, is the o-435 a 1200hrs between overhaul engine?

Frank Roy


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Curtis Hughes
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17/02/2020 2:30 am  

It is a 1200 hour TBO recommendation   Mine has 250 hours TSMOH


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