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Cessna 170

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:

  1. 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:
    1. Franklin Engines, Inc. in Ft. Collins, CO.  Visit their web site at http://franklinengines.com/ .
    2. Classic Aire, in Cartersville, GA.  You can reach them by email at c.aire@mindspring.com, or by phone at 770-386-7435.
  2. 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 http://www.xpmods.com/ .
  3. Lycoming O-360 - While this is a good engine, it required major cowl mods, and runs rough being a 4 cylinder engine.

Cessna 170A This is a 1951 Cessna 170A model.

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