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    Default PLZ Franklin Engines. Anyone have any positive comments?

    I have yet to find a mechanic or owner who has anything good to say about the Franklin PLZ engines....
    Yet most mechanics who had that opinion,,,, have never worked on one...
    Anyone have any real experience...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I have yet to find a mechanic or owner who has anything good to say about the Franklin PLZ engines....
    Yet most mechanics who had that opinion,,,, have never worked on one...
    Anyone have any real experience...
    Don't know what the "PLZ" means, but I had very good luck with a 165-heavy case Franklin in a C-170A.

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    PZL is some sort of former eastern bloc company who took over making Franklins for awhile...
    BUT now Pratt & Whitney's parent company (United Technologies) -- purchased Polish company PZL, which
    has been a subcontractor for Pratt & Whitney Canada. PZL owned the rights to the Franklin line since 1975.

    These guys still list them......http://franklinengines.com/models.cfm
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    I have worked on a few of them. I even rebuilt one a long time ago. In my opinion, they are good solid engines. A bit heavier than a Lycoming or a Continental, but well made. I think they run very smooth also. In their day I believe they were even ahead of their time in engineering. I think most people are wary of them due to the availability of parts and experienced mechanics to work on them. Just my .02.
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    Supposedly there is a shop in Fairbanks that semi-specializes in them...
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    I have a Stinson straight 108 with a 165 hard case and it's a great engine. I had the same worry's about parts availability but have come across several people who work on them including Bruce Junes and parts are out there more than I thought they would be.

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