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Thread: Vagabond engine upgrade

  1. #1
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    Default Vagabond engine upgrade

    Has anyone out there done an engine upgrade on a Vagabond?
    I would like some info on maybe an 0 200 engine swap.

    Piper 604

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    Not an actual Vagabond, but I had an 0-235 in a Vagabond wannabe (Protech PT2) it was a good engine/airframe comination.

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    How did the Vag wanabe perform with that power?

    Len

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    Don of Don's Dream Machines was able to get the FAA approval to install his C-85 with 0-200 crankshaft, rods, and pistons in my Vagabond. It made a big difference in takeoff and climb performance, with a small improvement in cruise speed. The engine runs much more smoothly than my old engine too. I can recommend the upgrade.

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    What kind of climb rate can you achieve? I have an A75 and i do 500 ft per min for the first 3000 ft at sea level. Would the climb rate be that much better?

    Len

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    Three timed climbs from 1000' MSL to 3000' MSL took two minutes. Take-off from my 500' MSL field elevation to 5000' MSL took 5 minutes.
    Cruise performance only increased 4 or 5 MPH.

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    If we are talking experimental here. I bought a Colt fusalege and a Chev Corvair engine. I hope to one day build my own airplane based on the Wagabond drawings. If you go to the Corvair engine web site you can read a story about a similar airplane.

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    It topped out at only 95 -100 mph but it jumped off the ground in about 300'. It was a fun little machine and was actually much more docile than our shortwings on the ground. I had a real come-uppance when I flew my first Pacer after flying the Protech for a couple of years.

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    Guess i should have re read your earlier reply. What was the hp rating of your engine?was it 100 hp or was it the 115 hp C85 stroker?

    Len

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