August 3, 2016
Our engine was ordered after returning from Airventure ’16. It was delivered to the Dalton Airport on the 18th.
I had expected a wooden crate. Instead it was in a foam filled cardboard box strapped to a pallet. The box was opened that day to check for any damage. The engine was in a large plastic bag that also held four silica desiccant pouches and a color changing humidity indicator card. We did not open the big bag. Apparently Lycoming squirts some foam into the cardboard box and lets it harden before setting the engine. Then, the space around the big bag is filled with liquid foam and the box closed. It was well protected.
The engine was picked by Dan Willoughby’s Engine hoist for unpacking.
It arrived with two Slick magnetos, a prop governor oil pump, and a horizontal oil filter mount. Before mounting the engine to the airframe, these appliances were replaced with two electronic pMags and a 90deg. B&C oil filter mount. The prop governor oil pump was removed to save weight as we will install our Catto fixed pitch prop. I also installed a 40 amp backup alternator on the vacuum pump pad in the rear accessory case. Dessicator plugs were installed in the top of each cylinder. All changes were detail documented in the engine logbook.
Dan Willoughby and Mike Goulet helped with installing the bottom two engine mount bolts.
November 7, 2016
Weather was getting colder. The project area was cleaned up, tools put away, and we prepared for our relocation to Florida for the winter.