Paul McBride, an expert on engines, retired after almost 40 years with Lycoming.
Q: I have a Lycoming O-360-A1F6D that was originally installed in a Cessna Cardinal. This engine has since been used in an Van’s RV-6 and I will be installing it into a Van’s RV-8. It does not have a magneto with it as the previous owner used electronic ignition. I have not settled on an ignition source but do not want to go back to the Bendix D4LN-2021 dual mag. I recently noted in a General Aviation News article that Teledyne (TCM), now the owner of the Bendix mags, has stopped support for the dual mag. Is it possible to remove the “D” on this engine configuration by changing accessory housing and gears? Maybe it’s possible but not economical?
DAVE PARADIS, Hubbard, Ore.
A: I really wish you had asked me a different question because I’m afraid my answer to this one is not going to make you a happy camper. [Read more…]