Tech Tips

Handling and Shipping of Engines

From time to time engines arrive at Aero Recip looking like they have been involved in an incident when in fact they were just damaged from improper mounting when shipped by a commercial carrier or brought to our facility by the owner. Engines that are shipped on a pallet or an old tire often encounter some sort of damage ranging from bent or broken oil and fuel lines, broken magneto flanges and carburetor bodies to dented oil sumps (particularly on Continental engines). If you are building a crate to transport the engine, make sure that the support brackets are strong enough to support the weight of the engine. Remember that depending on the model, the engines weigh between 300 to 1200 lbs and the bouncing of the engine in a truck (particularly a commercial carrier) will bend or break a flimsy mount.

If you are shipping via a commercial carrier make sure that the engine has a solid cover. Commercial carriers haul as much freight as possible in each trailer and have been known to pile heavy freight on top of an uncovered engine resulting in damage. If you do not have a crate, call us at 1-800-561-5544. We will be glad to ship you one of our engine containers. The additional freight cost to ship an empty container to you is cheap when compared to the replacement of a magneto body or oil sump.

Prior to packing an engine for shipment, drain the oil and fuel (hazardous) and use suitable covers over all fuel and oil fittings as well as any other openings on the engine accessories. This prevents foreign objects from entering the engine. These objects can go undetected on repairs when the engine is not completely dismantled. Be sure to include all the accessories and parts necessary to run the engine, don’t leave half of it on the workbench and remember that the engine log book is considered part of the engine, make sure it’s included.

Protect your engine, it’s an expensive investment.



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