I just bought a '58 175 It is out of annual, has approx. 900hrs smoh and needs a cylinder. The aircraft came with the replacement cylinder. At 5grand it seemed safe. I then found a firewall forward GO-300 setup from a recent conversion for 2200 bucks and bought it- it has approx 600smoh and also comes with a brand new cylinder as a spare.
The complicated part is that I'm in BC, Canada, the a/c is in Napa, CA and my spare engine is in Alberta, CA. My initial plan was to go to Napa, remove the wings and trailer the a/c home. Then ship and swap in the lower time engine and have the necessary inspections done to make it a CDN citizen.
My mechanic here is quoting me 50 hrs just to do the engine swap with the annual and other red tape cutting on top of that. Seems high, no?
Then I got thinking that maybe I should return the 175 to airworthy down in Napa, either by bringing the spare engine down and swapping it in or bringing the necessary parts to repair the existing engine. I could then ferry it home (after I apply and wait for my US license of course). I'll be working with a very reasonable mechanic down there that is helping me remove the wings- maybe I should capitalize on his reasonableness! He'll also let me participate in the wrenching which I prefer. Or I could find a shop closer to, or on the way home that would work with me.
My reservation lies in not knowing how that might affect the importation. I know CDN AME's are not allowed to touch engine internals so if I swap a jug in the US will it pass Transport Canada's inspection? (prob a question for them...) Swapping the whole engine in shouldn't be an issue for TC as long as it's all signed off in the logs.
Oh, and I hastily bought a trailer which I have to pick up in OR on the way down- did that before I thought about fixing it and flying it home. Hoo boy, engine in AB, 175 in Napa, trailer in OR- simple huh?