Engines that sit idle
I'm looking at buying an AA5B (Tiger) that has sat essentially idle for several years. It was hangared in a dry climate (California), but there's certainly the potential for corrosion issues with the O-360. Part of me thinks I should just walk away. But... how effective would it be to have a cylinder pulled during pre-buy, and have the cam inspected for pitting? If that inspection turned out to be clean, would I have good reason to think that the engine would make TBO? Also, any ROM on the cost for that inspection during a pre-buy?
This is my first airplane purchase, and it's been pretty frustrating so far. It amazes me how many folks have let their planes sit around for months/years and then decide to sell. But I'm probably preaching to the choir on that...
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