A popular modification to the venerable Piper Tri-Pacer was to convert it back to conventional gear configuration using one of several STCs developed throughout the years.
This modification, typically accomplished during a re-fabric or re-build/restoration (but capable of being done with fabric in place), included removal of the nose gear, adding forward mounting lugs for the Pacer style main gear, adding a tail wheel mounting bracket and toe brakes. A tail wheel assembly and Pacer style main gear rounded out the basic modification.
The attraction of this modification is mostly personal taste, modest performance improvements were demonstrated, improved off-field performance of the conventional gear and the “cool factor” of owning and operating a great Tail Wheel aircraft. When combined with other popular STC’ed mods like big tires, “VGs”, larger engines and props, etc., these converted “Pacers” are real off-field, back country performers.
Piper PA-22/20 Pacer Conversion
Based onTri-Pacer or Colt Airframe modified “back” to Conventional Landing Gear
Tri-Pacer Production: December 1950 through August 1960
Number Built 7629 Price in 1956: $7,295.00
Colt Production: November 1960 through March 1964
Number Built: 1,849 Price in 1960: $5,995.00
Number of PA-22/20 Conversions: 100+
Steel Tube Fuselage – Aluminum Spar & Rib Wing – Fabric Covered
Engine: Lycoming O-290D/D2 – O-320 – O-360
Seats: 4 (2 if Colt) Controls: Yokes – Toe Brakes – Flaps: Yes (No if Colt)
Typical STC: SA45-RM (Light Plane Components) now owned by Univair
|Performance||125 hp||135 hp||150 hp||160 hp||180 hp|
|Max Speed||133 mph||137 mph||139 mph||141 mph||148 mph|
|Cruise Speed||123 mph||132 mph||132 mph||134 mph||140 mph|
|Not to Exceed||150 mph||150 mph||170 mph||170 mph||170 mph|
|Stall Speed||48 mph||48 mph||49 mph||49 mph||45 mph|
|Rate of Climb||810 fpm||850 fpm||725||800 fpm||1200 fpm +|
|Fuel Capacity||36 gal||36 gal||36 gal||36 gal||36 gal|
|Fuel Burn||7.7 gph||7.7 gph||9 gph||9.5 gph||10.5 gph|
|Range||575 sm||617 sm||528 sm||508 sm||480 sm|
This PA22/20 description and chart were provided by John Kobbeman – Thank you, John!