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This is a list of collected maintenance problems and solutions that I have run into.
Many of these are one-time problems, however some are due to inattention in performing recurring maintenance tasks. My particular plane doesn't have a lot of flight time, but it sat for many years with no attention paid towards maintenance and consequently had more than its share of calendar-time related problems when I acquired it.
If you're looking at buying a Bellanca you should not be scared off by this list. As high performance retractables go, the Bellanca is about standard for maintenance complexity and overall the type is reliable, especially the 230. There are two things to consider if you're a potential Cruisemaster buyer:
If you are ready to support a high-performance retractable and have a hangar, then a Bellanca is a good choice: great flying characteristics, a taildragger, style, and usually a lower price compared to other types in the category.
If you have a Bellanca maintenance story that you'd like to contribute please mail me and I'll post it on this site.