Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rudder hinge

Well, Richard Epton finished painting the fittings. They turned out great! We used an epoxy primer made bt PPG. It's called DP-90. Sprays nicely and looks appropriate. Thanks to Paul Dougherty for that recommendation.



Here's a shot of the fin and stabilizer together for the first time. I used this opportunity to adjust the front and rear fittings. Both fittings are now brazed and off to the beadblaster.



Now for the rudder hinge. The Jenny had castings brazed on to the rudder post. These castings were missing on my project, so I decided to make some out of steel. I did have the drawings of the dimentions, though. I started by cutting a piece of 1 in. tubing in half. Then another piece of tubing was cut to give me 3/8 in. on either side of the hinge (shown in primer). The two slits in the small tube were cut for later use.



The small tube was welded onto the half section and the center piece removed on the bandsaw.



Here is how it all goes together (before it's cleaned up). The new fitting will be welded to the rudder post.



Enjoy

Brian

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