Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fuselage Station 4 and Station 3 fitting

One neat thing - the Station 4 Upper fittings that came with the project were brand new (if you call 1917 new) and never used. This is nice, however the tabs that hold the cross brace were not bent. Simple, right? Just heat them up and bend them.

Sort of...



I heated the tab with a torch and tapped on the flange with a punch and a hammer. It actually took more than that. I used the hammer, steel block and a pair of pilers to do the job.



One thing I learned - when you try and bend the tab be careful! Support the front and back of the fitting. It will want to warp from the heat.

Anyway, here is the completed fitting.



And the completed fitting in place.



I also cut out the transverse wire fitting on Station 3. I rough cut them on the band saw out of 0.10 steel and shaped by the grinder. There will be a reinforcing plate welded on next and the holes drilled. Stick around. You'll see!



Expect a blog early next week. Busy weekend coming up. Back to the Jenny Monday. Till then!

Brian

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