Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Monday, January 21, 2008

Station 3 cross bearer fitting

Since we had a cold spell here in Georgia this week - first measured snowfall in nearly five years - I decided to so something in the shop that required the use of a torch!

This is the fitting at station 3. I had this fitting cut on a water-jet machine but the tabs still needed to be bent.

I used the simple heat, beat, heat, beat etc. method. Get the tab cherry red and tap in the flange with a block of steel. It works rather well. Give yourself about 1/8 in. of bend allowance on your vice.

Also, get yourself a good helper! Our oldest son Graham offered to heat the fitting while I did the tapping.

Here's the finished part.

Here is where it goes. Next step - drill the bolt holes.

Graham also got to bead blast and paint the fittings. With two people, the process went very smoothly We had both parts done in about an hour.




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