Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Elevator Yoke

While waiting for the spruce order to arrive for the floorboard area, I decided to clean up the original elevator yoke. This piece mounts behind the rear seat. The control stick moves this yoke whose ends pull on the respective elevator cables. This is an original Jenny piece that I got from Robert Summers in Ohio.

The yoke only came with one bearing, so another had to be made.

Some 1/16 in. flat stock was bent around a 1 in. tube.

And the ears were bent out....

...ground to shape and drilled. There is a small hole in the top for lubrication of the bearing.

Everything was brazed together.

Bead blasted, filed and primer painted. The original is on the left.

Then the yoke was painted. The original wood will be given a coat of varnish in the future. You can see the broken arm in the center of the tube. Originally, there was a ball end which attached to the rear control stick. This has to be repaired before the part is finished. Till then...




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